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WL3 Scowler sprite.png
Species Squid
First appearance Wario Land 3 (2000)
Latest appearance Nintendo Puzzle Collection (2003)
“Ohhh... My achin' head. Help me out, Doc.”
Octo, Dr. Mario 64

Octo, originally known as Scowler[1] or the Squid[2], is a big squid that first appeared as one of the bosses in Wario Land 3.


Wario Land 3[edit]

In Wario Land 3, Scowler is the boss found in Sea Turtle Rocks. His main attack is to try to grab Wario with his tentacle. If he does, Wario will be thrown out of the cave and on the surface at the left side in the main area. Initially, Scowler's weak spot is its head, and mainly moves all the way horizontally, and then move vertically after it is all the way left or right. Occasionally, it will shoot out ink, which if it hits Wario, cause the screen to temporarily darken except for its face and Wario's location. After touching the glowing bump on its head, it will retract the bump and then expose a glowing underside while moving diagonally and ricocheting across the water. In this state, Wario must go underneath it to touch the glowing bump to hit it, causing it reverts back to its previous state. After three such hits, Scowler will be defeated and then a floating ring will float up, which will move up if Wario steps on it to be able to reach a platform that leads to the Gray Chest, containing the third of the five music boxes.

Dr. Mario 64[edit]

Scowler, now renamed Octo, reappears in Dr. Mario 64. In Story mode, Wario faces Octo as his fifth opponent. The introduction of the Story mode for both Dr. Mario and Wario shows Octo being sick, where Dr. Mario uses his Megavitamins to cure him. Later on, in Wario's storyline, when Mad Scienstein runs away from both Dr. Mario and Wario at the beach, Mad Scienstein knocks a coconut down from a coconut tree, and then Dr. Mario kicked the coconut into the ocean. Wario, who is not far behind, notices Octo emerging from the ocean with a bump on his head, where he is dragged into the ocean for wrongly assuming that Wario is responsible for his injury, initiating a battle underwater. As an opponent in Vs. mode, Octo has the second-lowest AI level, tying with Silky, Appleby, and Jellybob.

Unlike in his original appearance, Octo's body is colored orange rather than black in the American release of the game. In the later port of the game released in Japan as part of Nintendo Puzzle Collection, he retains his original black color scheme. His appearance may have been changed in Dr. Mario 64 due to a possible resemblance to blackface actors.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イカタコテング
Compound of「烏賊」(ika, squid),「」(tako, octopus), and「天狗」(tengu)

Chinese 八爪怪[4]
Octopus Monster

Spanish Calamar[3]



  1. ^ Nintendo of America. Official American Wario Land 3 website. Nintendo.com (American English). (Archived May 1, 2001, 13:41:24 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 133, page 64. "Smash through to the right and down to reach the Squid boss. Jump on the Squid’s head, then hit its underside to defeat it."
  3. ^ Official Wario Land 3 website (Guías Nintendo)
  4. ^ a b Chinese back cover of Dr. Mario 64.