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Nintendo’s latest mobile game, Dr. Mario World, is live for iOS and Android devices! The company’s latest foray into mobile gaming sees the Dr. Mario franchise get a bit of a refresh, crossing over with gameplay not unlike other mobile titles Bejeweled and Candy Crush Saga.

While the titular Dr. Mario is playable in Dr. Mario World, as well as brother Dr. Luigi, there are actually quite a few other characters in the game — all of whom have inexplicably somehow gotten their MDs between all the Princess Peach kidnappings, Mario Parties, and kart racing.


How to unlock all characters in Dr. Mario World


When beginning the game, players are able to play as Dr. Mario, Dr. Peach, or Dr. Bowser after completing Dr. Mario World’s tutorial missions. Once players finish Stage 10, they’ll be given a choice between three different doctors: Dr. Mario, Dr. Peach, and Dr. Bowser. The two characters the player does not choose at the outset will join the other unlockable characters.



Unlocking the rest of the Dr. Mario World character roster begins after reaching Stage 20. After clearing the first area, players can use 4,000 coins (rewarded by playing the game) or 40 diamonds (the game’s premium currency, obtained by spending real-life money) to unlock remaining characters at random. To do this, they’ll need to go to the “Characters” menu option at the bottom of the game screen, then hit “Staffing.”

When attempting to get a new character, the game will choose one at random for you. You cannot pick which character you want, making this system similar to other gacha Nintendo games like Fire Emblem Heroes and Dragalia Lost. Character pulls can be repeated, but by obtaining another version of the same character, you will raise the skill level of the existing one in your roster. After raising a character to its maximum skill level, they’ll be removed from the character pull pool and you will no longer pull them.


All playable characters/doctors in Dr. Mario World


Currently, there are 19 different characters to play as in Dr. Mario World. Here’s the complete Dr. Mario World character list:


  • Dr. Mario
  • Dr. Peach
  • Dr. Luigi
  • Dr. Toad
  • Dr. Yoshi
  • Dr. Toadette
  • Dr. Wendy
  • Dr. Ludwig
  • Dr. Bowser
  • Dr. Bowser Jr.
  • Dr. Ludwig
  • Dr. Wendy
  • Dr. Waluigi
  • Dr. Wario
  • Dr. Daisy
  • Dr. Baby Mario
  • Dr. Baby Luigi
  • Dr. Baby Peach
  • Dr. Baby Daisy
  • Dr. Rosalina
  • Dr. Luma


Interestingly enough, several more characters were datamined from the game’s files! Check out that (spoilery) link if you want to see what other characters will be headed to the game in the future.


How to recruit assistants in Dr. Mario World


Recruiting assistants in Dr. Mario World is done in the same section as unlocking characters — the “Staffing” menu under “Characters.” Occasionally, you may unlock an assistant character, which you can equip by going to “Characters” and hitting one of the “+” buttons at the top. Up to two assistants can be equipped at once, and each assistant boasts a passive skill that can help you out during stages.



All recruitable assistants in Dr. Mario World


There are also currently 30 different assistants to recruit in Dr. Mario World. Here’s the complete Dr. Mario World assistant list:


  • Goomba
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Shy Guy
  • Piranha Plant
  • Pokey
  • Spike
  • Hammer Bro
  • Cheep Cheep
  • Spiny Cheep Cheep
  • Blooper
  • Koopa Paratroopa
  • Lakitu
  • Spiny
  • Paragoomba
  • Swoop
  • Bob-omb
  • Huckit Crab
  • Bullet Bill
  • Peepa
  • Scaredy Rat
  • Sumo Bro
  • Porcupuffer
  • Buzzy Beetle
  • Amp
  • Boom Boom
  • Pom Pom
  • Clampy
  • Para-Beetle
  • Crowber
  • Sledge Bro
  • Monty Mole
  • Mechakoopa
  • Fuzzy
  • Thwomp
  • Boomerang Bro
  • Chain Chomp
  • Fly Guy
  • Dolphin
  • King Bob-omb
  • Banzai Bill
  • Star Bunny
  • Honey Queen
  • Octoomba
  • Bomb Boo


That’s it for our character unlock guide! Any questions? Ask away in the comments!

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.