Bugaboom

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Bugaboom
Bugaboom.png
Species Mandibug
Galaxy Honeyhive Galaxy
Puzzle Plank Galaxy
Level(s) Big Bad Bugaboom
Bugaboom's Back
Dome Terrace
World World 2
Star Given SMG: Smg icon powerstar.png
SMG2: Smg2 icon powerstar.png

Bugaboom is a boss that appears in Super Mario Galaxy and the sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2. This boss is found in the Honeyhive Galaxy and the Puzzle Plank Galaxy and is the leader of the Mandibug clan that infested the Honeyhive Kingdom. The name Bugaboom is a pun on the word Bug-a-boo, which is a term for monsters, generally minor children's book monsters.

History[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Bugaboom flying

In Super Mario Galaxy, Bugaboom is fought on a planet with several Fling Flowers and two Bee Mushrooms in the Honeyhive Galaxy and the level Big Bad Bugaboom. There is also a river of water that will deactivate the Bee Suit if touched by Mario. Under the planet is a Black Hole.

Bugaboom chasing Mario.

Once Mario arrives on the planet, Bugaboom drops from the sky and clicks its mandibles. It then proceeds to attack Mario. The only way to defeat it is by jumping, flying or using a Fling Flower to get on to its back and then Ground Pounding.

Bugaboom will then take flight and fly around in circles so that Mario can no longer jump on its back. The only ways to get up now are to use Bee Mario or a Fling Flower. Once on top of Bugaboom, a ground pound will make it get extremely mad and turn red. It will fly faster and once every pass it will turn on its side and fire bombs at the ground. It is impossible to hit Bugaboom while it is on its side so Mario must wait until it is going the right way and use a Bee Mushroom to hover above where it will be or aim with a Fling Flower which is considerably harder as Bugaboom is moving so fast. Once Mario ground pounds Bugaboom a third time, it will explode and a Power Star will appear.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Cloud Mario vs Bugaboom.

Bugaboom makes its second appearance in Super Mario Galaxy 2 as a secret boss when Mario reaches the Puzzle Plank Galaxy. Its battle tactics are the same as in the previous game, but Mario must change his strategy: instead of the Bee Suit, Mario must become Cloud Mario in order to defeat Bugaboom. Bugaboom's boss music from Super Mario Galaxy returns in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where it plays the same way when Bugaboom is fought. It will also speed up again, like in the first game.

Appearance[edit]

Bugaboom model

Bugaboom is a huge green Mandibug, with six legs and eyes that have a demented look to them. Unlike most Mandibugs, its body is flat instead of rounded. It will attempt to consume Mario with its retractable mandibles, but after attacking it once, it will reveal its wings and fly rapidly around its planet and drop explosives from the underside of its body. Bugaboom can be best described as a beetle with one solid green shell and the Ground Pound symbol emblazoned on it. Also, the mandibles look much like an ant's pincers.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クワカブトキング
kuwakabuto kingu
Kuwakabuto King (kabuto is Japanese for a helmet associated with armor)
Spanish Rey Escarabajo Beetle King
French (NOE) Scaraboss Portmanteau of scarabé (french name for "Mandibug") and boss
German Stinkkäferkönig Stinkkäfer is a German nickname for the Green shield bug; König means "king".
Italian Scaraboom Portmanteau of scarafetor (Italian name for "Mandibug") and the onomatopoeia boom

Trivia[edit]

  • Bugaboom shares its boss music with King Kaliente and Topmaniac. However, Bugaboom's boss music speeds up after it takes damage, which never happens with the King Kaliente and Topmaniac fights.
  • Bugaboom is the only boss from Super Mario Galaxy to appear again in Super Mario Galaxy 2 but to not be fought in Boss Blitz Galaxy.
  • This boss, along with Fire Gobblegut, are the only bosses in Super Mario Galaxy 2 that can only be accessed by a secret star mission.
  • In the Prima guide to Super Mario Galaxy 2, one of the pictures for Bugaboom's article was a picture for Giga Lakitu's article instead.