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
The Puffy Wario power in action.
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 reactions in the Wario Land series of games. Wario can achieve this reaction 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 Haridama, gets hit by the Igaguri Wolfenboss spawns, or getting 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 upwards. This is usually used to get up to a high place, or as a means to be ejected from an area such as in boss battles like Yellow Belly and Wolfenboss.

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 get a vertical boost by pressing the jump button.

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

Puffy Wario cameo in WarioWare: Move It!
Wario resembling Puffy Wario in WarioWare: Move It!

In WarioWare: Move It!, when Wario becomes stuck in the hole where the gold statue used to be in the game's ending, he puffs out his cheeks similar to Puffy Wario while flapping his arms as he tries to get out.


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 かおがふくらむ[7]
Kao ga Fukuramu
Barūn Wario

Puffy Face (Wario Land II and Wario Land 3)

Balloon Wario (Wario Land 4)

Chinese (simplified) 气球瓦力欧[9]
Qìqiú Wǎlì'ōu
Balloon Wario

Dutch Puffy Wario[13]
French Wario Gonflé[12]
Puffy Wario
German Dickkopf-Wario[14]
Bigheaded Wario
Italian Wario Gonfio[15][16]
Inflated Wario
Spanish Wario Hinchado[10][11]
Puffy Wario


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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. ^ Official Chinese manual for Wario Land 4, page 32.
  10. ^ Official Wario Land 3 website (Guías Nintendo)
  11. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 101.
  12. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 61.
  13. ^ Wario Land II Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console electronic manual, tab 11: "Aandoeningen".
  14. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 41.
  15. ^ Wario Land II European instruction booklet, pag. 114
  16. ^ Wario Land 4 European instruction booklet, page 121.