Fawful Express

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The artwork that appears before fighting the Gauntlet version of the Fawful Express in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey.
Artwork shown before fighting the Gauntlet version in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
Bowser's Inside Story enemy
Fawful Express
Fawful Express Battle Sprite
Location(s) Bowser's Castle
Battled by Giant Bowser
Level 31
HP 885 (1,328)
POW 294 (735)
DEF 130 (195)
SPEED 30 (45)
Fire Normal
Burn? Immune
Dizzy? Immune
Stat down? Normal
KO? Immune
Experience 3,500
Coins 1,000 (1,500)
Item drop Star Candy - 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.
Bowser's first encounter with the Fawful Express.
The Fawful Express
Super Bowser battling the Fawful Express
Bowser battling the Fawful Express

The Fawful Express is a giant train with a Fawful face in the game Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its enhanced remake, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. In the game, Bowser meets up with the Monty Bros. he encountered in the Tunnel who drive the Fawful Express, telling Bowser that they had switched sides and were working for Fawful the entire time. They then drive the train into Bowser, forcing Mario and Luigi to make him giant. After becoming giant, Bowser faces off against the Fawful Express.

The train turns around, and attempts to reach the rickety bridge in 100 "kilomoles". if Bowser does not defeat the train by the time it reaches the bridge, he will fall into the gorge, resulting in a Game Over. The train is too small to be able to punch, so the only way to defeat the train is with Bowser's fire breath. The train makes a certain amount of stops during the chase, during which Bowser has two whole turns to act, and the train having one attack. After Bowser's second turn, it will move to the next station.

The first two stations, the train will unleash small hordes of Choombas, which will charge into Bowser. He must use the stylus to tap on one of the three dots that appear on the screen to squash the Choombas. Occasionally, a Mushroom will appear. After the two stations, the train will reach a small spiky mountain, where it will fire a missile over and at Bowser. Similar to the Tower of Yikk, Bowser must repeatedly tap the mountain to punch it until it crumbles, evading the missile.

The Fawful Express then hides inside a living mountain, called Fawful Mountain, which Bowser must defeat in order to move on with the main battle. The Monty Moles can repair the express while in the mountain, but if Bowser burns the mountain with fire breath, the train inside will lose some health. After the mountain is destroyed, the train flees to another spiky mountain, which Bowser must also destroy. Also, the second missile is much faster.

The final two stations feature an attack where the Monty Bros., now with jetpacks, carry bombs. Bowser must time his punch so that he hits the lead mole while the other moles are all aligned, causing all of them to drop their bombs and heavily damage the train. The final station is Grand Central, and Bowser has two more turns to attack before time is up. If he wins, the train explodes, and several chunks of debris defeat the Monty Bros. as well.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, after defeating the Fawful Express, the Monty Bros. will get out of the train before Bowser tosses it on the bridge, causing the bridge to fall apart and the train to fall into the gorge.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲラエクスプレス
Gera Ekusupuresu
From「ゲラコビッツ」(Gerakobittsu, Fawful) and "express"
French (NOA) Faffreux Express Faffreux (F + Affreux (Awful), which is Fawful's Canadian name) + Express
French (NOE) Gracowitz Express From Gracowitz, which is Fawful's French name and Express
German Krankexpress "Krank" from Fawful's German name "Krankfried" and the English "Express"
Italian Sogghigno Express From Fawful's Italian name, Sogghigno
Spanish (NOA) Expreso Fawful Fawful Express
Spanish (NOE) Gracoexpress From Grácovitz, which is Fawful's European Spanish name and Express


  • The Fawful Express battle is very similar to the Zeekeeper battle in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, as both battles have the player chase after the boss before stopping for a chance to attack.
  • The Fawful Express is the only Super Bowser boss battle to not have the opening directly show Bowser becoming larger (it instead shows the inside of the conductor's cabin with the Monty Bros. gloating about their success, and then reveals Bowser became large offscreen).
    • Likewise, it is also the only Super Bowser boss fight where the circumstances for Bowser assuming the giant form did not involve him being stepped on or crushed from above (he was instead smashed into a boulder).
  • In the Gauntlet, sometimes it is impossible to defeat the Fawful Express due to the fast speed of the game, most notably when Bowser automatically punches the spiky mountain at a normal speed, even if the player repeatedly taps the screen.