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Image of an Artichoker from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
Artichoker from Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)

An Artichoker is an artichoke-like monster that resembles an ordinary shrub, appearing in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake. However, it has tiny legs instead of roots, allowing it to move. The plant creature also has a fish-like head that remains hidden behind its 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.

Also, an Artichoker has two primary attacks when engaged in combat. The first is causing damage by scuttling around on its feet. It can also shoot bubbles that cause damage on contact. Additionally, Artichokers can use the lightning attack Static Electricity or poison party members with Stench. If an Artichoker is hit with a special attack, it will use Recover to heal itself or other enemies on the battlefield.

Another plant-based monster, the Carroboscis, also resides in Booster Pass but is not related to the Artichoker. A more powerful variant of Artichoker, known as Kriffid, can be found in Land's End and Bean Valley.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

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

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Super Mario RPG enemy
Image of an Artichoker from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG HP 200 Weak Elements JumpFire Drops Fright Bomb
Exp. 12 Weak Statuses FearPoisonSleepMute Rare Drops N/A
Found in Booster Pass
Monster List profile It's a little-known fact that these came first, and that the vegetables were named for their resemblance to the deadly monster.
Thought Peek "Relax a little. Have a veggie or two."


Names in other languages[edit]

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

Chinese 慌忙草
Huāngmáng Cǎo
Panic Grass

Dutch Artischok
Pun on Artisjok ("artichoke") and Schok ("shock")
French Forticho
Pun on fortiche ("clever" in the informal way) and artichaut ("artichoke")
German Artischock
Pun on Artischocke ("artichoke") and Schock ("shock")
Italian Carciofolo
Diminutive of carciofo ("artichoke")
Korean 허둥초
From "허둥지둥" (heodung-jidung, "hurriedly") and "" (cho, Hanja form of "grass")

Spanish Carnichofo
Portmanteau of carnívoro ("carnivore") and a masculine form of alcachofa ("artichoke")