Puffy Wario

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Puffy Wario
Puffy Wario
Applies to Wario
Power(s) given Float upwards
First appearance Wario Land II (1998)
Latest appearance Densetsu no Stafy 3 (2004)
“Those pesky bees!! They’ve made my beautiful face swell up like a balloon! What?! You say I look better this way? I won’t even be able to star in my own commercials looking like this!!”
Wario, Wario Land 4 instruction booklet
Puffy Wario in Wario Land II

Puffy Wario[1][2], also known as Stung Wario[3], Floating Wario[4][5], and Puff Daddy Wario[6], is one of Wario's many transformations in the Wario Land series of games. Wario can achieve this transformation in a variety of ways. In Wario Land II, Wario will become puffy if he is stung by a bee or their giant counterpart. In Wario Land 3, the change will occur if he gets stung by a Pneumo or a Water Spark, gets hit by the Igaguri Wolfenboss spawns, or get jabbed by Yellow Belly's needles. In Wario Land 4 he must get stung by a Beezley, get hit by the arrow that is shot by a Bow Balloon, or get hit by the minions of the boss Catbat.

He will then swell, filling his head with air, allowing him to slowly float upward like Kirby and Balloon Mario from Super Mario World. This is usually used to get up to a high place, or as a form of challenge, such as the level Wildflower Fields in Wario Land 4. In the level, there is an area with spikes at on the ceiling, with hard-to-avoid Beezleys nearby. When Wario unintentionally floats, he may be hurt by the spikes.

When Wario floats up into a ceiling, gets hurt, or is unable to continue to float up for any other reason, he will revert to his normal form and fall back towards the ground.

In Wario Land 4, Puffy Wario can blow some air to ascend faster than previous versions of Puffy Wario.

In Super Mario-Kun, Wario becomes Puffy Wario the same method as in Wario Land 4.

Although not an actual display of the form, his planned cameo in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga depicted Wario briefly adopting similar features as well as his face turning purple due to his disagreeing with the taste of the Starbeans Cafe blend.


Wario Land 4[edit]

  • Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program digital manual bio: "Press +Control Pad left or right to move and B Button to quickly float upward."





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese がふくらむ[7]
Kao ga Fukuramu
Barūn Wario
Puffy Face (Wario Land II and Wario Land 3)

Balloon Wario (Wario Land 4)
Dutch Puffy Wario[9] -
French Wario Gonflé[10] Puffy Wario
German Dickkopf-Wario[11] Bigheaded Wario
Italian Wario Gonfio[12][13] Inflated Wario
Spanish Wario Hinchado[14][15] Puffy Wario


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wario Land II instruction booklet, page 14.
  2. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 21.
  3. ^ Official American Wario Land II website (Internet Archive)
  4. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 106, page 62.
  5. ^ Brady, Matthew K., Nathan Beittenmiller, Debra McBride, and David Cassady. Game Boy Game Secrets, 2001 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 91, 95, 96.
  6. ^ Official American Wario Land 3 website (Internet Archive)
  7. ^ Wario Land 3: Fushigi na Orgel Shogakukan guide, page 7.
  8. ^ Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara Japanese instruction booklet, page 27
  9. ^ Wario Land II Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console electronic manual, tab 11: "Aandoeningen".
  10. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 61.
  11. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 41.
  12. ^ Wario Land II European instruction booklet, pag. 114
  13. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 121.
  14. ^ Official Wario Land 3 website (Guías Nintendo)
  15. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 101.