Artwork of a Gushen from Super Mario Odyssey
|First appearance||Super Mario Odyssey (2017)|
Gushens are purple flapjack octopus-like creatures encased in balls of water found in the Seaside Kingdom, Sand Kingdom, and Mushroom Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey. They are normally found floating on the surface of the water in their water balls, occasionally making large vertical leaps. However, when Mario approaches, they shoot a powerful stream of water from their undersides. If Mario captures one, he can use it to fly. The result is similar to F.L.U.D.D.'s Hover Nozzle, in that it propels Mario upwards for a limited time before needing to be refilled by touching water, a Power Moon, or a Checkpoint Flag, although the height he can travel to is more akin to the Rocket Nozzle, and the high speeds he travels on water make it akin to the Turbo Nozzle. He is also capable of spinning while shooting to the side to spray all around him, and the water can clean away lava as though it were goop, like the Squirt Nozzle. Mollusque-Lanceur, the boss of the Seaside Kingdom, is a giant Gushen who resembles a giant octopus. While the Gushens have only golden mustaches, Mollusque-Lanceur has a large golden beard.
Gushens turn dark grey and move slowly on land without their water balls. When moving in this state, they leave a short wet trail that soaks the ground, causing it to have an uneven appearance. They can be defeated by spraying them as another Gushen, or simply ground-pounding them as Mario. They can also be defeated by a Cheep Cheep's tail swipe.
Only a single Gushen appears in Mollusque-Lanceur's rematch, and it will give Mario unlimited water supply due to the constant raining.
Names in other languages
|Katakana version of「放水」(hōsui, spraying water)|
|Literally "to blast water"|
|Literally "to spray water"|
|French||Giclopode||From "gicler" (to squirt) and "-pode" (-pod, a suffix for foot)|
|German||Düsenkrake||From "düsen" (to dash) and "krake" (octopus)|
|From "뿜다" (ppumda, to squirt) and "물" (mul, water)|
|From "струя" (struya, squirt) and "руевик" (ryevik, rider)|
|Spanish||Pulpichorro||Combination of "pulpo" (octopus) and "chorro de agua" (water jet)|
- The part of the body that Gushens shoot water from would be the mouth on a real octopus; however, Gushens appear to have tan mustaches on their fronts.
- Real cephalopods indeed shoot water from their bodies to move; however, these are from funnels higher up on the body, not the mouths.
- Gushens are the only captures in the game that still have a mustache when not captured by Mario.
- Thus, they are the only creature capture that does not gain a Mario mustache, with the tan mustache instead being recolored to match that of Mario.
- There are four Power Moons that can be obtained through planting seeds in the Seaside Kingdom. If Mario uses a Gushen to water them, the growing process noticeably speeds up.