Sockop

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“So hungry... That shabby green thing... I so want to chug that...”
Sockop, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Sockop
MLBISBJJSockop.png
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)
Notable members
Kuribo
Giant Sockop
Luigi fighting inside of the Giant Sockop

Sockops are sock-like pitcher plant enemies encountered in Dimble Wood during Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. The name is a pun of the dance "sockhop" and could also refer to its sock shape. They enjoy eating Attack Piece Blocks and are capable of swallowing humans as well.

If Mario or Luigi try to jump on them, he is sucked into the hole on the top of the Sockop's head. The player then has to mash A Button for Mario or B Button for Luigi repeatedly in order to escape; otherwise, the brother may be poisoned, or the Sockop will drain their HP. However, if the brothers do a First Strike jump or use the Bros. Attacks Jump Helmet, Spin Pipe, or Magic Window, Sockops will take damage instead of draining their HP. They attack by tackling the brothers, normally running at one brother, then turning around and running at them again. However, if some honey comes out from the hole at the top, they charge at the first brother and go offscreen, coming back to hit the other brother from behind.

Later in the game, Mario is captured by the Sockops and Luigi has to rescue him, getting stuck inside a Sockop in the process. While he is stuck inside the Sockop, Luigi can communicate with them, and doesn't have to fight them, as they will all think Luigi is being swallowed. He can also traverse the bramble patches spread throughout the wood. They have a boss, the Giant Sockop; it is shrunk down to normal size during the events in the game, and is the Sockop that Luigi ends up using as a "puppet".

Sockops reappear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, also appearing as enemies in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode, only during levels taking place in Dimble Wood. Sockops are melee troopers, and are weak against fire attacks from minions such as Fire Bros. and Fire Stalking Piranha Plants.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Sockop
Sockop.gif HP 110 (165) POW 63 (158) DEF 57 (86) SPEED 37 (56) Coins 55 (83)
Level 22 Fire Double Burn? Normal Battled by Mario and Luigi Location(s) Dimble Wood
Dizzy? Normal Stat Down? Normal KO? Normal Experience 240 Item Drop Refreshing Herb - 10%
Tip-Top Boots - 5%
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
Sockop
MLBISBJJSockop.png HP: 110 POW: 99 DEF: 67 SPEED: 37 Experience: 240
Fire: Critical Jump: Heal (regular jumps), Normal (first strike/Bros. Attacks) Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 55
Burn: 1x Dizzy: 1x Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: Refreshing Herb - 40%
Tip-Top Boots - 20%
Level:           22 Location(s): Dimble Wood
  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: They may look cute, but don't let your guard down. They are weak against fire attacks.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ショクチュ
Shokuchu
Derived from 「食虫」 shokuchū, meaning "insectivore."
Spanish (NOA) Brincalcetín Pun on Brincar (Hop) and Calcetín (Sock).
Spanish (NOE) Plancetín Pun on Planta (Plant) and Calcetín (Sock).
French Chochette Pun on "chaussette" (sock).
German Strumpfrose Pun on Strumpfhose (tights) and Rose.
Italian Calzasacco Combination of the words "calza" (sock) and "sacco" (sack).

Trivia[edit]

Kuribo the Sockop
  • Sockops are similar to the Goomba's Shoe, a power-up found in Super Mario Bros. 3. One of the Sockops is even revealed to be named Kuribo (the Japanese name for Goomba). At a certain point, another Sockop is even ridden and used to hop on thorns.
  • Sockops are one of the few non-boss enemies that are known to speak. Despite this, Sockop captains in Bowser Jr.'s Journey are still silent when using Captain Commands like most enemies, as indicated by ellipsis in the textbox.