Bubble Wario

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Bubble Wario
Artwork of the Bubble Wario transformation from Wario Land 4
Artwork from Wario Land 4
Applies to Wario
Item needed Bubble
Power(s) given Resist water currents
First appearance Wario Land II (1998)
Latest appearance WarioWare Gold (2018)
“Uh oh! Trouble! I can’t get out of here! I’ve been trapped inside a big bubble!! I’m in bubble trouble! That’s just a little joke of mine, heh heh!! How ‘bout it? Funny, huh? You should write that one down!”
Wario, Wario Land 4 instruction booklet

Bubble Wario[1] is one of Wario's many reactions in the Wario Land series of games. To achieve this reaction, Wario must become trapped in a bubble by touching one when swimming underwater. Wario can then float upwards while ignoring the flow of a water current, which would otherwise force Wario to move in a certain direction. To return to normal, he must simply reach the water surface or hit a ceiling.

In Wario Land 3, Bubble Wario appears as it did in the previous installment. In this game, after Wario acquires the Prince Frog's Glove powerup, allowing him to swim against currents, the benefits of this reaction become redundant, and thus it only functions as obstacles instead. Wolfenboss inflicts a unique variant of this reaction with his wisps if Wario is hit by it, with Wario turning orange and being levitated into the air and out of the arena by smaller light-blue bubbles that circle around him instead of one giant bubble, making the same pose as and spinning around like regular Bubble Wario.

Bubble Wario is also one of three Wario reactions appearing in Densetsu no Stafy 3, along with Flaming Wario and Puffy Wario in Wario's guest appearance in the Kaitei Iseki. Wario also becomes this form in the Wario Land 3 microgame from WarioWare Gold, where he has to be navigated between underwater spikes.

The Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 section of the Nintendo Character Manual used during the 1990s refers to Wario swimming underwater as Bubbles Wario, although this is not a reaction like Bubble Wario.[2]


Wario Land 4[edit]

  • Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program digital manual bio: "Press +Control Pad left or right to move. If you go above the surface of the water, the bubble will burst."




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アワにつかまる[3]
Awa ni tsukamaru
Awa, Awa, Wario

caught in bubble (Wario Land 3)

Bubble, Bubble, Wario (Wario Land 4)

Chinese (simplified) 泡泡瓦力欧[5]
Pàopào Wǎlì'ōu
Bubble Wario

French Wario Bulle[7]
Bubble Wario
German Blasen-Wario[8]
Bubbles Wario
Italian Wario Bolle[9]
Bubbles Wario
Spanish Wario Burbuja[6]
Bubble Wario


  • Despite being one of Wario's earliest reactions since Wario Land II, Bubble Wario was unnamed and did not have any artwork until the release of Wario Land 4.
  • In a microgame called Pushing Buttons, featured in WarioWare: Touched!, the artwork of Bubble Wario for Wario Land 4 appears on the screen of the virtual game system once its imperative button has been pressed.


  1. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 22.
  2. ^ Wario Franchise Fan Blog (May 15, 2021). Several Wario relevant pages from the official, internal, 1996 Nintendo character guide. Tumblr. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  3. ^ Wario Land 3: Fushigi na Orgel Shogakukan guide, page 7.
  4. ^ Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara Japanese instruction booklet, page 30.
  5. ^ Official Chinese manual for Wario Land 4, page 35.
  6. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 102.
  7. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 62.
  8. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 42.
  9. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 122.