Brawler Stars is a third-person shooter game in which you play as your chosen Brawler and compete in a variety of Events. In these Events, you face off against other Brawlers as you attempt to complete a special objective unique to each type of Event.
There are two ways to control your Brawler's movement and Attack in battle. You can switch between these modes in your Settings which can be accessed from the game's Brawl tab.
- Joystick Move: In this control mode, a virtual joystick on the bottom left area of the screen is used to control your Brawler's movement. Your Brawler will move in the direction that you drag the joystick. To fire your Brawler's main Attack, simply tap on the screen, and your Brawler will instantly fire in the direction of your tap. You can also hold your finger on the screen before releasing to see the path your Brawler's attack will take when fired.
- Tap to Move: In this control mode, you tap the ground, and your Brawler will walk to the location that you tapped. To fire your Brawler's main Attack, hold your finger on the screen momentarily to aim and release to fire the attack.
Each Brawler has its own powerful Super ability. The Super is charged by doing damage to enemy Brawlers. Once fully charged, it can be activated by tapping the large skull button in the bottom right area of the screen. It will then be fired in the direction of your next attack. The Super's charge is not lost if your Brawler is knocked out.
Two bars are displayed over your Brawler's head. The top one indicates how much health the Brawler has remaining. Health is lost as the Brawler takes damage, and if the Brawler's health reaches zero, the Brawler is knocked out. Health will regenerate if the Brawler is not attacking or taking damage. The bottom bar has three segments that indicate how many attacks the Brawler has ready. Every Brawler can have a maximum of three attacks ready at once, and each attack empties one full segment. Attacks regenerate automatically over time.
Battles are started in the Brawl tab. There are five possible Event types: Smash & Grab, Brawl Ball, Bounty, Heist, and Showdown in which you battle enemy Brawlers which can be non-player characters or real players depending on the mode selected. Each Event has a different main objective. See their individual pages for more information.
There are four different Event slots on the Brawl tab, so you can have up to four Events available at once when you unlock all four slots. Events rotate every so often. Event Slots 1, 2, and 4 rotate every 24 hours, and Slot 3 rotates every 12 hours. The time before the next rotation for an Event Slot is displayed in that slot. When that time is reached, a new Event begins, the slot's Coin match reward cap is reset, and a free Coin reward can be claimed by simply tapping the Event slot. Additionally, bonus Coins are awarded for winning a slot's Event for the first time during that rotation.
- Event Slot #1 is unlocked upon beginning the game. It offers 8 Coins for free, 16 Coins for the first win, and up to 52 Gold in match rewards.
- Event Slot #2 is unlocked upon unlocking 3 different Brawlers. It offers 8 (24 for Showdown) Coins for free, 16 Coins for the first win, and up to 32 Coins in match rewards.
- Event Slot #3 is unlocked upon unlocking 5 different Brawlers. It offers 4 (12 for Showdown) Coins for free, 8 Coins for the first win, and up to 12 Coins in match rewards.
- Event Slot #4 is unlocked upon unlocking 7 different Brawlers. It offers 4 (12 for Showdown) Coins for free, 8 Coins for the first win, and up to 16 Coins in match rewards. It also awards double Experience, but it closes for 4 days after each Event.
Brawl Boxes are the main way of obtaining Brawlers and other items. One Brawl Box can be bought for 10 Gems or 100 Coins. Possible contents include Elixir (in packs of 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or 10), Coin Boosters, or a Brawler of any rarity. If you already have the Brawler, it will be converted to Chips. The amount depends on the Brawler's rarity. Chips can then be used to buy Brawlers that you do not already own.
Big Boxes can also be bought from the Shop for 80 Gems. A Big Box contains 10 regular Brawl Boxes, so it is a much better value to buy these with Gems rather than individual boxes. Additionally, Rare, Super Rare, and Epic Brawler Boxes are available. These cost 30, 80, and 170 Gems respectively and are guaranteed to contain a Brawler of their corresponding rarity. However, that Brawler can be one that the player already owns.
Bands are social groups within the game that players can join to chat and join rooms to Brawl together. Bands can be created or joined from the game's Social tab. Bands also have their own leaderboards based on Bands' Trophy scores. A Band's Trophy score is calculated using the individual Trophy counts of the Band's members. Each Band can have up to 100 members.
- Know your role. Different Brawlers are best for different things. For instance, El Primo can take a lot of damage and protect other Brawlers on his team, but Brawlers like Brock are best for long-range support.
- Know how fast your Brawler's attacks travel. If your Brawler's attack takes a while to reach its destination, you have to aim ahead of your target if it is moving or you will miss.
- Know when to retreat. Brawlers heal when they are not firing or being hit. If you are getting low on health, it may be best to take cover for a while to regain your health, but keep in mind that this could also give your opponent the opportunity to do the same thing.