Vacuum Helmet

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Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Vacuum Helmet
Vacuum Helmet MLBiS sprite.png
Location(s) Peach's Castle
Battled by Anyone
Level 31
HP 1,200 (1,800)
POW 180 (450)
DEF 123 (185)
SPEED 130 (195)
Fire Normal
Burn? Immune
Dizzy? Immune
Stat Down? Half
KO? Normal
Experience 220
Coins 0 (0)
Item Drop --
  • The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.

The Vacuum Helmet is a device used by Fawful in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (and its 3DS remake) and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (and its 3DS remake as well). It is used to get Fawful around and attack the Mario Bros. It is also noticed to have many functions and is Fawful's most used invention.


Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Fawful with the Vacuum Helmet in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its 3DS remake, Fawful uses the Vacuum Helmet to suck up Princess Peach's voice before the onset of the game. He uses the Vacuum Helmet's fireball ability to battle Mario and Luigi when they come to reclaim Princess Peach's voice; he then uses this attack to destroy Bowser's Koopa Cruiser. In battle, it has 18 HP.

Later, when Cackletta is defeated by the Mario Bros., Fawful sucks her soul up with the Vacuum Helmet and deposits it inside Bowser's (Rookie's) unconscious body, thus saving her from death and creating Bowletta; a transformation between her spirit and Bowser. During the final battle of Superstar Saga, Fawful and his Vacuum Helmet are seen in one of Cackletta Soul's attacks, but in ghost form. In the attack, the Vacuum Helmet will shoot a wave of fire balls at both bros. If Fawful is in front of Mario, the Vacuum Helmet will first shoot at Luigi first, then Mario. On the other hand, if Fawful is in front of Luigi, the Vacuum Helmet will shoot at Mario first.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

MLBiS-Dark Fawful Radar.png

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, the Vacuum Helmet is used by Fawful to suck the power out of the Dark Star and become Dark Fawful. Afterwards, the helmet used by Dark Fawful to search for the Dark Star, and is fought in the battle against Dark Fawful where Bowser can inhale it and the Mario Bros. will fight it from inside him. In this game, the helmet is less important, although it is much more life-like than before.


The Vacuum Helmet has many functions, and is primarily used by Fawful to fly around or hover. The Vacuum Helmet's nozzle can both shoot fiery balls of energy at Fawful's opponents and vacuum up other things, like Cackletta's spirit, which are then stored within the Vacuum Helmet.

Fawful using the Vacuum Helmet to swing to and from a lamp
The Vacuum Helmet "battling" Mario and Luigi inside Bowser

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story introduces more functions, including the Vacuum Helmet's ability to function independently from Fawful. It is also revealed that the Vacuum Helmet's nozzle can morph into a kind of basket, inside of which Mario or Luigi can be trapped and drained of their HP. Fawful can also fly using the helmet. Another attack is charging up energy balls up the tube. The player will have to look at the color of the helmet. Red is Mario while Green is Luigi and the player counters with hammers. While Fawful is fighting Bowser, he may use his Vacuum Helmet to avoid some of Bowser's attacks or he can recover 300 of his HP. The Vacuum Helmet also morphs its nozzle into what looks like teeth, allowing Fawful to grab onto objects and swing from them. At some point, the Vacuum Helmet will fly above Fawful's head on the top screen, where Bowser can use his vacuum ability to suck it up into his body, where the bros. will fight it. After taking a certain amount of damage, the Vacuum Helmet will explode and cease to exist, making its last appearance. However, if Bowser's power is high enough, Dark Fawful can be defeated without his headgear being inhaled. After he is defeated, the Vacuum Helmet will run away and never appear again.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese すいとりマシーン
Suitori Mashīn
Absorbing Machine
Spanish (NOA) Casco vórtice Vortex Helmet
Spanish (NOE) Gracodeslizador From Grácovitz, Fawful's European Spanish name and deslizador (slider)
French (NOA) Aspinergie Portemanteau of "Aspirateur" (Vacuum) and "Energie" (Energy)
French (NOE) Aspirojet
German Düsenhelm Jet Helmet
Italian Risucchiabot Inhalebot


  • The top of the Vacuum Helmet in Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story makes it resemble R.O.B.
  • Although this device is called "Vacuum Helmet" in Bowser's Inside Story, Fawful still calls it his Headgear, its name in Superstar Saga.
  • In a few cutscenes, the Vacuum Helmet is shown to be able to locate the Dark Star, in conjunction with a radar-like device.