Boss Battle Guide: How to Beat Scissors | Paper Mario: The Origami King (Switch)

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This is a walkthrough for beating Scissors, one of the bosses in Paper Mario: The Origami King for the Nintendo Switch. This guide will cover boss strategy, the best weapons to use, as well as other tips and tricks for beating Scissors.

Scissors Walkthrough

Phase 1

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The battle begins with the Scissors keeping its blades sheathed. During this phase, you should always target the handle of the Scissors, and not the sheath. The Scissors will change the position of its blade and handle each turn, so when selecting what weapon to use, make sure the target will be the handles.

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When the handles are on the ground, you should use a hammer attack, but when they are up in the air, you should use a jump attack instead. Do not use the 1,000-Fold Arms in either position, as they will break its cover.

Be sure and use the treasure chest and make use of the various panels released. If you can put an x2 damage or bonus attack panel on your path to an action panel, and use a strong weapon like Legendary Boots or Legendary Hammers, you can do a ton of damage and end this phase very quickly.

Phase 2


In phase 2, Scissors unsheathes itself. There are now two important things to note:

  1. Scissors will use Cutting Board at the start of turns, which will remove several panels, such as arrows, x2 Damage panels, or Bonus attack panels. Get the treasure chests to add more panels back to the board.
  2. It will use the attack Final Cut on each turn, which will one-shot Mario if it connects. You cannot block this attack, but you can jump over it to dodge it, so be sure and time your A button press just right. Later on, the timing will change slightly, and it may pause right before cutting, so if you jump and there was no motion, get ready to jump a second time.

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You can attack the Scissors in this phase using hammers (be sure not to jump attack), but the best method is to use Magic Circles to freeze it, then attack with the 1000-Fold Arms. On your way towards an action panel, you'll need to open a treasure chest, which will spread ON Panels and Magic Circles all over the board. On your next turn, set up a path to the ON Panel and the Ice Vellumental (Polar Bear), which will allow you to freeze it.

Once it is frozen, it will be unable to move or cut away any panels. This is your chance to plot a course to the ON Panel and then the 1000-Fold Arms panel. The attack from the arms will deal a ton of damage. Repeating this process twice will let you finish the Scissors off.

Scissors Tips and Strategy

Do not attack the sheath


For the first phase, Scissors remains sheathed. It cannot one-shot you during this stage, so try and damage it as much as possible by attacking the handles only, until it removes them. Check the target of the attack you are about to use, and change weapons appropriately.

Don't use jump attacks in Phase 2!

During phase 2, a jump attack onto the Scissors will also end in Mario getting one-shot KO'd. If you do end your turn on an Action Panel instead of a Magic Circle, use a hammer instead.

Spending Coins

You can spend coins for numerous effects. By pressing +, you can add more time to the clock, giving a little bit more leeway when figuring out the correct path for the ring puzzle.

Pressing Y to have Toads cheer also has a very useful effect in this battle. If you spend enough coins, you will be able to recover some health, and in addition, Mario's path along the ring becomes visible. This will make it much easier to solve the puzzle and end up in the correct spot. Note however that this will only last during the current turn.

Scissors Video Walkthrough

Best Weapons Against Scissors

Depends on position when sheathed

As mentioned above, the weapon you should use depends on Scissor's blade's position. If they are pointed toward the ground, you should use a Jump Attack from one of your boots, and if they are pointed up, you should use one of your hammers. Either way, always check to make sure you are attacking the handle.

Ice Vellumental, then 1000-Fold Arms

In the second phase, you can attack with a hammer, but the 1000-Fold Arms will deal a lot more damage. However, in order to use them, you'll first want to use the Magic Circle of the Ice Vellumental to freeze it.

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Blue Streamer Zone Bosses

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Yellow Streamer Zone Bosses

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Purple Streamer Zone Bosses

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Green Streamer Zone Bosses

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