The Glitz Pit is an arena located in Glitzville in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It is where Mario takes on the fighter name the "Great Gonzales" and fights his way through along with his partners in Chapter 3.
There are many fighters encountered here, including Rawk Hawk, King K, Bandy Andy, the Armored Harriers, The Koopinator, Hamma, Bamma, and Flare, and even Bowser at one point, who barges into the ring and fights Mario and his teammates after they reach Rank 5. At first, Mario and his partners fight for the Champ's Belt which has the Gold Star on it, which later turns out to be fake. In the meanwhile, they gain a Yoshi partner and the Super Hammer, and begin to learn about the mysterious events happening around the arena.
Grubba, the promoter, used the Gold Star to power his machine that's hidden under the arena. Ever since Jolene's brother, Prince Mush found out about his machine, Prince Mush mysteriously disappeared, so Jolene went undercover and enlisted Mario and his friends' help to defeat Grubba. They eventually fight him as Macho Grubba, the true final boss of the Chapter, and thwart his plans.
After Chapter 3, Jolene takes over Grubba's duties and becomes the arena's manager. Mario and his partners can optionally return to the arena and resume fighting from the minor leagues. Several sidequests in the Trouble Center also require returning to the arena to interact with Jolene.
The Glitz Pit can be accessed by either the first doorway in the main hall, or the second story door, up a flight of stairs. Mario can talk to the many spectators, but will not be able get through the dense crowd. The fighters change whenever Mario enters the arena, but will always fight by jumping onto and bumping into each other.
There are two sets of locker rooms: one blue and one red. The red major league and minor league locker rooms that Mario and his friends are assigned to are all on the left, while the blue ones are on the right. The blue ones are not accessible except for when Mario and Co. are temporarily trapped in the blue minor league room (and by extension the blue major league room) before their fight with Rawk Hawk.
Occasionally, a crowd of red and orange Toads and Lakitus appears at the entrance after Mario (as the Great Gonzales) defeats any challenger.
Seven Wonders of the Glitz Pit
According to Bandy Andy, the fighters within the Glitz Pit are said to pass stories of a set of mysteries that surround the arena, at least prior to Mario's interference. Bandy Andy himself sets out to study these mysteries, but is forcibly silenced by Grubba when he learns too much. Throughout the subplot, all seven wonders are encountered and explained.
- The Sealed Wall - The remains of fallen athletes are rumored to be stored behind a sealed wall in a minor-league locker room. The wall is actually a large yellow block breakable with Mario's new Super Hammer. The room behind it does not contain the remains of fallen fighters, but research about the Crystal Stars in the form of a Dubious Paper.
- The Man-Eating Toilet - A toilet in a major-league locker room is said to devour anyone that attempts to use it. Mario encounters this toilet while escaping from Rawk Hawk's trap, using the "man-eating" toilet to travel to the toilet in the other major-league locker room for the Championship Match.
- The Stairs of Mystery - An unknown room in the Glitz Pit has a second floor but no stairs, and groaning voices can be heard coming from above. This room is the Glitz Pit's storage room, which has a hidden switch to reveal the stairs. The groaning voices belong to the fighters that Grubba drained.
- The Haunted Boudoir - The champion's room is rumored to be haunted. People within the room claim that they hear voices whispering from nowhere, supposedly the voices of athletes who lost to the champion. The voices are actually voices from Grubba's office, which is connected to the Champion's room by an air vent.
- The Spooky Ring-Lights - Strange lights supposedly leak from under the ring doors when nobody is inside. This light is the light of Grubba's power-draining machine and/or the Gold Star. It is implied that Bandy Andy was caught investigating this secret.
- The Missing Ones - Sometimes fighters disappear for no reason and never return, including the first champion, Prince Mush. These athletes disappeared as the result of their power being drained by Grubba's machine, and the three known vanished fighters return after Macho Grubba is defeated.
