Big Lantern Ghost

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This article is about the boss from Paper Mario. For the enemy from Yoshi's New Island, see Mega Kantera.
Paper Mario enemy
Big Lantern Ghost
Battle idle animation of the Big Lantern Ghost from Paper Mario
Location(s) Shy Guy's Toy Box
Max HP 40
Attack 5
Defense 0
Moves Heavy Jump (5), Light Beam (2, Mario; 2, Partner), Lantern Extinguish
Type Ground
Items N/A
Coins N/A
Misc. stats
Level 42
Run N/A
Strong None
Weak None
Sleep? 40%, -1
Dizzy? 50%, -1
Shock? 60%, -1
Shrink? 0%, 0
Stop? 60%, -2
Fright? 0%
Air Lift? 0%
Hurricane? 0%

This is a Big Lantern Ghost. He avoids attacks by hiding in the dark. Max HP: 40, Attack Power: 5, Defense Power: 0 Your friends, like (ahem) me, will also be damaged when he does the flash attack. The flash attack's power is 2. Hit the Lantern many times to make it brighter, then you'll be able to attack him. As soon as you can see, hit him right in the head!

“So... I'll take you with me... the deep dark...”
Big Lantern Ghost, Paper Mario

The Big Lantern Ghost is the mid-boss of the Shy Guy's Toy Box from Paper Mario. He is a giant Lantern Ghost with a bandage on his forehead who resides in a dark room. After being defeated in battle, it is revealed that the Big Lantern Ghost had been holding Watt prisoner inside of his lantern.

When beginning the battle, the Big Lantern Ghost cannot be attacked directly. In order to target him, the player must repeatedly attack the lantern that he holds in order to spread light through the room and render him visible for attack. Once the lantern's light is large enough, he will occasionally blow into the lantern in order to extinguish it and become unavailable to attack again. The Big Lantern Ghost is also capable of casting a ring of light from his lantern, dealing 2 damage to Mario and incapacitating his partner for several turns if not guarded against. Once the player defeats him, he flees and drops his lantern, which Watt is trapped inside of. After freeing her via breaking the lantern, Watt joins Mario's party as his sixth partner.

Super Mario-kun flavor text[edit]

  • きなおしりでヒップドロップとかカンテラフラッシュとかいろいろ攻撃してくるけど、やみの攻撃しひきょうじゃないですか。だから、かぶりものをとってピカピカにしてやったのだ。」 (He'll Hip Drop you with his big butt or use the Lantern Flash attack, but the Darkness attack is a little unfair isn't it? That's why his headdress was taken away and he was made sparkly.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグカンテラくん
Biggu Kantera-kun
Big Lantern Ghost
Chinese 大灯笼鬼
Dà Dēnglóngguǐ
Big Lantern Ghost
French Fantô-lampe From "fantôme" (ghost) and "lampe" (lamp)
German Jack Laterna Pun on "Jack-o'-lantern"
Portuguese O grande Fantasma da lanterna The Great Lantern Ghost
Spanish Fantasma Candela Candle Ghost