King Kaliente

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Not to be confused with King Calamari.
King Kaliente
Species Rocto
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“If I give up any more Grand Stars, my dad's gonna get MAAAAAAD! So this calls for my ultimate weapon! Give 'em some heat, King Kaliente!”
Bowser Jr., Super Mario Galaxy

King Kalientes are bosses in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are two similar-looking Roctos who seems to be in league with Bowser, as one leads a portion of his fleet and the other is called upon by Bowser Jr. to fight Mario, and guards a Grand Star. The first is fought in the Good Egg Galaxy and the second in Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor. The first battle is for a Power Star and the second battle is for a Grand Star. Their name comes from the Spanish word caliente, which means "hot". The King Kalientes shares their boss music with Bugaboom and Topmaniac. The two King Kalientes are differentiated from each other in the same manner as the counterparts for Dino Piranha and Gobblegut. The game's English trading cards treat the two as the same individual.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]


King Kaliente, after Mario knocks his crown off. This can be done by hitting him twice in a row with coconuts.

The standard King Kaliente is first fought in the Good Egg Galaxy, where he resides in his volcanic-topped UFO, the Octo Magma planet. After Mario lands on the Octo Magma planet, a yellow Luma will warn him about the king (albeit indirectly, only stating that there is "big danger" up ahead). When Mario reaches the volcanic side, the king will emerge from the lava pool and shake his head, angered that Mario has awakened him, beginning the battle. He will first spit out three fireballs, followed by a coconut. Mario must perform a Spin or a Spin Jump to whack the coconut back at him, which stuns him, and Star Bits will emerge.

The king will again shoot out three fireballs and then a coconut, which Mario can spin back at him, which will make the King deflect it back at Mario. If Mario whacks it at him again without the coconut flying past him, he will knock the king's crown off for the second successful hit. If it is missed, the attack pattern will repeat until Mario is successful. If the player long jumps to King Kaliente during the battle, King Kaliente will knock the player back like he does when deflecting a coconut.

King Kaliente will get very angry after his crown falls and sinks into the lava, and unleashes a big roar of wind, blowing the lava around and sprouting small Lava Bubbles that will bounce on the lava or on the ground toward Mario for the rest of the battle. If they touch Mario, they will burn him and cause him to lose up to two HP. Again, the king must be attacked three more times in a row with a coconut. If this is pulled off, King Kaliente finally fails to deflect and is knocked out, collapsing back into the lava pool. A Power Star will sprout out of the lava and appear next to Mario, and the Lava Bubbles will vanish.

It appears that in development, the player was able to "swipe" the fireballs away using the Star Pointer, as seen at the end of the E3 2006 trailer.[1] However, this feature is not present in the final version of the game.


The second, dark-colored King Kaliente is fought in Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor. It is brownish-black with glowing red eyes, giving him the alternate label of King Kaliente (Black).[2] His tactic is the same as the one in the Good Egg Galaxy, but he becomes more aggressive much faster and the fight itself is harder. The fight takes place on a ring of small conjoined hexagonal platforms that will sink into the lava if Mario stands on them for too long. This King Kaliente's attacks are also much more frequent, and include sending in dozens of Lava Bubbles, taking an additional shot in the first and second hits, and after his crown is knocked off, meteors begin raining down from the sky. After Mario defeats him, he will give up a Grand Star.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

King Kaliente fires three fireballs
King Kaliente fighting Mario

The first King Kaliente makes a return appearance in Super Mario Galaxy 2's Boss Blitz Galaxy, with several other bosses from the first game. He is the second boss Mario fights. His appearance and attack methods are identical to Mario's first encounter with him in the Good Egg Galaxy and Mario also defeats him using the same method as well. When King Kaliente is beaten, Mario can access a Launch Star that blasts him to the next planet. Another Rocto boss in the game, Prince Pikante, bears a strong resemblance to King Kaliente, who is implied to be related due to their names and designs.


SMG King Kaliente Model.pngRendered model of King Kaliente in Super Mario Galaxy.
In-game models of each King Kaliente

King Kaliente is a giant Rocto. Unlike most of the game's Roctos, he resembles a real-life octopus due to his long suction cupped arms, just like a real octopus's arms. His skin is orange and his eyes are blue. Unlike the other Roctos, his skin lacks spots, more akin to an Octoguy. He has a crown on his head, a small red cape tied around his neck with a jeweled brooch, and a white mustache above his nozzle-like mouth. A small antenna topped with a red orb emerges from the top of his head, just barely visible above his crown. The second King Kaliente's whole body has a much darker, blacker hue and red eyes.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

King Kaliente
Dome Terrace Galaxy Good Egg Galaxy
Mission King Kaliente's Battle Fleet Reward Power Star icon from Super Mario Galaxy.
King Kaliente (Black)
of King Kaliente
Dome Engine Room Galaxy Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor
Mission King Kaliente's Spicy Return Reward A Grand Star icon from Super Mario Galaxy.

Trading card description[edit]


Mario must fight this Blooper-octopus boss twice — once in the Good Egg Galaxy, where King Kaliente appears orange, and a second time in Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor, where he appears black with red eyes. The secret to beating him is to throw three of his coconuts back at him. But be careful — he becomes wise to Mario's strategy.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

King Kaliente
World World S Galaxy Boss Blitz Galaxy
Mission Throwback Throwdown
Throwback Throwdown Speed Run
Green Star 1
Green Star 2
Reward Launch Star


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy ObjectData/OtaKingLvl2.arc OtaKingLvl2 Ota King Level 2 (second fight)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese オタキング
Ota Kingu
Ota Kingu (kuro)
From「オタロック」(Ota Rokku, "Rocto") + "king"

King Kaliente (black) (second fight)

Chinese 八爪王
Bā zhuǎ wáng
Octopus King

French Poulpoboss
Poulpoboss (noir)[4] (second fight)
From poulpe ("octopus") and "boss"
King Kaliente (black)
German Otakönig
From Japanese name and König ("king")
Italian Re Kaliente
Focosos Re Kaliente[5]/Re Kaliente Focoso[6] (black variant)
King Kaliente
Fiery King Kaliente
Korean 옥토킹

Portuguese Magmarrei (Dr. Mario World files)
From "magma" and rei ("king")
Russian Лорд Осьминогус
Lord Os’minogus
Lord Octopus

Spanish (NOA) Magmapulpo
From "magma" and pulpo ("octopus")
Spanish (NOE) Frikipulpo
From friki ("freak") and pulpo ("octopus")


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  2. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022 23:39:09 UTC via
  3. ^ 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4091065698. Page 127.
  4. ^ 2018. Super Mario Encyclopedia. Soleil Productions (French). ISBN 978-2302070042. Page 127.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 978-8893674362. Page 127.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 133.