Chakroad

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The complete map of Chakroads.

“Now we travel...With our MINDS!”
Chakron, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

The Chakroads are special portals located across the Mushroom Kingdom in the game Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. They are described as "a conduit for energy waves that bond earth to space"[1], and their name is a portmanteau of chakra and "road". In Hinduism and Buddhism, the chakras, or energy centres, are special focal points located on the body, described as whorls of received and transmitted energies. Similarly, Chakroads are depicted as whorls of energy that form special "focal points" for Bowser to warp between different locations in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Screenshot of Bowser encountering a Chakroad.

Bowser first encounters a Chakroad in the Cavi Cape after being prompted to smash a rock by a mysterious voice telepathically connected to Bowser's mind. After uncovering the first Chakroad, the voice explains that these portals can be used by Bowser to travel to places he has already visited (and discovered the respective Chakroad for), doing so through the power of his mind and memory. Chakroads can be found under objects such as rocks, which can be destroyed with a punch, or trees, which can be burned away by fire. Mario and Luigi cannot uncover Chakroads, and if they pass by one that Bowser had already discovered, they cannot see or interact with it.

It is later revealed the Chakroads are connected to the sage known as Chakron (who is also the one who speaks to Bowser), likely given his own connection to outer space after meditating on the stars for a thousand years. Chakron manually warps Mario, Luigi and Starlow to Toad Town late in their adventure, presumably using a Chakroad or similar ability, however it happened offscreen, so this cannot be confirmed.

Locations[edit]

Name Hidden Under Location
Cavi Cape Entrance Boulder In the first screen where Bowser awakes.
Cavi Cape Exit Boulder Near the hole to the Tunnel.
Plack Beach Palm tree Near the save block at the first screen.
Dimble Wood Tree In the screen just after Broque Monsieur's Shop.
Bowser Castle Boulder Near the floor hole to the basement.
Underground Tunnel Wooden crate Near the pipe that goes to the entrance.
Lake-Plain Border Giant Brick Block In farthest screen in Bumpsy Plains to the left.
Peach's Castle Fawfulized Princess Peach Statue Near the Shop Block in the garden
Top of Peach's Castle (none) In the room to the right in the Tower.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チャクラ
Chakura
Chakra
Spanish (NOA) Chakraíl Chakroad
Spanish (NOE) Chakra Chakra
French Chakra Chakra
German Chakroute Chakroute

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story said by Chakron