- Grubba and Jolene - The first part of this wonder is that Grubba is muscular despite being past sixty-years old. This is explained mostly by his use of the power-draining machine. Secondly, Jolene has been known to suddenly vanish. This is explained by Jolene taking up an alternate identity (e-mailing Mario under the pseudonym of "X"), who can frequently be seen in the juice bar outside the arena.
|Glitz Pit Fighters|
|Champ||Rawk Hawk||The Feral Nuclear Reactor||Rawk Hawk||Before the battle, Rawk Hawk tricks a security guard into locking Mario in a damp room. Mario and his partners make an escape through the toilet. Grubba orders Mario to use a Special Move at least once, but it is actually unnecessary for the storyline to progress. After Mario defeats Rawk Hawk, he receives the Champ's Belt. In the champ's room, Mario and his partners hear a voice in the air vent, and are told via e-mail to find it. In the air vent, they hear Grubba saying that he is going to eliminate Jolene and Gonzales (Mario). In Grubba's office, they find a paper about how the Gold Star powers a machine that sucks the power out of people, and that Grubba is running the arena in order to find strong people to drain like King K and Bandy Andy. When Grubba drops in, they confront him, and defeats him at the arena. Finally, Jolene comes and thanks Mario for defeating Grubba. She reveals that she has been instructing Mario via email under the name of X, and that she has become the helper of Grubba just to approach him and find out about her missing brother. In the meanwhile, her brother, Prince Mush, is released from the machine and reunites with Jolene. Jolene gratefully allows Mario to take the Crystal Star, marking a happy ending of Chapter 3.|
|1||The Koopinator||The Razor Blade Brigadier||Dark Koopatrol||Mario is told by Jolene via email to remove the Gonzales posters in the lobby. After he removes the one to the left of the second-floor door to the arena with Flurrie, he finds another Storage Key and is then told to go to the second floor of the storage room. There, he finds Bandy Andy and King K thrown under a big yellow block. It turns out that it is Jolene (under the name "X" in the email) who wants to show Mario what is going on.|
|2||Chomp Country||The Red Ore Fear Orbs||Two Red Chomps|
|3||Hamma, Bamma, and Flare||The Big Bad Brute Bros.||Hammer Bro, Fire Bro, Boomerang Bro||Mario receives a threatening email again from Grubba. After Mario makes a reservation, Jolene brings a cake from Rawk Hawk. The cake is poisoned, and if Mario chooses to eat it, Mario's partner proceeds to do so first and gets poisoned by the cake, becoming unavailable for the next battle. If Mario chooses not to eat it, Shellshock eats it instead while Mario and his partners go for the next battle and becomes poisoned himself.|
|4||Craw-Daddy||The Dark Gatekeeper||Dark Craw||Mario is told by Jolene via email to go to the telephone booth. Meeting Rawk Hawk on the way, Mario finds a Storage Key and told again to go to the storage room near Grubba's office. He meets Jolene by the door, who pretends to tell him to stay away (this happens earlier if Mario goes there before). Inside Mario finds Ms. Mowz stealing stuff again, who mentions the "poor souls" upstairs. Hinted by another email, Mario finds the hidden stairs in the room and reaches an air vent, where he hears Jolene and Grubba discussing fighters going missing.|
|5||The Magikoopa Masters||The Underworld Servants||Red Magikoopa, Green Magikoopa, White Magikoopa||After Mario and his partners win the battle, they are challenged by Bowser.|
|6||The Shellshockers||The Turtles of Hurtle||Two Shady Koopas & One Shady Paratroopa||Jolene leaves a cake from a fan to Mario. This cake is not poisoned. If Mario chooses not to eat it, Shellshock eats it instead while Mario and his partners go for the next battle.|
|7||The Fuzz||The Bottomless Vacuums||Fuzzy, Green Fuzzy*, Flower Fuzzy||After the Fuzz are defeated, the Armored Harriers challenges Mario's team again. Mario receives a threatening email after the battles.|
