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Swiggler is a large, Shroob-created, bio-mechanical robot Wiggler that appears in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. The game's first boss, it acts as the boss of the Toadwood Forest and is found on the bottom floor of the Vim Factory. Swiggler has the unique ability to transform the Vim sucked from Toads into a fuel source for the Shroob's Shroob UFOs. It drinks it from a glass and then transfers it into the UFOs via tubes in its body to which they connect.
During the events of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi confront Swiggler inside the Vim Factory after Baby Mario hits knocks over its glass of Vim with his Hammer. In battle, Swiggler can shoot poisonous clouds at the brothers. These attacks can be countered with Hammer hits, with some taking two hits to stop. Since these clouds are poisonous, they might poison the brothers if not countered. Swiggler also has a glass of green Vim, which it drinks and uses to power-up nearby Shroob UFOs. This allows them to shoot energy blasts at Mario and Luigi. Fortunately, the brothers can jump over these blasts to avoid damage. The left blast will shoot at Mario, and the right blast will shoot at Luigi; however, they can swap places.
Attacking Swiggler proves to be relatively useless, as the monster has extremely high defense and will always counterattack the Mario quartet with several shockwaves immediately afterwards, forcing the heroes to jump to avoid them. This attack comes in addition to Swiggler's regular attacks.
During the fight, Swiggler is aided by two Dr. Shroob guards. If one is destroyed, another Dr. Shroob will appear to take its place. The Dr. Shroobs behave exactly as they do in earlier encounters: they use red and gray Mushrooms to grow and shrink, respectively, attacking once they assume the new form. These Dr. Shroobs unintentionally aid in Swiggler's demise. By attacking them, the brothers can knock the Mushrooms into Swiggler's Vim drink. If a gray Mushroom is knocked in, Swiggler will become sickly upon drinking it, lowering its defense and making it unable to attack. This presents a perfect opportunity for attack. Regardless, Swiggler will always return to normal after a few turns. On the other hand, if a red Mushroom is knocked in, the solution will heal Swiggler by either 21, 41, 71, or 86 HP.
After the battle, Swiggler is destroyed, and a Cobalt Shard is discovered, which makes the Mario Bros. and their counterparts emerge victorious. However, the victory ends as a partial loss; Baby Bowser arrives and steals both shards in their possession (the first was in Baby Bowser's Castle), jumps in his Koopa Clown Car and flies to Yoshi's Island with Kamek.
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