Macho Grubba

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The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Macho Grubba
Macho Grubba
Location(s) Glitz Pit
Max HP 60
Attack 4
Defense 0
Moves Body Slam (4), Fast (attacks twice) Defense Boost (boosts defense by 3), Attack Boost (boosts attack power by 3), Punch (4 to Mario and Partner), Charge (charges attack by 4.), Dodgy (some attack will miss.), Backflip (4)
Items None
Coins N/A
Log Macho Grubba has the confidence to match his muscles after being powered up by the Crystal Star
Level 71
Exp. points 0
Sleep? 50%
Dizzy? 50%
Confuse? 50%
Tiny? 75%
Burn? 100%
Freeze? 30%
Stop? 40%
Soft? 90%
Fright? 0%
Gale Force? 0%
KO? 0%

That's Macho Grubba. He's Grubba all souped-up on Crystal Star power. Max HP is 60, Attack is 4, and Defense is 0. His attack pattern is simple: first he increases the number of times he can attack… Then he powers himself up with all sorts of crazy, power-uppy moves. So, it's pretty important to pay close attention to how he's powered himself up. The craziest thing about this musclehead is that he used to be that chubby Grubba. I guess the Crystal Stars really ARE powerful!

Tattle Log #:
“MAAAACHO! I'm a powerhouse now, you pesterin', li'l pieces of prairie piffle! So long's I have this here machine, my bod'll be rough, tough, an' ultrabuff!”
Macho Grubba, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Macho Grubba is the powered-up form of Grubba, the true chapter boss of the Glitz Pit in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and the keeper of the real Gold Star. In this state, he has sixty HP and a very wide variety of attacks. After being defeated, Grubba's power-sucking machine goes off, returning energy to Bandy Andy and King K, freeing Prince Mush, and reverting Grubba back to his normal form. He is also one of three chapter bosses not affiliated with either Sir Grodus or the Shadow Queen throughout the entire game (the others being Cortez and Smorg). He is also one of four chapter bosses the Yoshi Kid can swallow, the others being Doopliss, Grodus and the Shadow Queen (first phase, before and after transformation).

Powers and abilities[edit]

Macho Grubba powering up
Macho Grubba powering himself up
Mario and his partners battling Macho Grubba.
Mario and Yoshi battling Macho Grubba

After being powered up by the Gold Star, Macho Grubba has the ability to tilt the scales in battle to his favor. At the beginning of the fight, Macho Grubba gains the ability to attack twice per turn. He then uses this ability to first use one of several buffs, increasing his attack power for a turn, or defense or evasiveness for two turns, then doing a running jump attack onto Mario or his partner.

Later in the fight, Macho Grubba may also choose to use a buff that charges up his next attack by 4 damage, and attacks with either a backflip, or a punch that hits both Mario and his partner.


  • “Not too shabby, Gonzales! You got showmanship, an' that's GOLD in this biz! But this here battle's just gettin' started! It's time I showed you some real moves! Back in the day, I had so many rump–kickin' moves, they had to make some illegal!”
  • "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! It ain't finished yet, Gonzales!!! Ain't over 'til it's over! That's way it is in combat sports, son! But lemme just tell YOU somethin'… Fortune's gonna smile on ME in the end, punk!”
  • "Hoo-wee! I'm gonna smoosh you guys into guacamole an' snack on YER energy, too!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マッチョガンス
Matcho Gansu
Macho Grubba

French Stéro Gangs
Stéro is a diminutive of "steroids", Gangs is Grubba's French name.
German Mega-Clubbone
Mega Grubba
Italian Macho Ganz
From the Japanese name, but also a pun on the word "ganzo", meaning "cool".
Spanish Leonardo Dantesco
Leonardo Dantés is a famous TV celebrity in Spain. Dantesco means horrific in Spanish. It may be a pun on gigantesco (gigantic)


  • Like Rawk Hawk, Macho Grubba also fights in the manner of a heel character, which is a villainous wrestler who uses dirty, underhanded tactics to win. As stated by Macho Grubba, himself, he "had so many rump-kickin' moves they had to make some illegal."; indicating he was, indeed, a heel.