Dark Mechawful

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Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Dark Mechawful
Dark Mechawful.gif
Location(s) Peach's Castle
Battled by Bowser
Level Body - 31, Head - 27
HP Body - 280/420, Head - 200/300
Power Body - 282/705, Head - 105/263
Defense Body - 146/219, Head - 102/153
Speed Body - 30/45, Head - 32/48
Fire Half
Burn? Immune
Dizzy? Normal
Stat Down? Normal
KO? Immune
Experience Body - 800, Head - 200
Coins Body - 80, Head - 40
Item Drop Body - Star Candy, Head - Max Nut
Related Dark Mechawful.5, Mechawful, Fawful, Dark Fawful, Dark Star
  • The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.

Dark Mechawful is an enemy in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story that is a blue, robotic Fawful most likely invented by Fawful himself. They can be encountered in Peach's Castle. They are similar to normal Mechawfuls in appearance, but are blue instead of green, have a wheel rather than legs, and are only encountered by Bowser.

In battle, Dark Mechawfuls attack Bowser by coming up to him and starting a short countdown. When the number hits zero, the Dark Mechawful will attempt to punch Bowser. This can be avoided by hitting the X Button button right before the countdown hits zero to punch the robot and counterattack it as it lunges forward to hit Bowser. Another attack is when the Dark Mechawful shoots a giant, purple laser at Bowser. The player must hit Y Button to make Bowser duck and avoid it. The player will then have to make Bowser punch the robot with X Button before it smashes Bowser.

After taking a certain amount of damage, the head of the Dark Mechawful will fly to the top screen. If there are no other surviving Dark Mechawfuls in the battle, the head will fly away and the player will win the battle. But if another Dark Mechawful is in battle it will stay at the top screen where Bowser can inhale it. If Bowser does not inhale the head, it might summon another body, turning it into the Dark Mechawful.5. This body will have an iron grey cloak that makes it even more similar to the real Dark Fawful and boosts its defense, but a more important difference is that this Dark Mechawful's timer will go haywire when it hits the 2 second mark, making its attacks much more frustrating to counter and giving full incentive for Bowser to inhale the head before it gets that chance.

In Bowser's body, the head has two attacks. One attack involves the head flying over a Mario Bro. and trying to dive-bomb it, exactly like what the normal MechaFawfuls do, the Bros. need to counter this with their hammers. A second attack begins with the Dark Mechawful using a harmless red laser in varying patterns: this will soon be followed by a damaging array of stars that the Bros. must jump over. The stars follow the same pattern as the red laser, a fact which is useful in avoiding the attack.

Bowser can use the Vacuum Block to inhale a Blitty from the Dark Mechawfuls in Peach's Castle.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークメカコビッツ
Dāku Mekakobittsu
Dark Mechawful
Spanish (NOA) Mecawful Oscuro Dark Mechawful
Spanish (NOE) Mecánovitz Oscuro Dark Mechawful
French Mécacowitz Noir From mécanique (mechanical), Gracowitz (Fawful's French name) and noir (black).
German Finster-Krankomat From "Finster" (Dark), "Kranko-" (from Krankfried, Fawful's German name) and "-mat" (from Automat, meaning Automaton)
Italian Marchinghigno Oscuro From "Marchingegno" (Gimmick), "Sogghigno" (Fawful's Italian name) and "Oscuro" (Dark)


  • Dark Mechawfuls have many references to the final battles of the game:
    • The punching attack is similar to that used by Dark Bowser
    • The laser attack the Dark Mechawful uses on Bowser is quite similar to the lasers used by both the Dark Star and the Dark Star Core.
    • The head looks very similar to one of Fawful's forms after he is defeated by Bowser.
    • The Dark Mechawful.5 looks similar to Dark Fawful.