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SMS DP Shine 06.png
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Pianta
“I'm a chuckster!”
Chuckster, Super Mario Sunshine

Chucksters are a variant of Piantas in Super Mario Sunshine. They are capable of throwing Mario a good distance behind them or above them. This is especially helpful for speedy nearby navigation. Talking to a Pianta is often what reveals them as a chuckster, as they throw Mario immediately afterward.

This ability appears to be developed and practiced, as is the case with two particular Piantas in Ricco Harbor. As the player unlocks and plays through more episodes, they become more skilled at tossing Mario, to the point where they are both able to do so with good results.

A particular chuckster is found on the roof of one of the buildings in Delfino Plaza. If he is spoken to and given a coin, he hurls Mario behind him, into the building in which the Shine Sprite is held. If thrown off-target, Mario may miss the building and must speak to the chuckster again for another attempt.

The angle at which Mario speaks to a chuckster is a major factor for where he will wind up afterward. This concept is the focus of the bonus area of Pianta Village, which features a variety of chucksters. Some must be spoken to at a specific angle to either move on to the next or collect items.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, chucksters are found throughout, and exclusively throughout, Starshine Beach Galaxy. Mario does not need to initiate dialogue with them to be thrown.

In Mario Party 8, if the player lands on an Event Space in Goomba's Booty Boardwalk in front of a yellow Pianta, the Pianta tosses them a short distance in a manner similar to that of a chuckster's.



  • "Howdy! I'm a chuckster! You'd better be careful when speaking to powerful Piantas. Some'll chuck you straight up, but most chuck you backward. When it comes to tossing folk, I'm... Well, I'm a chuckster!"
  • "Don't hold back! Grrrarrgaah!"
  • "I may be little, but I never give up!"
  • "Higher! Higher!"
  • "Howdy! Throw me a coin, and I'll throw you for a loop!"
  • "Yeeaaah! And awaaaaay you go!"