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First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)

A Malibut is an octopus enemy encountered in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. The only appear in battle alongside Cheep Cheeps (Spiny Cheep Cheeps in the remake), Mecha-Bloopers and Starkisses on the Oho Ocean Seabed. Malibuts appear to be constantly sleeping, wearing sleep masks and laying on top of a pillow; a snot bubble can be seen coming from the general area where the nose would be.

Their name is a portmanteau of mal (Latin root word for bad) and halibut.


Malibuts can shoot small yellow-green pearls from their tentacles toward Mario and Luigi, which can be jumped on or over. A Malibut may also roll over before producing a large bubble, which floats towards one of the Bros. and must be countered with a hammer; the bubble may render Mario or Luigi dizzy if it hits. When struck with any attack, an ! appears as the Malibut wakes up, with the snot bubble popping, and it retaliates by throwing one or two pillows at the offender. These pillows must be hammered away to avoid damage; in the remake, countering the pillows will send them back towards the Malibut and damage it.


Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
MLSSMalibut.gif HP 60 (50) POW 65-78 (64-70) Defense 80 (60) Speed 50 Experience 68 (70)
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 8 (12)
Stat Down? 100% Stun? 60% Burn? 30% Hand Normal Item Drop Super Mushroom – 9.68%
Supersyrup Jar – 25.81% (9.68%)
Level           27 (23) Location(s) Oho Ocean Seabed, Gwarhar Lagoon Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
MLSSBMMalibut.png HP: 110 POW: 96 DEF: 78 SPEED: 58 Experience: 80
Fire: Critical Thunder: Weak Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Coins: 18
Stat Down: 60% Dizzy: 100% Burn: 30% Speed down: 30% Item Drop: Ultra Mushroom (18%)
Super Syrup (16%)
Ultra Syrup (20%)
Level:           25 Location(s): Oho Ocean Seabed, Gwarhar Lagoon

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タコノマクラ
Tako no Makura
Pillow Octopus
Spanish Pulpo Dormilón Sleepy Octopus
French Poulpododo Pun on poulpe (meaning "octopus") and dodo (informal word meaning "sleep").
German Pennpolyp Pun on pennen (sleeping) and polyp
Italian Piovra Gatta Cat Octopus
Chinese 枕头章鱼
Zhěntou Zhāngyú
Pillow Octopus