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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 for Mario or 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 take damage instead of draining the brothers HP. They attack by tackling the brothers. Normally, they run at one brother, then turn around and run at them again. However, if some honey comes out of the top of them, they charge at the first brother and go offscreen, coming back to hit the other brother from behind. They can also steal some of the Bros.' HP and heal themselves with it; they have been known to drain HP. 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, 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 that is shrunk down to normal size during the events in the game. This aforementioned boss 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.
Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: They may look cute, but don't let your guard down. They are weak against fire attacks.
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