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Torkscrew can attack by digging into the ground, shooting out of the sand and while in mid-air, spinning to a point above either Mario or Luigi, where it will then drop down on the Bro. it spun towards head-first. If they successfully hammer it away, it will land on its backside and be vulnerable to jump attacks and take more damage from attacks in general.
It may also dive underground to have his drill pop out of the sand and slowly submerge again as it approaches a Bro. The Bro. it approaches must then jump once Torkscrew entirely disappears to avoid it when it abruptly pops out of the sand. If Mario and Luigi dodge successfully, they will avoid getting stuck on Torkscrew's drill top. If a Bro. gets stuck, the other Bro. must chase Torkscrew and attempt to collect the coins and avoid the mines it drops until the Bro. falls off.
Torkscrew may also chase Mario or Luigi into the background in an attempt to attack him through charging attacks while half-submerged. While doing so, the other Bro is attacked by the various enemies who inhabit Dozing Sands. The Bros. must avoid these attacks by jumping over or on to their respective attackers. This attack can still occur even with one Bro. knocked out, as there is just a lack of action in the foreground. Much later in the game Torkscrew X can be fought in the Battle Ring.
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