|8||The Poker Faces||The Ultimate Weapons||Two Bristles||Mario is told by X via email to go to the Fresh Juice Shop outside the Glitz Pit. After he receives the Super Hammer from Podler in the juice bar, he is told to smash the blockade in the minor-league locker room. Behind the blockade, he finds the Dubious Paper and reads it, but it is then confiscated by Jolene.|
|9||The Tiny Spinies||The Thorny Demons||Two Red Spike Tops|
|10||The Armored Harriers||The Iron Adonis Twins||Two Iron Clefts||After Mario gets the Yoshi Egg and fails the battle, it hatches, and the Yoshi asks Mario to name him. With the new Yoshi, Mario's team is able to defeat the Armored Harriers and move to the major-league locker room. They also receive 30 coins from Grubba. In the major-league locker room, Rawk Hawk drops in and Mario and his partners find that the Crystal Star on his belt is fake. Mario also receives an email from "X".|
|11||The Bob-omb Squad||The Big Bomb Boomers||Four Bob-ombs||Master Crash and Cleftor are talking about King K's leave, and Jolene teaches Sir Swoop how to use the terminal.|
|12||The Mind-Bogglers||The Gray Entanglers||Pale Piranha, Dark Puff, Pider||King K goes missing.|
|13||The Punk Rocks||The Green Torture Squad||Three Hyper Bald Clefts||King K tells Mario that he is going to retire.|
|14||The Hand-It-Overs||The Grim Death Burglars||Two Bandits & Two Big Bandits||King K mentions a "STUNNIN' babe" having a drink at the Fresh Juice Shop, which actually refers to Jolene.|
|15||Spike Storm||The Midnight Spike-Bombers||Two* Spinies & One Lakitu||King K mentions a new "menu item" at the Hot Dog Stand outside. Mario can go there and check the Yoshi Egg at any time, but the Yoshi from that egg is needed in the Armored Harriers battle.|
|16||The Dead Bones||The Bone-Rattling Rockers||Three* Dull Bones||Mario hears someone crying whose foot hurts in the corridor while King K chats with him.|
|17||The Pokey Triplets||The Spiked Terror Triplets||Three* Pokeys||Bandy Andy is caught by Jolene and sent back to the room. After a chat with King K, he sneaks out again.|
|18||The KP Koopas||The Shell Machines of Doom||Two KP Koopas & One KP Paratroopa|
|19||The Goomba Bros.||The Meteorite Hardheads; however, they are called the Hoppin' Hardheads the first time the player faces them||Five Goombas||A Goomba in the team strikes Mario first to initiate the battle. After the battle, King K introduces Mario to the other fighters in the locker room—Master Crash, Bandy Andy, and Cleftor. He talks to Mario often after the next few battles.|
|20||The Great Gonzales||The Merciless Executioner; known as the Superstar Sequel if Mario enters the Glitz Pit again after Chapter 3||Mario and his partners||First arriving at Glitzville, Mario and his partners spot Rawk Hawk showing his belt while battling The Koopinator in the arena. The belt has a (fake) Crystal Star on it, and Mario and his partners decide to sign up and fight to the top rank to earn it.|
- Wings of Night (Four Swoopers) (a.k.a. the Sleepy Stealth Scythe)
- The Destructors (Two Spinias & Two Spanias) (a.k.a. the Flying Bullets)
* = Enemies that can duplicate themselves.
As Mario rises through the ranks, the rankings between other contenders may shuffle. The only fighters whose positions stay the same are The Goomba Bros., The KP Koopas, The Pokey Triplets, The Dead Bones, The Armored Harriers, The Shellshockers, The Koopinator, and Rawk Hawk.
Below is a list of the various orders Grubba (Jolene if the Glitz Pit is replayed) gives Mario during his time at the Glitz Pit. Most of the time the order will be chosen at random (and is prone to save & load manipulation). For Mario's first battle, however, the order will always be to appeal to the crowd at least once. At one point Grubba also instructs Sir Swoop to "do a triple flip and meow." And for Mario's final battle (with Rawk Hawk), the order is to use a special move, but it is unnecessary.
- Use a special move at least once.
- Don't use any special moves.
- Don't jump.
