Tutankoopa

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This article is about the boss from Paper Mario. For the boss from Mario Pinball Land, see Egyptian Koopa.
Paper Mario Enemy
Tutankoopa
Tutankoopa.png
Location(s) Dry Dry Ruins
Max HP 30
Attack 3
Defense 0
Moves Shell Heave (3), Magic Spell (2, Mario; 2, Partner), Traitor Spell (2, Tutankoopa), Summon Chomp
Type Elevated
Items N/A
Coins 0
Misc. stats
Level 55
Run N/A
Strong None
Weak None
Sleep? Poor, 2
Dizzy? Fair, 2
Shock? N/A
Shrink? Good, 2
Stop? Poor, 2
Fright? Immune
Air Lift? Immune
Hurricane? N/A
Tattle

This is Tutankoopa. He's one of Bowser's followers and he's been assigned to guard one of the Star Spirits. I've heard that he has sort of a pharaoh complex. Max HP: 30, Attack Power: 3, Defense Power: 0 He attacks by throwing shells from that high perch. Try to dodge when he uses magic: its attack power is 2 and it'll sting for sure. And he also summons Chomps, his loyal subjects. Those Chomps have some serious attack power. Think hard about who to attack first, Tutankoopa or Chomp.

“You!! You ignored all those very scary warnings... Don't you have the common sense to get scared and run away?! What's wrong with you?!?!”
Tutankoopa, Paper Mario

Tutankoopa is a boss from Paper Mario. He is notable for his pharaoh complex, his magic abilities (such as shattering into fragments at will, leaving only his eyes and crown visible), and his heavy association with Chomps. His name is based on the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun. Though it is unknown whether he is truly a ghost or not, it is known that he serves the Koopa Troop in the present day.

Tutankoopa PM.png

In Paper Mario, Tutankoopa is the boss of the Dry Dry Ruins and the guardian of Mamar the Star Spirit. When Mario and his partners enter the Dry Dry Ruins, Tutankoopa's voice can be heard warning them to run away. He continues to deliver such warnings as the heroes progress through the ruins, losing his cool and starting to shout frantically when they approach the Super Hammer. Cortez uses similar warnings in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, though he decides that he prefers not to do so.

Mario and co. finally reach the Koopa's room, where he summons Chompy, his pet Chain Chomp. He then continues to attack the heroes by throwing shells at them and summoning an outline of a Chomp to fall to the ground, causing rocks from the ceiling to fall on Mario and his partner. At first he stands on a high ledge, so that he may only be hit by aerial attacks. However, after enough damage has been dealt, he messes up his Chomp spell and damages himself, causing him to fall to the ground and making him vulnerable to ground attacks for one turn. With a combination of Mario's Power Jump and Parakarry's upgraded Shell Shot, Tutankoopa can be defeated in just 3 turns.

Tutankoopa's attack pattern entails summoning Chompy, throwing a Buzzy Beetle shell, magic (which has a chance of backfiring), then the sequence repeats. After all 3 shells are exhausted, Tutankoopa will go straight to using magic after summoning Chompy. His magic attack stops backfiring when his HP reaches less than 3 (it becomes possible for Mario to farm 100 Star Points from the Chomps from this point on).

Tutankoopa being attacked by his own Chomps.

After a long battle, the team is able to defeat the Koopa pharaoh. He is then attacked by Chompy and chased out of the ruins.

In the ending parade of Paper Mario Tutankoopa can be seen, still being chased by Chompy until he sidestepped at the last moment. Afterwards, he briefly attended the parade, only to end up chased by three Chain Chomps.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カーメン
Kāmen
From Tutankhamun (「ツタンカーメン」 Tutankāmen in Japanese), possibly meant to invoke 「亀」 kame "turtle" or Kamekku, the Japanese name of Magikoopas (also derived from kame).
Spanish Tutankoopa -
French Tutankoopa -
German Tutankoopa -
Portuguese Tutankoopa -

Trivia[edit]

  • The miniature Chomp head on Tutankoopa's hat seems to be alive, since it moves its mouth at times.
  • When Mario first enters Dry Dry Ruins, Tutankoopa refers to himself as the "remorseless king of the desert." Bowser would also call himself by "Remorseless King" in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (that is, if the player makes him choose that answer).
  • His boss fight is one of the few areas Mario can farm 100 Star Points in a single battle (by repeatedly defeating his Chomps). Bill Blasters are another fight with this potential.