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The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Location(s) Rogueport
Max HP 20
Attack 3
Defense 0
Moves Spear Throw (3); Spear Charge (3)
Items None
Coins N/A
Log A super-annoying guy with a big spear that he tends to throw at people. Some people think he's a bunch of sass talk, but he's tough.
Misc. stats
Level 45
Exp. points 0
Sleep? 90%
Dizzy? 80%
Confuse? 90%
Tiny? 90%
Burn? 100%
Freeze? 70%
Stop? 80%
Soft? 95%
Fright? 0%
Gale Force? 60%
KO? 50%

That's Gus. He's super-annoying and tries to take tolls from everyone. Max HP is 20, Attack is 3, and Defense is 0. All in all, he's pretty tough. Oh, and I've told you a million times…that pointy spear of his hurts if you stomp on it. I wonder if this guy watches people pass 365 days a year. Talk about a workaholic.

“CRUD! You dumb video-game heroes ALWAYS pull this stuff! It's RIDICULOUS! You think violence solves everything, don't you? Huh? DON'T YOU?!?”
Gus, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Gus is a Craw and a mini-boss encountered during the events of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. He is a loyal member of the Robbo Thieves of eastern Rogueport, along with his brother Garf and their associate Goose. Gus can be found outside of Professor Frankly's office, guarding the passageway to the farthest eastern area of Rogueport. Gus is the only member of the Robbo Thieves that the player can fight and the only Craw that can be fought. He can be battled at any time during the game. Goombella describes him as a "workaholic", wondering if Gus might in fact perform his guard duty every day of the year.

Gus is first seen is during a cinema in the game's prologue. As Toadsworth informs Mario of Princess Peach's disappearance, the player sees an additional cinema in the background pertaining to the Robbos and the Piantas. As Gus and Garf walk through Rogueport Plaza, Tony and Vinny, two members of the Pianta syndicate, assault Gus and Garf, knocking Garf to the ground. As the two Piantas take off towards West Rogueport, Gus and Garf flee back to eastern Rogueport, cursing out the Piantas on their way.

Gus is not seen again until Mario and his partner see him guarding the entrance to the far eastern area of Rogueport. Gus then inquires Mario and his partner, asking if they would like to pass, giving them the option to say "No", "I'll pay", or "I can take you!". If Mario says "No", then Gus doesn't allow him to pass; if Mario says, "I'll pay", Gus allows him to go through the entrance for a toll of ten coins. Mario is required to pay Gus each time he passes through the area unless he says "I can take you!" If Gus is defeated in the ensuing battle, Mario is no longer required to pay the toll, as Gus returns to the Robbos' hideout (behind Admiral Bobbery's house), where he and Garf guard Ishnail for the remainder of the game. Gus develops a grudge against Mario for beating him up over 10 coins, thinking Mario was an uncontrollably violent person, although he gives Mario respect after he defeats the Shadow Queen.

Battle information[edit]

Mario and Goombella battling Gus
The battle against Gus.

In battle, Gus attacks using his sharp spear. Gus either charges towards Mario or his partner, ramming into them with his spear, or he hurdles a spear at the player, inflicting the same amount of damage. Characters cannot jump on Gus due to his spear unless they get the Spike Shield badge later in the game. If Mario decides to fight Gus before going to the Thousand-Year Door for the first time, there will be no audience.

Gus being damaged

If Mario reaches five HP while fighting Gus, Gus advises Mario to flee, rather than stay and continue to fight. If Mario flees the battle beforehand, the battle ends, but Mario loses no coins.

Field Tattle[edit]

  • "That's Gus. He's a part of that band of thieves who call themselves the Robbos. He looks like a total maniac, but he's actually a nice guy. Don't judge books by covers!"


  • "Stay down, Bro!"
  • "I'm gonna make you eat your words, tough guy! Let's get this party started!" - (Gus engaging in battle with Mario.)
  • "You know, when the sky got all dark, even I was a little scared. But thanks to you, everything's okay now. You really ARE a hero."
  • "Huh! That hurt? You have no chance of beating me, trust me... So, you'd better run. Yeah, if you don't, seriously, it'll be Game Over for you! You can choose to Run from your Tactics menu. Sometimes, it's best to run." - (Gus giving Mario advice in battle.)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガース
French Lancet Pun on "lance" and abbreviation of the male name "Lancelot"
German Lanzo Masculine adaption of "lanze" (lance)
Italian Gaz Uncommon name; it is also the same name of the species[citation needed]
Spanish Angui Lucho Pun on "aguilucho" (eaglet) and "Lucho" (the nickname form of the name Luís)