Mt. Rugged

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Mario and Parakarry climbing up Mt. Rugged.

Mt. Rugged is a mountain that Mario, Goombario, Kooper and Bombette climb in Paper Mario. Mt. Rugged has a station where the K64 train from Toad Town stops frequently. This is where they meet Parakarry, the mail-delivering Paratroopa who later joins the party. They also have to face Buzzar, Bowser's minion. Buzzar won't let Mario and co. enter the Desert if Mario says his name is Mario or Peach, and Mario and company will have to fight him. He will let Mario and co. enter without a fight if Mario says his name is Luigi.

Enemies found[edit]


For enemy formations in Mt. Rugged, see here.

Items found[edit]

Name of Item Icon Found In
Star Piece PM StarPiece.gif Under a hidden panel in the corner the slope leads to in the third scene.
On a ledge in the fourth scene.
In the southwestern corner of the room to the north of the second room (requires Parakarry).
Letter PM-Letter.png On a big stone in the third scene (requires Kooper).
Down the cliff in the fifth scene.
In the room to the north of the second room, accessible after sliding the slope.
Magical Seed PM Magical Seed purple.png Given by the Bub-ulb (requires Parakarry).
Egg PaperMario Items Egg.png In a bush near the Dry Dry Railroad station.
Whacka Bump PaperMario Items WhackasBump.png Dropped by hitting Whacka.
Sleepy Sheep PaperMario Items SleepySheep.png In a question block at the southeastern corner of the second scene.
Mushroom PaperMario Items Mushroom.png In a question block at the scene to the north of the second room.
Honey Syrup PaperMario Items HoneySyrup.png In a question block at the scene to the north of the second room.
Quake Hammer Quake hammer badge.PNG On a big stone in the third scene (requires Parakarry).
Damage Dodge Damage dodge badge.PNG In the scene to the north of the second room, by going in the cave for a chest box.

Area goals[edit]

When Mario meets Parakarry, he tells them that he has lost letters all over the Mushroom Kingdom; several on Mt. Rugged. Mario must first locate Parakarry's three letters on Mt. Rugged before Parakarry will join his party. Mario needs Parakarry to hover across a broken bridge on the mountain, so he cannot progress until all three Parakarry's letters are located.

Mario also has the choice of battling Buzzar, which can help get him Star Points; alternately, he can tell Buzzar that he is Luigi, and Buzzar will surprisingly leave him alone.

Monty Moles are faced here on Mt. Rugged for the first time, and pop up out of nowhere in the mountainous dirt.

Mario can also find treasures hidden around on the mountain, often in small mountain balconies that waterfalls can loom over; he can find treasures down in lower areas of the mountain using Parakarry's gliding move as well.

A Super Block can also be found on Mt. Rugged, but only after getting the Super Hammer from Dry Dry Ruins.


Whacka is found on Mt. Rugged. When Whacka is hit with Mario's Hammer, an item appears from his head called Whacka's Bump. Eight of these can be gotten from Whacka until he disappears.

Area Tattles[edit]

  • This is the Mt. Rugged station on the Dry Dry Railroad line. Not much grows around here or on the barren mountain.
  • What a steep mountain!
  • Watch out for the sneaky Monty Moles that are common to this area. They're dirty fighters. They pop up from underground and chuck rocks at people. The cowards!
  • Phew! Maybe we ought to take a break! I didn't realize the road up would be so rough! Of course, as nice as it would be to take five on a rock, you have to watch yourself. Enemies disguise themselves as rocks. They're nasty and spiky, so keep your eyes open.
  • Whoa! We're pretty high up! Ooog... I feel a little faint. I never told you this before, but I have a fear of heights.

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 ゴツゴツ
Gotsugotsu Yama
Craggy Mountain. The Toad worker at the Mt. Rugged station in the Japanese version of Paper Mario refers to it as ゴツゴツやま, indicating that the kanji 山 should follow its Kun-reading, やま.
Spanish Monte Escarpado Sheer Mount
French Mont Accidenté Rugged Mount
German Klippenberg Cliff Mountain
Chinese 乱石山
Luànshí Shān
Riprap Mountain (from iQue's localization of Paper Mario)