Big Pokey

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Big Pokey
SMG Big Pokey Artwork.png
A Pokey from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Pokey
Notable members
Mega Paper Macho Pokey
Punkey the Pokey Prince

Big Pokeys are larger varieties of Pokeys first appearing in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

History[edit]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Big Pokeys appear as obstacles alongside normal-sized Pokeys in Dry Dry Desert. They are positioned in place and put their head on the ground at regular intervals, forming a hoop shape that the racer can drive through. They do not appear in the Mario Kart 8 rendition of the course.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

In Mario Kart Wii, a single Big Pokey appeared in Thwomp Desert exclusively in the tournaments of October 2008 and September 2009. The players had to battle the Pokey, which was located at the center of the course, using Bob-ombs to attack it; running into any part of the Pokey would stun players for several seconds, and as it got damaged, body segments would move around.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy, only two Big Pokeys (under the name Pokey[1][2]) appear in the entire game. One appears on one of the tropic planets in Good Egg Galaxy, and the other appears on one of another pair of planets in Dusty Dune Galaxy. To defeat one, Mario or Luigi must spin a coconut into one to knock all of its segments down, and jump on its head to finish it off. Doing so will make a Launch Star appear.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

A Big Pokey in New Super Mario Bros. U

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Big Pokeys appear in Morton Koopa Jr.'s boss fight. Morton uses his hammer to knock the invulnerable Pokey segments at the player.

They reappear in New Super Luigi U with the same role.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

In Yoshi's New Island, a regular Pokey named Punkey is transformed by Kamek into a giant-sized Pokey as a boss of World 5.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Big Pokey appears as a boss in Doop Doop Dunes Grotto alongside Tower Power Pokey. In battle, it attacks by lying sideways and rolling forwards and backwards, an attack which can potentially damage Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario based on how many segments the Big Pokey currently has. Destroying the Big Pokey's segments will deplete its range, although it can grow these segments back if Paper Tower Power Pokey has more. The only way to defeat Big Pokey is by attacking its head.

Big Pokey has a substantial amount of health and attack power, and will become enraged when Paper Tower Power Pokey is defeated (and vice versa).

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Main article: Mega Paper Macho Pokey

At least one Big Pokey, known as Mega Paper Macho Pokey, makes an appearance in Paper Mario: The Origami King, marking the enemy's first appearance in a Paper Mario game. He is a Paper Macho variant, and is fought in the Scorching Sandpaper Desert.

Stats[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Big Pokey
Big Pokey's head sprite from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 144 POW 57 (50) Defense 51 (46) Type Spiny Item Drop None - 0%
Mix Badge - 100%
Experience 125 (120) Coins 85 Speed 41 Weakness Fire Location(s) Doop Doop Dunes Grotto
Level           8 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Big Pokey (body segment)
Big Pokey's body segment sprite from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 16 POW 57 (48) Defense 51 (44) Type Normal Item Drop None - 0%
None - 0%
Experience 0 (0) Coins 0 Speed 41 Weakness Fire Location(s) Doop Doop Dunes Grotto
Level           8 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Big Pokey (Boss Battle Ring)
Big Pokey's head sprite from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 648 POW 132 (122) Defense 123 (111) Type Spiny Item Drop None - 0%
None - 0%
Experience 0 (0) Coins 0 Speed 93 Weakness Fire Location(s) Arcade
Level           18 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Big Pokey (body segment) (Boss Battle Ring)
Big Pokey's body segment sprite from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 76 POW 132 (122) Defense 123 (111) Type Spiny Item Drop None - 0%
None - 0%
Experience 0 (0) Coins 0 Speed 93 Weakness Fire Location(s) Arcade
Level           18 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかサンボ[3]
Deka Sanbo
ココサンボ[4] (Super Mario Galaxy)
Koko Sanbo
Big Pokey

From「ココナッツ」(kokonattsu, coconut) and「サンボ」(Sanbo, Pokey)
Italian Marghibruco gigante
Marghibruco tropicale[5] (SMG)
Giant Pokey
Tropical Pokey

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Prima Official Game Guide, pages 53 and 202.
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy trading card
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. U section, page 210.
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 127.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 127