When you finally seal up the cave and rescue Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’s Pristine Peaks region from being trapped in a state of constant blizzard, you’ll unlock a new quest called “Hide N’ Squeak.” It’s located back by your ship.
From the starting area of Pristine Peaks, walk down to the lake, where you’ll find a bizarre-looking boat stranded in the water. You’ll see a pink Spark with a balloon attached to it near the boat. This is Regenesis, one of the most powerful Sparks in the game. Introduce yourself.
If you want Regenesis — which heals the player they’re attached to when activated — to join your team, you’ll need to help them find their penguin friends over the course of “Hide N’ Squeak.” (Fun fact: These are the same little blue penguins we see in the first Super Mario Bros. movie trailer — although they’re not nearly as audacious.)
In this Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope guide, we’ll help you find all three penguins hiding “near the lake,” since Regenesis is really stretching the meaning of the word “near.”
The first penguin is easy to find, and is close to where Regenesis gives you the quest.
Go to the lake and follow the river up to the source until you reach a wall. To your left, you’ll find a big rock with the whirly symbol on it, meaning you can use Beep-O’s Wave power to destroy it.
Hit the rock with the Wave and it’ll explode, revealing the penguin inside. How the penguin got under the rock is none of your concern here, so just pick it up, carry it to the boat, and chuck it aboard.
Finding the second penguin for this quest involves a bit more elbow grease than the first. Cross to the side of the opposite where you met Regenesis, then head south, pushing against the rock wall until you find a Rabbid pipe that you can enter. (Alternatively, check out the location of our character on the screenshot above.)
Enter the pipe and follow the path. Knock down the brick wall with Wave to make a bridge, then take the second pipe. You’ll find yourself on a bluff filled with tree logs and the Usain Bolt of penguins. This little dude does not want to be caught, and will sprint around the bluff, running through the downed tree logs to try and avoid you.
Keep running around and try to cut it off when it goes in logs and you’ll eventually be able to nab it. Once you’ve captured the penguin, drop off the side of the ledge and throw it onto the boat.
The third penguin is by far the hardest to find, and not exactly “near” the lake. Thankfully, it’s a lot less of a pain to get than the second penguin — as long as you know where to look. Either go where Beep-O is on the map above, or head to the opposite side of the lake as Regenesis, then head north until you come around a corner.
On a small outcropping to your left, just behind the cliff wall, you’ll see a singular tree. Depending on how your camera is angled, you may not notice that the flightless bird has somehow managed to get stuck up there — it doesn’t help that it blends in with the snow.
Shake the penguin out of the tree and grab it once it hits the ground. Carry it over to the boat and lob it on like with the rest of the crew.
View from the lake battle
Just because you’re rid of the penguins doesn’t mean you’re 100% done with the “Hide N’ Squeak” quest. A bunch of Darkmess will consume the boat, and you’ll need to fix it. Head around the lake to the small bridge and start the “View from the Lake” battle.
Once you’ve taken care of the battle, Regenesis will get mutinied as pirate captain and decide to join you instead. How fortuitous. The penguins will then sail away and you’ll never have to see them again (at least until the Mario movie hits theaters next year).