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** Fracktail is the first proper end-of-chapter boss in the game, and a high point in the boss selection in general. To start off, it's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robotic]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragon]] that guards the first Pure Heart, and it also shows how serious the stakes are when [[DragonWithAnAgenda Dimentio]] forces the poor creature to fight you. You have to fight him by using your 3D mode to pull a [[VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus Wander]] and jump on the guardian's back, where you then throw its Frackles at its antenna to do damage to it. The word to describe this particular fight is ''epic.''



** Brobot L-Type. It's a painfully easy fight, sure. However, it has been rebuilt so that it is basically a giant mecha Luigi, has even more kick-ass music, and to top it all off, you fight it in a world that ''no longer even exists.'' And it doesn't even stop there. After joining you as a playable character in the next chapter, Luigi has a one-on-one showdown with Dimentio in the third act of the final chapter. Then in the final act, ''Luigi himself is the game's final boss.'' Possibly '''the''' most awesome moment in the ''Paper Mario'' series.

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** Brobot L-Type. It's a painfully easy fight, sure. However, it has been rebuilt so that it is basically a giant mecha Luigi, has even more kick-ass music, and to top it all off, you fight it in a world that ''no longer even exists.''
** The whopping two fights against Dimentio are this, but the second one is ''especially'' so. It's a DuelBoss where you fight Dimention as ''Luigi, without Pixls.
'' And it doesn't even stop there. After joining you as It's a playable character in SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for the next chapter, Luigi has a one-on-one showdown with man in green on all counts.
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Dimentio is the last boss of the game, and boy is it a doozy. After Dimentio reveals his intentions as TheStarscream, he brainwashes Luigi and fuses the two of them with the Chaos Heart to form a nightmarish mishmash of Luigi and Dimentio's designs. What follows is an easy, yet epic fight against one of Mario's most dangerous adversaries, where he'll use a plethora of attacks to [[NeverSayDie halt your games for good]]. The fact that [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic "The Ultimate Show"]] is playing in the third act of the final chapter. Then in the final act, ''Luigi himself is the game's final boss.'' Possibly '''the''' most awesome moment in the ''Paper Mario'' series.background certainly helps this boss's status.



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** Prince Froggy is one of the strangest bosses in the Mario franchise. It starts with Yoshi being shrunken by Kamek and swallow by Froggy, forcing you to defeat him from ''inside his stomach''.

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** Prince Froggy is one of the strangest bosses in the Mario franchise. It starts with Yoshi being shrunken shrunk by Kamek and swallow swallowed by Froggy, forcing you to defeat him from ''inside his stomach''.



*** Mecha Bowser is a similar boss fight, as it requires you to climb up a giant robotic version of Bowser only to ground pound through its head to destroy its engine and defeat it.

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*** ** Mecha Bowser is a similar boss fight, as it requires you to climb up a giant robotic version of Bowser only to ground pound through its head to destroy its engine and defeat it.



* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', after having only Bowser as the FinalBoss in most games (and there are some that don't have any boss at all), finally starts introducing main bosses in ''DS'' and ''9''. A few examples stand out:

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* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', after having only Bowser as the FinalBoss in most games (and there are some that don't have any boss bosses at all), finally starts introducing main bosses in ''DS'' and ''9''. A few examples stand out:



** Kamek has another great shoot-em-up boss fight in Mario Party 10, where you have to collect and shoot rockets at him while dodging tons of bullet bills, along with your own opponents. By the end of the fight, it basically veers into straight-up bullet hell.

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** Kamek has another great shoot-em-up boss fight in Mario ''Mario Party 10, 10'', where you have to collect and shoot rockets at him while dodging tons of bullet bills, along with your own opponents. By the end of the fight, it basically veers into straight-up bullet hell.



* Even some of the final boss fights in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' are pretty great:

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* Even some of the final boss fights in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' are pretty great:



** Frightmare from ''Mario Party 5'' is even crazier! Similarly to the previous game's final boss, Bowser subjects you to a few challenges before you fight him. Once you do, the fight plays out very similarly to that of Super Mario Bros 3, where you have to get him to break the floor so he can fall through. However, the fight continues as he grows larger, falls through the floor, and tries to attack you by throwing energy balls at you. It's pretty crazy.

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** Frightmare from ''Mario Party 5'' is even crazier! Similarly to the previous game's final boss, Bowser subjects you to a few challenges before you fight him. Once you do, the fight plays out very similarly to that of Super ''Super Mario Bros 3, 3'', where you have to get him to break the floor so he can fall through. However, the fight continues as he grows larger, falls through the floor, and tries to attack you by throwing energy balls at you. It's pretty crazy.


** Knucklotec is a surprisingly complex boss for a Mario game, requiring you to dodge numerous attacks before capturing one of his hands and blasting him in the face with it. It puts a new spin on Nintendo's many Eyerok-style boss fights.
** Mechawiggler is probably the coolest-looking incarnation of Wiggler to date, but his boss fight is also quite fun, as you have to pilot a tank and shoot his segments. He crawls on walls, shoots energy blasts at you, and even teleports. Even crazier is his rematch, when you have to fight ''two of them''!



* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', after having only Bowser as the FinalBoss in most games (and there are some that don't have any boss at all), finally starts introducing main bosses in ''DS'' and ''9''. Two examples stand out:

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* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', after having only Bowser as the FinalBoss in most games (and there are some that don't have any boss at all), finally starts introducing main bosses in ''DS'' and ''9''. Two A few examples stand out:


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** Kamek has another great shoot-em-up boss fight in Mario Party 10, where you have to collect and shoot rockets at him while dodging tons of bullet bills, along with your own opponents. By the end of the fight, it basically veers into straight-up bullet hell.
** Mister Blizzard's boss fight in ''Mario Party: Island Tour'' is one of the most fun in the series, as it has you rolling down a giant mountain in a large snowball, hitting boost pads and launching yourself into the giant snowman.
* Even some of the final boss fights in ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' are pretty great:
** The final boss of ''Mario Party 3'' is one of the few final bosses in the series where you don't face Bowser. Instead, you fight the Millennium Star. The fight consists of dodging the many shooting stars that he creates, and throwing them back at him.
** The final battle of ''Mario Party 4'' is so amazing that they recreated it for ''The Top 100''. It takes place on a giant Mario Galaxy-style cube, where you have to go through several puzzles and platforming challenges to reach Bowser. The final fight itself involves ground-pound on special switches to ''electrocute Bowser''.
** Frightmare from ''Mario Party 5'' is even crazier! Similarly to the previous game's final boss, Bowser subjects you to a few challenges before you fight him. Once you do, the fight plays out very similarly to that of Super Mario Bros 3, where you have to get him to break the floor so he can fall through. However, the fight continues as he grows larger, falls through the floor, and tries to attack you by throwing energy balls at you. It's pretty crazy.

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** Prince Froggy is one of the strangest bosses in the Mario franchise. It starts with Yoshi being shrunken by Kamek and swallow by Froggy, forcing you to defeat him from ''inside his stomach''.
** Naval Piranha is noteworthy for the hilarious shortcut where you can defeat him before the boss fight even starts. Even when playing the boss normally, it can be quite fun to fight since you have to skip the eggs across water to attack its weak spot and defeat it.


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** The Wiggler fight is insanely tense as he starts dashing all around the level, requiring you to create sand barriers for him to run into. It's a fast-paced and very satisfying boss fight.


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*** Mecha Bowser is a similar boss fight, as it requires you to climb up a giant robotic version of Bowser only to ground pound through its head to destroy its engine and defeat it.


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** Both Bowser's fights are an absolute thrill. The first one, [[spoiler:in the Cloud Kingdom[[note]]which you cannot replay unfortunately[[/note]]]] with him jumping from platform to platform on the arena and throwing balls of rock at you (and occasionally burning golden shells). Mario retaliates...''by stealing Bowser's hat'' and using the boxing gloves to wear down Bowser's offense and defense, before tossing him into the spiked cage. Bowser will also summon multiple false hats to home in on you as you try to hit the real one. The second fight, [[spoiler:this time on the Moon Kingdom]], is identical - only this time, Bowser blows a ''massive'' stream of flames in a circle. [[spoiler: There is also a ''third'' Bowser fight which is unlocked after collecting all 880 Power Moons [[note]]which is replayable along with the second iteration[[/note]], and in that fight does Bowser become faster, stronger, and more unpredictable than before, and is very difficult to beat at that point without a Life-Up Heart.]]
** The [[spoiler: Ruined Dragon]], which is [[spoiler: a giant lightning-breathing ''dragon'' that looks like it came from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.]]

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** Both Bowser's fights are an absolute thrill. The first one, [[spoiler:in in the Cloud Kingdom[[note]]which you cannot replay unfortunately[[/note]]]] with him jumping from platform to platform on the arena and throwing balls of rock at you (and occasionally burning golden shells). Mario retaliates...''by stealing Bowser's hat'' and using the boxing gloves to wear down Bowser's offense and defense, before tossing him into the spiked cage. Bowser will also summon multiple false hats to home in on you as you try to hit the real one. The second fight, [[spoiler:this this time on the Moon Kingdom]], Kingdom, is identical - only this time, Bowser blows a ''massive'' stream of flames in a circle. [[spoiler: There is also a ''third'' Bowser fight which is unlocked after collecting all 880 Power Moons [[note]]which is replayable along with the second iteration[[/note]], and in that fight does Bowser become faster, stronger, and more unpredictable than before, and is very difficult to beat at that point without a Life-Up Heart.]]
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** The [[spoiler: Ruined Dragon]], Dragon, which is [[spoiler: a giant lightning-breathing ''dragon'' that looks like it came from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.]]


