Glitz Pit

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Mario and Goombella watch the match between Rawk Hawk and The Koopinator.
An angle view of the arena.
Mario and Goombella watch the match between Rawk Hawk and The Koopinator.
Mario and Goombella watch the match between Rawk Hawk and The Koopinator.

Located in Glitzville, the Glitz Pit is an arena in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It is where Mario and his partners take on the fighter name "The Great Gonzales" and fight their way through in Chapter 3. There are many fighters here, including Rawk Hawk, KP Pete, Bandy Andy, the Armored Harriers, The Koopinator, Hamma, Bamma, & Flare, and even Bowser at one point, who barges into the ring and fights Mario and his teammates after they defeated the Magikoopa Masters. At first, Mario and his partners fight for the Champ's Belt which has the Gold Star on it, but the Gold Star later turns out fake. In the meanwhile, they gain a Yoshi partner and the Super Hammer as well as beginning to learn about the mysterious events happening around the arena. Grubba, the promoter, used the Gold Star to power his machine that's hidden under the arena. Ever since Jolene's brother, Prince Mush found out about his machine, Prince Mush mysteriously disappeared, so Jolene went undercover and enlisted Mario and his friends' help to defeat Grubba.

After Chapter 3, Jolene takes Grubba's duties and becomes the arena's manager. Mario and his partners can optionally return to the arena and fight from start. Several sidequests in the Trouble Center also requires returning to the arena to interact with Jolene.

The Glitz Pit can be accessed by either the first doorway in the main hall, or the second story door, up a flight of stairs. Mario can talk to spectators but can't get through the dense crowd. The fighters change whenever Mario enters the arena. While watching them, all they do is bump into each other. There are many fans and reporters in the Glitz Pit.

Oddly enough, on a poster in the foyer, there is a Bob-omb and a Bulky Bob-omb although no Bulky Bob-ombs are fought in the Glitz Pit. Macho Grubba is the true final boss of Glitz Pit.

Seven Wonders of the Glitz Pit[edit]

According to Bandy Andy, the fighters within the Glitz Pit are said to pass stories of a set of mysteries that surround the arena, at least prior to Mario's interference. Bandy Andy himself sets out to study these mysteries, but is forcibly silenced by Grubba when he learns too much. Throughout the subplot, all seven wonders are encountered, and most of them are explained.

  • The Sealed Wall - The remains of fallen athletes are rumored to be stored behind a sealed wall in a minor-league locker room. The wall is actually a large Yellow Block breakable with Mario's new Super Hammer. The room behind it does not contain the remains of fallen fighters, but research about the Crystal Stars in the form of Dubious Paper.
  • The Man-Eating Toilet - A toilet in a major-league locker room is said to devour anyone that attempts to use it. Mario encounters this toilet while escaping from Rawk Hawk's trap, using the "man-eating" toilet to travel to the toilet in the other major-league locker room for the Championship Match.
  • The Stairs of Mystery - An unknown room in the Glitz Pit has a second floor but no stairs, and groaning voices can be heard coming from above. This room is the Glitz Pit's storage room, which has a hidden switch to reveal the stairs. The groaning voices belong to the fighters that Grubba drained.
  • The Haunted Boudoir - The champion's room is rumored to be haunted. People within the room claim that they hear voices whispering from nowhere, supposedly the voices of athletes who lost to the champion. The voices are actually voices from Grubba's office, which is connected to the Champion's room by an air vent.
  • The Spooky Ring-Lights - Strange lights supposedly leak from under the ring doors when nobody is inside. This light is the light of Grubba's power-draining machine and/or the Gold Star. It is implied that Bandy Andy was caught investigating this secret.
  • The Missing Ones - Sometimes fighters disappear for no reason and never return, including the first champion, Prince Mush. These athletes disappeared as the result of their power being drained by Grubba's machine, and the three known vanished fighters return after Macho Grubba is defeated.
  • Grubba and Jolene - The first part of this wonder is that Grubba is muscular despite being past sixty-years old. This is explained mostly by his use of the power-draining machine. Secondly, Jolene has been known to suddenly vanish. This is explained by Jolene taking up an alternate identity (e-mailing Mario under the pseudonym of "X"), who can frequently be seen in the juice bar outside the arena.

