Bowletta

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Bowletta
MLSS-Bowletta Final.png
Mario and Luigi encountering Bowletta at the end of Bowser's Castle.
Species Koopa/Beanish fusion
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)

“My new country has no need for old superstars! It will do just fine with only one: the Great Bowletta!!!”
Bowletta, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Bowletta is the result of Cackletta's spirit inhabiting Bowser's body, who appears as the final boss of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. After the Mario Bros. beat Cackletta at Woohoo Hooniversity, Fawful sucks her spirit into his headgear. They later find Bowser unconscious in Stardust Fields, after the Beanstar exploded, and Cackletta's ghost leaves the headgear to take over Bowser.

Bowletta and Fawful kidnap Princess Peach while Mario is sick with Bean Fever and Luigi is out to find the cure; it is revealed when Luigi returns to Little Fungitown with the Crabbie Grass. When Luigi and the newly cured Mario arrive at Beanbean Castle Town, Bowletta sends them a message telling them to bring her the four pieces of the destroyed Beanstar in exchange for Princess Peach.

Bowletta taunting Mario.

After Mario and Luigi reassemble the Beanstar, Bowletta sends another message, telling them to meet her at Joke's End to give it to her. When the Mario Bros. arrive at Joke's End, they try to give Bowletta a fake Beanstar instead, but Fawful destroys it and takes the real Beanstar using his helmet. However, they soon after see Mario with another Princess Peach, who claims the one Bowletta has captured is an imposter. Believing this, they toss the Peach they have overboard and capture the one with Mario. As they are celebrating success back on the Koopa Cruiser, however, they find out that the Peach they have captured is actually Luigi in disguise, who manages to escape with the Beanstar.

Angered by the trick, Bowletta and Fawful head to the Mushroom Kingdom, where they fly Bowser's Castle back to the Beanbean Kingdom and attack the castle town. After Mario and Luigi reach the castle and arrive at the throne room, where Bowletta is waiting, she reveals that she intends to take over the Mushroom Kingdom after she is done with the Beanbean Kingdom and battles the Mario Bros. When Bowletta is defeated, a Time Bob-omb appears and knocks Mario and Luigi out and Bowletta, having faked her defeat, swallows them. Inside her body, Mario and Luigi must face Cackletta's spirit, and when she is finally defeated the Mario Bros. are returned to the castle, Bowser is returned to normal, and her spirit vanishes into the afterlife.

Bowletta also appears in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode of the remake. Here, she is the only boss who cannot be fought; after the captains defeat Fawful, Bowletta attempts to dupe them by using an illusionary spell to hide her features and disguise herself as an unpossessed Bowser, so that she can command them. However, Captain Goomba is able to deduce something's wrong, as she commands him to destroy Mario and Luigi, which is a step too far in even Bowser's book. After Captain Goomba leaves, Bowletta's disguise dissipates and she discusses her plan with Fawful; however, a Lakitu, hiding in the corner, overhears the conversation and returns to warn the rest of the minions (who deduced the matter independently of the Lakitu both due to "Bowser's" rather uncharacteristic command for them, as well as Fawful's earlier gloating). They then attempt to fight Bowletta and free Bowser. Unfortunately, Fawful, having anticipated that they would see through the earlier ruse, ended up activating a trap door to the basement before the battle could commence.

Appearance[edit]

Bowletta on her throne.
Bowletta in the remake.

Bowletta retains Cackletta's facial appearance, including her purple eyes, large head and mouth, and the two pink horns replacing Bowser's own horns, although she has Bowser's red hair between them. Her body resembles Bowser's except that she has a smaller tail and light-colored breasts. Bowletta is also less round, but has a more hunched appearance, along with a taller shell. While their scales are the same color, Bowletta's green coloration is lighter than Bowser's. Bowletta wears both sets of Bowser's arm bracelets but lacks his collar.

In the 3DS remake, the sprite is revamped with the collar now appearing around her neck unlike previously. Her horns are also now correctly colored, and her shell is no longer as tall in comparison to that of normal Bowser's. Her tail is also the same length as Bowser's tail. Her breasts no longer replace Bowser's plastron, as the plastron is still visible is a duller color than the breasts. Her dark appearance is altered by removing her pupils and all pink and red areas outside her eyes, and adding more yellow glowing areas.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Bowletta has the powers of Bowser, so she can use the blast of fire to fire flarets or fireballs, or fire a continuous blast of fire.

She also retained her ability to electrokinesis, shown when she appears for the first time as Bowletta. Finally Bowletta also has limited shapeshifting abilities, that she has preserved from her old form, as she appeared as Bowser in Minions Quest in an attempt to trick the Koopa Troop, only removing the disguise when she was sure no one was present.

Fighting[edit]

Dark Bowletta.
Bowletta's most powerful attack.
  • Bowletta's first attack uses Flarets aimed at the Bros. and fired randomly and rapidly. Three, however, will be used for Bowletta to use at a later turn to heal herself. In order to prevent this, the Bros. must hammer them (or jump on them with the proper badges equipped) in order to get rid of them when it is their turn. However, using fire or thunder will heal the Flarets.
  • Second, she can use a Fire Stream attack. In this attack, she will summon blocks above the Bros.' heads. They must break the blocks with a required amount of jumps in five seconds in order to even be able to evade the fire stream she makes.
  • Finally, Bowletta can use a Star Strike attack. If she does, she will briefly transform into a darker form. In this form, she summons shooting stars to hit the Bros. Green stars will hit Luigi, red stars will hit Mario, and both stars will harm Bowletta if countered with a hammer; the purple stars which also fall do not damage anyone. If Mario and Luigi do not counter the stars with their hammers, there is a chance that they may get dizzy. This form of Bowletta is also hazardously-surfaced, and will damage the Bros. should they try to use jumping attacks without the proper badges needed to damage Bowletta.

Glitches[edit]

  • If the Bros. can defeat Bowletta with her falling star attack, then die by the stars, the game will trigger both the Game Over sequence and Bowletta's "death" sequence at the same time. Restarting the game is required to get out of the glitch.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Bowletta
Bowletta.gif HP 500 (700) POW 105-140 (110-145) Defense 180 (140) Speed 150 Experience 0
Fire Heal Thunder Normal Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 0
Stat Down? 30% Stun? 30% Burn? 0% Hand Normal Item Drop None – 0%
Max Nut – 61.29% (100%)
Level           40 Location(s) Bowser's Castle Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Bowletta (Dark)
Darkbowletta.PNG HP 500 (700) POW 105-140 (110-145) Defense 180 (200) Speed 80 Experience 0
Fire Normal Thunder Heal Jump Spiny Hammer Normal Coins 0
Stat Down? 0% Stun? 0% Burn? 0% Hand Normal Item Drop None – 0%
None – 0% (Max Nut - 100%)
Level           40 Location(s) Bowser's Castle Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲラクッパ
Gerakuppa
A portmanteau between "Geragemōna", Japanese name for Cackletta, and "Koopa", Japanese name for Bowser.
Spanish Bowser Jijí A mix between "Bowser" and "Bruja Jijí", the Spanish name of Cackletta
French Bowsémona A mix between "Bowser" and "Graguémona", the French name of Cackletta
German Bowsemilla A mix between "Bowser" and "Lugmilla", the German name of Cackletta
Italian Ghigno Bowser A mix between "Bowser" and "Ghignarda", the Italian name of Cackletta

Trivia[edit]