Giant Bowser

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This article is about Bowser's giant form in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. For Bowser's size changes in other games, see Bowser § Size.
Giant Bowser battling Bowser Castle

Giant Bowser is a form that Bowser takes on in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. It is almost exactly like his regular form, only several times larger.


Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

“GAHAHA! See that? All Bowser, baby!”
Giant Bowser, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Bowser grows giant four times. When he is crushed, Mario and Luigi must go to the Rump Command, where they play a minigame to spike Bowser's adrenaline. Once this is done, Bowser will grow large enough to fight whatever is threatening him. The first time this happens, Bowser attempts to fire a Banzai Bill at his castle, but the castle activates rockets installed by Fawful and lands on top of Bowser. However, he grows giant and lifts the castle up. He then fights it as a boss. Later, he is exploring Blubble Lake when he comes across a large propeller, belonging to the Tower of Yikk. After he activates the propeller by sneezing, the tower comes to life and stomps on him. Bowser is enlarged once again to fight it. Later he must battle the Fawful Express at Bowser Castle and a robotic, "Fawfulized" version of Peach's Castle called Super Peach's Castle.

At a few points in the game, Bowser requests that he be enlarged, only to be reminded that it only works in mortal danger.


During Giant Battles, the Nintendo DS is held sideways, with Bowser to the left on the Touch Screen and the boss on the other screen. All of Giant Bowser's attacks are executed with the stylus or mic.

Attack Image In-game Description Effects
Punch Giant Bowser Punch.PNG Slide farther and faster to increase your punch power! Bowser will step up to the boss and rear back. When an arrow appears, the player must slide across it as fast and hard as they can to make Bowser deliver a punch. This is Giant Bowser's primary attack.
Flame Giant Bowser Flame.PNG Blow into the mic to release flaming breath! Bowser will prepare to breathe fire. When the blowing symbol appears, the player must blow into the mic as hard and long as they can to unleash Giant Bowser's fire breath. This attack deals minimal damage and is usually used to clear away smaller enemies, though it is critical in the battle against the Fawful Express.
Refreshroom Giant Bowser Mushroom.PNG Restores 50% of HP. Refreshrooms can be collected from some Giant Bosses' attacks. For example, when the Tower of Yikk sends Leaf Guys carrying bombs, some will be carrying Refreshrooms. Giant Bowser can hold more than one at a time. When he eats one, 50% of his HP is restored.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

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Dream Team Enemy
Giant Bowser
Giant Dreamy Bowser.jpg
Location(s) Dreamy Neo Bowser Castle
Level 35
HP 2800
Power 649
Defense 402
Speed 111
Weakness None
Experience 0 (0)
Coins 2000 (100%) (EXCELLENT)
1600 (100%) (OK)
Item Drop Max Candy (100%) (EXCELLENT)
Max Nut (100%) (EXCELLENT)
1-Up Deluxe (100%) (EXCELLENT)
Max Mushroom (100%) (OK)
Max Syrup Jar (100%) (OK)
Refreshing Herb (100%) (OK)
Supreme Hammer (100%)
No Hitter
World Dream

“Transforming into a giant... I invented that, pal! No way some green stache gets to bite MY style!”
Giant Bowser, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Giant Bowser reappears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team as the final giant boss of the game. Giant Bowser is faced in Neo Bowser Castle's dream world, where Bowser gains this form upon eating a large amount of meat from his minions. However, when he learns that there is no more meat, he flies into a rage and starts wreaking havoc. When Mario and Dreamy Luigi finally catch him, Dreamy Luigi grows into Giant Luigi to fight against Giant Bowser. Notably, in a callback to the previous game, where Giant Bowser was the fighter, the giant battles come full circle, as the two giants, both whom had been controlled by the player, start fighting. Also, Bowser says, "SHOWTIME!" before the fight begins, calling back to Bowser's Inside Story, where he did the same.


The battle with Giant Bowser takes place on a long, metal bridge. Each turn, Airships will blast away part of the bridge behind Giant Luigi. He will take damage if they blast away the part he is standing on, so he should attack Giant Bowser accordingly to keep moving ahead and forcing the boss back. Giant Bowser has a wider variety of attacks compared to Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, mainly due to his boss status. He can attack by grabbing Giant Dreamy Luigi and attempt to throw him into the lava behind him. Should Dreamy Luigi counter this move, Bowser will follow by charging at him and attempting to tackle him into the lava instead. This is dodged by sliding to one side or the other. If he misses, he will fall int the lava and take damage. Another attack is to breathe a stream of fire at Giant Luigi. Giant Luigi must slide up to jump away from the flames and grab onto a nearby Airship. He will swing back and forth towards Giant Bowser and then towards the lava. Bowser will slowly raise his head up to breathe fire up at Luigi, so he must tap the screen when he swings towards Bowser to land on his head and dodge the flames.

