Gusty Gulch

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Gusty Gulch
Gusty Gulch.png
Mario and Lady Bow in Gusty Gulch.
Greater Location Mushroom Kingdom, beyond Forever Forest
Ruler Tubba Blubba (once)
Inhabitants Boos, notably Stanley and Herbert
First Appearance Paper Mario (2000)

Gusty Gulch is a small wasteland where peasant Boos and "hyper" versions of other creatures live in Paper Mario. It is located in the east of Forever Forest and can be reached by passing the back gate of Boo's Mansion. The area consists of three parts: the Windy Mill at the base of the gulch, a village where the peasant Boos live, and some cliffs in the east. Tubba Blubba's Castle can be found at the end of the cliff area.

The Boos suffer attack from Tubba Blubba until his defeat. When Mario first visits the village, Tubba Blubba comes along and eats one named Stanley. Unfortunately, he was just the latest in a long line of tasty ghost treats. Later in the chapter, Mario defeats Tubba Blubba in the Windy Mill area, therefore freeing the Boos. It is revealed that the Boos actually live in the abandoned village, and that they did not build the town.

Gusty Gulch is similar to Twilight Trail in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and Tubba Blubba greatly resembles Macho Grubba from the Glitz Pit. The in-game map description reads, "Boos like to hang around this deserted gulch. On the ridge is the castle of the Invincible Tubba Blubba."

History[edit]

Tubba Blubba eating a Boo in the Gusty Gulch village.

In Chapter 3, Mario and Lady Bow head for Tubba Blubba's Castle to defeat Tubba Blubba and help the Boos, for which Lady Bow promises to give him Skolar as a reward. When they pass the village, they learned that Tubba Blubba has come there the day before and eaten Herbert. Not short after that, Tubba Blubba comes in the flesh to eat the Boos. The Boos hide, so do the two with Lady Bow's Outta Sight ability. However, Stanley is late and is caught by Tubba Blubba, eaten.

Later in the chapter, Mario and Lady Bow are caught stealing the Yakkey in Tubba Blubba's Castle. Six Boos from the Gusty Gulch village come to help Bow and, after the two come out, block the door to stop Tubba Blubba from going out. The two run away, passing the village and opening the Windy Mill at the base of the gulch with Yakkey. They find that Tubba Blubba's secret is his heart hiding deep down the mill. After the heart is defeated, it jumps out of the mill and reunites with Tubba Blubba who has chased down. This makes Tubba Blubba no longer invincible and easily beaten.

After Tubba Blubba is defeated, the Boos he has eaten are released from his body and return to Gusty Gulch, Stanley and Herbert included. The Boos at Gusty Gulch will write Lady Bow an admiration letter, which the player can read at the Post Office in Toad Town. The letter thanks her for her effort, saying that they are throwing a party and Bow is invited to it after she is done with her quest.

At the end of the game, two Boos come to the party at Princess Peach's Castle, one from Boo's Mansion and one from Gusty Gulch. The latter mentions that the Boos are going to have a wedding ceremony at Gusty Gulch.

There is a Save Block and a Heart Block in the village, as well as a hidden (but not invisible) block in the easternmost house in the first scene containing one coin. One of Koopa Koot's favors involves retrieving a Package from a Boo in the Gusty Gulch village. In the cliff area east of the village, there is a Letter by a branch on the ground which can be delivered to Igor in Boo's Mansion. When he receives it, he mentions that it is an order from Gusty Gulch.

Enemies found[edit]

For enemy formations in Gusty Gulch, see here.

Items found[edit]

Item Icon Location
Star Piece PM StarPiece.gif Under a hidden panel near the gate to Boo's Mansion
Behind a rock near the entrance of Tubba Blubba's Castle.
Package PM Package.png Given by a Boo while doing Koopa Koot's favors.
Dizzy Dial PaperMario Items DizzyDial.png On a big stone one scene to the east of the Boo's area (requires Kooper).
Repel Gel PaperMario Items RepelGel.png In a question block one scene to the east of the Boo's area.
Letter PM-Letter.png Behind a branch one scene to the east of the Boo's area.
Super Shroom PaperMario Items SuperShroom.png In a question block one scene before Tubba Blubba's Castle.

Area tattles[edit]

  • There's a windmill. Those vanes are turning really slowly. The sound of it turning is sort of lonely.
  • Somebody told me that if a house is dilapidated, it means it's crumbly and deserted. That sounds like this place. Goompa said Boos love this sort of place.
  • The way that house leans is bizarre, isn't it? Why do Boos like homes like these?
  • It's Gusty Gulch. Watch your step on the rocky slopes. You also have to beware of strange creatures. My dad would say that going through here builds character...
  • It's Gusty Gulch. It looks like there's a gap over there that won't be easy to cross. You'll need some help. Let's be quick but careful. I don't like the looks of the creatures around here.
  • We've reached the top of Gusty Gulch. That building is Tubba Blubba's Castle, isn't it? The land here is totally barren. Was it always like this?

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Names in other languages[edit]

Bowser's CastlePrincess Peach's CastleStar HavenStar WayShiver CityShiver SnowfieldStarborn ValleyShiver MountainCrystal PalaceGoomba VillageGoomba King's FortressMario's HouseShy Guy's Toy BoxClub 64Toad Town DojoShooting Star SummitKoopa VillageKoopa Bros. FortressWindy MillTubba Blubba's CastlePleasant PathDry Dry RailroadToad TownGoomba RoadFlower FieldsBoo's MansionForever ForestDry Dry OutpostDry Dry DesertMt. RuggedGusty GulchYoshi's VillageMt. LavalavaJade JungleLavalava Island
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Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピューピューヒル
Pyūpyū Hiru
Windy Hill. Pyūpyū is an onomatopoeia of blowing winds.
Spanish Barranco Borrascoso Gusty Cliff
French Ravin Ventu Gusty Gulch
German Windige Schlucht Windy Canyon
Portuguese Ravina Tempestuosa Gusty Gulch
Chinese 风啸谷
Fēngxiāo Gǔ
Wind-howling Valley

Trivia[edit]

  • It is quite possible that Gusty Gulch is based on the real-life location of La Mancha, Spain. This area of Spain is a windy, arid plain, and is littered with windmills - a description that fits Gusty Gulch quite well. Also, the background music of Gusty Gulch seems to incorporate a Spanish-inspired flavor.

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