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

Pako (generically referred to by Australian Nintendo Magazine System as an octopus[1]) is the boss of the Turtle Zone in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, in the belly of a whale.


Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

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Pako will attack Mario by swimming around releasing its offspring. The little ones will home in on Mario, while the parent swims left and right across the arena. In order to defeat Pako, Mario has to hit its head three times, which can be difficult, as the entire battle with Pako takes place underwater. Alternatively, Fire Mario can defeat Pako with six fireballs. The smaller octopodes, Poko, cannot be harmed, and are the most dangerous threat in the battle.

Mario vs. Wario[edit]

Pako vs. Mario, from "Mario vs. Wario"

Pako (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. Pako 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 Pako, but accidentally pours sugar instead. It is last seen lying face down in the water, unmoving.

Super Mario (Kodansha manga)[edit]

Artwork of Pako from the 19th volume of KC Deluxe, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Part 1
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Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese パコ[2]
Play on the word「パコパコ」(pakopako, onomatopoeia for the sound of typing on a keyboard) and「タコ」(tako, octopus)
German Oktopus Octopus
Italian Octopus[3]
Polpo (Mario vs. Wario)


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポコ[2]
From「ポコポコ」(pokopoko, onomatopoeia for bubbling noise) and「パコ」(Pako)
German Mini-Oktopus Mini Octopus
Italian Piccolo polpo[4] Little octopus


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #5, page 55.
  2. ^ a b Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 151.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 76
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 76