Elder Princess Shroob

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This article is about the penultimate boss in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. For her younger twin sister, see Princess Shroob.
Elder Princess Shroob
Princess Peach sealing the Elder Princess Shroob in the Cobalt Star in front of the younger Princess Shroob in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
In-game artwork of the Elder Princess Shroob's battle with Princess Peach
Species Shroob
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (cameo) (2018)
“FOOLISH MUSHROOM HEADS... YOU MAY HAVE BESTED ME, BUT SHROOBS WILL LIVE ON... ONE DAY, THE SHROOBS WILL DANCE ON THE BURIED REMAINS OF THIS PATHETIC KINGDOM...”
Elder Princess Shroob, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

The Elder Princess Shroob,[1] referred to as Princess Shroob in-game, is the overarching antagonist and the penultimate boss of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. She is the leader of the Shroobs (her younger twin sister, Princess Shroob, is the second-in-command), an alien race that invaded the Mushroom Kingdom. When Princess Peach, Toadiko and Toadbert time-traveled to Peach's Castle of the past using Prof. E. Gadd's time machine, they met the Shroobs. The Elder Princess Shroob attempted to attack Peach. However, Peach used the power source of the time machine, the Cobalt Star, to trap the Elder Princess Shroob inside. Peach then shattered the star into pieces; however, the younger Princess Shroob was still able to capture Peach and trap her in Shroob Castle.

History[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

The Elder Princess Shroob trapped inside the Cobalt Star.
The Cobalt Star's "spirit" from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
The Elder Princess Shroob as the "spirit" of the Cobalt Star

Throughout the game, Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi collect the various pieces of the Cobalt Star, not knowing that the Elder Princess Shroob is actually trapped inside. When the brothers get to the top of Star Hill, the "spirit of the Cobalt Star" - actually the Elder Princess Shroob in a disguise - appears and speaks to the brothers. It seemed that only Baby Luigi knew, since he was crying when "the spirit of the Cobalt Star" appeared. Various other characters such as Kylie Koopa and Toadbert hinted the fact that she was hiding inside the Cobalt Star, even as early as when the Mario Bros were in Yoob's Belly. Professor E. Gadd even correctly guesses that there was a link between the Cobalt Star (unaware that Elder Princess Shroob was actually trapped inside it) and the Shroobs when he saw one of the Cobalt Star shards agitating the Junior Shrooboid when it floated near the Shrooboid's tube.

Finally, at the end of the game, after Princess Shroob is defeated, it is revealed that Princess Peach kept the center shard of the Cobalt Star. Peach tells the Mario Bros. that she cannot allow them to repair the Cobalt Star, but before she can explain why, Baby Bowser comes in and steals the last shard, combining it with the five that the heroes had already collected; the Shroob Princess, now enraged over the recent death of her younger sister, turns Baby Bowser into a Shroob mushroom and resumes her original form as Peach explains to the Mario Bros. what had really happened when she had gone back to that time period. Upon resuming her original form, the Elder Princess Shroob promises to kill the Bros. as revenge for her sister's death and then activates the platform they were standing on, engaging them in battle high above Shroob Castle. Notably, she says this in the language of the other characters, the only Shroob in the game who does that.

The Shroob mushroom which the Elder Princess Shroob turns into after she is defeated.

The Bros. manage to defeat Elder Princess Shroob and she becomes a Shroob mushroom, although not before gloating that even with her defeat, the Shroobs will ultimately best the Mushroom Kingdom regardless. Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi take it to the present Peach's Castle for it to be analyzed by Professor E. Gadd. However, when they get there, they find Bowser lying unconscious on the floor. Suddenly, the Shroob mushroom comes to life and inserts itself inside Bowser's mouth, fusing with him to create Shrowser and reviving Elder Princess Shroob as a soul. The possessed Bowser regains consciousness and attacks the heroes under Elder Princess Shroob's command. Despite being unable to attack Shrowser directly, the heroes eventually defeat Shrowser, which in turn destroys Elder Princess Shroob's soul and eliminates the Shroob threat for good. The characters, after bidding farewell, then return to their own timelines.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

The younger Princess Shroob, the Elder Princess Shroob, and a Junior Shrooboid in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
The Elder Princess Shroob's and her sister's cameos in the game's remake

The Elder Princess Shroob was one of many Shroobs seen in the cold room of Bowser's Castle during Mario and Luigi's fight with the Shroobs in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. She appears in full view in the background of the battle, as do many other types of Shroobs; outside the battle, the Elder Princess Shroob can still be barely seen, mostly cut off by the top of the screen, while there are fewer of the other Shroobs. The room is overall much smaller than in the battle.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, the Elder Princess Shroob reappears as a cameo. Princess Shroob is seen next to her, and she is able to be seen more clearly.

