Mt. Rugged is a rugged, rocky mountain in the southeast of the Mushroom Kingdom in Paper Mario. The foot of the mountain can be accessed from Toad Town via the K64 train. In Chapter 2, Mario and his partners must climb the mountain in order to get to their destination behind the mountain, Dry Dry Desert. Mt. Rugged is where the player meets Parakarry, a Paratroopa who tells them that he has lost letters all over the Mushroom Kingdom; several on Mt. Rugged. The player must first locate Parakarry's three letters on Mt. Rugged, once the player has achieved this, Parakarry will join the party. Mario needs Parakarry to hover across a broken bridge on the mountain as well as getting the Magical Seed here.
Buzzar is also encountered here and the player has the choice of battling him, which can help get him Star Points; alternately, he can tell Buzzar that he is Luigi, and Buzzar will surprisingly leave him alone.
Mt. Rugged is where Whacka can be found. When Whacka is hit with Mario's Hammer, an item appears from his head called Whacka's Bump. Eight of these can be gotten until Whacka disappears. There is a Toad girl who is a Whacka lover near the train station. When Mario talks to her, she expresses her adoration of the Whacka, and after the Whacka's disappearance, her worry about where it could have gone. A Super Block can also be found in the area near the train station, but blocked by a stone block, it is accessible only after getting the Super Hammer from Dry Dry Ruins.
The in-game map description reads, "It's a very rugged, rocky mountain. Dry Dry Railroad's Mt. Rugged Station is here. Dry Dry Desert is on the other side of Mt. Rugged."
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