Cuphead: How to Setup Local Co-op

Learn how to play multiplayer with a friend in Cuphead.

3 months ago by Larryn Bell in Guides

Now that Cuphead is finally out on Xbox One and PC, players are eager to load up the game with their friend for some local co-op fun as Cuphead and Mugman. Luckily, Cuphead’s drop-in, two-player local cooperative mode is the easiest feature of the game so far.  

Cuphead's local co-op lets you play alongside Mugman.

Cuphead - How to Setup Local Co-op

To setup local co-op in Cuphead, all you have to do is grab a second controller and turn it on. Make sure it’s synced up with your system. On PC, either plug in the second controller or sync it to the computer using an adapter. On Xbox One, connect the second controller and press any button, then sign-in with a user profile or as a guest when prompted to bring in player two. 

Player two should now be in control of Mugman, Cuphead’s brother and co-op counterpart. Mugman will also have the same amount of coins as Cuphead to spend on items. If you followed these steps, this should be all you need to start playing local co-op multiplayer with a friend in Cuphead. 

Does Cuphead Have Online Co-Op? 

The short answer is no, at least not yet. Although Cuphead currently only has local co-op, online multiplayer has certainly crossed the minds of Cuphead’s creators, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer of Studio MDHR.

According to a recent Fandom interview with Cuphead Producer Maja Moldenhauer, the game’s creators have considered adding online functionality to Cuphead “at a later date”. So while you’re stuck with couch co-op for now, there’s still hope for online co-op in Cuphead’s future.

Now that you know how to setup local co-op in Cuphead, you should have a much easier time defeating the game’s quirky, colorful bosses.

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