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A Whacka from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
“Whack-OOOWWWWWWW!!! Don't hit me!”
Whacka, Paper Mario

Whackas are rare, blue mole-like creatures that first appeared in the Paper Mario series. Their name and appearance are derived from the popular arcade game "Whac-A-Mole." Attacking them in any way makes a Whacka Bump appear. However, if they are attacked eight times, they run away, releasing a few coins.

They are some of the few original Paper Mario series characters to reappear in other Super Mario games, along with Tweesters, Koopatrols, the Star Spirits, and the Goomba King.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Mario talking to Whacka from Mt. Rugged.
A Whacka from Mt. Rugged talking to Mario
Whacka from Paper Mario

Whackas first appear in Paper Mario where only one lives on the west side of Mt. Rugged. Due to the Whacka's only appearance in the game, Russ T. attributes their rarity to the hunting of their bumps. At one point, the Whacka on Mt. Rugged sends Parakarry a letter stating he one day dreams of flying. Whacka is one of the few friendly characters that get hurt when hit in Paper Mario.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Whackas reappear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door near the shore of Keelhaul Key, behaving alike as their incarnation in Paper Mario. According to Wonky, there is only one Whacka left in the world, which confirms Russ T.'s rarity of them.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Whackas reappear in Super Paper Mario near Downtown of Crag, also behaving identically as their earlier incarnations. When the Whacka disappears in Super Paper Mario, a female Cragnon named Norite appears where Whacka once popped out, who claims that the Whacka was her friend. The Whacka also appears as a Catch Card that can be obtained by collecting 300 shop points. There is also a Sammer Guy by the name of Wrath of Whacka in the game, who says he hopes to avenge the smitten Whackas of the dimensions.

Mario Party 6[edit]

A Whacka popping out in Snowflake Lake from Mario Party 6
A Whacka in Mario Party 6

Whackas make a cameo in Mario Party 6 on the Snowflake Lake board, where they can be seen popping up out of the snow.


Paper Mario (Goombario)
  • "He's a Whacka. When you hit Whackas, they get Bumps that fall off. I heard that they're yummy. You know, I'm not normally into hitting Whackas, but once I heard of their tasty Bumps... I got the urge to whack' em!"
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Goombella)
  • "That's a rare Whacka. I don't think you see many of his kind anymore, nope. If you whack a Whacka, they drop a Whacka Bump. Those are supposed to be delicious. They fetch a high price in gourmet auctions, too. Yup, super-precious delicacies. Still, whacking a defenseless creature to get one... You'd never do that, right, Mario?"
Super Paper Mario (Tippi)
  • "That’s Whacka... It’s very rare to see one... It’s delicate and easily harmed... Don’t hit it or stomp on it..."

Catch Card[edit]

Whacka's Catch Card
  • Card Type: Special
  • Card Description: This odd guy sprouts pastries when whacked on the head. Sadly, his kind is on the verge of extinction. Please headwhack in moderation.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コブロン
From「瘤」(kobu, bump) with name ending "-ron"
Chinese 哇咔鼹鼠
Wākā Yǎnshǔ
Whacka Mole
French Whacka
German Whacka
Italian Whacka
Korean 혹혹이
From "혹" (hok, bump) and "~이" (-i, a Korean noun-deriving suffix)
Spanish Guaka Whacka


  • Whacka has an unused entry in the enemy list of Paper Mario, in addition to an unused tattle: "This is a Whacka. That Bump on his head looks like a donut hole. / You probably shouldn't have hit him so much. He looks a little peeved." This implies that at one point, Whacka was intended to be a fightable enemy, only occurring after he is hit too many times.
    • In the Japanese version, the unused tattle compares the bump on Whacka's head to takoyaki (octopus dumplings) rather than a donut hole.
  • Although the description of the Whacka Catch Card in the NTSC English version of Super Paper Mario states that Whacka "sprouts pastries" when whacked, any reference to "pastries" is absent from the Japanese and PAL English versions of Super Paper Mario, where the bumps are referred to as bumps.