- Don't use the hammer.
- Don't use items.
- Appeal to the crowd at least once.
- Appeal to the crowd at least three times.
- Only Mario can attack.
- Only Mario's partner(s) can attack.
- Take damage at least three times.
- Take damage at least five times.
- Wait three turns before attacking.
- Don't swap partners.
- Defeat your foe in 5 turns or less.
- Win before taking 20 HP of damage.
- Don't use FP.
Mario's partner says something before Grubba (Jolene after Chapter 3) announces Mario's opponent(s) that the player is about to fight. If the player beats their opponent, they say something after Grubba (Jolene after Chapter 3) announces that Mario won.
|Character||Before Battle||After Battle|
|Goombella||"We aren't gonna lose to scrubs like YOU!"/"C'mon, Mario! Let's get this over with!"||"See?!? No biggie!"/"What did you expect, huh? We rock!"|
|Koops||"I'll try not to get in your way, Mario..."/"Ummm... OK, we can do this!"||"We...won? Cool!"/"We did it, Mario! Wow!"|
|Flurrie||"Here we go, darling! Time to shine!"/"Mario, darling... Are you quite ready?"||"Why, that was no fuss whatsoever!"/"Anytime you care for another lesson, we'll be here! ♡ "|
|Mini-Yoshi||"Lemme at 'em! Yeah! Bring it! You ready for a beating?"/"You think you can take me and Gonzales? HA!"||"Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! How'd that floor taste?"/"That all you got?"|
|Vivian||"You're about to have a really terrible experience!"||"Looks like we overdid it a little bit... Are they OK?"|
|Admiral Bobbery||"Leave it all to me, old boy! I shan't need help!"||"I suggest you try a bit harder against the likes of us, hm?"|
|Ms. Mowz||"You look a bit weak to be fighting us... Mmm hmm hmm!"||"Well, what did you expect?"|
- For a detailed listing of enemy formations in the Glitz Pit, see List of enemy formations in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door § Glitzville.
- Armored Harriers (Mid-Boss)
- Big Bandit
- Boomerang Bro
- Bowser (Boss, fought after defeating rank five fighter(s))
- Dark Craw
- Dark Puff
- Dark Koopatrol
- Dull Bones
- Fire Bro
- Flower Fuzzy
- Green Fuzzy
- Hammer Bro
- Hyper Bald Cleft
- Iron Cleft
- KP Koopa
- Macho Grubba (Chapter 3 Boss)
- Pale Piranha
- Rawk Hawk (Boss, Championship Match)
- Red Chomp
- Red Spike Top (R.S. Buzzy)
- Shady Koopa
Notable individual fighters
- Bandy Andy
- Hamma Jamma
- Iron Adonis Twins
- King K
- The Koopinator
- Master Crash
- Rawk Hawk
- Sir Swoop
- Spiky Joe
- A red Toad who works part-time in the lobby
- An orange Toad girl in love with the red Toad worker
- A Lakitu cameraman. Goombella's tattle states, "That's a local cameraman. He seems a little flustered. I think he's new at this and makes lots of mistakes. Just a guess, though."
- A reporter who looks like a pineapple. Goombella's tattle states, "That's a local reporter. I'm pretty sure he covers the fight scene. He's such a veteran, he even directs the rookie cameraman next to him."
- A Toad father and son who are fans of Prince Mush
- A Lakitu freelancer who can be found on the second floor in the lobby. Goombella's tattle states, "That's a freelancer. He's always angling for the next big scoop. We'd better make sure this guy doesn't shoot us doing anything... incriminating."
