Prince Pikante is a boss appearing in the game Super Mario Galaxy 2. Prince Pikante is fought in Shiverburn Galaxy in the mission Prince Pikante's Peppery Mood. Prince Pikante shares his boss theme with Peewee Piranha, Rollodillo and Sorbetti. Prince Pikante's name is based on "picante", a Spanish adjective meaning "spicy". Therefore, it can be assumed that he is related to King Kaliente in some way, as both bosses derive their names from Spanish adjectives. The replacement of the "c" in the word with a "k", however, may also refer to the equivalent of this word in German and Dutch, "pikant". In addition, King Kaliente's Japanese name is "Ota King", while Prince Pikante's Japanese name is "Ota Prince". Both can shoot fireballs and coconuts and have similar faces.
Prince Pikante resembles a green version of the gray Ota Rocks that are stuck in barrels. The resemblance is further extended with the fact that he mans a tank with two spiked wheels and six cannons that actually appears to be an "upgraded" barrel. He dons a red crown and has yellow eyes. He bears a little bit of a resemblance to King Kaliente, as he has yellow eyes and a similar mouth (due to their Octoomba-like heads). He also has a short red cape with a little bit of purple as the interior.
Prince Pikante mainly attacks by shooting four fireballs, three from each of his cannons and one from his mouth. When the fireballs touch the ground, they will create a small puddle of lava that lasts a few seconds. Mario will need to use the icy arena to skate around the projectiles. Occasionally, Prince Pikante might spit out a coconut. When he does, Mario will need to hit back the coconut at the boss. After he is hit, Prince Pikante will move slightly faster. He will also try to ram into the plumber. Prince Pikante also gains another new attack; Prince Pikante will remain stationary and look up at the sky. Prince Pikante will spit out multiple rocks and a few coconuts into the sky. The rocks and fruit will slowly fall down to ground. Mario will need to hit a coconut and damage the prince. If Mario misses the coconut this time, Prince Pikante will go back to its normal attack, but the same strategy applies. After the Prince is hit again, he will turn red and move around the arena faster. This time, Prince Pikante can spit out nine rocks at a time. Once defeated, the prince's machine will explode and send him flying, earning Mario the level's Power Star.
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