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This is a list of controls and the best settings for Paper Mario: The Origami King for Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn whether you should use motion controls and rumble, as well as what to do when you cannot use the 1000-Fold Arms.

List of Controls


These are the basic moves for Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Action Button Description
Check Notes or Open Sea Chart * L Button.png You can use this button to open Notes and the Sea Chart that will help you find your way when traveling in the sea.
R Button.png
Help Minus Button.png Use this button if you need help in the game.
Move Left Analog.png Use the left analog for movement controls.
Dig or Dive Underwater * Arrow Buttons.png Use these buttons for digging and diving underwater.
Toss Confetti zR Button.png Use this button to toss Confetti. Take note that you don't need to get too close to fix the holes. It will aim automatically.
Menu Plus Button.png This will open the Menu.
Ask Olivia X Button.png Olivia is here to help you with your quests! Use this button when you need help.
Jump A Button.png Use this to jump or to hit blocks like the Save Block.
Hammer B Button.png Use this button to hit walls/objects, folded Toads, and to open a Treasure Box.
Items Y Button.png Use this button to open the list of items you have in your inventory.

*Can only be used in certain areas.


These are the moves you use in Paper Mario: The Origami King when in Battle mode.

Action Button Description
Rotate/Slide and Weapons/Items L Button.png
R Button.png
Use these buttons to move the rings left or right and slide or switch between Weapons and Items.
zL Button.png zR Button.png
Help Minus Button.png Use this button if you need help with your battle.
Select Arrow Buttons.png Use the left analog or move buttons to select which Weapon/Items you want to use in battle.
Left Analog.png
Change View R Analog.png Use the right analog if you want to change the view of the battle.
Buy Time or Change Gear Plus Button.png Use this button if you ran out of time or you want to change gear. Hold the button longer to add more time.
Hints from Olivia X Button.png You can ask Olivia for Hints by using this button.
Confirm Action Commands A Button.png Use this button to confirm your battle strategy. Press it again as you land on each enemy to do more damage.
Flee B Button.png Use this button if you want to escape from the battle.
Cheers from Toads Y Button.png Use this button if you want to get cheers from the Toads in the bench.

Best Settings


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Motion Controls

Choose whichever you prefer

Either way is fine. If you typically don't play games with motion/gyro controls, you may prefer turning it off.

If you can't use Motion Controls, turn them off

If you are using a control that doesn't support motion controls (such as a third party controller), you have to turn Motion Controls off or you won't be able to use the 1000-Fold Arms.

Rumble Settings

Whichever you prefer. While there are in game gimmicks that do make use of the vibration, turning it off will not interfere with your gameplay.

Brightness Settings

Also left up to preference, but when playing in a building or dark area, certain paths or hidden things might be slightly harder to see. Therefore, having the brightness a little on the higher side can make the game a bit smoother.

Easy to Forget Controls

Action Description
X in the Field Hints from Olivia
Hold this button down when you're not sure where to go next.
Y in the Field Use an item
Use this when you need to recover some HP.
Y in Battle Cheers from Toads
You'll need to pay some coins, but Toad will cheer you on, restoring some HP and even helping to solve part of the puzzle.
B in Battle Flee
However, during events and certain battles, fleeing becomes impossible.
+ in Battle Buy Time
By pressing and holding +, you can extend the time you have left to solve the puzzle in that turn. This can be done repeatedly.

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1 Anonymous10 months

First setting is to show puzzle solutions. Get it in the battle lab

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