Ruined Dragon

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Ruined Dragon
Ruined Dragon Artwork SMO.jpg
The Ruined Dragon in Super Mario Odyssey.
Species Dragon
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

“Let's see you survive this, plumber boy!”
Bowser, Super Mario Odyssey

The Ruined Dragon[1][2], also known as the Lord of Lightning[3], is a giant dark purple dragon encountered in the Ruined Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey. According to Crumbleden's brochure, it is thought that the altar with the shape of his head in said location was built to talk to him or possibly confront him, with it being made to restrain the lightning. It is also implied that he is the one responsible for reducing Crumbleden to ruins. His Japanese name, "Crumbleden Dragon", indicates that the "Ruined" term in his name refers to the place he lives in rather than his physical condition.

When first meeting him, the Ruined Dragon is seen wearing a golden crown featuring the shape of Bowser's head on it, as well as various horns and a black cloth with golden motifs similar to the ones seen in Bowser's Kingdom. After being defeated, the Ruined Dragon no longer wears said crown.

Unlike other bosses, he does not explode after being defeated and instead rests hanging on the tower of Crumbleden. If Mario gets on the plaza on top of it, he follows Mario with his eyes and closes them if Mario throws Cappy at them, and can even be spoken with, though he will only state that he is tired. After activating the Moon Rock, a Power Moon can also be obtained by throwing Cappy at the tip of his upper right horn.

Compared to other dragons (and most creatures in general) in the Mario franchise, the Ruined Dragon has a more "realistic" design, with detailed textures and little cartoonish exaggeration.

Battle[edit]

Bowser approaching the Odyssey on top of the Ruined Dragon's head.
The Ruined Dragon preparing to attack Mario.

The Ruined Dragon uses two types of attacks: the first one are magenta lightning bolts from his mouth that hits the ground in front of him, generating various rotating spiked wheels made of electricity that are able to slightly change direction to chase Mario. The more the Ruined Dragon is hit, the more spiked wheels are generated through this method. The second consists in electrifying his head and slamming the ground with it, generating various magenta electrical streams that diffuse in all direction and have to be avoided. Like in the case of the spiked wheels, the more the dragon is hit, the denser the streams are and thus the greater is their coverage of the surrounding area. A few seconds after the second attack, the head stops being electrified and the dragon is forced to rest, allowing Mario to jump on his head and use Cappy to remove various sword-shaped pins on his head that keep a crown shaped after Bowser's head into place. Each time a pin is removed a creature similar to a dark violet Burrbo comes out from where the pin was stuck and tries to hit Mario with electricity. Once all pins are removed, the crown disappears and Mario is able to Ground Pound his head to hit him. Every time he's hit, the number of pins keeping the crown in place increases. Once he's hit for the third time, he faints, and leaves a Multi Moon that is needed for the Odyssey to be repaired.

The rematch in Peach's Castle is mostly the same, but the streams of electricity the dragon creates after slamming the ground with his head now appear in a vertical zigzag pattern, meaning Mario must jump over some areas and run under others. Also, the battlefield is icy, giving Mario less traction.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホロビアドラゴン
Horobia Doragon
Crumbleden Dragon (「ドラゴン」 is typically used for Western dragons like the Ruined Dragon).
Spanish Dracustio From dragón (dragon) and rústico (rustic).
French Dragolos From Dragon (Dragon) and Colosse (Colossus)
Dutch Donderdraak Thunder Dragon
German Zappodrac From zapping (electricity) and Drache (Dragon).
Italian Drago dei Ruderi Dragon of the Ruins
Russian Руинный дракон
Ruinnyy drakon
Ruin Dragon
Korean 폐허비아드래곤
Pyeheobia deuraegon
Crumbleden Dragon
Chinese 霍洛比亚龙 (Simplified)
霍洛比亞龍 (Traditional)
Huòluòbǐyǎ lóng
Crumbleden Dragon

References[edit]

  1. ^ From "Ruined Dragon Battle", the name of the music that plays during this battle as shown in the Music List
  2. ^ Walsh, Doug, and Joe Epstein (2017). Super Mario Odyssey Prima Collector's Edition, page 349.
  3. ^ As derived from the name of the Multi Moon's mission involving said boss, Battle with the Lord of Lightning!