The rankings[edit]

Glitz Pit Fighters
Rank Picture Name Secondary Name Members Storyline
Champ RawkHawkPMTTYD.png Rawk Hawk The Feral Nuclear Reactor Rawk Hawk Before the battle, Rawk Hawk tricks a Glitz Pit Security into locking Mario in a damp room. Mario & co. make an escape through the toilet. Grubba will order Mario to use a Special Move at least once, but it is actually unnecessary for the storyline to progress. After the battle, Mario receives the Champ's Belt. In the champ's room, Mario & co. hear a voice in the air vent, and are told via e-mail to find it. In the air vent, they hear Grubba saying that he is going to eliminate Jolene and Gonzales (Mario). In Grubba's office, they find a paper about how the Gold Star powers a machine that sucks the power out of people, and that Grubba is running the arena in order to find strong people to drain like King K and Bandy Andy. When Grubba drops in, they confront him, and defeats him at the arena. Finally, Jolene comes and thanks Mario for defeating Grubba. She reveals that she has been instructing Mario via email under the name of X, and that she has become the helper of Grubba just to approach him and find out about her missing brother. In the meanwhile, her brother, Prince Mush, is released from the machine and reunites with Jolene. Jolene gratefully allows Mario to take the Crystal Star, marking a happy ending of Chapter 3.
1 Koopinator.PNG The Koopinator The Razor Blade Brigadier Dark Koopatrol Mario is told by Jolene via email to remove the Gonzales posters in the lobby. After he removes the one to the left of the second-floor door to the arena with Flurrie, he finds another Storage Key and is then told to go to the second floor of the storage room. There, he finds Bandy Andy and King K thrown under a big Yellow Block. It turns out that it is Jolene (under the name "X" in the email) who wants to show Mario what is going on.
2 Chompcountry.png Chomp Country The Red Ore Fear Orbs Two Red Chomps
3 HammaBammaFlare.png Hamma, Bamma, & Flare The Big Bad Brute Bros. Hammer Bro, Fire Bro, Boomerang Bro Mario receives a threatening email again from Grubba. After Mario makes a reservation, Jolene will bring a cake from Rawk Hawk. The cake is poisoned, and if the player eats it, Mario's partner will be poisoned and unavailable. And if Mario ignores it, Shellshock will eat it while Mario & co. go for the next battle and will be poisoned.
4 Dark craw.PNG Craw-Daddy The Dark Gatekeeper Dark Craw Mario is told by Jolene via email to go to the telephone booth. Meeting Rawk Hawk on the way, Mario finds a Storage Key and told again to go to the storage room near Grubba's office. He meets Jolene by the door, who pretends to tell him to stay away (this happens earlier if Mario goes there before). Inside Mario finds Ms. Mowz stealing stuff again, who mentions the "poor souls" upstairs. Hinted by another email, Mario finds the hidden stairs in the room and reaches an air vent, where he hears Jolene and Grubba discussing fighters going missing.
5 PM2 MagikoopaMasters.png The Magikoopa Masters The Underworld Servants Red Magikoopa, Green Magikoopa, White Magikoopa After Mario & co. win the battle, they will be challenged by Bowser.
6 TheFuzz.png The Fuzz The Bottomless Vacuums Fuzzy, Green Fuzzy*, Flower Fuzzy Jolene leaves a cake from a fan to Mario. This cake is not poisoned. If Mario & co do not eat it, Shellshock will eat it while Mario & co go for the next battle.
7 PM2 Shellshockers.png The Shellshockers The Turtles of Hurtle Two Shady Koopas & One Shady Paratroopa After the Shellshockers are defeated, the Armored Harriers challenges Mario's team again. Mario receives a threatening email after the battles.
8 Poker faces.PNG The Poker Faces The Ultimate Weapons Two Bristles Mario is told by X via email to go to the Fresh Juice Bar outside the Glitz Pit. After he receives the Super Hammer from Podler in the juice bar, he is told to smash the blockade in the minor-league locker room. Behind the blockade, he finds the Dubious Paper and reads it, but it is then confiscated by Jolene.
9 Tiny Spinies.PNG The Tiny Spinies The Thorny Demons Two Red Spike Tops
10 Iron clefts.PNG The Armored Harriers The Iron Adonis Twins Two Iron Clefts After Mario gets the Yoshi egg and fails the battle, the Yoshi egg will hatch, and the Yoshi kid will ask Mario to name them. With the new Yoshi, Mario's team is able to defeat the Armored Harriers and get to the major-league locker room. They also receive 30 coins from Grubba. In the major-league locker room, Rawk Hawk drops in and Mario & co. find that the Crystal Star on his belt is fake. Mario also receives an email from "X".
11 PM2 Bob-ombSquad.png The Bob-omb Squad The Big Bomb Boomers Four Bob-ombs Master Crash and Cleftor will be talking about King K's leave, and Jolene will be teaching Sir Swoop how to use the terminal.
12 Punk Rocks.PNG The Punk Rocks The Green Torture Squad Three Hyper Bald Clefts King K will be missing.
13 PM2 Mind-Bogglers.png The Mind-Bogglers The Gray Entanglers Pale Piranha, Dark Puff, Pider King K will tell Mario that he is going to retire.
14 HanditoversTTYDscreenshot.PNG The Hand-It-Overs The Grim Death Burglars Two Bandits & Two Big Bandits King K will mention a "stunnin' babe" at the Fresh Juice Shop, which probably refers to Jolene.
15 SpikeStorm.png Spike Storm The Midnight Spike-Bombers Two* Spinies & One Lakitu King K will mention the new "menu item" in the Hot Dog Stand outside. Mario can go there and check the Yoshi egg at any time, but the Yoshi is needed in the Armored Harriers battle.
16 The Dead bones.png The Dead Bones The Bone-Rattling Rockers Three* Dull Bones Mario will hear someone crying whose foot hurts in the corridor while King K chats with him.
17 PokeyTriplet.png The Pokey Triplets The Spiked Terror Triplets Three* Pokeys Bandy Andy will be caught by Jolene and sent back to the room. After a chat with King K, he sneaks out again.
18 KP Koopas.png The KP Koopas The Shell Machines of Doom Two KP Koopas & One KP Paratroopa
19 Goomba bros.png The Goomba Bros. The Meteorite Hardheads; however, they are called the Hoppin' Hardheads the first time the player faces them Five Goombas King K introduces to him the other fighters in the locker room—Master Crash, Bandy Andy, and Cleftor. he will be talking to Mario often in the next few battles.
20 1000yeardoor.jpg The Great Gonzales The Merciless Executioner; known as the Superstar Sequel if Mario enters the Glitz Pit again after Chapter 3 Mario & Co. First arriving at Glitzville, Mario and his partners spot Rawk Hawk showing his belt while battling The Koopinator in the arena. The belt has a (fake) Crystal Star on it, and Mario and his partners decide to sign up and fight to the top rank to earn it.
PMTTYD Wings of Night screenshot.png
Wings of Night
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Destructors

