Hermie III

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Hermie III
MLSSBMHermieIII.png
Hermie III sprite from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Species Crab
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
“If you want to cauthe trouble... Then you're thtupid!”
Hermie III, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Hermie III is a giant, lisping hermit crab that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. He lives in Gwarhar Lagoon. The name "Hermie III" is likely pronounced "Hermie the Third"; the inclusion of the Roman numeral for "three" may be a pun on "tree", the object his shell highly resembles.

History[edit]

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

When the Beanstar breaks into four pieces, one of the fragments ends up in his possession. Hermie places it at the top of his shell, and manages to decorate his shell with various other ornaments with some help from fellow residents of Gwarhar Lagoon, making a Christmas tree.

When Mario and Luigi arrive, Hermie asks if the Mario Bros. came to help decorate his shell, which they refuse; he then looks at Mario's red clothes and mustache and mistakes him for Santa Claus, causing the Bros. to face-fault. One of the residents helping Hermie then notices Mario and recognizes him; when Mario confirms his identity with a jump, she calls the others over immediately, causing them to stop decorating and crowd Mario. When Luigi tries to pull him away, the trio then suddenly realize who he is and crowd him instead, asking him several questions. The lack of attention causes Hermie to lose his temper, and he attacks Mario and Luigi for interfering with the decorating.

Hermie III with Mario and Luigi in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, after the battle

After being defeated, the Bros. explain the situation to the hermit crab, who reluctantly gives up the Beanstar piece, while the locals apologize for Hermie's behavior, explaining that he is "kooky". The residents then point them towards a shortcut the Bros. can use to shorten the trip back. Optionally, Mario and Luigi can later choose to make amends with Hermie III by giving him Spangle to place on his shell, and Hermie gratefully rewards them a Soulful Bros. badge. Hermie is last seen in the end credits, waving goodbye to the Mario Bros.

In addition to reprising his role in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Hermie III additionally appears in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser during the mission Spangle's Honey Pie, where he kidnaps Starlow and a Bob-omb to use as decorations for Wendy's "cutie battle contest." At the end of the mission, Starlow escapes and attacks Hermie III, freeing the Bob-omb and causing Hermie to leave.

Battle[edit]

Hermie III has a pair of pincers that can be targeted separately for attacks, and he often approaches the Bros. and tries to reach out these claws to attack them. The claw pulses briefly before it lunges at the brother in front of it; occasionally he puts a normal pincer forward as a feint, then switches to the other. In the remake, Hermie's claws are on jointed limbs that extend forward, and each claw rears back before snapping at Mario or Luigi, with the absence of the rearing motion signaling a feint. The pincer attacks can be dodged or counterattacked by jumping, and damaging the pincers enough puts them out of commission temporarily. Hermie III also spits pink bubbles that can poison Mario or Luigi unless the Bros. pop them with the hammer.

After his first pincer attack, Hermie becomes frustrated, and increases his attack power after each attempt. If his head is attacked, Hermie immediately retaliates using his pincer attack. Once he has taken some damage, Hermie may hide in his shell, significantly reducing damage and healing himself each turn. He comes back out after restoring a certain amount of HP, along with restoring up to half the HP of each claw. Mario can force him to leave his shell early using his Firebrand-based attacks; Hermie angrily pops out of his shell, yelling about the brothers ruining his decorations.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Hermie III gains the Fury status upon losing half his HP or more, and begins attacking faster and more often each turn like most other bosses. His idle animation changes to give his eyes the same angry look as they have in the overworld when he loses his temper.

During the fight, as an additional background element, Crabs from Mario Bros. periodically run around the battlefield; they are replaced by Huckit Crabs in the remake.

Statistics[edit]

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

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Hermie III
MLSSHermieIII.gif HP 400 (380) POW 70-78 (69-79) Defense 140 (110) Speed 52 (60) Experience 450 (600)
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 80 (200)
Stat Down? 30% Stun? 30% Burn? 0% Hand Normal Item Drop Max Nut – 0% (School Slacks - 100%)
Lucky Ribbon – 61.29% (Red Pepper - 100%)
Level           26 Location(s) Gwarhar Lagoon Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Left Claw
Hermie III L SSS.png HP 70 (40) POW 70-78 (69-79) Defense 130 (60) Speed 52 (50) Experience 0
Fire Normal Thunder Critical Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 0
Stat Down? 0% Stun? 0% Burn? 0% Hand Normal Item Drop None – 0%
None – 0%
Level           26 Location(s) Gwarhar Lagoon Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Right Claw
Hermie III R SSS.png HP 70 (40) POW 70-78 (69-79) Defense 130 (60) Speed 52 (50) Experience 0
Fire Normal Thunder Critical Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 0
Stat Down? 0% Stun? 0% Burn? 0% Hand Normal Item Drop None – 0%
None – 0%
Level           26 Location(s) Gwarhar Lagoon Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Hermie III
MLSSBMHermieIII.png HP: 680 POW: 128 DEF: 116 SPEED: 78 Experience: 600
Fire: Normal Thunder: Normal (body), Weak (shell) Jump: Normal (body), Weak (shell) Hammer: Normal (body), Weak (shell) Coins: 500
Stat Down: 30% Dizzy: 30% Burn: 0% Speed down: 30% Item Drop: None (0%)
School Slacks (100%)
School Slacks (100%)
Level:           26 Location(s): Gwarhar Lagoon
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Left Claw
MLSSBMHermieIIILeftClaw.png HP: 120 POW: 128 DEF: 95 SPEED: 91 Experience: 0
Fire: Normal Thunder: Normal Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Coins: 0
Stat Down: 0% Dizzy: 0% Burn: 0% Speed down: 0% Item Drop: None (0%)
None (0%)
None (0%)
Level:           26 Location(s): Gwarhar Lagoon
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Right Claw
MLSSBMHermieIIIRightClaw.png HP: 120 POW: 128 DEF: 95 SPEED: 91 Experience: 0
Fire: Normal Thunder: Normal Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Coins: 0
Stat Down: 0% Dizzy: 0% Burn: 0% Speed down: 0% Item Drop: None (0%)
None (0%)
None (0%)
Level:           26 Location(s): Gwarhar Lagoon

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヤドルフ3世
Yadorofu Sansei
Yadorufu III
Spanish (NOA) Crustatón III Pun on crustáceo (Spanish for crustacean) and the suffix -tón, which indicates the object is big.
Spanish (NOE) Cigatrón III Pun on cigala (Spanish for nephrops) and the suffix -trón, which indicates the object is big.
French Crustassov III Pun on crustacé (French for crustacean).
German Paguri
Italian Gracchio III Pun on granchio (Italian for crab)
Chinese 圣诞蟹三世
Shèngdàn Xiè Sānshì
Christmas Crab III

Trivia[edit]

A Yadotsurī from Tomato Adventure
  • Hermie III is a likely reference to the Yadotsurī enemies in the Japan-only game Tomato Adventure, a game previously developed by AlphaDream for the Game Boy Advance which later served as the basis for Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. The Yadotsurī enemies are also orange hermit crabs decorated like Christmas trees, although they are much smaller than Hermie III.