The latest patch for Cuphead, Update 1.2, is live on Xbox One, PC, and Switch. The update adds several quality-of-life improvements to the game, such as the feature to choose between Cuphead and Mugman while playing the campaign solo. However, the update added something far more interesting: secret boss battles.
An exact number of secret bosses hasn’t been confirmed, but YouTuber ProsafiaGaming has already found three. The first can be found in Isle One’s The Root Pack, the second in Isle Two’s Djimmi the Great, and the third in Isle Three’s Sally Stageplay. To access each secret boss, you’ll need to perform certain actions during specific moments in the aforementioned boss battles.
In The Root Pack, play as normal until the giant onion appears. Don’t attack him at all and eventually he’ll disappear. During the final phase of the fight with the giant carrot, an angry radish will pop up instead.
For Djimmi the Great, just battle your way through the boss any way you please until you reach the third phase (where he scans you). Transform into the smallest airplane form at the end of the third phase and instead of a normal-sized Cuppet joining the fray in the next round, a mini version will show up to do battle instead.
Sally Stageplay hides a rather morbid secret boss. During her boss battle, ignore Sally and parry the floating hearts she kisses at you. Then jump on the angel platform on your left and remain there until you hear a cracking sound. Now do the same thing but on the angel platform to the right. You’ll know you’ve got it when the ceiling comes crashing down and kills Sally’s husband to be. Continue as normal and Sally’s dead husband will rise from the grave to join his beloved in battle during the second-to-last phase.
Peter Brown updated our Cuphead review to reflect the new Switch version of the game, writing, «[Cuphead is] beautiful to look at, and with a pitch-perfect soundtrack, it flawlessly captures the era its developers so clearly revere. It’s also an intense action game that pulls no punches. It could benefit from a few tweaks, and two-player co-op doesn’t feel like the valuable addition you might imagine, but Cuphead remains a rare, unique game that truly stands out.»