Shy Guy Squad

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Not to be confused with Shy Squad or Shy Guy Swarm.
Shy Guy Squad
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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
Bowser's Inside Story Description ←Quickly slide the stylus repeatedly left. Roll Bowser far back for more damage!
Target: Single
Bonus effect: Nothing
Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Description Bowser goes into his spiked shell. Slide Bowser to the left while a Shy Guy squad pushes him into a taut rope. The more you push the rope, the more damage you'll deal to the enemy!
Shy Guy Squad being used in the remake.

Shy Guy Squad is a Special Attack used by Bowser in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. This attack costs eight SP in both versions of the game, 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 spherical pile of Shy Guys in his hand. After tossing the pile off-screen, a group of three 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. The farther Bowser is rolled, the more damage he will cause. Then, Bowser will be fired like a slingshot and hit the enemy at high speeds.

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 counterattack, hitting Bowser back at the Shy Guys enough times so the attack will end without them taking damage. In both cases, 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 Unità Tipo Timido Shy Guy Unit


  • 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.