Shangri-Spa

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Shangri-Spa
ShangriSpa.png
Toads 1
Not-Bottomless Holes 5
Collectible Treasures 9
? Blocks 5
Enemies Snifits
Chargin' Chucks
Goombas
Spike Tops
Hammer Bros
Sumo Bro
Boss Sumo Bro

Shangri-Spa is a location in Paper Mario: The Origami King. It serves as the main setting for the green streamer and features a total of five springs, including the Spring of Purification, the Spring of Bliss, the Spring of Sanctuary, the Spring of Jungle Mist, and the infamous Spring of Rainbows. Additionally, it features an entrance, a front desk, and a banquet hall which has been crushed by Bowser's Castle. The name is a pun of Shangri-La.

History[edit]

Right after defeating Tape atop the Sea Tower and destroying the purple streamer spool, Mario must use the Magic Circles in the area to access the four Vellumental idols. Hammering the button on each one makes it face toward the center - once all four statues are activated, each one shoots out a laser directed toward the middle. The cross-beam creates a beacon of light which takes Mario and Olivia up to the entrance of Shangri-Spa.

Olivia suggests they follow the green streamer through the clouds, revealing the entrance hall, appropriately reading, "Paradise Found". Inside, there are Toads who welcome them. Mario must head to the front desk and speak to the receptionist, who requests a 1,000 coin "donation" fee to get started. He then gives them access to four of the five springs offered at the resort, as well as the Stamp Card. Mario must use the stamping station at each spring after using it to fill out the card.

Kamek is waiting outside the entrance hall. He informs Mario and Olivia of Bowser's second capture and how Bowser's Castle fell from the sky onto the resort, crushing the banquet hall. Suddenly, a Toad comes out, angry at Kamek for destroying the banquet hall, ruining several reservations and prompting him to charge several fees. Kamek teams up with Mario and Olivia, directing them toward the central plaza, which is full of Bowser's minions cleaning the spa. He leads them to the castle, which is in ruins. As they start to enter the castle, Boss Sumo Bro appears, almost striking them with lightning. Suddenly, Bowser Jr. appears, trying to rescue his father. He races toward the castle only to be cut up by Scissors, weakening him and his clown car. To fix this, Mario and Kamek take him to the Spring of Purification, which pieces him back together, but leaves him creased, folded, and dirty. The group then takes him to each of the springs available at the resort.

After all four springs are used, Bowser Jr. is smoothed out and cleaned, although he loses his color and energy from soaking in the Spring of Jungle Mist for too long. Fortunately, at this point, Mario can speak to the receptionist at the front desk to receive the Spring of Rainbows - VIP in exchange for a completed Stamp Card. This is used as a ticket to unlock the exclusive and secluded Spring of Rainbows, located off to the west of the plaza.

Once Bowser Jr. is finally returned to normal, he flies the rest of the group up to Boss Sumo Bro, and Mario defeats it, opening up Bowser's Castle. Kamek then uses the spa intercom to rally the minions to take back the castle.

Layout[edit]

The first area of the resort, the entrance, is small with a simple bridge containing to the entrance hall building. Here, Mario can use the light beacon to return to the top of the Sea Tower at any time. Inside the entrance hall is a line of Toads with one particular Toad at the front desk, working as the receptionist. There is a statue behind him resembling one of the many seen in The Great Sea - additionally, all of the other Toads here recite "Seek and ye shall find" and "Come, follow me to paradise", each of which are quotes inscribed in the statues.

In the northwest corner of the entrance hall is a miniature model of what appears to be the Super Marino - the Toad next to it labels it the "Spa Marino", used to guide guests to Diamond Island. Mario can ask him for an extended story. The Toad then goes on about a legend of how the Spa Marino was stolen by Captain T. Ode, who gave it to King Shroomses in exchange for his crown. However, as one of the resort's most prestigious visitors, the king conspired to have him successfully captured and frozen. Olivia comments this must have cooled him down, making him kinder to the others.

In the southwest corner of the entrance hall is a statue with a sign calling it "Shan". In the southeast corner is a statue with a sign reading "Gri-spa" - saying these messages together sounds like saying "Shangri-Spa". Next to this statue is a mural from King Shroomses as a gift for the resort's service. At the northeast corner is a long-distance pipe.

To the left of the hall is the Spring of Purification, effective for rips and tears. Nearby is the stamp station for this spring, which Mario is able to use immediately after using the spring. Outside of this building is a sign noting the main locations for the spa - there is another one of these signs in the plaza. There is a bridge leading to the plaza, with other bridges leading to the other springs. The Spring of Bliss is east of the plaza, the Spring of Sanctuary is south of the plaza, and the Spring of Jungle Mist is off far northwest of the plaza in its own location. The banquet hall is normally north of the plaza, but has been crushed by Bowser's Castle and surrounded by rubble. The Spring of Rainbows is hidden away west of the plaza and can only be accessed after the Spring of Rainbows - VIP ticket is earned - its location on the map is also obscured.

