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Hermie III is a giant, lisping hermit crab that lives in Gwarhar Lagoon during the events of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. When the Beanstar breaks into four pieces, Hermie claims one and places it at the top of his shell. With some help from fellow residents of Gwarhar Lagoon, Hermie manages to decorate his shell with various ornaments, making a Christmas tree. When Mario and Luigi arrive, Hermie refuses to give up the Beanstar; however, the real problem comes when Hermie's helpers start to pay more attention to the Mario Bros., who they recognize, than his prized decorations. Hermie loses his temper and starts a battle with Mario and Luigi.
Hermie has one main attack: pinching at the Mario Bros. with his claws. The only way to dodge this attack is to jump. If the claw starts to vibrate, it hits the brother it is closest to. If it doesn't, he switches. He also spits pink bubbles which can poison Mario or Luigi unless they are destroyed with the Hammer. After he has taken some damage, Hermie hides in his shell, where he begins to heal himself. To get him out, Mario must use his Firebrand or Fire Bros. attack on him. This makes him angrily pop out of his shell, yelling about how the brothers are ruining his decorations. This also causes his claws to be replenished with half of their HP that was originally lost as well. When the brothers attack Hermie's head with at least one of his claws present, he will immediately gain an extra attack by attempting to pinch the brothers with his claw(s). Throughout this battle, Hermie will periodically spend a turn by increasing his attack power, rather than attacking the Mario Bros. himself.
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." 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.
In Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Hermie III appears in the mission Spangle's Honey Pie, where he kidnaps Starlow and a Bob-omb to use a decorations for Wendy O. Koopa'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.
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