Professor Backpack

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Professor Backpack
Screenshot of Professor Backpack from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Professor Backpack in Palette Prime
Species Rabbid
First appearance Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022)
Portrayed by Barbara Weber-Scaff (English)[1]
Chisa Yuuki (Japanese)

Professor Backpack is a small Rabbid archeologist with a large backpack who appears in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. He appears in all planets in the game and gives the heroes hints on how to solve a riddle in each planet.


Beacon Beach[edit]

Main article: The Riddle of the Sunrise Temple
“The King pins the star on his favored son. The outcast runs away, toward a new dawn.”
Professor Backpack, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Professor Backpack is found in the Sunrise Temple right after destroying the first Darkmess Tentacle. The riddle relates to four statues, one of Augie, one of the sun, and the other two of Augie's relatives. The sun statue and Augie must face each other, and the other two statues must face each other.

Pristine Peaks[edit]

Main article: The Riddle of Pristine Peaks
“The sun beat down upon Pristine Peaks, sweat glistened on Rabbid cheeks... Rabbids set themselves on a task, to sculpt a refrigerating stone mask! It will breathe cool air upon our backs! But then came Cursa's dark reprisal. The mask was corrupted with a Tentacle's arrival. Its icy roar threatened all survival.”
Professor Backpack, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Professor Backpack is located on a separate platform after clearing the first Darkmess Tentacle, and is reached by using a cannon. The Pristine Peaks riddle has three statues with different facial expressions and small images in the forehead, which can be changed. The one on the left must display a snowflake, the middle one must display a stone mask, and the one on the right must display a mountain.

Palette Prime[edit]

Main article: The Riddle of Palette Prime
“The day began with a wooden bell, the silence broke as the lake's song did swell. The Red Thief arrived at dusk, looking for a trinket to pawn. Night came. The Guardian did the same. While guarding the forest, my sleep it would claim.”
Professor Backpack, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

The Palette Prime riddle is located in a room accessed via a pipe near the bottom of the Abandoned Well. There is a clock-like structure on the floor, each showing different symbols of times in the day. There are discs around the room with images of animals which must be placed on the correct spots: woodpecker at sunrise, swan at the sun, fox at the crescent moon, and gorilla at the full moon.

Terra Flora[edit]

Main article: The Riddle of the Engineer's Guild
“Is it a child's toy or a triumph of the past? With a huff, and a puff, it stalled with gasp!”
Professor Backpack, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Professor Backpack's Terra Flora location is in a secret room in the Everbloom Tree. To solve this riddle, the heroes must assemble a nearby model train track correctly.

Barrendale Mesa[edit]

Main article: The Riddle of Barrendale Mesa
“The Hard Hats work in sync, but need Mr. Safety Glasses' help to meet. He needs help as well turns back to engage Mr. Hard Hat With a Mask in his endeavors. Yet if Mister-No-Safety-Gear-Whatsoever isn't set...their work is for naught and circuit is dead.”
Professor Backpack, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

The final location for Professor Backpack is on the path to the giant crane in Barrendale Mesa. The heroes must wire two electricity currents starting from the left side of the wall to the generator on the right.

Melodic Gardens[edit]

Main article: Riddle of the Melodic Gardens
“"In the chock-a-block mind,
it is rarer to find,
the calm that composition takes..."
"...clear your head with a wander,
the clues are beyond here,
but can be stored in the space that you make."”
Professor Backpack, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

In the The Last Spark Hunter DLC, Professor Backpack returns in the Melodic Gardens, on a northern island in the Flooded Ruins. The heroes must place blocks on the correct tiles in a 4x4 grid, with symbols of a star, crescent moon, and sun on the grid. There are clues for the correct placements found throughout the Melodic Gardens.



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バックパック教授きょうじゅ
Bakkupakku Kyōju
Professor Backpack

Italian Prof. Zainotti
Professor Backpack-otti; portmanteau of "zaino" (backpack) and "-otti" (a diminutive suffix used for many Italian surnames)
Portuguese Professor Bornal
Professor Backpack
Russian Профессор Рюкзак
Professor R'ukzak
Professor Backpack

Spanish Profesor Mochila
Professor Backpack