- Glitz Pit Security
- Ms. Mowz (during Chapter 3)
|Battle Trunks ×20||All in the storeroom during Jolene's trouble.|
|Champ's Belt||Won after defeating Rawk Hawk.|
|Charge P||In the first-floor storeroom, it can be found among the boxes in the northeast corner with Flurrie's help.|
|Dubious Paper||In the minor league locker room, it can be found on top of the shelf in the room to the left.|
|Gold Star||Given to Mario after he helps Jolene defeat Macho Grubba at the end of Chapter 3.|
|HP Plus P||In the second-floor storeroom, it can be found on top of the big box in the left.|
|Ice Storm||In the major-league room, it can be found in the northwest corner.|
|Last Stand||In the corridor of the Glitz Pit, it can be found in a blue box near the right entrance.|
|Shine Sprite||In the second-floor storeroom, it can be found by the north wall between the boxes.|
|Star Piece||In the lobby, one is under a panel in the wall corner to the northwest of the entrance.|
|In the office, one is in the drawer near the computer.|
|In the office, one is behind the plant in the southwest.|
|In the first-floor storage room, one is under a panel on the floor.|
|To the right of the second-floor storage room, one is among the rightmost boxes.|
|Storage Key||In the second-floor lobby, it can be found behind the leftmost poster during one of X's missions.|
|Wrestling Mag||In the office, it is held by Jolene and given to Mario during Toodles's trouble.|
- "This is the Glitz Pit lobby. It's pretty nice, actually! Sturdily built, nice decor. And what can you say about that luxurious chandelier except... FABULOUS!!!"
- "This is the Glitz Pit itself! That's the ring in the middle. That's where all the magic happens. And by "magic," I mean brutal beatdowns."
- "This is a backstage corridor. Compared to the Glitz Pit, this is so... businesslike. There's security all OVER, so you can't just wander around wherever you want."
- "This is a minor-league locker room. It's kind of, uh... Well, it's pretty disgusting. It's totally different from the first room they showed. The old bait-and-switch... You think they make it totally gross so fighters will try harder to advance?"
- "This is a major-league locker room. Everybody here dreams of reaching the top... You can almost feel the intensity of their ambition in the air... It's weird... Speaking of weirdness, there's ALWAYS someone in the bathroom. Creepy! Y'know, it's kinda necessary to have access to a bathroom now and then..."
- "This is a minor-league locker room. It's just as gnarly as the one we were in. If you check the lockers or behind the posters, I bet there are stains and graffiti."
- "This is another locker room for major-league competitors. It's opposite the other one. Why was there a hidden room behind the lockers, anyway? What would it be used for? Mysteries are totally everywhere in the Glitz Pit!"
- "This is the champ's room. Yeah... This has to be like, the WORST decorating ever! Like that tiger-print bed... I mean, COME ON! Think Rawk Hawk designed it? Or maybe Grubba? It couldn't be...Jolene?"
- "This is the Glitz Pit storeroom. They must keep props or something in here. There's a second floor, too. If you see anything odd, don't forget your partners..."
- "This is the storeroom. There are lots of wooden crates here, that's for sure. But it doesn't seem to be in use now, does it? I mean, it's COVERED in dust!"
- "This is the promoter's room. It's fitting... It has sort of a relaxed authority, y'know? This is where the pairings for each match get decided. Neat!"
- "We're in the ventilation duct. It's really cramped in here. And musty. And dank."
Names in other languages
|French||Arènes de Yunnanville||Glitzville Arenas|
|Italian||Stadio di Oolong||Glitzville Stadium|
- If the player chooses to return to the Glitz Pit after completing Chapter 3 and makes it to 1st place, during the Championship Match, the crowd chants "GONZALES! GONZALES!". One spectator will say "JUMPMAN!!! Wait, who?". This is a reference to Mario's alternate name for the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. Should the player also win the championship, there will be a crowd that goes after the champion once in the foyer.
- The Mario posters that are seen in the foyer do not reappear should Flurrie blow them out.
- There is a Bob-omb and a Bulky Bob-omb depicted on a poster in the foyer, even though no Bulky Bob-ombs are fought in the Glitz Pit.
- Glitz Blade, one of the Sammer Guys in Super Paper Mario, references the arena.
- Malleoz et al (March 2, 2014). Submission #4148: Malleoz, CoolKirby & Masterjun's GC Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door in 4:52:30.72. TASVideos. Retrieved on August 9, 2016.
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