Gusty Gulch

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Gusty Gulch
Gusty Gulch.png
Mario and Lady Bow in Gusty Gulch
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Greater location Mushroom Kingdom, beyond Forever Forest
Inhabitants Boos, notably Stanley and Herbert

Gusty Gulch is a small wasteland where peasant Boos and "hyper" versions of other creatures live in Paper Mario. It is located to the east of Forever Forest and can be reached by passing the back gate of Boo's Mansion. The area consists of three parts: the Windy Mill at the base of the gulch, a village where the peasant Boos live, and some cliffs in the east. Tubba Blubba's Castle can be found at the end of the cliff area.

The Boos suffer attacks from Tubba Blubba until his defeat. When Mario first visits the village, Tubba Blubba comes along and eats one named Stanley. Later in the chapter, Mario defeats Tubba Blubba in the Windy Mill area, therefore freeing the Boos. It is revealed that the Boos actually live in the abandoned village, and that they did not build the town.

Gusty Gulch is similar to Twilight Trail in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, containing a dry landscape, dead trees, and Hyper Clefts.

Tubba Blubba eating a Boo while Mario and Lady Bow hide in the Gusty Gulch
Tubba Blubba eating a Boo in the Gusty Gulch village.

In Chapter 3, Mario and Lady Bow head for Tubba Blubba's Castle to defeat Tubba Blubba and help the Boos, for which Lady Bow promises to give him Skolar as a reward. When they pass the village, they learned that Tubba Blubba had come there the day before and eaten Herbert. Not shortly after that, Tubba Blubba himself arrives to eat the Boos. The Boos hide, and so do Mario and Lady Bow with her Outta Sight ability. However, Stanley delays and is caught and eaten by Tubba Blubba.

Later in the chapter, Mario and Lady Bow are caught stealing Yakkey in Tubba Blubba's Castle. Six Boos from the Gusty Gulch village come to help Bow and, after the two come out, block the door to stop Tubba Blubba from going out. The two run away, passing the village and opening the Windy Mill at the base of the gulch with Yakkey. They find that Tubba Blubba's secret is his heart hiding deep down the mill. After the heart is defeated, it jumps out of the mill and reunites with Tubba Blubba who has chased them down. This makes Tubba Blubba no longer invincible and easily beaten.

After Tubba Blubba is defeated, the Boos he has eaten are released from his body and return to Gusty Gulch, Stanley and Herbert included. The Boos at Gusty Gulch will write Lady Bow an admiration letter, which the player can read at the Toad Town Post Office. The letter thanks her for her effort, saying that they are throwing a party and Bow is invited to it after she is done with her quest.

At the end of the game, two Boos come to the party at Peach's Castle, one from Boo's Mansion and one from Gusty Gulch. The latter mentions that the Boos are going to have a wedding ceremony at Gusty Gulch.

There is a Save Block and a Heart Block in the village, as well as a hidden (but not invisible) block in the easternmost house in the first scene containing one coin. One of Koopa Koot's favors involves retrieving a Package from a Boo in the Gusty Gulch village. In the cliff area east of the village, there is a Letter by a branch on the ground which can be delivered to Igor in Boo's Mansion. When he receives it, he mentions that it is an order from Gusty Gulch.


Main article: List of unnamed NPCs in Paper Mario by location (A–S) § Gusty Gulch


For enemy formations in Gusty Gulch, see here.


Item Image Location

Star Piece (x2) A Star Piece, from Paper Mario.
  • Under a hidden panel near the back gate of Boo's Mansion
  • Obscured behind a rock and between another rock and a tree near the end of the scene before the entrance to Tubba Blubba's Castle.
Package Sprite of Package from Paper Mario Given by a Boo while doing Koopa Koot's favors.
Dizzy Dial PaperMario Items DizzyDial.png On a big stone one scene to the east of the Boo's area (requires Kooper).
Repel Gel PaperMario Items RepelGel.png In a question block one scene to the east of the Boo's area.
Letter A letter Behind a branch one scene to the east of the Boo's area.
Super Shroom PaperMario Items SuperShroom.png In a question block one scene before Tubba Blubba's Castle.


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  • Tattles:
    • "There's a windmill. Those vanes are turning really slowly. The sound of it turning is sort of lonely."
    • "Somebody told me that if a house is dilapidated, it means it's crumbly and deserted. That sounds like this place. Goompa said Boos love this sort of place."
    • "The way that house leans is bizarre, isn't it? Why do Boos like homes like these?"
    • "It's Gusty Gulch. Watch your step on the rocky slopes. You also have to beware of strange creatures. My dad would say that going through here builds character..."
    • "It's Gusty Gulch. It looks like there's a gap over there that won't be easy to cross. You'll need some help. Let's be quick but careful. I don't like the looks of the creatures around here."
    • "We've reached the top of Gusty Gulch. That building is Tubba Blubba's Castle, isn't it? The land here is totally barren. Was it always like this?"
  • In-game map description: Boos like to hang around this deserted gulch. On the ridge is the castle of the Invincible Tubba Blubba.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピューピューヒル
Pyūpyū Hiru
Windy Hill. Pyūpyū is an onomatopoeia of blowing winds.

Chinese 风啸谷
Fēngxiāo Gǔ
Wind-howling Valley

French Ravin Ventu
Gusty Gulch
German Windige Schlucht
Windy Canyon
Portuguese Ravina Tempestuosa
Gusty Gulch
Spanish Barranco Borrascoso
Gusty Cliff


  • It is quite possible that Gusty Gulch is based on the real-life location of La Mancha, Spain. This area of Spain is a windy, semi-arid grassland, and is littered with windmills - a description that fits Gusty Gulch quite well. Also, the background music of Gusty Gulch seems to be Spanish-inspired.

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