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Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Location(s) Dimble Wood
Battled by
Level 22
HP 110/165
Power 63/158
Defense 57/86
Speed 37/56
Fire Double
Burn? Double
Dizzy? Half
Stat Down? Normal
KO? Normal
Experience 240
Coins 55
Item Drop Refreshing Herb (10%)
Internal ID
Two Sockops accompanied by a giant Sockop.
Luigi fighting in the Sockop boss's stomach

Sockops are sock-like pitcher plant enemies encountered in Dimble Wood during Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Sockop is a pun of the dance "sockhop". Sockop could also refer to its sock shape. They enjoy eating Attack Piece Blocks and are capable of swallowing humans as well. If Mario or Luigi tries to jump on them, he is sucked into the hole on the top of the Sockop's head. The player then has to mash A Button for Mario or B Button for Luigi repeatedly in order to escape, otherwise, the brother may be damaged or poisoned. They attack by tackling the brothers. Normally, they run at one brother, then turn around and run at them again. However, if some honey comes out of the top of them, they charge at the first brother and go offscreen, coming back to hit the other brother from behind. They can also steal some of the Bros.' HP and heal themselves with it; they have been known to drain HP.

Later in the game, Mario is captured by the Sockops and Luigi has to rescue him, getting stuck inside a Sockop in the process. While he is stuck inside the Sockop, Luigi can communicate with them, and doesn't have to fight them. He can also traverse the bramble patches spread throughout the wood. They have a boss - one giant Sockop that is shrunk down to normal size during the events in the game. This aforementioned boss is the Sockop that Luigi ends up using as a "puppet".

Notable Sockops[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ショクチュ
Derived from 「食虫」 shokuchū, meaning "insectivore."
Spanish (NOA) Brincalcetín Pun on Brincar (Hop) and Calcetín (Sock).
Spanish (NOE) Plancetín Pun on Planta (Plant) and Calcetín (Sock).
French Chochette Pun on "chaussette" (sock).
Italian Calzasacco Combination of the words "calza" (sock) and "sacco" (sack).


Kuribo the Sockop.
  • Sockops are similar to the Kuribo's Shoe, a power-up found in Super Mario Bros. 3. One of the Sockops is even revealed to be named Kuribo. At a certain point, another Sockop is even ridden and used hop on thorns.
  • Sockops are one of the few non-boss enemies that are known to speak.