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Play Dead is the fourth captain command in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. It costs four CP to use. When used, the captain will fake defeat, causing opponents to turn their attention to other enemies, or nothing at all if only the captain remains. While the captain is in their inactive state, they gain HP they may have lost during their fight. The player can simply press to return the captain to normal. However, if the enemies near the captain figure out that the captain is faking death, they will attack the captain, causing damage.