Bowyer

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Not to be confused with Bowser.
Bowyer
Artwork of Bowyer from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
Artwork 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)
“What? WHAT? Disturb me you must not! Practicing, I am. More arrows must I shoot! More statues must I make, nya!”
“Gnya, NYA!? A stranger you are... and strange looking at that! Teach you, we must, who's in charge!”
Bowyer, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Sprite of Bowyer in the field from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Field sprite

Bowyer is a commander of the Smithy Gang in the game Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its Switch remake. Bowyer resembles a bow, and attacks by firing his minions called Aeros at his opponents. His name comes from "bowyer", a person who makes or sells bows to be used for archery.

Bowyer was ordered by Smithy to attack Rose Town. As such, Bowyer, while at the Forest Maze, begins firing poison-tipped arrows at Rose Town. When a person is hit with an arrow, they will become paralyzed and remain frozen like statues. His Aero minions found the second Star Piece in the forest.

When Bowyer gets the Star Piece, he is confronted by a strange, blue garbed warrior named Geno. At the same time, Mario and Mallow arrive to stop Bowyer, the source of the arrows plaguing Rose Town. As a result, the three warriors team up to battle the maniacal monster.

While Bowyer's main attack is firing arrows, the monster is also a master of lightning magic. Additionally, Bowyer can disable the buttons on the player's controllers, meaning that Mario's party and Bowyer will be prevented from using regular attacks, special attacks, or items until another button is disabled.

Later, Mario, Mallow, Geno, Bowser, and Princess Peach encountered several mass-produced Bowyer copies in the Weapon World.

Bowyer can be seen in the parade during the end credits, along with Claymorton and Speardovich, in which all three are pounded by Smithy's hammer.

While having the same overall role in the remake, his boss fight was changed slightly due to the inclusion of the Triple Move mechanic. After dealing significant damage, Bowyer, realizing that he is likely going to lose against Geno, Mario, and Mallow, fires three Aeros at all the buttons, thus effectively disabling the party from attacking him or even healing. However, Geno suggests they team up with their combined might via a Triple Move, with Bowyer initially intending to respond in kind until he realizes he does not have any allies to do so. He then collapses into a heap after the Triple Move is used against him before vanishing. Additionally, Toad Assist cannot be used after Bowyer spawns the buttons.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Bowyer
Sprite of Bowyer, from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. HP 720 FP 250 Speed 10
Location(s) Forest Maze Attack 50 Magic attack 30
Role Boss Defense 40 Magic defense 35
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 0% Magic evade 0% Spells Static E!, Bolt, Lightning Orb
Weak None Strong Fear, Poison, Sleep, Mute, Critical Sp. attacks G'night
Coins 50 Exp. points 60 Items Flower Box (25%), Flower Box (5%)
Psychopath "What's with these folks?"
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Machine Made (Bowyer)
Machine Bowyer.png HP 1000 FP 250 Speed 200
Location(s) The Weapons' World Attack 150 Magic attack 90
Role Common Defense 120 Magic defense 80
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate 0%
Evade 0% Magic evade 0% Spells Static E!, Lightning Orb, Bolt
Weak None Strong Fear, Poison, Sleep, Mute, Critical Sp. attacks G'night
Coins 40 Exp. points 150 Items Ice Bomb (25%)
Psychopath "Nya! I'll SNUFF ya! NYA!"

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Super Mario RPG enemy
Bowyer
Artwork of Bowyer from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG HP 720 Weak Elements N/A Drops Flower Box
Exp. 60 Weak Statuses N/A Rare Drops N/A
Found in Forest Maze
Monster List profile The heads of the Rose Town citizens looked like targets to him, so he let loose a volley of arrows on them. He is attended by his arrow followers, Aeros.
Thought Peek "What's with these folks? Dressed funny, they are, nya. Furious it makes me, nya!"
Animations
Super Mario RPG enemy
Bowyer (Machine Made)
Image of Bowyer (Machine Made) from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG HP 1000 Weak Elements N/A Drops Ice Bomb
Exp. 150 Weak Statuses N/A Rare Drops N/A
Found in Weapon World
Monster List profile The cost of mass-producing Bowyers is sky-high, since each one requires dozens of mass-produced Aeros.
Thought Peek "Number two am I, nya. Pretty pumped, I am, nya. Crush you I will, nya!"
Animations
  • Website description:
    • Japanese:
      カジオーが送り込んだ、武器軍団の一人。弓の姿をしていて、自分の体を使って矢を放つ。
      「オイラ以外のヤツラが こまった顔するのは、とっても楽しいニャー! オマエたちも、そう思うだろ~ニャ?」
      (Translation: A member of the Smithy Gang, sent by Smithy. He has the form of a bow and shoots arrows using his own body.
      "Happy I am, nya! Look...LOOK at their expressions when freeze they do!"
      )

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ユミンパ
Yuminpa
From「弓」(yumi, "bow") and possibly「くるりんぱ」(kururinpa, a childish slang expression for "crazy")

Chinese 弓箭帕
Gōngjiànpà
From「弓箭」(gōngjiàn, "bow and arrow") and a transliteration of the Japanese name

Dutch Boogerd
From boog ("bow") and the adjective-forming suffix -erd
French Chtarbarc
Portmanteau of chtarbé (a slang term for "bonkers") and arc ("bow")
German Bogo
Masculine version of Bogen ("bow")
Italian Arko
From arco ("bow")
Korean 보이어
Boieo
Transliteration of the English name

Spanish Arquelio
From arquero ("archer") and the male name ending -io

Trivia[edit]

  • Bowyer uses anastrophe when he speaks, meaning he reverses the usual order of clauses in his sentences when talking to others, similarly to Yoda from Star Wars. He also has a habit of saying "Nya!", which is the Japanese word for "meow".
  • In Bowyer's original artwork, his eyes are red, but his in-game sprites have blue eyes; his Machine Made counterpart has red eyes, however.
  • For some reason, he has a reaction to Carbo Cookies in his AI script, despite the Carbo Cookie not being available until after his defeat and being unusable in battle, anyway. This reaction also applies to his Machine Made self. The reaction appears to have been intended to unlock all the buttons.