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Not to be confused with Boohemoth.
LM 3DS Boolossus.jpg
Artwork of Boolossus for Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo 3DS
Species Big Boo
First appearance Luigi's Mansion (2001)
Latest appearance Luigi’s Mansion 3 (2019)
“That scaredy-cat Luigi has made it this far... Oh, we're so frightened! I guess it's our turn, then... All right, Boos, let's assume our real form... But first, how about giving him a little scare!”
Boolossus, Luigi's Mansion

Boolossus, the Jumbo Ghost, is a Big Boo and one of the portrait ghosts in the game Luigi's Mansion as well as the final boss of Luigi's Mansion 3's ScareScraper mode. This ghost is composed of fifteen smaller Boos. Although these Boos are normally timid and shy, when they form into Boolossus, all their fears disappear. The Boo is a servant of King Boo, leader of the Boos, and is the guardian of the third area of Luigi's Mansion. Its name is a portmanteau on the words "Boo" and "colossus." Unlike other Boos, Boolossus has glowing yellow eyes. In the gallery, the portrait number of Boolossus is 22.


Luigi's Mansion series[edit]

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

LM Boolossus Screenshot.png
Full Name Boolossus, the Jumbo Ghost
Age Unknown
Biography When the shy, timid Boos get together, their body and their attitude get BIG!
Room Balcony
Life 15 Boos
Original artwork, where Boolossus has two fangs.

Before the events of Luigi's Mansion, Boolossus was captured by Professor E. Gadd during the professor's travels around the world. E. Gadd used his Portrificationizer to transform Boolossus into a painting and placed the painting in his gallery of other portrait ghosts. However, the capture of Boolossus greatly angered King Boo. In retaliation, King Boo led his Boo minions in an assault on Professor E. Gadd's laboratory. The Boos reversed the setting on E. Gadd's Portrificationizer and reverted Boolossus' state. King Boo then ordered that all the other portrait ghosts that Professor E. Gadd caught should be freed as well. Eventually, after all the portrait ghosts were released, King Boo created a mansion, right next to E. Gadd's laboratory in Boo Woods.

In Luigi's Mansion, Boolossus, along with the other Boos (including King Boo), rests in a secret area under the Storage Room. When Luigi activates a hidden door in the Storage Room, the Boos spring out. However, when they notice E. Gadd's Poltergust 3000, a ghost-catching vacuum device, on Luigi's back, the Boos decide to run off and hide in the mansion.

Eventually, as Luigi progresses through the mansion, he makes it to the Balcony. If he has not captured 20 Boos, however, he will be blocked in the hallway leading there by a particularly-transparent Boo, referring to itself as "the mysterious power of the Boos," which will then whisk him back to the Foyer. However, if he has captured the required amount, he can go through. While Luigi is there, the Boo Radar on the Game Boy Horror starts flashing intensely, indicating a powerful Boo presence. To the left, fifteen Boos are circling each other. Once Luigi approaches, they taunt him, followed by beginning to circle around him. They then whisk him away to an ethereal version of the Balcony, where the Boos merge into Boolossus and swoop down upon him.

During the battle, Boolossus attempts to slam into Luigi. To defeat Boolossus, Luigi must use his Poltergust 3000 to pull Boolossus into one of the two stationary unicorn ice sculptures located on the balcony. When Boolossus touches the statue's sharp horn, it pops, separating into the fifteen normal Boos. Luigi must then absorb an Ice Elemental Ghost from the ice sculpture and spray frost at the Boos, freezing them. This enables him to suck them into his Poltergust 3000. Eventually, Boolossus reforms with a lower number of Boos. It becomes faster every time several of the Boos are sucked up. However, if Luigi keeps popping it and freezing the small Boos, he can slowly drain Boolossus' power. As more and more Boos are caught, the other Boos become more wary of the Poltergust's ice blasts and flee when the ice blasts get too close to them.

After capturing Boolossus, Luigi acquires the key to the West Wing of the mansion. Defeating the boss counts as capturing a total of fifteen of the fifty released Boos. After the battle, Luigi visits Professor E. Gadd's lab and turns Boolossus into a portrait.

Boolossus's stock artwork in the 3DS version is largely the same as in the GameCube game, with the only notable difference being Boolossus and his accompanying Boos' teeth having four in the former game instead of two like in the latter.

Luigi's Mansion 3[edit]

Boolossus in Luigi's Mansion 3

Boolossus makes an appearance in Luigi's Mansion 3 as the top floor boss in the ScareScraper.

Its attacks are similar to King Boo's in the final battle in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and the main game, such as zapping lightning bolts to many squares except those that are not shining purple light. It also has a tongue swing attack which the players must dodge by using Burst. It can also slam on the ground to create a shockwave which also requires players to use Burst; additionally, it moves around on the ground depending on its size. Players have ten minutes to take down Boolossus; to defeat it when it throws bombs out, players must launch them at its mouth to explode it into Boos, and they must slam them to the ground to capture them. Once Boolossus is defeated, the ScareScraper is completed.

Boolossus shares its voice clips with King Boo's in this game.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Boolossus' gold frame portrait makes a cameo on the walls of Luigi's Mansion battle course of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Aside from Chauncey, a few gold frame portraits of Boolossus are shown in the mansion segment of the Luigi's Mansion course in Mario Kart DS. These cameos were removed when the course was ported to Mario Kart 7 and remained missing in Mario Kart Tour, with both games instead using different artwork of Boos from various games.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンボテレサ
Janbo Teresa
Jumbo Boo
Spanish Hércbooles, El grandioso Boo Hercbooles, The Grand Boo
French Boolossus
German Buulussus, Riesengeist Translated from the English name, Giant Ghost
Italian Boolosso Translated from the English name
Korean 그랜드부끄
Grand Boo
Chinese 龐大怕羞幽靈
Pángdà pàxiū yōulíng
Enormous Boo


Boolossus on the Nintendo UNO Draw 4 card.
  • Boolossus appears in the Nintendo UNO cards on the "Draw 4" card.
  • In the European version's Hidden Mansion, Luigi rides the Poltergust 3000 much like a bumper car during the Boolossus battle. This provides faster transportation, but also less traction.[1]
  • Boolossus is the only Portrait Ghost to not have HP.
  • A Big Boo assembled from multiple regular Boos similar to Boolossus appears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, except this one is joined together by 10 Boos instead of 15. This Boo appears in the Treacherous Mansion mission Ambush Maneuver inside the Train Exhibit. In fact, this Big Boo has the same Japanese name as Boolossus, and is different from any other name used for Big Boos.