Whomp's Fortress

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Whomp's Fortress
Whomp's Fortress 64.png
Super Mario 64
Mario at Whomp's Fortress
Super Mario 64 DS
How to unlock 1 Power Star
Boss(es) Whomp King
Mission(s) Super Mario 64
Chip Off Whomp's Block
To the Top of the Fortress
Shoot into the Wild Blue
Red Coins on the Floating Isle
Fall onto the Caged Island
Blast Away the Wall

Super Mario 64 DS
Chip Off Whomp's Block
To the Top of the Fortress
Shoot into the Wild Blue
Red Coins on the Floating Isle
Fall onto the Caged Island
Blast Away the Wall
Switch Star of the Fortress
Stars Super Mario 64:
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Super Mario 64 DS:
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Whomp's Fortress, also known as the Whomp King's Fortress,[1] is the stronghold home of the Whomp race and its leader, the Whomp King. It is the second course in Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS remake, Super Mario 64 DS, and can be accessed via a painting on the ground floor of the Mushroom Castle. Only one Power Star is needed to unlock the door to the room containing the painting.

The level received some additional elements and platforms in the Nintendo DS remake and was remade for Super Mario Galaxy 2 under the name Throwback Galaxy. In addition, the Whomp's Fortress painting that appears in Super Mario 64 also appears in the Super Mario Mash-up of Minecraft as one of the paintings that can be hung on a wall.

Layout[edit]

Map of Whomp's Fortress in Super Mario 64 DS

Whomp's Fortress is a large, tall stone fortress populated by Whomps, Thwomps, and Piranha Plants. The player starts off in a field area at the base of the fortress, which contains some patches of flowers, a Piranha Plant, some Goombas, and this course's Star Marker. The tree at the start of the level also contains Hoot during certain missions. At the top of the nearby ramp are some Moving Bars that will try to shove the player off the ledge. After those are gaps with receding platforms over them followed by a couple of Thwomps guarding a set of stairs to the upper area. Near the Thwomps are a green block and a warp that will take the player farther up the fortress. The path splits at the top of the stairs: The ramp going downward leads to a pool of water, a Bob-omb Buddy and a cannon, and a small area with some Goombas, and the right path leads to the top of the fortress and contains Piranha Plants, Whomps, and both a falling and turning bridge. At the top of the fortress is the Whomp King, though only during the first mission. Every other mission has a tall tower with receding steps at the top of the fortress. Above the course are several platforms that can be reached either by using Hoot to fly up there or by knocking over a board at the top of the fortress.

Super Mario 64 DS has additional platforms going around the base of the fortress that can be reached by jumping over the fence near the start or by long-jumping over the fence at the area with the Goombas and a Blue Coin Block near the cannon. This new area contains the Star Switch and Star Sphere (at opposite ends), more Piranha Plants, a Turtle Cannon, and a mushroom the player can find by breaking a Brick.

Missions[edit]

Mission Appears in Summary
Luigi looking at the Whomp King from Whomp's Fortress.
Chip Off Whomp's Block
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 DS
This mission involves fighting the Whomp King at the top of the fortress by ground-pounding him thrice.
Mario climbing Whomp's Fortress
To the Top of the Fortress
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 DS
The mission's objective involves climbing to the top to obtain the Power Star.
Whomp's Fortress Star 3
Shoot into the Wild Blue
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 DS
This mission involves grabbing a Power Star located on a floating platform by using a cannon.
Whomp's Fortress Star 4
Red Coins on the Floating Isle
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 DS
This mission involves collecting all eight Red Coins spread across the fortress.
Whomp's Fortress Star 5
Fall onto the Caged Island
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 DS
The mission's goal is to collect a Power Star surrounded by a cage.
Whomp's Fortress Star 6
Blast Away the Wall
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 DS
The goal of this mission is to collect the Power Star hidden inside a wall with the use of a cannon.
Switch Star of the Fortress SM64DS.png
Switch Star of the Fortress
Super Mario 64 DS This mission's objective is to use the Star Switch to collect the Power Star behind the fortress.

Enemies[edit]

A Whomp

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Main article: Throwback Galaxy
The similar level in Super Mario Galaxy 2. The bonus island can be seen in the distance.

Whomp's Fortress reappears in Super Mario Galaxy 2, referred to as the Throwback Galaxy. The graphics have been updated, the music has been rearranged, and the level layout is essentially the same with some minor differences, such as a Checkpoint Flag at the top of the fortress, Star Bits around the level, a Chance Cube near the beginning, and the removal of Hoot. The floating isles were also removed, although a Bonus Planet was added. The cannon that was used to blast away the wall corners in the original has been replaced with a Sling Star. Here, the wall corners are already gone, suggesting that this is the same place Mario visits in Super Mario 64. Also suggesting this is a Bob-omb Buddy who says that Mario/Luigi looks familiar. The player fights a standard Whomp at the top of the fortress before dropping down to the underside of the planet to fight the Whomp King.

Statistics from Super Mario 64[edit]

  • Total Number of Coins: 141 (213 in Super Mario 64 DS)
  • Caps Found: Metal Cap (1)
  • Spinning Heart: (none)
  • Cannons: 1
  • 1UP Mushrooms (4):
    • Homing Mushroom : #1 In the top of the giant pole.
    • Static Mushrooms : #2 Hidden inside the tower. Mario can punch the wall at the back to get it.
    • Triggered Mushroom : #3 Appears after the player collects coins above the spinning bridge.
    • Butterfly Mushroom : #4 Mario can punch one of the butterflies in the bush nearest to the Star Marker.
  • Warps:
    • Mario can stand in the corner near the green block to warp above the platform with the giant pole.

Gallery[edit]

Media[edit]

The theme of this course is the same as that of the Bob-omb Battlefield; Tall, Tall Mountain; and Tiny-Huge Island.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バッタンキングの とりで
Battan Kingu no Toride
Whomp King's Fortress
Chinese 嘭嘭要塞[2]
Pēngpēng Yàosài
Whomp Fortress
French Forteresse de Whomp Whomp's Fortress
German Wummps Wuchtwall Whomps Impact-Force Wall
Italian Fortezza di Womp Whomp's Fortress
Korean 꽈당킹의요새
Kkwadangking ui yosae
Whomp King's Fortress
Spanish Fortaleza de piedra Stone Fortress

Trivia[edit]

  • An early pamphlet for the game states that Whomp's Fortress was originally going to be called The World of Rocky Mountain.
  • The name of the 100-Coin Star is Whomps and Flowers.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 46.
  2. ^ From the score sheetMedia:SM64DS course list in Chinese.png of Super Mario 64 DS as localized by iQue.