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This article is about the boss from Paper Mario. For the boss from Mario Pinball Land, see Egyptian Koopa.
Species Koopa (possibly a Magikoopa)
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
“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.

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, later revealing he prefers not to do so.

Tutankoopa battles with a Chomp

Mario and co. finally reach the Koopa's room, where he summons an endless amount of pet Chomps and can also attack with shells or magic. Tutankoopa's attack pattern entails summoning a Chomp, throwing a Buzzy Shell, magic (which has a chance of backfiring until his HP is less than 3), then the sequence repeats. After all three shells are exhausted, Tutankoopa will go straight to using magic after summoning a Chomp. His boss fight is one of the few where Mario can farm 100 Star Points in a single battle by repeatedly defeating his Chomp.

When Tutankoopa is defeated, he falls off his platform and then and chased out of the ruins by one of his Chomps.

In the ending parade of Paper Mario, Tutankoopa can be seen, still being chased by the Chomp until he sidestepped at the last moment. Afterwards, he briefly attends the parade, only to end up chased by three Chomps. The method in which he evades his Chomp resembles the Paper Mode ability in later Paper Mario games.

Tutankoopa is referenced in Mario Party 7; a Bowser sphinx appears on the Pyramid Park map, wearing a pharaoh crown and nemes with the same colors as Tutankoopa's. The crown also has a Chain Chomp ornament. The map itself is also heavily associated with Chain Chomps, as is Tutankoopa.

Profile and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario Enemy
Battle idle animation of Tutankoopa from Paper Mario Max HP 30 Attack 3 Defense 0 Type Elevated
Level 55 Strong None Weak None Moves Shell Heave (3), Magic Spell (2, Mario; 2, Partner), Traitor Spell (2, Tutankoopa), Summon Chomp
Sleep? 20%, -1 Dizzy? 30%, -1 Shock? 30%, -1 Shrink? 60%, -1
Stop? 40%, -2 Fright? 0% Air Lift? 0% Hurricane? 0%
Coins 0 Items N/A Run N/A Location(s) Dry Dry Ruins
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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カーメン
Likely a word-play of「ツタンカーメン」 (Tsutankāmen, Tutankhamun) and「亀」(kame, turtle) or「カメック」(Kamekku, Magikoopa)
Chinese 金面龟
Jīnmiàn Guī
Golden-Face Turtle
French Tutankoopa -
German Tutankoopa -
Spanish Tutankoopa -


  • 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 can call himself "Remorseless King" in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door in response to a question asked by another character.