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This article is about the enemies from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. For the similar-looking recurring enemy, see Porcupuffer. For the pufferfish Cheep Cheep in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, see Spiny Cheep Cheep.
Superstar Saga Enemy
Location(s) Oho Ocean Seabed, Gwarhar Lagoon
Level 26 (23)
HP 40
POW 72 (70)
Defense 50
Speed 60
Experience 80 (60)
Coins 10 (6)
Item Drop Refreshing Herb – 22.58% (19.35%)
None – 0% (Refreshing Herb - 22.58%)
Fire Normal
Thunder Normal
Jump Spiny
Hammer Normal
Hand Normal
Stun? 30%
Burn? 30%
Stat Down? 100%
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Puffer-Cheeps are purple varieties of Cheep Cheeps that appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. They are found on the Oho Ocean Seabed. The Nintendo Power guide refers to the Sand Cheep as a "Puffer-Cheep"[1] or Puffer Cheep[2]; the 'actual' Puffer-Cheeps are erroneously referred to as "Puffy Cheeps".[3])

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, they and their base form are replaced by Spiny Cheep Cheeps, which similarly toggle between standard and spiny.


These Cheep Cheeps attack at first by ramming into Mario or Luigi, who have to jump to avoid or counter it; Ifidamaged, the Puffer-Cheep puffs itself up, revealing spines that prevent the Mario Bros. from jumping on it. In this form, it will attempt to ram into the Mario Bros. again, which must be countered with the hammer this time; the Bros. will be poisoned if the attack hits or if they attempt to jump on it without the proper badge. If the Puffer-Cheep is damaged again, it reverts back to its original Cheep Cheep form, which was simply called "Cheep Cheep". If it is jumped on without the proper badge or hits a Bro, they may become poisoned.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ふぐプク
Fugu is the Japanese name of Pufferfish, while puku comes from the Japanese name for Cheep Cheep, Pukupuku.
Spanish Cheep Globo Cheep Balloon
French Gobi-Cheep Pun of the word Gobi (goby) and Cheep Cheep.
German Puste-Cheep Blow Cheep
Italian Pesce Soffio Blow Fish
Chinese 河豚泡泡怪
Hétún Pàopao Guài
Puffer Bubble Monster


  1. ^ Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga The Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 88
  2. ^ Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga The Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 127
  3. ^ Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga The Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 86