General information[edit]

Physical appearance[edit]

The Elder Princess Shroob resembles her sister, as she is a humanoid Shroob wearing a magenta dress, a silver crown with a black gem in the center, and green earrings (although she has no ears). However, she is bigger and has a hunched body, crooked jaw, and pincer hands.

In her true form, the Elder Princess Shroob becomes much larger and the gem on her crown is orange instead of black. Her arms have been replaced with tentacles, and her dress has been tattered, especially at the bottom, revealing her legs, which consist of multiple tentacles.

Personality[edit]

The Elder Princess Shroob's appearance in the Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time arc from volume 37 of the Super Mario-kun
The Elder Princess Shroob's appearance in the Super Mario-kun.

The Elder Princess Shroob appears too briefly for her personality to be explored in-depth, but her short appearance does give some basic traits of the Shroob monarch. The Elder Princess Shroob seems to have cared a lot for her sister and swears her life into avenging Princess Shroob's death: indeed, the Elder Princess Shroob never makes any mention of her own ambitions for power in-game. However, she still seems to have had many of the bad traits Super Mario villains tend to show. She seems to be deceptive and manipulative, as shown by her convincing the Bros. to repair the Cobalt Star under the guise of it being a 'star sprite': she also does not appear to be particularly appreciative and is highly condescending, as she then responds to this favor by promising to bring death to the Bros and insults them repeatedly in the process, referring to them as "foolish mushroom heads." In addition, in spite of the confidence she shows in her people's abilities during her final speech, she does not visibly show any concern at all for her own people.

Whenever a Shroob saucer performs a task for her, she knocks it away, even for simple tasks like bringing her a drink of Vim; when she turns into a beast, she is even more destructive, shooting down her own saucers so that they hit the Mario Bros. Nonetheless, she has confidence in the success in the invasion of the Shroobs, as evidenced by her last words to the Mario Bros. where she stated that, even with her defeat, the Shroobs will ultimately be victorious over the Mushroom Kingdom, though she is proven wrong afterwards when the Shroobs' weakness is discovered.

Battle[edit]

The battle against Elder Princess Shroob is split into two phases.

First phase[edit]

The Elder Princess Shroob's Chain Chomp
Kyankyan, the Shroob Chain Chomp

The Elder Princess Shroob is much stronger than her sister, and commands a fleet of Shroob saucers. Her attacks depend on how many saucers are present; with just one, she can heal herself with a drink that recovers 120 of her HP (80 in non-American versions), or summon a Shroob-like Chain Chomp named Kyankyan to attack Mario or Luigi, who must jump over her to avoid damage. With two saucers, she can ride on top of the saucers and fire large energy blasts at the Bros. from the top screen with her left and right claws respectively; The Princess then fires larger orbs at the Bros. from the background, forcing them to jump if the Princess isn't lined up with the top of her throne before being blown from the saucers and landing on the platform, causing a shock-wave that must be jumped over. With three saucers, she can summon a meteorite, with which she attempts to crush the Bros; the targeted bro must whack her with the hammer enough times to make her drop it. Every time more Shroob saucers are summoned, Princess Peach throws a star to the Bros., with which they can knock saucers out of the sky and prevent the Elder Princess Shroob from using some of her attacks. The Bros. can also earn Bros. Items (such as Red Shells and Smash Eggs) from the fallen saucers. Occasionally, she might throw a Super Mushroom to one brother.

The Elder Princess's only move that is always available is a headlong football tackle towards one of the brothers, which must be hammered twice before she relents. If she pauses for a longer while before the tackle, she will stall right before she hits the targeted brother, tricking them into swinging their hammer too early. In all non-American versions of the game, every time the player attacks the Elder Princess Shroob, an exclamation mark appears above her, and she uses this attack against the Bro. who attacked her previously.

