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A Swoopula in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Variant of Swoop

A Swoopula is a bat like creature. It is a more powerful variety of a Swooper found in the Paper Mario series. It attacks by leeching hit points from Mario or his partner in a similar manner to a Fuzzy's attack. Its name is based off Count Dracula.


Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, Swoopulas appear in the Crystal Palace. At the start of battle, Swoopulas are perched on the ceiling and can be knocked down with an item, Special Move, certain partner moves, or the Quake Hammer or Hammer Throw abilities. They fly down briefly to attack, but return to their roost unless previously knocked down. They leech two hit points at a time up to five times unless an Action Command gauge is filled up first, similar to Jungle Fuzzy.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Swoopulas appear in the Palace of Shadow and slightly late in the Pit of 100 Trials and start battle in the air rather than on the ceiling. Their leeching move now takes four hit points, but is only used once per turn. An even stronger version known as Swampire appears near the end of the Pit of 100 Trials.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Battle idle animation of a hanging Swoopula from Paper Mario Battle idle animation of a flying Swoopula from Paper Mario Max HP 8 Attack 2 Defense 0
Role Common Type Elevated or Flying Level 22
Strong None Weak None Moves Kissy-Kiss (2 x 5, recovers health according to damage)
Sleep? 60%, 0 Dizzy? 100%, 1 Shock? 80%, 0
Shrink? 75%, 0 Stop? 85%, 0 Fright? 70%
Air Lift? 95% Hurricane? 95% Coins 1 + 0-4
Items Volt Shroom Run 40 Location(s) Crystal Palace
Tattle This is a Swoopula. Swoopulas attack from the air and cling to you to suck your HP. Max HP: 8, Attack Power: 2, Defense Power: 0 Hit A Button repeatedly to fight it off or else it'll keep sucking your HP. You can't jump high enough to attack them while they're hanging from the ceiling. An earthquake attack ought to work, though. Flying party members, like Bow or Parakarry, can also attack them with ease. If they fall and begin to flap around, you can attack them by jumping as well.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Swoopula Max HP 9 Attack 4 Defense 0
Location(s) Palace of Shadow, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 73, 74, 78, 79) Role Common Level 30
Sleep? 70% Dizzy? 100% Confuse? 70%
Tiny? 80% Stop? 75% Soft? 90%
Burn? 100% Freeze? 70% Fright? 70%
Gale Force? 85% KO? 95% Moves Suck (Absorbs 4 HP, Piercing)
Exp. points 0 Coins 0 - 4 Items Boo's Sheet, Dizzy Dial, Dried Shroom (drop only), Fire Flower (drop only), Fright Mask (drop only), Honey Syrup (drop only), Ice Storm, Mushroom (drop only), POW Block (drop only), Spite Pouch (drop only), Super Shroom, Tasty Tonic (drop only), Volt Shroom (drop only), HP Drain P (drop only), Multibounce (drop only)
Tattle Log #:
Log An HP-sucking batlike thing. Its name comes from its swooping, blood-sucking attack.
Tattle That's a Swoopula. An airborne, bloodsucking, batlike thing. Max HP is 9, Attack is 4, and Defense is 0. As if losing HP wasn't bad enough, this little creep adds yours to its own! How totally, totally gross! Don't let it bite me, Mario!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バサバサチュルル
Basabasa Chururu
Compound of「バサバサ」(Basabasa, "Swoop") and「ちゅるる」(chururu, onomatopoeia for slurping)

Chinese 啪萨嗦噜
Pāsà Suōlū
Transliteration from the Japanese name

French Swoopula
German Swoopula
Italian Pipistrex
From pipistrello ("bat") and rex ("king" in Latin)
Spanish (NOA) Golpílago
From golpe ("hit") and Vampílago ("Swoop")
Spanish (NOE) Súpula
An adaption of the English Name to Spanish pronunciation