King Boo (Super Mario Sunshine)

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This article is about the character from Super Mario Sunshine. For the recurring character that first appeared in Luigi's Mansion, see King Boo.
King Boo
Super Mario Sunshine Artwork: King Boo
Species Sleepy Boo
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

King Boo is the leader of the Boos on Isle Delfino and appears as a boss in Sirena Beach, the fifth world of Super Mario Sunshine. He appears to be made from goop, which can be seen during his defeat. He dislikes spicy food, which serves as the key to defeating him.

While he was named King Boo in the localizations, the original Japanese version assigned him the same name as the Big Boos fought in Super Mario 64 and later Mario Pinball Land (ボステレサ, meaning Boss Boo), though both of those also have an additional different Japanese name. The Japanese 20th anniversary Super Mario Pia guidebook treats this Boo as the same as the one in Super Mario 64.


Mario fighting King Boo
King Boo with his roulette
King Boo's tongue on fire

King Boo appears as the boss of episode five of Sirena Beach, King Boo Down Below.

While Mario is searching Sirena Beach for Shine Sprites, King Boo takes up residence inside the basement of Hotel Delfino's casino. Down there, he produces enough noise to alert the hotel manager, who proceeds to inform Mario of the ghost's presence. The player can access the casino's basement by having Mario Ground Pound the purple tile on the giant roulette wheel. The inner ring of the wheel then descends, and the battle against King Boo starts. Players have no control over the camera during the King Boo boss fight.

King Boo's primary strategy in this boss battle is bringing out a giant slot machine with images of pineapples, coins, Stus, and question marks. Spraying King Boo with water will cause him to activate the slot machine with his tongue. If the player waits too long to do this, King Boo will start to send out smaller Boos to attack Mario. Once the slot machine is activated, all Boos will disappear, and there are five possible outcomes that determine how the battle will proceed.

  • Three pineapples make various fruits appear that can be picked up and thrown.
  • Three coins make 10 coins appear, which allows the player to restore Mario's health.
  • Three question marks summon three pairs of randomly chosen enemies. Mario needs to defeat them or evade them until they disappear to proceed. Possible enemies include Cheep Cheeps, who will lay upside down and flop, blue Cataquacks, Bloopers, Blue Electrokoopas, Bob-ombs, and Poinks.
  • Three Stus make six Strollin' Stus or Smolderin' Stus appear, with the same conditions as above.
  • Any other combination causes several bubbles to appear. They leave behind Water Bottles after being sprayed with water, and will hurt Mario if he touches them.

After each round, King Boo will dive into the ground, then bring out the roulette wheel again. While the battle is ongoing, the three segments of the roulette wheel will constantly move in different directions; Mario can stop them in place by Ground Pounding the purple tile. The roulette wheel segments will start moving again every time King Boo dives into the ground; if Mario gets too close to King Boo during any of the above phases, he will dive into the ground and bring out the wheel early, possibly damaging Mario.

To get a chance to damage King Boo, the player needs to get three pineapples on the slot machine. To harm him, the player needs to have Mario pick up a pepper to set the ghost's tongue on fire, and then hit him again with any other available fruit. If he is hit without having his tongue disabled beforehand, King Boo will be harmlessly splattered and lick the fruit off him before laughing. After three direct hits with any fruit while vulnerable, King Boo will be defeated and release a Shine Sprite. Depending on the fruit used to defeat him, he will explode into the color the fruit turns Yoshi into: pink for bananas or a coconut, orange for a pineapple or a papaya, and purple for a durian.


Super Mario Pia[edit]

  • Japanese:
    登場作品 S64,SMS
    Bosu Teresa
    Bosu to shite tōjō suru kyodai Teresa. "Sūpā Mario Sanshain" de wa ōkina bero o dashite iru.
    Tōjō sakuhin S64, SMS

    Boss Boo
    A giant Boo who appears as a boss. In
    Super Mario Sunshine he has a big tongue.
    Appeared in works S64, SMS

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボステレサ
Bosu Teresa
Boss Boo; shared with some iterations of Big Boo

French Roi Boo
King Boo
German König Buu Huu
King Boo
Italian Re Boo
King Boo
Spanish Rey Boo
King Boo


Mathemortician from Mario Party 7
Red Boos wearing crowns in Mario Party 7


  1. ^ An excerpt of page 107 of the Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.Media:ESMB Bowser Jr Graffiti.png The title of the box is 「クッパJr.の落書き!」 which means The graffiti of Bowser Jr.! and the text says 「本作の敵キャラクターたちは、クッパJr.が落書きで生み出したという設定。そのため、水に弱かったり、デザインが他のシリーズと少々異なっていたりする。ヨッシーも、同様の理由で水に落ちると消えてしまう。」 which means This game's enemy characters are created by Bowser Jr.'s graffiti. That is why they are weak to water, and differ slightly in design from the rest of the series. Yoshi also vanishes if he falls in water for the same reason.