Once the Elder Princess Shroob loses half of her health, she activates her crown and morphs into her true form, causing Princess Peach to collapse in fear. The Bros. must defeat this monstrous form to put an end to the Shroob invasion.

Second phase[edit]

Mario, Baby Mario, Luigi and Baby Luigi battling the Elder Princess Shroob's second form.
A screenshot of the Mario Bros. fighting the Elder Princess Shroob's second form.

In this second form, the Elder Princess Shroob turns into a giant octopus-like monster. She has seven parts: four arm tentacles, a group of leg tentacles, a crown, and her main body. While the crown is activated, the head receives only 1 damage from all attacks. To defeat her, the Bros. must destroy the legs to reach the crown, and then deactivate the crown to make the head vulnerable. The tentacles, legs, and crown reactivate 3 turns after they are destroyed.

Each body part has different attacks usually going in the order of head, tentacles, then feet. The head has two attacks; one is to summon up to six Shroob saucers, and then launch a laser ball that hits all of them in a random order, causing them to either catch fire or short-circuit. After a few seconds, they will fall one at a time in the order they were hit. The saucers that are on fire will land on Mario, and the electrified ones will land on Luigi, referencing the brothers' respective Firebrand and Thunderhand abilities in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. This attack is repelled by hammering the saucers at Princess Shroob. For the second attack, she launches a giant purple energy ball to the top screen, and proceeds to launch smaller red and green blasts into it in random order. The giant ball will then land on whichever color blasts the ball absorbed more of. That bro must hammer the ball, to which it will then land on the other bro who must hit it with their hammer.

The tentacles have two attacks; one is to stab the Bros. with her tentacle claws, being telegraphed by a sparkle. This is avoided by jumping depending on which tentacle sparkled, and happens 2 to 4 times a turn. The upper two claws can also be used as a fake-out attack, hitting slightly above the Bros. The second attack has both right and left tentacles slither towards the Bros. at the same time to grab and throw them at the ground, and they must both use their hammers at the correct time to counter them. For the legs, the Elder Princess Shroob backs up and spits 2 to 5 poison gas clouds at the Bros. that must be jumped over. Her legs also have a passive attack at the end of every turn, which causes her legs to sweep across the floor in a circular motion. The Bros. must jump at the same time over and over until the spinning stops. She can do this attack with just two tentacles, or three later on. Her last and rarest attack used by the head after half her HP is depleted requires the legs to be activated. Similar to the head's first attack, she summons six saucers, but she backs up and summons a time hole as well. When all of the saucers are hit, they will be sucked into the time hole and disappear. On a later turn with the legs activated, the time hole will reappear and spit out the saucers in the order they were hit on the other turn.

Statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time enemy
Princess Shroob (elder, 1)
The Elder Princess Shroob in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time HP 3500 (1800) POW 130 (210) Defense 130 (150)
Experience 0 Coins 0 Speed 62 (100)
Location(s) Shroob Castle Role Boss Item drop None – 0%
None – 0%
Level 30 (31) Battled by Everyone
Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese and European versions (if they differ from the original American release).
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time enemy
Princess Shroob (elder, 2)
The Elder Princess Shroob's true form. HP 3000 (2000) POW 140 (230) Defense 140
Experience 0 Coins 0 Speed 64 (70)
Location(s) Shroob Castle Role Boss Item drop None – 0%
None – 0%
Level 31 Battled by Everyone
Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese and European versions (if they differ from the original American release).
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time enemy
Crown
The Elder Princess Shroob's Crown in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time HP 200 POW 140 (0) Defense 140
Experience 0 Coins 0 Speed 64 (50)
Location(s) Shroob Castle Role Support Item drop None – 0%
None – 0%
Level 31 Battled by Everyone
Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese and European versions (if they differ from the original American release).
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time enemy
Tentacle
The Elder Princess Shroob's Tentacle in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time HP 200 (350) POW 140 (200) Defense 140 (126)
Experience 0 Coins 0 Speed 64 (70)
Location(s) Shroob Castle Role Support Item drop None – 0%
None – 0%
Level 31 Battled by Everyone
Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese and European versions (if they differ from the original American release).
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time enemy
Foot
The Elder Princess Shroob's Foot in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time HP 400 (500) POW 140 (190) Defense 140
Experience 0 Coins 0 Speed 64 (50)
Location(s) Shroob Castle Role Support Item drop None – 0%
None – 0%
Level 31 Battled by Everyone
Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese and European versions (if they differ from the original American release).

