Shhwonk Fortress

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The underground area.
The above area.
The underground area.
The underground area.

Shhwonk Fortress is an underground fortress in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door where the Moon Stone and the Sun Stone are kept. It is beyond Petalburg and a few smaller stone fortresses. The Stone Keys found inside are used to open the pipe to Hooktail Castle.

Long ago, Shhwonk Fortress was a place of relief from monster invasions for Petalburg residents, but more recently it has been invaded by monsters and traversing to the ruins was recently outlawed without permission from Mayor Kroop. It is unknown when the fortress was built, but at least one of the fortresses located in the path to it is estimated by Goombella to be about a thousand years old.

Before Mario was allowed entrance, he had to participate in a quiz show with a Thwomp guarding the pipe to enter. After passing the quiz, Mario was allowed entrance into the Fortress, which was teeming with Fuzzies. After collecting the Sun and Moon Stones, Mario had to fight a Gold Fuzzy and its Fuzzy Horde in order to get out.

It is possible that Shhwonk Fortress is named after the similar-sounding Whomp's Fortress, a Whomp-filled mountain area which Mario explored during the events of Super Mario 64. Shhwonk Fortress may also be named after its Thwomp guardian; both "Thwomp!" and "Shhwonk!" are onomatopoeia for the same thing (an object crashing into the ground from above).


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スットンとりで
Sutton Toride
"Sutton Fortress". Derived from the English word "stone" and an anagram of Thwomp's Japanese name, Dossun (ドッスン).
Spanish Fortaleza de Piedra Stone Fortress
German Geröllburg Rubble Fortress
Italian Rocca Selvaggia Wild fortress