Information on how to Achieve a Star Rank - Version 1.0

#11j12Posted 6/7/2008 1:03:52 PMmessage detail
**********ATTENTION, THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES FOR GETTING STAR RANKS. THERE MAY BE SPECIAL SITUATIONS WHERE NOT FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES CAN STILL GET YOU A STAR RANK. BUT IF YOU FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES, YOU ALMOST GUARANTEED A STAR RANK.**********


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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I. What are Star Ranks?
II. Where are Star Ranks Achievable?
III. What is the Purpose of Getting a Star Rank?

IIIa. Unlocking Characters
IIIb. Showing Them Off

IV. How to Get Star Ranks, and What Affects Getting Them.
IVa. Guidelines for Getting a 1-Star Rank
IVb. Guidelines for Getting a 2-Star Rank
IVc. Guidelines for Getting a 3-Star Rank

V. DS Star Rank Guidelines, and What Affects Getting Them.
VI. Special Thanks



I. What are Star Ranks?


Well, many people on this board probably already know what they are, but star ranks are a grade on how well you've done in the Grand Prix. Instead of the A, B, C, D, E ranks, you'll get a special ranking if you've done a superb job. If you manage to get past the normal ranks, your ranking will either be one star (great), two stars (awesome), or three stars (fantastic).


II. Where are Star Ranks Achievable?


You can receive a star rank by racing in the Grand Prix, on any CC (50, 100, 150, or Mirror Mode). Make sure that you know that what you do in all 4 races in one cup counts towards getting a Star Rank. Pretend that the four races equal one huge race.


III. What is the Purpose of Getting a Star Rank?


IIIa. Unlocking Characters

To get certain characters, you will need to get a 1-Star Rank or better in certain cups.

IIIb. Showing Them Off

If you get a 1-star rank in every cup in the Grand Prix, one star will be on your name when you play online (and possibly your driver's license). The same thing applies for 2 and 3-star ranks also. But if you have a 1-star rank, in a single cup, and all the other cups are 3-star ranks, then your online name (and possibly license) will only show one star.


IV. How to Get Star Ranks, and What Affects Getting Them.

Take into account that the following scenarios may affect your ranking.

-Getting hammered on with many items in a small amount of time(Blue Shells mostly)
This allows leeway for how fast you finish and your finishing place. It also allows you to use items more to catch up.

-If you fall of the track once, but followed the guidelines strictly, then you can probably still achieve a good star rank.


Here's a general tip to remember when looking to get a star rank:

Make sure that you know that what you do in all 4 races in one cup counts towards getting a Star Rank. Pretend that the four races are one huge race.


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#41j12(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2008 1:11:25 PMmessage detail
IVa. Guidelines for getting a 1-Star Rank:

Trying to get a 1-Star Rank allows for some leeway, but not too much. To earn a 1-Star Rank, you'll still have to play well.

-You are allowed to bang into walls (1 or 2 times)
-You are allowed to bang into obstacles (1 or 2 times)
-Stay on road as much as you can (Off-roading is allowed 2 to 3 times without a boost)
-Try not to fall off the track (Once is allowed, twice almost guarantees a non-Star Rank)
-Do as many tricks/tactics as you can. Drift Boost, Snaking, Wheelie, etc. (This is a rumor, but it may help)
-Stay in first for a good amount of the race
-Try not use items to catch up to other players (once is allowed. Ties into the above reason)
-Finish as fast as possible
-You must get 53 points or more (47 according to Milon) as your grand total


IVb. Guidelines for getting a 2-Star Rank:

Trying to get a 2-Star Rank is obviously harder than trying to get a 1-Star Rank. It allows for little leeway.

-Try not to bang into walls
-Try not to bang into obstacles
-Stay on the road as much as you can (Off-roading is allowed 1 to 2 times without a boost)
-Try not to fall off the track (maybe once, but it almost guarantees you a 1-Star Rank)
-Do as many tricks/tactics as you can. Drift Boost, Snaking, Wheelie, etc. (This is a rumor, but it may help)
-Try to stay in first for most of the race
-Try not to use items to catch up to other players
-Finish as fast as possible
-You must get 55 points or more (53 according to Milon) as your grand total

IVc. Guidelines for getting a 3-Star Rank:

Trying to get a 3-Star Rank is no doubt harder than getting one of the two previous Star Ranks. It allows for almost no leeway.