Names in other languages[edit]

Elder Princess Shroob[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲドンコ姫
Gedonko-hime
ゲドンコ姫(姉)[2]
Gedonko-hime (ane)
Princess Shroob

Princess Shroob (older sister)

French Princesse Xhampi[4][5][6]
Princess Shroob
German Ältere Prinzessin Shroob[citation needed]
Elder Princess Shroob
Italian Principessa Shroob vecchia[3]
Princip. Shroob (in battle)
Old/Elder Princess Shroob
"Princip." is short for Principessa ("Princess")
Spanish (NOE) Hermana de la Princesa Shroob[citation needed]
Princess Shroob's sister

Crown[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おうかん
Ōkan
Crown

French Couronne
Crown
Italian Corona
Crown
Spanish Corona
Crown

Tentacle[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しょくしゅ
Shokushu
Tentacle

French Tentacule
Tentacle
Italian Tentacolo
Tentacle
Spanish Tentáculo
Tentacle

Foot[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あし
Ashi
Foot

French Pied
Foot
Italian Piedone
Big-foot
Spanish Tentáculos
Tentacles

Quotes[edit]

  • "I LAUGH AT YOU. MUSHROOM HEADS. PATHETIC THINGS."
  • "YOU GATHERED THE COBALT STAR SHARDS WITHOUT EVER GUESSING THE TRUTH! NOW I AM FREE! AND THAT HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE COBALT STAR IS NO MORE!"
  • "I FEAR NOTHING NOW! DO YOU HEAR ME? NOTHING!"
  • "I WILL GIVE YOU A SPECIAL REWARD FOR SETTING ME FREE. YOU WILL LOVE IT."
  • "AND MY SISTER... MY DEAR, SWEET, BEAUTIFUL SISTER... I WILL AVENGE HER!"
  • "FOOLISH MUSHROOM HEADS... YOU MAY HAVE BESTED ME, BUT SHROOBS WILL LIVE ON... ONE DAY, THE SHROOBS WILL DANCE ON THE BURIED REMAINS OF THIS PATHETIC KINGDOM..."

Trivia[edit]

  • In the North American version of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, the Elder Princess Shroob's crown is given an attack rating, although the crown never actually attacks, as its purpose is to simply protect the princess from damage.[7] In other versions, this has been corrected, as the crown has a Power rating of 0.
  • During her attack where she strikes down her saucers, it is possible for the player to counterattack her attack until her HP reaches zero, and then get killed by the remaining saucers. If this happens, then she does not get defeated, and the player gets a Game Over.
  • In the North American version, the ominous background music plays before the battle against the Elder Princess Shroob begins. In other versions, the music plays when the Elder Princess Shroob appears.
  • When the Elder Princess Shroob becomes a Shroob mushroom, the key item acquisition fanfare plays when Baby Luigi takes it in non-American versions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoffman, Chris (November 18, 2005). Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1-59812-006-9. Page 94-96.
  2. ^ Super Mario-kun volume 37. Page 24.
  3. ^ "Ora che i pezzi sono riuniti... la Principessa Shroob vecchia è di nuovo libera!" – Princess Peach. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.
  4. ^ "Oui. j'ai enfermé la princesse Xhampi à l'intérieur, puis j'ai détruit l'étoile." – Princess Peach's speech before the first fight against Elder Princess Shroob. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  5. ^ "Donc, le lutin auquel nous avons parlé sur la Colline Étoile... En fait, c'était la princesse Xhampi qui était enfermée à l'intérieur! C'est fou, ça!" – Stuffwell's speech before the first fight against Elder Princess Shroob. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  6. ^ April 28, 2023. v1Kqgow (Screen showing the french name of the Elder Princess Shroob) (png). Imgur. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  7. ^ "Some stats were changed from the original American version of the game to the Japanese and European versions." – Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. The Mushroom Kingdom (English). Retrieved February 9, 2024.