Giant Bowser can also hid behind large forts while his minions attack Giant Luigi. Kamek and several Magikoopas can appear to cast magical bursts at Giant Dreamy Luigi, blocked with the hammer. Spear Guys can walk out to latch onto Giant Dreamy Luigi's legs and attack with their spears. This is countered by tapping them quickly to shake them off. Airships may fly in and fire lines of cannonballs, blocked by swinging the hammer vertically or horizontally. Giant Bowser can use the fort to restore his health by calling out Shy Guys to feed him large chunks of meat. This is stopped by slamming down the hammer at the right moment to stun Bowser so the meat bounces off his head. Following those attacks, Giant Bowser will jump onto the fort and try to body slam Giant Dreamy Luigi. This is dodged by sliding back at the last moment. While Giant Bowser lies on the ground, dazed, Giant Luigi can pick him up by the tail and swing him around by sliding the stylus, reminiscent of Super Mario 64. After it is done enough, Giant Bowser will be thrown into the fort and take damage. The ideal way to damage Giant Bowser is by using Hammer Chop to knock him into the lava. While the hammer itself will do little damage, the lava will do considerable damage. However, Bowser may summon airships to pull up a wall on the side of the bridge, blocking him from falling into the lava. In this case, Hammer Uppercut should be used to send him back. If Bowser is standing on a grate, the Bros. can use Drill Stomp to smash through the grate, causing Giant Bowser to fall through.

Eventually, Giant Bowser will be forced to the end of the bridge and jump to another, where the whole process must be repeated to force him back again. Once he is cornered again, he will jump to an circular arena. In this phase of the battle, Giant Bowser will retreat into his shell and charge at Giant Luigi. Giant Luigi will spin around with his hammer to counter. The player must tilt the Nintendo 3DS to control Giant Luigi and knock Giant Bowser into the lava. This stage is called "Repel the Shell". There are walls that can be broken, but will bounce back whoever hits them. Mushrooms may appear during this phase to heal Giant Luigi. After being knocked into the lava enough times, the Finishing Bros. attack can be used on him. However, Kamek will return and use his magic to make Giant Bowser even bigger. In this phase of the battle, Giant Bowser can use one of two attacks. He may attack with a huge fireball, which is countered by tapping it repeatedly with the hammer, or by attempting to stomp Giant Luigi, countered by lifting the foot by tapping two arrows. After an attack is countered, the Bros. can use the Star Driver, a powered up version of Finishing Bros., to finish off Giant Bowser.

In Hard Mode, Giant Luigi takes more damage from attacks and no mushrooms appear during the "Repel the Shell" stage. The Airships fire more cannonballs and there are more Spear Guys.

Like the other Giant Bosses, Giant Bowser has a counterpart in the Battle Ring, called Giant Bowser X. While his strategy is mostly unchanged, he has higher stats and moves faster.


Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

  • "Showtime!"
  • "That’s an order!"
  • "Leave it to me!"
  • "Instead of crying, why not get big too?!"
  • "The lake... Back here, too!"
  • "Man, what’s this guy’s body made of?"
  • "Aw, you wanna fly away?! Tough luck, sucker!"
  • "Attacking this dude’s body seems useless. Maybe that head?
  • "Nice! He’s sinking! Now I can whale on his head!"
  • "What’s your deal?"
  • "Huh? Fireworks? Real festive..."
  • "Huh? Nothing! Worst fireworks ever!"
  • "Weird fireworks, pal... Real weird. Well, moving on...
  • "Time to deal with your ugly mug!"
  • "NOOO! That thing’s sucking me in! Don’t even try it!"
  • "Aw, that again?! Come ON!"
  • "Please! I'll blast that thing down with a fireball!"
  • "GAHAHA! See that? All Bowser, baby!"

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

  • "Time to give up hope, Mario! In my dreams, I fear nothing! I can crush even you like a little red bug!"
  • "Transforming into a giant... I invented that, pal!"
  • "No way some green stache gets to bite MY style!"
  • "Ah, time for my dream to finally come true!"
  • "GWAHAHAHA! Nowhere to run!"
  • "How DARE you?!"
  • "Quiet, you little fluffball! Enough with the chatting!"
  • "Huh?! Whah?! Nowhere to go!"
  • "Cornered again!"
  • "THAT'S where I'll finish you!"
  • "Time to say night-night!"