Octopus (boss)

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Artwork of octopuses, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
Official artwork of octopuses, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Latest appearance Mario vs. Wario (1993)

The octopus[1][2] is the boss of the Turtle Zone in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, found in the belly of a whale.


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Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

Octopus SML2.png

The octopus will attack Mario by swimming around releasing its offspring. The little ones slowly home in on Mario and pass him by, while the parent swims left and right across the arena. In order to defeat the octopus, Mario has to hit its head three times, which can be difficult, as the entire battle with the octopus takes place underwater. Alternatively, Fire Mario can defeat the octopus with six fireballs. The smaller octopodes cannot be harmed, and are the most dangerous threat in the battle. Once defeated, Mario will gain one of the six Golden Coins needed to take back his castle from Wario.

Mario vs. Wario[edit]

Octopus vs. Mario, from "Mario vs. Wario"

The octopus (referred to by Mario as a monster octopus) also appears in the Mario vs. Wario comic, which is a loose adaptation of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. It attempts to attack Mario while he is crossing a lake, but is stopped when Mario asks what an octopus, a saltwater creature, is doing in a freshwater lake. The octopus ponders this and then exclaims that must be why it has not been feeling well. Mario offers to pour some salt in the water for the octopus, but accidentally pours sugar instead. It is last seen lying face down in the water, unmoving.


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 アクア族
性格 乱暴者
登場ゲーム ランド2

Pako & Poko
Tribe: Aqua clan
Disposition: Thug
Game appearances: Land 2
Terror! Octopus parent-child tag team
A giant octopus parent and child appear as bosses in the Turtle Zone of Mario Land 2. A baby octopus, Poko, is ejected from the mouth of the parent octopus, Pako. The parent-child tag team's physical attacks are extremely formidable.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パコ&ポコ[4]
Pako to Poko
Pako & Poko;「パコ」(Pako) is the big octopus[4] and「ポコ」(Poko) is the small one[4]
Language Name Meaning
Japanese パコ[4]
Ō Tako
Likely from「オクトパス」(okutopasu, octopus) and「蛸」(tako, octopus)

Big Octopus
German Oktopus Octopus
Italian Polpo[6]
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポコ[4]
Ko Tako
From「ポコポコ」(pokopoko, onomatopoeia for bubbling sound) and「子」(ko, child)

Child Octopus
German Mini-Oktopus Mini Octopus
Italian Piccolo polpo[7] Little octopus


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #5, page 55.
  2. ^ English Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins entry on the official Mario Portal. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 13, 2022, 13:51:45 UTC via archive.today.)
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 151.
  4. ^ a b c d e 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins), page 09.
  5. ^ a b Kazuki, Motoyama. KC Deluxe vol. 20 - Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka 2. Page 3.
  6. ^ Club Nintendo (Italy) Numero 1 - 1993, page 25.
  7. ^ a b Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 76