-Try not to bang into walls
-Try not to bang into obstacles
-Stay on the road (unless you have a boost item to allow you to travel off-road)
-Try not to fall off the track
-Do as many tricks/tactics as you can. Drift Boost, Snaking, Wheelie, etc. (This is a rumor, but it may help)
-Stay in first for much of the time in races
-Try not to use items to catch up to other players
-Finish as fast as possible
-You must get 60 points as your grand total


V. DS Star Rank Guidelines, and What Affects Getting Them.

This was a list found by SolidSnake X showing what affected star ranks and what it took to get them. They are probably pretty much the case here, but slightly different (We know the MK: Wii doesn't have a, "Boo Costume").

Your GP rank is decided by 2 scores, your Championship Point (CP) and your Hidden Point (HP).

Everybody should be familiar with CP. It's the point given to you based on where you placed in each race:

1st: 10
2nd: 8
3rd: 6
4th: 4
5th: 3
6th: 2
7th: 1
8th: 0
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HP is a score that is hidden from the player, and it's given base on how "well" you performed in the race. You start with 0 HP, and according to what you did, points are added or deducted from your HP.


ACTIONS THAT ADD HP:

-- Total Time for Each Race --
Each circuit has a preset time. You will be awarded HP depending on how much faster your time is from the preset time.

-- Lead Time --
HP is given for been in 1st place. The longer you are in 1st, the more HP you receive.

-- Rocket Boost/Start --
+25 HP for each successful Rocket Boost.

-- Mini-Turbo --
+2 HP for each successful mini-turbo.

-- Item Attack --
+5 HP for each successful attack using item.



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#61j12(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2008 1:13:13 PMmessage detail
ACTIONS THAT DEDUCT HP:

-- Off-Track Time --
HP is deducted for the amount of time you spend off the track. The longer you are off-track, the more HP you loss. Exceptions are when you are under the effect of star, mushroom, bullet pill, or ghost(Boo).

-- Hit a Wall --
-20 HP everytime you hit a wall.

-- Hit a Course Obstacle --
-30 HP everytime you hit a course obstacle (car, fireball, etc.).

-- Fall Off Track/ Pick Up by Lakitu--
-70 HP everytime you fall off track and get picked up by Lakitu.


Here is a chart that will show your Rank:

-- 40 CP: --
1000+ HP = 3-star (***)
700-999 HP = 2-star (**)
400-699 HP = 1-star (*)
200-399 HP = A
0-199 HP = B
negative HP = C


-- 36-39 CP: --
1000+ HP = 2-star (**)
700-999 HP = 1-star (*)
400-699 HP = A
200-399 HP = B
0-199 HP = C
negative HP = D


-- 30-35 CP: --
1000+ HP = 1-star (*)
700-999 HP = A
400-699 HP = B
200-399 HP = C
0-199 HP = D
negative HP = E


-- 20-29 CP: --
1000+ HP = A
700-999 HP = B
400-699 HP = C
200-399 HP = D
less than 200 HP = E


-- 0-19 CP: --
1000+ HP = B
700-999 HP = C
400-699 HP = D
less than 400 HP = E


Here's a summary on how to get a 3-Star Rank:

To get a 3-star Rank:

Get 1st place in all 4 races.
Finish the race as fast as possible.
Stay in the lead for as long as possible.
Don't go off-track unless you are using star, mushroom, bullet pill, or Boo(ghost).
Don't fall off the track.
Don't hit the wall or course obstacles.



VI. Special Thanks

Thanks to Milon (Points needed to achieve a certain rank)
SolidSnake X (DS Star Rank information)
Temporius (Time that takes to finish the race helps with getting a Star Rank)
Justin_Case_2 (Items give more leeway for error)
n3m3s1s (Items give more leeway for error)
You (for reading this)
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#7ssj4warriorPosted 6/7/2008 1:14:54 PMmessage detail
Why does CP only go from 1st to 8th when there are 12 racers?
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#81j12(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2008 1:15:44 PMmessage detail
That was the DS Version. As I stated, there are some changes that won't make sense.

#9Kong000Posted 6/7/2008 1:22:57 PMmessage detail
Does hitting another car or bike affect your HP?
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#101j12(Topic Creator)Posted 6/7/2008 1:25:49 PMmessage detail
It shouldn't, but it can. If you want to look at it so that you're close to karts/bikes in the race, then you may not be in first for very long, and you aren't leading by a large margin. But if you just hit them at the beginning and have a big lead the rest of the time, it doesn't matter if you hit them or not.