Guided Bullet Bill

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Guided Bullet Bill
BlueBulletBill SMS.png
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Bull's-Eye Bill

Guided Bullet Bills[1] are a type of Bullet Bill that appear in Super Mario Sunshine. They only appear during the final battle where they are fired from Bowser Jr.'s ship, and upon descending on Mario's level start chasing him if they spot him. At first only two are fired, but as Bowser's bathtub is damaged, eight are fired at once.

Guided Bullet Bills come in black and blue varieties. The black ones have the same appearance as the normal Bullet Bills in Super Mario Sunshine, but as the final battle progresses their noses blink like Purple Bullet Bills. The blue ones are shot rarely and one at a time, their noses do not blink, and will let out a 1-Up Mushroom or a Water Bottle if stomped on.

There are inconsistencies regarding how the Guided Bullet Bills are classified. Japanese sources acknowledge the blue variant but not the black one,[2] contrary to English sources where both colors are considered the same type of Bullet Bill.[1] The Prima Games guide calls them special Purple Bullet Bills,[3] which describes their function as a subset of the homing type earlier in the game.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Bathtub Killer[4]
Kirā (ao)
Bathtub Bullet Bill

Bullet Bill (blue)
German Kugelwilli (blau) Bullet Bill (blue)
Italian Pallottolo Bill blu[5] Blue Bullet Bill


  1. ^ a b Bogenn, Tim, and Doug Walsh. Super Mario Sunshine BradyGames Official Strategy Guide. Page 133.
  2. ^ a b Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Sunshine section, page 99.
  3. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 19.
  4. ^ Super Mario Sunshine, internal filename root/data/scene/coronaBoss.szs/scene/bathtubkiller
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 99