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Shangri-Spa
Shangri-Spa in Paper Mario: The Origami King
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 (also parsed Shangri Spa[1]) 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 hot springs, which are the Spring of Purification, the Spring of Bliss, the Spring of Sanctuary, the Spring of Jungle Mist, and the infamous Spring of Rainbows. Additional features of Shangri-Spa include an entrance, a front desk, a central plaza with a fountain, and a banquet hall that has been crushed by Bowser's Castle. The existence of Shangri-Spa is hinted by messages on statues of its resident Toads found on various islands in The Great Sea.

The name Shangri-Spa is a pun of Shangri-La.

History[edit]

Right after defeating Tape atop the Sea Tower and destroying the purple streamer's spool, Mario must use the Magic Circles in the area to access the four Vellumental idols. He must then hammer a red button on each idol to makes it rotate toward a center platform; once all four idols are facing the platform, each fires a beam from its mouth. The beams merge and creates a beacon of light on the platform that warps Mario and Olivia up to the entrance to Shangri-Spa.

Olivia suggests they follow the green streamer through the clouds that part to reveal an entrance hall, which appropriately reads "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.

Bowser's Castle about to crash-land into the Shangri-Spa Banquet Hall
Bowser's Castle having crash-landed into the Shangri-Spa Banquet Hall
Bowser's Castle destroys the Shangri-Spa Banquet Hall

As Mario and Olivia exit the entrance hall, they find Kamek, who informs the two of Bowser's second capture and how Bowser's Castle fell from the sky and 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 and directs them through the central plaza, which is full of Bowser's minions cleaning the spa. He leads the two to the castle, which is in ruins. Mario and Olivia head toward the castle, but are forced to retreat when Boss Sumo Bro appears on its cloud and almost strikes them with lightning. Just then, Bowser Jr. appears, trying to rescue his father. He races toward the castle only to be cut into pieces by Scissors, weakening him and his clown car. Mario, Olivia, and Kamek take the dismembered pieces of Bowser Jr. to the Spring of Purification, which pieces Bowser Jr. back together, but leaves him creased, folded, and dirty. The group then takes him to the Spring of Bliss and the Spring of Sanctuary.

After using all four springs, 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 a Spring of Rainbows - VIP in exchange for the completed Stamp Card. This is used as a ticket to gain access to the exclusive and secluded Spring of Rainbows, located off to the west of the plaza.

After Bowser Jr. is finally restored to normal, he flies Kamek, Mario, and Olivia up to Boss Sumo Bro's cloud. Mario defeats Boss Sumo Bro, clearing the path to Bowser's Castle. Before entering the castle, Kamek uses the spa intercom to rally the minions to take back the castle.

Layout[edit]

The entrance hall

The first area of the resort, the entrance, is small with a simple bridge connecting to a building that serves as an entrance hall. 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 white Toads wearing wings and togas with one particular Toad at the front desk who works 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. To the right of the entrance hall is a Warp Pipe that serves as a shortcut between Shangri-Spa and Musée Champignon in Toad Town.

A map of Shangri-Spa
The central plaza of Shangri-Spa, with Bowser's Castle in the background

To the left of the entrance hall is the Spring of Purification, effective for rips and tears. Nearby is the stamp station for this hot spring, which Mario is able to use immediately after soaking in it. Outside the building, a white brick path leads to a bridge connecting to a central plaza with a fountain. There are signs noting the main locations of the spa just outside the entrance hall and in the plaza. From the plaza, there are other bridges leading to other hot 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 was 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 earning the Spring of Rainbows - VIP ticket; its location on the map is also obscured.

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

Shop[edit]

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

Image Item Price
A weapon/battle item in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Legendary Boots 2100
The Legendary Hammer logo. Legendary Hammer 2220
An item from Paper Mario: The Origami King. Flashy Mushroom 800
An item from Paper Mario: The Origami King. Shangri-Spa Toad 24800
A weapon/battle item in Paper Mario: The Origami King. 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. The only Toad to rescue in Shangri-Spa

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 satellite office. A Not-Bottomless Hole in Shangri-Spa in Paper Mario: The Origami King
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. A Not-Bottomless Hole in Shangri-Spa in Paper Mario: The Origami King
There is a Not-Bottomless Hole in the wall next to the chest containing Collectible Treasure #96: Water Vellumental Idol. A Not-Bottomless Hole in Shangri-Spa in Paper Mario: The Origami King
There is a Not-Bottomless Hole on a blue pipe behind the Spring of Bliss, from which cold water is leaking from. After defeating a Hammer Bro who is guarding this hole, Mario is required to fill it in to direct cold water into the hot spring. A Not-Bottomless Hole in Shangri-Spa in Paper Mario: The Origami King
The final Not-Bottomless Hole is found within the ruins of the banquet hall. A Not-Bottomless Hole in Shangri-Spa being filled with confetti in Paper Mario: The Origami King

Collectible Treasures[edit]

Collectible Treasure No. 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. How and where to find Collectible Treasure No. 95: Earth Vellumental Idol
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 No. 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 No. 97: Fire Vellumental Idol. How and where to find Collectible Treasure No. 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 No. 98: Ice Vellumental Idol. How and where to find Collectible Treasure No. 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 100-Coins and a treasure chest containing Collectible Treasure No. 99: Water Buckets. How and where to find Collectible Treasure No. 99: Water Buckets
Collectible Treasure No. 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. Mario collecting a Collectible Treasure of the Sea Tower
Collectible Treasure No. 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. Mario collecting a Collectible Treasure of Shangri-Spa Fountain
Collectible Treasure No. 102: Shangri-Spa Toad must be purchased from the Snifit vendor for 24,800 coins (if no membership discount is equipped). How and where to get Collectible Treasure No. 102: Shangri-Spa Toad
While on the porch of Bowser's Castle, Mario must head left toward a Hidden Block containing Collectible Treasure No. 103: Boss Sumo Bro Cloud. How and where to find Collectible Treasure No. 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.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese てんくうスパーランド
Tenkū supā rando
Sky Spa Land
Chinese (Simplified) 天空水疗园地
Tiānkōng Shuǐliáo Yuándì
Sky Spa Land
Dutch Sparadijs Portmanteau of spa ("spa") and paradijs ("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)
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
Spanish Sparaíso Portmanteau of spa ("spa") and paraíso ("paradise")

Trivia[edit]

  • There was a glitch involving both the Stamp Card and the Spring of Rainbows - VIP which could softlock the game, requiring the player to start over. 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 glitch has been patched since version 1.0.1. and any save files that were affected were fixed to allow the player to continue the story.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paper Mario: The Origami King Trivia Quiz. Play Nintendo. Retrieved November 28, 2020. (Archived November 28, 2020, 16:35:20 UTC via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine.)