Knockback Bros.

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Knockback Bros.
The Knockback Bros. from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga image.
Screenshot of the Knockback Bros. Bros. Attack in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions image.
BP/SP/CP needed 5 (Mode 1 and 2)
3 (Mode 3)
BP/SP/CP needed (remake) 8/10 (Regular; Normal/Easy)
10/13 (Super; Normal/Easy)
Location Chateau de Chucklehuck
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Superstar Saga description Fire Mario to attack!
Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions description Regular:
Press B Button when Luigi swings his Hammer over his head. Mario will become Mini Mario!
Press the B Button Button whenever Luigi's Hammer is about to hit Mario.
Press A Button when Mario hits an enemy. Nail all button inputs to earn an Excellent rating!

Press B Button when Luigi swings his Hammer over his head. Mario will become Mini Mario!
Mini Mario will ask Luigi for help. During that time, press the A Button Button.
Press the B Button whenever Luigi's swings are about to hit Mario!
Mario will bounce back when he hits a foe. Luigi can then knock Mario into the foe again.
Press A Button when Mario smashes into a foe. Press B Button to hit him again when he returns!
A ButtonB ButtonA ButtonB Button... Do this successfully five times for an Excellent! Note that the speed gets faster!

Knockback Bros. is one of Luigi's Bros. Attacks in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. It is based off of Mario's Mini-Mario form. In the original, the move costs five BP on Modes 1 and 2, and three BP on Mode 3. In the remake, the move costs eight/ten BP for its regular variant, and ten/thirteen BP for its Super variant. When activated, the bros spin backwards, Luigi smacks Mario on the head with his hammer, making him smaller, and hits him like a golf ball, sending him into the selected enemy to damage them. The buttons pressed are B Button to whack Mario, B Button again to send him shooting toward an enemy, and A Button to do damage to the enemy. The attack is able to hit flying enemies, even if all the Action Commands are missed and Mario does not leave the ground.

After successfully executing the attack forty-three times, Mario and Luigi learn the Advanced version. In the Advanced version, more controls are added. The controls for the standard version are the same, but to execute the Advanced version, A Button must be pressed immediately after the first B Button press. Then the controls are B Button to hit Mario and A Button to do damage, which repeats indefinitely (though the move deals less damage over time) until the Action Command is failed. In the 3DS remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, however, the move has been nerfed, as Luigi can only hit Mario up to five times for an "Excellent!" rating (doing so only once gives a "Good!" rating, and four times gives a "Great!" rating), and Luigi winds up for the last hit. It can also now hit multiple targets.

The Hammer Bros. using Bros. Ball
The Hammer Bros. performing their own version of Knockback Bros.

This move is also used by the brainwashed Hammer Bros. fought by Baby Mario and Baby Luigi in the Vim Factory from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, where they perform it exactly the same as the Mario Bros. did in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. They use it when under influence of the Shroobs's mind-control helmets, and are only able to perform it together with both Hammer Bros. still alive on the battlefield. Occasionally, their hammer will break, causing the other Hammer Bro to bounce towards Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. To dodge the attack, the Baby Bros. must jump over the Hammer Bro that was hit at them, or stand still when their hammer breaks.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノックバックブロス
Nokkubakku Burosu
Knockback Bros.

Chinese 兄弟击打技
Xiōngdì Jīdǎ Jì
Bros. Knockback Technique

French Bascule
Italian Salto Espulsione
Shot Jump
Korean 노크백 브러스
Nokeubaek Beureoseu
Knockback Bros.

Spanish Ataque Bala
Bullet Attack