Trio Attack

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Not to be confused with Trio Move.
Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario about to use a Trio Attack against Goombas
Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario about to attack Goombas with a Trio Attack.

Trio Attacks are special methods of attacking, like Bros. Attacks, that are utilized by Paper Mario in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. These attacks require Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario to work together to attack enemies.

Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario learn five Trio Attacks through their adventure. Trio Attacks use up Paper Mario's Bros. Points; each one uses between 6 and 15 points. They are brought to the Bros. by Toads as a special delivery from Peach's Castle after certain points in the story have been passed.

When used, they cause the trio to use the Trio Attack Hammer to flatten the enemies into paper form before performing the chosen attack. Almost all Trio Attacks (with the exception of Trio Racquet) are initiated by Paper Mario (The Y Button button). The majority of the attacks, with the exception of Trio Kite, target all enemies simultaneously, similarly to the Luiginary Attacks in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Trio Attacks are also affected by any status effects that Paper Mario may have at that point, with certain ones limiting the amount of copies that can be in play at any one time.

During the final battle, Shiny RoboBowser is able to counter any Trio Attack while his armor is still in good enough shape. He also uses a Trio Attack-style attack immediately afterwards if Mario and the gang try to hit him with one when his helmet isn't destroyed.

Additionally, the Attackathon found in the arcade at the Lakitu Info Center features a Trio Attack endurance arcade game.

List of Trio Attacks[edit]

Trio Attack Description BP Requirement
Trio Racquet Press the characters' buttons (A Button, B Button, and Y Button) to hit the ball back at the wall. Return each hit and then press the character buttons in order to do a special attack! 6 After completing Paper Toad Rescue.
Trio Kite Press each character's button as fast as possible when indicated. The faster you push the buttons, the higher the kite will fly. When Paper Mario climbs up the string, that's your sign to attack. When all of the Paper Mario copies stack up, use Y Button to smash your enemies! 8 After completing all Paper Toad missions in the Doop Doop Dunes Lakitu Info Center.
Trio Whirligig Use the Circle Pad to steer your characters around the spiral. You can press Y Button to dive faster. Pass through as many rings as possible, and try to collect all the enemies. You collect enemies simply by ploughing through them on your way down. The same goes for rings. Aim for them and dive through! At the bottom, press A Button just as you reach each platform to punch through. The number of rings you hit determines how many platforms there will be at the end. 11 After completing all Paper Toad missions in the Mount Brrr Lakitu Info Center.
Trio Shuriken Aim the cursor at the falling enemies with the Circle Pad. The cursor will lock on to an enemy. At that point you can release the Circle Pad. Depending on who is holding the shuriken, throw it with either A Button or B Button. As the shuriken nears an enemy, press Y Button to deal a lot of damage. The character holding the shuriken will switch each turn. Keep throwing the shuriken to attack by pressing A ButtonY Button B ButtonY Button A ButtonY Button B ButtonY Button. Throw a giant shuriken at the end with A Button, and don't forget to press Y Button. Aim for when the enemies overlap to deal a lot of damage at once. 13 After returning to Peach's Castle following the Bowser Jr.s' defeat.
Trio Meteor As each meteor drops, you can control it by using the Circle Pad. The meteors generate wind that you can use to collect the enemies in one spot. For maximum impact, use the wind to gather all the enemies in the central crater. Once they're in the crater, the enemies won't blow around much, so it's easier to hit them. As the meteors get close, start aiming directly for the enemies. Press each character's button to jump off his meteor at the last second. Hitting all of the enemies at once deals huge damage! If each meteor hits an enemy, you'll get a bonus attack! Press A Button, B Button, and Y Button to jump. 15 After rescuing all Paper Toads.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トリオアタック
Torio Atakku
Trio Attack

French Attaque Trio
Trio Attack
German Trio-Attacke
Trio Attack
Italian Attacco trio
Trio attack
Russian Триплет