Bros. Attack

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Mario and Luigi performing the Bros. Attack, Splash Bros..

Bros. Attacks are special methods of attacking, which require Mario and Luigi to work together. These moves are used in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jamand Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario and Luigi learn six Bros. Attacks during the adventure, three for each brother; the moves are based off their overworld Bros. Actions, such as the High Jump. In addition, there are two secret Bros. Attacks that they can learn by acquiring the two Secret Scrolls in the Hammerhead Bros.' Cave. A very small selection of enemies can use attacks similar to Bros. Attacks, such as the bosses Popple and Rookie.

The Starshade Bros. explaining Bros. Attacks.

Bros. Attacks use up Mario and Luigi's Bros. Points, or BP. Each Bros. attack costs three to eight Bros. Points, which can be replenished with Syrup Jars.

To perform Bros. Attacks, buttons must be pressed in the right order, at the right time. If a button is missed, the attack will do far less damage, possibly even less than a regular Jump or Hammer attack. Each Bros. Attack also has three Modes: 1, 2, and 3. Mode 1 is the most basic; the game goes into slow motion when buttons need to be pressed, to give the player ample time to press the correct buttons. In addition, button icons that show which button needs to be pressed are clearly displayed. In Mode 2, slow-motion is taken out, but the button icons remain. Mode 3 has no slow-motion, or button icons, but Bros. Attacks performed in Mode 3 are more powerful and cost less BP than those performed in the other Modes.

After executing a Bros. Attack successfully (i.e. pressing all of the buttons correctly) a certain number of times, Advanced Commands are learned. Advanced Bros. Attacks are generally harder to perform than regular ones, but Advanced attacks often have added bonuses such as stealing items, making the enemy Dizzy, or simply doing more damage to it.

The concept of Bros. Attacks was replaced with Bros. Items in the sequel, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Bros. Attacks are referred to as Special Attacks. Unlike in other installments, all Special Attacks can be activated by both Mario and Luigi. They are unlocked by collecting ten Attack Pieces in a given area or by completing certain quests to obtain all ten pieces at a time. Advanced Commands are absent in this game, along with both successors.

Bros. Attacks return in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and can be used in battles in the Real World. Mario & Luigi have five Bros. Attacks each, making a total of 10. They are unlocked by collecting 10 Attack Pieces in various places in the Real World for each attack, similar to how Special Attacks are unlocked in the preceding game. In the Dream World, Luiginary Attacks are used instead of Bros. Attacks. As the game progresses, Bros. Attacks are also unlocked for Dreamy Luigi in Giant Battles.

Bros. Attacks return for the third time in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, acting similarly to their appearance in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. When the player uses a Bros. Attack, Mario and Luigi will execute the attack while Paper Mario cheers for the duo. Paper Mario instead has the option to use Trio Attacks that work similarly to Bros. Attacks; but require Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario to cooperate with each other. Unlike in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Bros. Attacks are not gained by collecting Attack Pieces; they're instead gained by getting them back from Nabbit who stole them at the beginning of the game.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario's Bros. Moves[edit]

Luigi's Bros. Moves[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

The Green Shell Special Attack in action.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Mario's Bros. Attacks[edit]

Luigi's Bros. Attacks[edit]

Giant Luigi's Bros. Attacks[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario's Bros. Attacks[edit]

Luigi's Bros. Attacks[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラザーアタック
Burazā Atakku
Brother Attack
French (NOE) Attaque Duo Duo Attack
Korean 브라더 어택
Bradeo attag
Brother Attack