All hot springs in the area fully restore Mario's HP if he soaks in them.

Shop[edit]

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Two shop stands ran by Snifits can be found in the west end of Shangri-Spa.

Image Item Price
Legendary Boots PMTOK icon.png Legendary Boots 2100
Legendary Hammer PMTOK icon.png Legendary Hammer 2220
Flashy Mushroom PMTOK icon.png Flashy Mushroom 800
Shangri-Spa Toad PMTOK icon.png Shangri-Spa Toad
Legendary Iron Boots PMTOK icon.png Legendary Iron Boots 2200

Hidden Toads[edit]

There is only one Toad to be found and rescued here - trapped in the fax machine in this area's Sensor Lab.

Not-Bottomless Holes[edit]

Down the steps behind the entrance hall building is a Not-Bottomless Hole Mario must fill in to reveal as a door to a Sensor Lab.
Behind the bushes all the way on the northeast side of the plaza is a very small lift which takes Mario to a Not-Bottomless Hole serving as the door to a coffee shop.
There is a Not-Bottomless Hole in the blue pipe behind the Spring of Bliss, preventing cold water from entering the spring. This hole is required to be filled in to progress.
There is a Not-Bottomless Hole in the wall next to the chest containing Collectible Treasure #96: Water Vellumental Idol.
The final Not-Bottomless Hole is found within the ruins of the banquet hall.

Collectible Treasures[edit]

Collectible Treasure #95: Earth Vellumental Idol is found in a treasure chest behind the entrance hall building. It is guarded by a Hammer Bro and is next to the steps leading to a Sensor Lab.
Mario must walk through the gap in the southwest corner of the plaza to find a small ledge with a treasure chest containing Collectible Treasure #96: Water Vellumental Idol.
There is a small, hidden tunnel below a Hammer Bro leading to a lift which in turn leads to a small floating platform with a treasure chest containing Collectible Treasure #97: Fire Vellumental Idol.
There is a cracked pillar in the ruins of Bowser's Castle and the banquet hall Mario must hammer to knock over, allowing him to get onto the right side of the castle, where there is a chest containing Collectible Treasure #98: Ice Vellumental Idol.
Just before the bridge leading to the Spring of Jungle Mist, Mario must ride the other lift, which takes him southwest to a small floating platform with giant coins and a treasure chest containing Collectible Treasure #99: Water Buckets.
Collectible Treasure #100: Sea Tower must be purchased from a Spike on the northwest side of the plaza for 10,000 coins. If the player returns to the Spike after removing the green streamer, however, the price is doubled.
Collectible Treasure #101: Shangri-Spa Fountain must be purchased from a Shy Guy on the northeast side of the plaza for 10,000 coins. If the player returns to the Shy Guy after removing the green streamer, however, the price is doubled.
Collectible Treasure #102: Shangri-Spa Toad must be purchased from the Snifit vendor for 12,400 coins.
While on the porch of Bowser's Castle, Mario must head left toward a Hidden Block containing Collectible Treasure #103: Boss Sumo Bro Cloud.

? Blocks[edit]

There is a ? Block on the right side of the outside of the entrance hall building containing a sack of gold worth 1,000 coins.
There are two ? Blocks in the hidden area behind the entrance hall building, each containing a sack of gold worth 1,000 coins.
There is a ? Block on the narrow edge to the right of the Spring of Bliss containing yet another sack of gold worth 1,000 coins.
There is a ? Block on a small edge to the left of the banquet hall ruins containing another sack of gold.
There is a Hidden Block left of the castle porch containing Collectible Treasure #103: Boss Sumo Cloud.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese てんくうスパーランド
Tenkū supā rando
Heavenly Spa Land
Spanish Sparaíso Portmanteau of spa (spa) and paraíso (paradise)
French (NOA) Archipel Sparadisiaque Spa-Paradisiac Archipelago
(sparadisiaque is a portmanteau of spa (spa) and paradisiaque (paradisiac))
French (NOE) Azur-les-Bains Portmanteau of azur (azure) and -les-bains (literally "-the-baths"; the most common suffix for spa towns in France)
Dutch Sparadijs Portmanteau of spa (spa) and paradijs (paradise)
German Bad Elysium Bad (literally "bath") is the most common prefix for spa towns in Germany, whereas "Elysium" is part of the Greek underworld
Italian Terme Paradiso Spa Paradise

Trivia[edit]

  • There was a glitch involving both the Stamp Card and the Spring of Rainbows - VIP. If Mario traded the Stamp Card for the Spring of Rainbows - VIP from the receptionist at the front desk, unlocked the Spring of Rainbows, then returned to the front desk and spoke to the receptionist, something strange would happen. The receptionist would ask for the Stamp Card, which is no longer in the player's inventory. Additionally, the Spring of Rainbows cannot be entered due to the player not having the Spring of Rainbows - VIP either. This softlocked the game, requiring the player to start over. This glitch has since been patched.