Elite Pestnut

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Elite Pestnut
An Elite Pestnut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Variant of Pestnut

Elite Pestnuts are small, round, urchin-like enemies that appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and the remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. They are the stronger variety of Pestnuts, and only appear in battle alongside Bloopers on the Seabed. The original game simply called them Pestnuts like their base counterparts; the remake of the game gives them their current name.


Elite Pestnuts are covered in spikes like regular Pestnuts, making them impossible to jump on, unless Mario or Luigi wear any of the "Spiny-Killer Jump" Badges. They share the same attack pattern as well, with two rolling attacks that much each be dodged with a jump or countered with a hammer; the attacks come faster and deal more damage in addition to possibly poisoning the Mario Bros. on contact.

After the Elite Pestnut takes enough damage, the outer shell breaks, revealing a Beanie or Gold Beanie underneath. However, once this happens they will float up to the surface; in the 3DS remake, they will drown instead. In both cases, this counts as defeating the foe and still gives out Experience Points, coins, and item drops.

Elite Pestnuts also appear as enemies in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. They are melee troopers, and attack by rolling into their opponents. Their Special Skill is Spin to Win, allowing them to roll into a minion three times. Due to their spikes, attacking a Pestnut from the side or from above cause damage to the minion. Elite Pestnuts are weak against Spear Guys.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga enemy
Pestnut (2)
A Pestnut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. HP 40 (30) POW 50-54 (44-46) Defense 50 (30)
Speed 20 (30) Experience 35 (25) Coins 5 (6)
Location Seabed Jump Spiny Hammer Normal
Hand Normal Fire Critical Thunder Normal
Stat down? 100% Stun? 60% Burn? 0%
Level 19 Role Common Item drop Refreshing Herb – 16.13% (32.26%)
None – 0% (Red Pepper - 32.26%)
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions enemy
Elite Pestnut
An Elite Pestnut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. HP 66 POW 62 DEF 52 SPEED 64 Experience 25
Fire Critical Thunder Normal Jump Spiny, Normal Hammer Normal Coins 12
Stat down 60% Dizzy 100% Burn 0% Speed down 30% Item drop Refreshing Herb (26%)
Super Syrup (16%)
Ultra Syrup (20%)
Level           18 Location(s) Seabed
  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: Powerful Pestnuts that thrive underwater. Those sharp spikes are a real threat. Weak against Spear Guys.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウニマロ
From「海胆」(uni, sea urchin) and「クリマロ」(Kurimaro, Pestnut)

French Oursine
Likely a French name form of "oursin" (urchin)
German Sehr-Igel
Pun on "seeigel" (sea urchin) and "sehr" (very)
Italian EchinGoomba (Original game)
Ricciolo (Remake)
From "echinoderma" (echinoderm) and "Goomba", despite the fact that it contains a Beanie, not a Goomba
Little Urchin
Spanish (NOA) Pipo marino
From "pipo" (suit) and "marino" (marine)
Spanish (NOE) Castaña marina
Marine Pestnut