When the attack is initiated, a large slingshot is planted in the foreground of the battlefield. Once Luigi climbs inside the slingshot, the player will have to hold down on the to allow Mario to stretch it further into the foreground. Once the slingshot is fully stretched out, the player will have to hold down the button while tilting the 3DS to aim the slingshot. Letting go of the button will automatically launch Luigi in the direction the aiming reticle was pointing. The attack will fail if the player takes too long to aim or if Luigi misses the enemies. If the player lets go of the before pressing the button to fire Luigi, it will automatically fire and will deal a minimal amount of damage to a random enemy. It is possible to hit several enemies in a row with the attack.
Slingsniper does critical damage to Pi'illodactyls, Wiggler, Pi'illodactyl Rs, Pi'illodium, Grobot X, Torkscrew X, Mammoshka X, Dreamy Bowser and Pi'illodium X if it strikes them where a star mark appears.