In addition, after the disappearance of Bandy Andy and King K, their team, the Hand-It-Overs and the KP Koopas, are temporarily removed from the roster and replaced with two new teams:

* = Enemies that can duplicate themselves.

As Mario rises through the ranks, the rankings between other contendors may shuffle. The only fighters whose positions stay the same are The Goomba Bros., The KP Koopas, The Pokey Triplets, The Dead Bones, The Armored Harriers, The Shellshockers, The Koopinator, and Rawk Hawk.

Partner quotes[edit]

Mario's partner will say something before Grubba (Jolene after Chapter 3) announces Mario's opponent(s) that the player is about to fight. If the player beats their opponent, they'll say something after Grubba (Jolene after Chapter 3) announces that Mario won.

Before Battle[edit]

  • Goombella - "We aren't gonna lose to scrubs like YOU!"
  • Koops - "I'll try not to get in your way, Mario..."
  • Flurrie - "Here we go, darling! Time to shine!"
  • Yoshi - "Lemme at 'em! Yeah! Bring it! You ready for a beating?"
  • Vivian (after Chapter 4) - "You're about to have a really terrible experience!"
  • Bobbery (after Chapter 5) - "Leave it all to me, old boy! I shan't need help!"
  • Ms. Mowz (after solving her trouble) - "You look a bit weak to be fighting us... Mmm hmm hmm!"

After Battle[edit]

  • Goombella - "See!?! No biggie!"
  • Koops - "We...won? Cool!"
  • Flurrie - "Why, that was no fuss whatsoever!"
  • Yoshi - "Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! How'd that floor taste?"
  • Vivian (after Chapter 4) - "Looks like we overdid it a little bit... Are they OK?"
  • Bobbery (after Chapter 5) - "I suggest you try a bit harder against the likes of us, hm?"
  • Ms. Mowz (after solving her trouble) - "Well, what did you expect?"

