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Sprite of a Malibut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
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. Its name is a portmanteau of "mal-" (the Latin root word for "bad") and "halibut". Malibuts appear only in battle alongside Cheep Cheeps (Spiny Cheep Cheeps in the remake), Mecha-Bloopers, and Starkisses on the Seabed. Malibuts appear to be constantly sleeping, wearing sleep masks and lying on top of a pillow; a snot bubble can be seen coming from the general area where the nose would be.


Malibuts can shoot small yellow-green pearls (bubbles in the remake) 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
A Malibut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. 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) 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
Sprite of a Malibut from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. 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): Seabed, Gwarhar Lagoon

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タコノマクラ
Tako no Makura
Clypeaster japonicus; compound of「蛸」(tako, octopus) and「枕」(makura, pillow)
Chinese 枕头章鱼
Zhěntou Zhāngyú
Pillow Octopus
French Poulpododo From "poulpe" (octopus) and "dodo" (an informal word meaning "sleep")
German Pennpolyp From "pennen" (to sleep) and "polyp"
Italian Piovra Gatta Cat Octopus
Korean 베개문어
Begae Mun'eo
Pillow Octopus
Spanish Pulpo Dormilón Sleepy Octopus