Kretin

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Battle with Kretins

Kretin (known as Keratin in the PAL release) is a molecule with two forms called Alpha Kretin and Beta Kretin (Alpha Keratin and Beta Keratin in the PAL release) who, in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, kidnaps Princess Peach. After a long chase in the Flab Zone, Mario & Luigi finally reached Kretin. Using the spin move, Mario and Luigi free Peach from the grips of it, but immediately get attacked by Kretin. Just before the battle, Luigi asks Starlow to fight Kretin instead of him. Starlow doesn't like his idea and smacks Luigi into Kretin, starting the battle.

In battle, Kretin will begin in its Alpha Kretin form. Each individual unit of Kretin can be either red (with angry eyes in the remake) or green (with shocked eyes in the remake), and can only be damaged by the Mario brother of the corresponding color. When one unit receives enough damage, it turns blue (with closed eyes in the remake) and is defeated. After all the six parts of Kretin are blue, it will fall apart. Five units disappear, but one remains. It will proceed to create five clones in a hexagon pattern. These clones are very weak and are defeated in a single attack. If a duplicate is defeated, the real Kretin will simply create another on the next turn. Creating a new clone does not take up a full turn; Kretin can recreate the duplicate and attack in the same turn.

The Alpha Kretin's only attack is creating a ball of blue electric energy that will move through its body. It will then start to glow, turning its arm into a cannon shape. The Alpha Kretin will start to shoot balls of energy towards the Bros. The player can know which Bro. the ball will go toward by the order the beam went through the body, red for Mario, green for Luigi, and blue for neither bro. This means that the more Kretins defeated, the less balls Alpha Kretin can shoot. This attack is countered with hammers. If hit the, Bros. can get a DEF-Down. In its Beta Kretin form, it will create five duplicates of itself and start to jump around, trying to confuse the player by jumping to a different position. If a fake Beta Kretin is defeated, the real one will just create another copy. Its main attack is surrounding the bros in a hexagon shape. They will all start to charge up electricity. When one of the Kretins jumps, that's where the electricity will move on to. This attack can be avoided by jumping. After the fight, Kretin is defeated. A stronger version of Kretin can be fought in The Gauntlet, this form is known as Kretin X.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Alpha Kretin
MLBISAlphaKretin.png HP 20 (30) POW 40 (100) DEF 23 (35) SPEED 30 (45) Coins 0 (0)
Level 11 Fire Normal Burn? Immune Battled by Mario and Luigi Location(s) Flab Zone
Dizzy? Immune Stat Down? Normal KO? Immune Experience 0 Item Drop --
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Beta Kretin
MLBISBetaKretin.png HP 385 (578) POW 40 (100) DEF 39 (59) SPEED 42 (63) Coins 200 (300)
Level 11 Fire Normal Burn? Immune Battled by Mario and Luigi Location(s) Flab Zone
Dizzy? Immune Stat Down? Normal KO? Immune Experience 700 Item Drop Max Syrup Jar - 100%
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
Alpha Kretin
MLBISBJJAlphaKretin.png HP: 1 POW: 44 DEF: 36 SPEED: 30 Experience: 0
Fire: Weak Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 0
Burn: Immune Dizzy: Immune Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: None - 0%
None - 0%
Level:           11 Location(s): Flab Zone
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
Beta Kretin
MLBISBJJBetaKretin.png HP: 333 POW: 60 DEF: 48 SPEED: 42 Experience: 700
Fire: Weak Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 200
Burn: Immune Dizzy: Immune Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: None - 0%
Bros. Wear - 100%
Level:           11 Location(s): Flab Zone
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
Beta Kretin (Clone)
MLBISBJJBetaKretin.png HP: 1 POW: 50 DEF: 17 SPEED: 42 Experience: 0
Fire: Weak Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 0
Burn: Immune Dizzy: Immune Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: None - 0%
None - 0%
Level:           11 Location(s): Flab Zone

Names in other languages[edit]

Alternate form

Alpha Kretin[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アルカロテン
Aru Karoten
α-carotene
Spanish (NOA) Kretina Alfa Alpha Kretin
Spanish (NOE) Karotenio From α-carotene
French (NOA) Krétine Alpha Alpha Kretin
French (NOE) Alphacaro From α-carotene
German Alpha-Karotino From α-carotene
Italian Alfa Carotene From α-carotene
Korean 알파카로팅
Alpa Karoting
Pun on α-carotene

Beta Kretin[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ベタカロテン
Beta Karoten
β-carotene
Spanish (NOA) Kretina Beta Beta Kretin
Spanish (NOE) Betakarotino From β-carotene
French (NOA) Krétine Bêta Beta Kretin
French (NOE) Bétacaro From β-carotene
German Beta-Karotino From β-carotene
Italian Beta Carotene From β-carotene
Korean 베타카로팅
Beta Karoting
Pun on β-carotene

Trivia[edit]

  • Alpha Kretin vaguely resembles the logo of AlphaDream, the company that creates the Mario & Luigi series.
  • "Kretin" comes from "keratin", a body chemical, and "cretin", a derogatory term for a bully.
    • This doesn't apply to the UK release, as they are known as "Keratins" instead of "Kretins."