King Kaliente is a boss in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. He is an Ota Rock who seems to be in league with Bowser, as he leads a portion of his fleet; and is called upon by Bowser Jr. to fight Mario, and guards a Grand Star. He is fought twice: once in the Good Egg Galaxy and again in Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor. The first battle is for a Power Star and the second battle is for a Grand Star. His name comes from the Spanish word caliente, which means "hot". King Kaliente is the only boss that guards both a Power Star and a Grand Star, and also the only boss who is fought in a regular galaxy (Good Egg Galaxy) and a boss galaxy (Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor). King Kaliente shares his boss music with Bugaboom and Topmaniac.
Super Mario Galaxy
Good Egg Galaxy
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. 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. However, this feature is not present in the final version of the game.
Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor
King Kaliente is fought for a second time in Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor, where he appears brownish-black with glowing red eyes. His tactic is the same as 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. 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 for the second time, he will give up a Grand Star.
This version of the king compared to the original is treated as analogous to Fiery Dino Piranha and Dino Piranha by the Japanese Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros., suggesting there may be multiple King Kalientes.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
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 Ota Rock 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.
King Kaliente is best described as a giant Ota Rock. Unlike most of the game's Ota Rocks, 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 Ota Rocks, 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. When he is battled a second time, his whole body has a much darker, blacker hue and his eyes are red.
Super Mario Galaxy trading card description
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.
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