Trunkle

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Trunkle is a giant rock monster appearing as a boss in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. It bears a small tree on its head, and it inhabits Teehee Valley, and can be found right at the passage connecting Teehee Valley to Little Fungitown. While Mario and Luigi are escorting Princess Peach to Little Fungitown, Trunkle attacks the princess, and Mario and Luigi engage in battle with him.

In battle, Trunkle has the ability to throw boulders at the brothers, which have to be countered with Hammer strikes. Trunkle will use his right arm to target Mario and left arm to target Luigi if the boulders simply roll straight. If the boulders also spin sideways while rolling, then they will target the opposite brother. Trunkle also has the ability to vacuum objects into his mouth that will pass the brothers along the way; these include Gritty Goombas, poisonous mushrooms, and standard Mushrooms. Any of these objects can be dodged by jumping, though touching the normal Mushrooms will heal the brother that comes into contact with one (it was originally added to their inventory, and was the only-ever instance of this happening). After finishing this attack, Trunkle will heal approximately 10 HP.

When Trunkle's HP is reduced by half, it splits into four "Mini-Trunkles". One of them has a berry in its mouth, and Mario and Luigi have to keep an eye on that one while all four shuffle around. The Mini-Trunkle holding the berry will have it in its mouth if attacked. A Mini-Trunkle can attack by simply rolling into one of the brothers, or burrowing underground and popping up in front of him, attempting to strike him afterwards. The former attack can be countered by jumping, whereas the latter can be countered by hammering. When the other Mini-Trunkles are attacked, they will simply crumble, although the one with the berry will continue to lose HP until it is finally defeated, to the brothers' victory. However, should the brothers fail to do this in a timely manner, the Mini-Trunkles will merge into Trunkle again, with full HP and the whole process restarts. Alternatively, if Mario and Luigi attack Trunkle's "tree" on top of his head, they can defeat him without him splitting into four tiny Trunkles. His "tree" has much lower HP and higher defense. It is also extremely resistant to jump attacks and will only take more damage from regular Chopper Bros. attacks and Knockback Bros. attacks. Defeating Trunkle by using the former method is more challenging, but is more rewarding.

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

Profiles and statistics[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 Miss Coins 12 (0)
Stat Down? 0% Stun? 0% Burn? 0% Hand Miss 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 Defense 80 Speed 72 Experience 500
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 400
Stat Down? Stun? Burn? Hand Item Drop None (0%)
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 Defense 88 Speed 72 Experience 0
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Weak Hammer Normal Coins 0
Stat Down? Stun? Burn? Hand Item Drop None (0%)
None (0%)
Level           23 Location(s) Teehee Valley
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Trunkle (Small)
MLSSBMTrunkleSmall.png HP 58 POW 92 Defense 80 Speed 72 Experience 0
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 0
Stat Down? Stun? Burn? Hand Item Drop None (0%)
Stone Slacks (100%)
Level           23 Location(s) Teehee Valley

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガンゾー
Ganzoh
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.

Trivia[edit]

  • In the retail Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Trunkle is the only boss in the game that moves the screen during its battle.
    • An additional screen is loaded every battle, suggesting that there was going to be more bosses or even enemies were going to move the screen for attacks before the release of the game's remake.