Trunkle

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Trunkle
Trunkle MLSSBM.gif
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)

Trunkle is a giant rock monster appearing as a boss in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. It is encountered in Teehee Valley near the passage connecting the valley to Little Fungitown. Trunkle has a rotund build with a wide lower body, large hands and thin arms; the remake has the arms made of several smaller rocks. Trunkle has a small tree on its head, containing a single orange berry.

Once Mario and Luigi escort Princess Peach through most of the valley, Trunkle attacks the princess as she approaches the entrance to the connecting passage, with two Toad guards hiding and whispering to each other. They spot Mario and Luigi as the Bros. quickly arrive to engage Trunkle in battle, with the rock monster walking towards them and roaring. Upon defeat, it disappears, and Princess Peach and the Mario Bros. make it to Little Fungitown safely.

If the path to Little Fungitown is explored before Princess Peach arrives in the Beanbean Kingdom, Trunkle can be seen blocking the path, but it is sleeping and cannot be woken. This is not possible in the remake, since the Super Hammers needed to access Teehee Valley cannot be received until after Peach arrives.

Battle[edit]

Trunkle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Trunkle spins each of its arms and rolls its closed fists at Mario and Luigi, reforming its arm after each swing. Trunkle does so at least twice per attack, swinging its right arm to target Mario, and its left to target Luigi; if the fist is thrown spinning sideways, it will roll towards the opposite brother halfway through. Mario and Luigi can block the rolling stones using their hammers.

Trunkle can also vacuum objects into its mouth from behind the Mario Bros., causing the screen to scroll back as Gritty Goombas, Poison Mushrooms, and standard Mushrooms are pulled in. The objects can be dodged by jumping over them; touching the Poison Mushrooms may poison Mario or Luigi, while touching the mushrooms restores some HP. Trunkle chews up the inhaled objects to restore some HP.

When Trunkle's HP is reduced by half, it splits into four "Mini-Trunkles". One of them has the berry normally seen on the tree in its mouth; Mario and Luigi must keep track of it, as the Mini-Trunkles shuffle around often, including as soon as they split. The Mini-Trunkles open their mouth after attacking or being hit, revealing if they are the correct one. Mini-Trunkles attack by either rolling at one of the brothers (which can be countered by jumping) or burrowing underground and surfacing to attack a brother (which is countered by the hammer). The attacks are used twice each, with rolling Mini-Trunkles attacking first; the one containing the fruit always attacks last and uses the burrowing attack multiple times.

The other Mini-Trunkles simply crumble when attacked in the original, or when they lose their own HP in the remake; the Mini-Trunkle with the berry uses the 'main' HP pool and continues to take damage. After a few turns, if the 'main' Mini-Trunkle is still alive, it pulls its body back together using the other Mini-Trunkles (and/or their crumbled forms) and returns to normal, with its HP restored; if the 'main' Mini-Trunkle is defeated, the others are defeated as well. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Trunkle gains the Fury status upon losing half its HP or more, and begins attacking faster and more often each turn like most other bosses; this takes effect in the Mini-Trunkle state and causes it to reform itself immediately, with the status persisting once it eventually splits again.

Alternatively, if Mario and Luigi attack Trunkle's tree on top of its head, they can defeat it by destroying the berry prematurely. Although its tree has much lower HP, it also has much higher defense and is extremely resistant to jump attacks, only taking significant damage from hammer-based moves that can reach it (i.e. the regular Chopper Bros. and both versions of the Knockback Bros.). Defeating it in this way keeps Trunkle from using most of its other attacks; this also circumvents the splitting phase of the fight, which only checks for the main body's HP.

Trunkle is one of the only two bosses in the original Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga that moves the screen during its battle (the other boss that moves the screen is Cackletta's Soul); additional screens are loaded during every battle in the original game, and the size of the backgrounds, along with other portions of the game's code, suggested that many other bosses were set to use attacks with a similar mechanic prior to the final release. This mechanic was fully implemented in the remake.

Statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Trunkle (Body)
MLSSTrunkle.gif HP 110 (180) POW 63-72 (63-75) Defense 130 (80) Speed 55 Experience 440 (500)
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 88 (150)
Stat Down? 0% Stun? 0% Burn? 0% Hand Normal Item Drop 1-Up Mushroom (Lucky Bros.) – 100%
Lucky Bros. – 61.29% (Super Nut- 100%)
Level           22 Location(s) Teehee Valley Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Trunkle (Tree)
MLSSTrunkle.gif HP 60 (140) POW 63-72 (63-75) Defense 130 (90) Speed 999 Experience 150 (0)
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Weak Hammer Normal Coins 12 (0)
Stat Down? 0% Stun? 0% Burn? 0% Hand Normal Item Drop None – 0% (Super Nut - 100%)
None – 0% (Syrup Jar - 32.26%)
Level           99 Location(s) Teehee Valley Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Trunkle (Small)
MLSSTrunkleSmall.gif HP 0 POW 61-68 (62-66) Defense 130 (90) Speed 55 Experience 110 (0)
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 22 (0)
Stat Down? 0% Stun? 0% Burn? 0% Hand Normal Item Drop Super Nut – 100% (None - 0%)
None – 0%
Level           22 Location(s) Teehee Valley Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Trunkle
Trunkle MLSSBM.gif HP: 300 POW: 92 DEF: 80 SPEED: 72 Experience: 500
Fire: Normal Thunder: Normal Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Coins: 400
Stat Down: 0% Dizzy: 0% Burn: 0% Speed down: 0% Item Drop: None (0%)
Stone Slacks (100%)
Stone Slacks (100%)
Level:           23 Location(s): Teehee Valley
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Trunkle (Tree)
MLSSBMTrunkleTree.png HP: 190 POW: 102 DEF: 88 SPEED: 72 Experience: 0
Fire: Normal Thunder: Normal Jump: Weak Hammer: Normal Coins: 0
Stat Down: 0% Dizzy: 0% Burn: 0% Speed down: 0% Item Drop: None (0%)
Stone Slacks (100%)
Stone Slacks (100%)
Level:           23 Location(s): Teehee Valley
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Trunkle (Small)
MLSSBMTrunkleSmall.png HP: 58 POW: 92 DEF: 80 SPEED: 72 Experience: 0
Fire: Normal Thunder: Normal Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Coins: 0
Stat Down: 0% Dizzy: 0% Burn: 0% Speed down: 0% Item Drop: None (0%)
Stone Slacks (100%)
Stone Slacks (100%)
Level:           23 Location(s): Teehee Valley

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガンゾー
Ganzō
From Ganjō, meaning resistant.
Spanish Roka Pun on roca (Spanish for rock).
French Rochefort Literally: Strongrock, pun on "roquefort", a French type of cheese.
German Geröllinger Pun on Geröll (German for scree) and the name suffix -inger.
Italian Pietro Pun on pietra (Italian for stone) and the Italian name Pietro.
Chinese 大嘴石魔
Dàzuǐ Shímó
Big Mouth Stone Demon

Trivia[edit]