King Kaliente's Battle Fleet
At the start of the mission the player lands on the starting planet, similar to the first two missions. The player can reach the Launch Star on the house with a Triple Jump or through an orange Warp Pipe on the underside of the planet. The Warp Pipe leads to a boxed room that contains coins embedded in the ground and a ? Coin that activates some notes. The Warp Pipe on top of this room takes the player to the Launch Star, which leads them to the Tropic Planets, which have a large amount of thorny flowers. A Purple Toad is inside a Crystal next to where the player lands. If the player frees him by breaking it, he thanks the player and advises them that the thorny flowers are weak to coconuts, and that the player can spin into the coconuts to make them hit the thorny flowers. The largest thorny flower contains a Sling Star, which the player must destroy with a coconut. The next tropic planet after the Sling Star has a Big Pokey. Once the player defeats it with coconuts, a Launch Star appears, which the player can use.
The player lands on top of the Sling Star of the Asteroid Planet. They can choose not to use it and instead walk to the bottom and use a Warp Pipe; which leads to a spherical area with a ? Coin and some Goombas. The ? Coin triggers a Rainbow Star to appear, allowing the player to defeat the Goombas and the Chomps encircling the Asteroid Planet. Once the player uses the Sling Star, they can proceed to the underside of the Chomp Saucer Planet. It has several electrical walls and Goombas. On the top side of this planet there is a large structure with platforms leading to the top of the structure, cannons that shoot Bullet Bills and Chomps, and Electrogoombas that walk back and forth on the platforms. A Crystal at the top of the structure contains a Launch Star that launches the player onto an airship.
On the airship there is two Octopuses shoot coconuts or fireballs at the player from an adjacent airship. Here, a green Toad can be found trapped in a Crystal. Upon being freed, he suggests that the player spin to rebound these coconuts to defeat them. Once the Octopuses are defeated, the bridge between the two ships lowers. Electrogoombas are located on the other airship. A crate on the second airship contains a Life Mushroom. At the end of the second ship there is a Launch Star inside a Crystal that takes the player to the bottom of the Octo Magma Planet, which contains embedded coins. The Luma nearby warns the player of King Kaliente. The top of the planet contains a magma pit and several Crystals containing Star Bits.
When the player goes to the top of the planet King Kaliente emerges from the magma pit. King Kaliente shoots three fireballs at a time and then shoots one coconut. The player can hit this coconut to inflict a hit and release Star Bits. If the player hits another coconut, King Kaliente attempts to rebound it, which the player can hit again to inflict another hit. This hit knocks King Kaliente's crown off, enraging him. King Kaliente then proceeds to throw several blue Lava Bubbles. King Kaliente also rebounds the coconut twice. Once the player inflicts a third hit, they defeat King Kaliente, and a Power Star is released, which hovers above a ledge near the magma pit.
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