Shy Guy Squad

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Shy Guy Squad
Shy Guy Squad.PNG
BP/SP/CP Needed
Location Bowser Path­
First Appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)

Shy Guy Squad is a Special Attack used by Bowser in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. This attack costs eight SP and can be used after Bowser frees the Shy Guys found on Bowser Path. This move is a fast single target attack and is an easy way to inflict quite a lot of damage at once.

When initiated, Bowser will have a ball of Shy Guys in his hand. Then, a row of Shy Guys will appear on both sides of Bowser, with a rope. Bowser will then curl up into a spike ball and the six of twelve Shy Guys will then roll and push Bowser into the rope. The player will have to continually slide the stylus to the left to build power, though in the remake, the player must draw circles around Bowser. The farther Bowser is rolled, the more damage he will cause. Then, Bowser will be fired like a slingshot and hit the enemy at a great speed.

Bowser uses this move against Mario and Luigi during their second battle in Toadley Clinic. Bowser X uses it as well. They must use their hammers to hit Bowser back at the Shy Guys enough times so the attack will end without them taking damage. He will not use this attack if Bowser did not free the Shy Guys back at Bowser Path.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボコスカヘイホー
Bokosuka Heihō
"Bokosuka Shy Guy", bokosuka being onomatopoeia for the sound of something being beaten up.
Spanish (NOA) Patrulla Shy Guy Shy Guy Patrol
Spanish (NOE) Brigada Shy Guy Shy Guy Brigade
French (NOA) Fronde Shy Guy Shy Guy Slingshot
French (NOE) Assaut Maskass Shy Guy Assault
German Schleuder Guys Slingshot Guys
Italian Tipo Timido Shy Guy


  • Despite Bowser not learning the spike ball technique until much later in the game upon initially finding the Shy Guy Squad, he appears to be using the move during the attack.
  • In Broque Madame's minigame, Shy Guy Squad is one of two special attacks that cannot be used, the other being the Broggy Bonker.