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Super Mario RPG enemy
Artichoker's sprite from SMRPG.
Location(s) Booster Pass
HP 200
Attack 50
Magic attack 27
Defense 54
Magic defense 24
Speed 7
Spells Static E!, Recover (CS)
Sp. attacks Stench, "Bubble Shot"
Items Fright Bomb (25%)
Exp. points 12
Coins 10
Misc. stats
FP 100
Evade 0%
Magic evade 20%
Strong Thunder
Weak Jump, Fire
Bonus Flower Defense Up! (40%)
Yoshi Cookie Mid Mushroom
Morph rate 100%
"Relax a little, okay?"

An Artichoker is an artichoke-like monster that resembles an ordinary shrub, appearing in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. However, it has tiny legs instead of roots, allowing it to move. The plant creature also has a head (that resembles a fish) that remains hidden behind its protective leaves. Both the legs and the head are revealed when an Artichoker attacks. Artichokers can be found in Booster Pass, where most of the time they remain stationary, appearing to be normal shrubs.

In battle, the Artichoker's leaves form a barrier that protect its head, giving the Artichoker high physical defense. Also, an Artichoker has two primary attacks when engaged in combat. The first is causing damage by scuttling around on its feet. An Artichoker can also shoot bubbles that cause damage on contact. Additionally, the Artichoker can use the lightning attack Static E!, and spray chemicals to poison Mario and his party. If an Artichoker is hit with a special attack, it will use Recover to heal itself or other enemies on the battlefield.

Artichokers are relatives of the Kriffids. Another plant-based monster, the Carroboscis, also resides in Booster Pass but is not related to the Artichoker.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ソソクサ
Pun on「そそくさ」(sosokusa, Japanese term for "hurriedly") and「草」(kusa, grass)