Enemies[edit]

For a detailed listing of enemy formations in the Glitz Pit, see here.


Items[edit]

Item Icon Location
Battle Trunks ×20 Battle trunks.PNG All in the storeroom during Jolene's trouble.
Champ's Belt Belt.PNG Won after defeating Rawk Hawk.
Charge P Chargep.gif In the first-floor storeroom, it can be found among the boxes in the northeast corner with Flurrie's help.
Dubious Paper Dubious papers.png In the minor league locker room, it can be found on top of the shelf in the room to the left.
Gold Star PM2 Gold Star.PNG Given to Mario after he helps Jolene defeat Macho Grubba at the end of Chapter 3.
HP Plus P Hpplusp.gif In the second-floor storeroom, it can be found on top of the big box in the left.
Ice Storm IceStorm.PNG In the major-league room, it can be found in the northwest corner.
Last Stand Laststand.gif In the corridor of the Glitz Pit, it can be found in a blue box near the right entrance.
Shine Sprite PMTTYDShinespritesprite.png In the second-floor storeroom, it can be found by the north wall between the boxes.
Star Piece Star Piece.GIF In the lobby, one is under a panel in the wall corner to the northwest of the entrance.
In the office, one is in the drawer near the computer.
In the office, one is behind the plant in the southwest.
In the first-floor storage room, one is under a panel on the floor.
To the right of the second-floor storage room, one is among the rightmost boxes.
Storage Key PM2 StorageKey.gif In the second-floor lobby, it can be found behind the leftmost poster during one of X's missions.
Wrestling Mag Wrestlingmag.gif In the office, it is held by Jolene and given to Mario during Toodles's trouble.

Area tattles[edit]

  • This is the Glitz Pit lobby. It's pretty nice, actually! Sturdily built, nice decor. And what can you say about that luxurious chandelier except... FABULOUS!!!
  • This is the Glitz Pit itself! That's the ring in the middle. That's where all the magic happens. And by "magic," I mean brutal beatdowns.
  • This is a backstage corridor. Compared to the Glitz Pit, this is so... businesslike. There's security all OVER, so you can't just wander around wherever you want.
  • This is a minor-league locker room. It's kind of, uh... Well, it's pretty disgusting. It's totally different from the first room they showed. The old bait-and-switch... You think they make it totally gross so fighters will try harder to advance?
  • This is a major-league locker room. Everybody here dreams of reaching the top... You can almost feel the intensity of their ambition in the air... It's weird... Speaking of weirdness, there's ALWAYS someone in the bathroom. Creepy! Y'know, it's kinda necessary to have access to a bathroom now and then...
  • This is a minor-league locker room. It's just as gnarly as the one we were in. If you check the lockers or behind the posters, I bet there are stains and graffiti.
  • This is another locker room for major-league competitors. It's opposite the other one. Why was there a hidden room behind the lockers, anyway? What would it be used for? Mysteries are totally everywhere in the Glitz Pit!
  • This is the champ's room. Yeah... This has to be like, the WORST decorating ever! Like that tiger-print bed... I mean, COME ON! Think Rawk Hawk designed it? Or maybe Grubba? It couldn't be...Jolene?
  • This is the Glitz Pit storeroom. They must keep props or something in here. There's a second floor, too. If you see anything odd, don't forget your partners...
  • This is the storeroom. There are lots of wooden crates here, that's for sure. But it doesn't seem to be in use now, does it? I mean, it's COVERED in dust!
  • This is the promoter's room. It's fitting... It has sort of a relaxed authority, y'know? This is where the pairings for each match get decided. Neat!
  • We're in the ventilation duct. It's really cramped in here. And musty. And dank.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese とうぎ
Tōgijō
Arena
Spanish Arena Dojo
El Coliseo
Dojo Arena
The Coliseum
French Arènes de Yunnanville Glitzville Arenas
German Falkenheim-Arena Glitzville Arena

Trivia[edit]

  • If the player were to choose to return to the Glitz Pit and got back up to 1st place, during the Championship Match, the crowd will chant "GONZALES! GONZALES!". However, there is one who will say "JUMPMAN!!! Wait, who?". This is oddly enough, a reference to Mario's original name in the classic arcade game Donkey Kong, as in the game, he was called Jumpman rather than Mario.
  • Glitz Blade, one of the Sammer Guys in Super Paper Mario refers to the arena.