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Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Internal ID
Location(s) Nerve Cluster
Battled by
HP 326/489 (with challenge medal)
Power 50/125
Defense 38/57
Speed 38/57
Experience 300
Coins 120/405
Items Super Nut
Gear POW Gloves
Related Wisdurm

Durmite is a caterpillar-like boss found inside Bowser's body in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. The creature wears a hot pink ribbon on her head, has angry eyes, and a funnel-like snout, similar to Birdo's trunk. Her body is somewhat similar to a Wiggler, only with small, pink feet, and a white/yellow line splitting the wiggler-birdo's colors. One half green-blue, and the other side pink.


Durmite came from a very large carrot from a Wiggler's garden that Bowser was forced to eat, and then battle the Wiggler. A short time after beating the Wiggler, Bowser got a major stomachache that came from Durmite absorbing his energy from within. The Mario brothers must defeat Durmite and so continue their adventure. Durmite reveals that she is actually Wisdurm, the guardian of the first Star Cure, after Mario and Luigi catch up with her in the Energy Hold.

In battle, Durmite attacks the Mario Bros. in many ways. One of her attacks turns her completely red from anger, like wigglers do, and charge at Mario or Luigi. The plumbers can counter this attack using their hammers, dealing damage to Durmite. However, Durmite can use keen attacks, such as spiting a sticky string from her snout to capture either Mario or Luigi and eat them. After eating the victim, Durmite can spit out her meal for an attack against the heroes or sometimes release the victim from her rear to hit the target to the back and lose speed then.

Durmite will summon Biffiduses to fight for her, which she can devour, then shoot their spears from her snout at Mario or Luigi. These spears must be jumped over. These attacks can be avoided using a timely jump. Durmite will sometimes summon a straw from her mouth, which allows her to regain her health. The brothers must take a quick action on destroying the straw which stops Durmite from sucking nutrients.


Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Internal ID
Location(s) Nerve Cluster
Battled by
HP 16/24 (with challenge medal)
Power 30/75
Defense 17/26
Speed 25/38
Experience 0
Coins 0
Items Mushroom
Gear None
Related None

The Straw is a heart-shaped object that Durmite uses in battle to steal Bowser's HP. It has no physical attacks, but is merely used by Durmite to recover HP. The Straw is a light shade of purple, and is a part of Durmite, acting as a proboscis.

Whenever the Straw appears, a tribe of Biffidus usually appears to defend Durmite and attempt to distract the Mario Bros., while Durmite recovers HP. The Straw does not need to be destroyed, however, it can be, and if done so, it will prevent Durmite from regaining HP (until Durmite uses it again).

Durmite X[edit]

Main article: Durmite X

Like many bosses in the game, Durmite also has an X counterpart called Durmite X which is a boss encountered in the Challenge Node inside Bowser's body. It battles just like Durmite, but has stronger attacks. Biffidus X also appears. Durmite X can still use her straw, but it is now called Straw X and will recover 80 HP as opposed to the 40 HP the regular Durmite replenishes.

Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese イモーヌImōnu From 「芋虫」 Imomushi, meaning hornworm.
Spanish (NOA) Larvella From Larva and bella, meaning beautiful.
Spanish (NOE) Batoruga From Oruga, meaning caterpillar.
French (NOA) Larvelle From Larve, which means larva and Belle, meaning beautiful
French (NOE) Jeanille From Jeanne, a common female French name, and chenille, meaning caterpillar
German Raupythia From Raupe, meaning caterpillar. And "Cynthia", Female name.
Italian Bruchilde From "Bruco" (caterpillar) and "Leonilde", uncommon italian name.
Korean 애번느
From 애벌레 Aebeolle, meaning "Larva", and possibly from the French female name "Jeanne".


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ストローSutorō Straw
Spanish (NOA) Popote Straw
Spanish (NOE) Lenguajita From lengua (tongue) and pajita (straw).
French Paille Straw
German Halm Straw