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WL3 Scowler sprite.png
Species Squid
First appearance Wario Land 3 (2000)
Latest appearance Nintendo Puzzle Collection (2003)
“Ohhh... My achin' head. Help me out, Doc.”
Octo, Dr. Mario 64

Octo, originally known as Scowler[1] or the Squid[2], is a big squid that first appeared as one of the bosses in Wario Land 3.


Wario Land 3[edit]

In Wario Land 3, Scowler is the boss found in Sea Turtle Rocks. His main attack is to try to grab Wario. If he does, Wario will be thrown out of the cave. At the first time, his weak spot is on his head, Wario has to touch it which will damage the creature. Then, the weak spot will move to his underside. He sometimes attacks with ink to turn the water black and obscure vision, leaving only his head visible. Upon defeat, he leaves a ring behind which helps Wario access the Gray Chest which contains the third of the five music boxes.

Dr. Mario 64[edit]

Scowler, now renamed Octo, reappears in Dr. Mario 64 as one of the enemies Dr. Mario or Wario have to face.

Unlike in his original appearance, Octo's body is colored orange rather than black in the American release of the game. In the later port of the game released in Japan as part of Nintendo Puzzle Collection, he retains his original black color scheme. His appearance may have been changed in Dr. Mario 64 due to a possible resemblance to blackface actors, similar to another situation faced by Nintendo with one of its Pokémon, Jynx.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イカタコテング
Compound of「烏賊」(ika, squid),「蛸」(tako, octopus), and「天狗」(tengu)
Chinese 八爪怪[3]
Octopus Monster
Spanish Calamar[4] Squid



  1. ^ Official American Wario Land 3 website (Internet Archive)
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 133, page 64. "Smash through to the right and down to reach the Squid boss. Jump on the Squid’s head, then hit its underside to defeat it."
  3. ^ a b Chinese back cover of Dr. Mario 64.
  4. ^ Official Wario Land 3 website (Guías Nintendo)