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It has been requested that this article be rewritten. Reason: properly integrate the Straw into the rest of the article; don't shove it into a separate section (tagged on 13:36, 14 September 2017 (EDT)).

Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Location(s) Nerve Cluster
Battled by Mario and Luigi
Level 8
HP 326 (489)
POW 34 (85)
DEF 38 (57)
SPEED 23 (35)
Fire Normal
Burn? Immune
Dizzy? Immune
Stat Down? Normal
KO? Immune
Experience 300
Coins 120 (180)
Item Drop POW Gloves - 100%
  • The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.

Durmite is a caterpillar-like boss found inside Bowser's body in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. The creature wears a hot pink ribbon on her head, has angry eyes, and a funnel-like snout, similar to Birdo's trunk. Her body is somewhat similar to a Wiggler, only with small, pink feet, and a white/yellow line splitting the wiggler-birdo's colors. One half green-blue, and the other side pink.


Durmite is eaten by Bowser along with an enormous carrot Bowser ate to get a Banzai Bill from a Wiggler. She proceeds to suck nutrients from his body, giving him a stomachache. Mario & Luigi go to the Nerve Cluster to find the source of the pain and encounter Durmite, who they defeat in combat. After the fight, Durmite shrinks down to a minuscule size and runs away. Durmite's identity is later revealed to be Wisdurm, the guardian of the first Star Cure.

In battle, Durmite attacks the Mario Bros. in many ways. One of her attacks turns her completely red from anger, like Wigglers do, and charge at Mario or Luigi. The bros. can counter this attack using their hammers, dealing damage to Durmite. Other attacks include spitting a sticky string from her snout to capture either Mario or Luigi and eat them. The string will slowly move side-to-side as the brothers leap to avoid its swaying. After eating the victim should he touch the string, Durmite can spit him out for an attack against the remaining bro. or sometimes release the victim from her rear to hit the target from the back and lose Speed. Either variation can be jumped over.

Durmite will also summon Biffiduses to fight for her, which she can devour, then shoot their spears from her snout at Mario or Luigi. These spear will sparkle before being shot and the direction they are facing hints at which brother they will strike (upward for Mario and downward for Luigi). These attacks can be avoided using a timely Jump. Durmite will sometimes summon a straw from her mouth, which allows her to regain her health. The straw can be easily destroyed with any attack to stop Durmite from healing.

A stronger version of Durmite called Durmite X is found later on in The Gauntlet.


The Straw is a heart-shaped object that Durmite uses in battle to steal Bowser's HP. It has no physical attacks, but is merely used by Durmite to recover HP. The Straw is a light shade of purple, and is a part of Durmite, acting as a proboscis.

Whenever the Straw appears, a tribe of Biffidus usually appears to defend Durmite and attempt to distract the Mario Bros., while Durmite recovers HP. The Straw does not need to be destroyed, however, it can be, and if done so, it will prevent Durmite from regaining HP (until Durmite uses it again).

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
MLBISStraw.png HP 16 (24) POW 30 (75) DEF 17 (26) SPEED 25 (38) Coins 0 (0)
Level 8 Fire Normal Burn? Immune Battled by Mario and Luigi Location(s) Nerve Cluster
Dizzy? Immune Stat Down? Normal KO? Immune Experience 0 Item Drop --
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.

Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese イモーヌ
From 「芋虫」 Imomushi, meaning hornworm.
Spanish (NOA) Larvella From Larva and bella, meaning beautiful.
Spanish (NOE) Batoruga From Oruga, meaning caterpillar.
French (NOA) Larvelle From Larve, which means larva and Belle, meaning beautiful
French (NOE) Jeanille From Jeanne, a common female French name, and chenille, meaning caterpillar
German Raupythia From Raupe, meaning caterpillar. And "Pythia", a female name give to the high priestress at Delphi who served as an oracle, referencing her status as one of the guardians of the Star Cures.
Italian Bruchilde From "Bruco" (caterpillar) and "Leonilde", uncommon italian name.
Korean 애번느
From 애벌레 Aebeolle, meaning "Larva", and possibly from the French female name "Jeanne".


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ストロー
Spanish (NOA) Popote Straw
Spanish (NOE) Lenguajita From lengua (tongue) and pajita (straw).
French Paille Straw
German Halm Straw