Whomp King

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Whomp King
Icon of Whomp King from Dr. Mario World
The Whomp King, as he appears in Dr. Mario World
Species Whomp
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“It makes me so mad! We build your houses, your castles, we pave your roads, and still you walk all over us. Do you ever say thank you? No! Well, you're not going to wipe your feet on me. I think I'll crush you just for fun! Do you have a problem with that? Just try to pound me, wimp! Ha!”
Whomp King, Super Mario 64

The Whomp King is a character in the Super Mario franchise. He is the king of all the Whomps. The Whomp King's first appearance was in Super Mario 64 as the boss of the Whomp's Fortress, and he presumably is a member of the Koopa Troop. When he appears, he states that he is angry about how people treat rocks and seems to want retribution.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

The Whomp King, also named the Slab King[1] or the Giant Whomp,[2] debuts in Super Mario 64. He appears as simply a larger Whomp, resembling a Big Whomp which would later appear in New Super Mario Bros. When he is confronted on top of Whomp's Fortress in Super Mario 64, he makes a short speech, then engages Mario in battle. Like most Whomps, the Whomp King attacks by falling face-first in an attempt to crush the player. While he is flat on the ground, the player must ground-pound his back three times to defeat him, causing him to release a Power Star. A glitch makes it possible to jump and time a Ground Pound in midair so that the Whomp King's attack goes harmlessly through Mario, who will then land on his back. For some reason, if the player wall-kicks into the Whomp King and jumps away from him before the fight, he talks to the player and initiates the fight as soon as they land. However, the battle ends seconds later, since Mario is not allowed to move very far from a boss he is fighting with.

In the remake, Super Mario 64 DS, the Whomp King has undergone slight changes in his appearance. He now wears a golden crown, which distinguishes him easily from the other Whomps, and his arms and feet look more as if they are made of rock. His role is otherwise the same as in Super Mario 64, though he can no longer be defeated via the aforementioned glitch.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Some Whimps in Throwback Galaxy
The Whimps that aid Whomp King during battle in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Mario ground pounds the Whomp King.
The Whomp King cracked and vulnerable.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Whomp King reappears as the boss of Throwback Galaxy, which is a remake of Whomp's Fortress. However, how he is encountered is slightly different from how he was in Super Mario 64. At the top of the fortress, a Whomp is found instead of the Whomp King. After it is defeated, the entrance door on the ground (emblazoned with Bowser's emblem on it) opens to reveal a pathway to the Whomp King, who is fought on the underside of the fortress. The sky turns dark and stormy when the Whomp King appears.

The Whomp King fight is similar to his debut appearance in Super Mario 64. Excluding Bowser and Bowser Jr., Whomp King is the only boss in the game to have dialogue, where he quotes his original speeches from the aforementioned game, word for word; if the player loses a life while fighting Whomp King, he starts to give the same speech before the second attempt, only to interrupt himself in the middle. ("-- Arrrgh! I'm tired of this speech!") He is much larger than before, and the area that Mario must Ground Pound to damage him is much smaller. He also has a few new abilities: When he attempts to crush Mario, the attack creates a shockwave when he hits the ground, which paralyzes Mario for a brief moment if he does not jump at the correct time. Like with other such obstacles, if the Whomp King manages to crush Mario, he loses a life instantly. He can also stomp his foot to produce several miniature Whomps called Whimps that chase after Mario, and can jump to stun him as well.

In this game, his expression changes when he is defeated. However, since he is facing the ground during this point, the expression cannot be seen in normal gameplay.

Despite "king" being a male title, the Prima guide uses "it" rather than "him" when referring to the Whomp King.[3]

Whomp King shares his battle music with Digga-Leg.

Mario Party 3[edit]

Whomp King appears in Mario Party 3, in the Creepy Cavern. Missing a crown, he is lying on the road; to make him move out of the way so as to block the road on the other side, the player needs to either give up an item or to land on one of the nearby Happening Spaces.

Mario Golf series[edit]

Although Whomp King does not physically appear in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Golf: Advance Tour, or Mario Golf: World Tour, his name sometimes appears on the tournament scoreboards.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Whomp King appears in Dr. Mario World, now sharing his species' redesigned appearance, as one of the Assistants. These assistants can only be obtained as rewards in versus mode in at least Tier 9. In stage mode, his effect is to increase the score granted by making a match if a rainbow capsule is involved. His versus mode effect is to grant a chance in reducing the amount of rows sent by the opponent by one, nullifying the attack entirely if it is a one-row attack.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Increases score by 30%/60%/90%/120%/150% when viruses are eliminated with a rainbow capsule."
  • Stage mode (Prior to version 2.3.0): "Increases score by 20%/40%/60%/80%/100% when viruses are eliminated with a rainbow capsule."
  • Versus mode: "If opponent attacks, grants 20%/25%/30%/35%/40% chance rows of received viruses will be decreased by 1."



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バッタンキング
Battan Kingu
Whomp King

Chinese (simplified) 嘭嘭王
Pēngpēng Wáng
Whomp King

Chinese (traditional) 砰砰王
Pēngpēng Wáng
Whomp King

French Roi Whomp
King Whomp
German König Wummp
King Whomp
Italian Re Womp
King Whomp
Korean 꽈당킹
Whomp King

Portuguese (NOA) Rei Esmagão
King Whomp
Spanish Rey Roco
King Whomp


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #42, page 23.
  2. ^ (February 24, 1998). Giant Whomp - (Course 2). Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Official Game Guide. Page 224.