* The battle against General Guy (and his army) in ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. General Guy is the leader of all of the Shy Guys under Bowser, and he's been assigned to guard one of the [[MacGuffin Star Spirits]]. So Mario blasts his way into General Guy's fort, and General Guy sends out his army to fight him. This army comes in a couple of waves, all of which consist entirely of totally unique enemies fought nowhere else, whose attacks are completely different from all the other Shy Guys you've fought. Mario beats them up, and General Guy drives out in a fucking Tank. And starts shooting lasers and bombs and shit at Mario. He's just hard enough to present a challenge without causing controller-biting rages. Also, he was completely unexpected. He basically comes out of nowhere.
* The final battle against Bowser in ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. Bowser and Kammy manage to cancel out the Star beam and power up Bowser significantly, but as all seems lost, Peach and Twink defeat Kammy and wish for Mario to succeed. Peach's wish powers up the Star Spirits and Twink, allowing Mario to cancel out Bowser's invulnerability and face him head-on. The music helps too.

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* The battle against General Guy (and his army) in ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. General Guy is the leader of all of the Shy Guys under Bowser, and he's been assigned to guard one of the [[MacGuffin Star Spirits]]. So Mario blasts his way into General Guy's fort, and General Guy sends out his army to fight him. This army comes in a couple of waves, all of which consist entirely of totally unique enemies fought nowhere else, whose attacks are completely different from all the other Shy Guys you've fought. Mario beats them up, and General Guy drives out in a fucking Tank. freaking tank. And starts shooting lasers and bombs and shit at Mario. He's just hard enough to present a challenge without causing controller-biting rages. Also, he was completely unexpected. He basically comes out of nowhere.
* The final battle against Bowser in ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. Bowser and Kammy manage to cancel out the Star beam Beam and power up Bowser significantly, but as all seems lost, Peach and Twink defeat Kammy and wish for Mario to succeed. Peach's wish powers up the Star Spirits and Twink, allowing Mario to cancel out Bowser's invulnerability and face him head-on. The music helps too.



** Once again, we get a wiggler battle. Except in this game, he's friendly and never has any intention of harming you. So why do you fight him? Because Paper Kamek corrupted him over with magic, making him huge and angry. ''All the time!'' He attacks you by creating barrages of shock waves, rearing to towering heights on his hind legs and chasing a random bro, who is now forced to run for his life while knocking out any monty moles and spear guys who get in the way before Paper Kamek himself charges at you. Knock him away, and he'll bob wiggler on the head, knocking him over. And that's just ''one'' attack! Then, Paper Kamek can spawn a giant ball for wiggler to balance on while chasing down the bros in an attempt to mow them down. Then, when Wiggler is finally taken care of, Paper Kamek comes down to get personal with the bros. If you don't take him out in a couple of turns, he'll revive the wiggler for round two.
** On your way to Bowser's castle, you are cut off and thrown into a dungeon by an army of Chargin' Chucks. Once you make a spirited escape, you eventually run into them again, and they are ''not'' happy about your jailbreak. They take you on as a team of about ''fifty''. That's right: you're pitted against fifty giant, pissed off football players. Granted, they only fight in a group of sixteen maximum. They ''do'' slowly replenish their numbers as you whittle down the team, however.

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** Once again, we get a wiggler Wiggler battle. Except in this game, he's friendly and never has any intention of harming you. So why do you fight him? Because Paper Kamek corrupted him over with magic, making him huge and angry. ''All the time!'' He attacks you by creating barrages of shock waves, rearing to towering heights on his hind legs and chasing a random bro, who is now forced to run for his life while knocking out any monty moles and spear guys who get in the way before Paper Kamek himself charges at you. Knock him away, and he'll bob wiggler smack Wiggler on the head, knocking him over. And that's just ''one'' attack! Then, Paper Kamek can spawn a giant ball for wiggler Wiggler to balance on while chasing down the bros in an attempt to mow them down. Then, when Wiggler is finally taken care of, Paper Kamek comes down to get personal with the bros. If you don't take him out in a couple of turns, he'll revive the wiggler Wiggler for round two.
** On your way to Bowser's castle, Castle, you are cut off and thrown into a dungeon by an army of Chargin' Chucks. Once you make a spirited escape, you eventually run into them again, and they are ''not'' happy about your jailbreak. They take you on as a team of about ''fifty''. That's right: you're pitted against fifty giant, pissed off football players. Granted, they only fight in a group of sixteen maximum. They ''do'' slowly replenish their numbers as you whittle down the team, however.



** The bros. are forced to travel the haunted woods and are nigh-instantaneously separated. Luigi manages to overcome his fears long enough to find mario, and they both set out to find their paper friend. After finding him on an unsettling, large platform, something seems off. As it turns out, it's actually King Boo! The bros. discover his ruse fast enough, though. What really makes this fight memorable is when he pulls out the real Paper Mario and threatens the bros. with a hostage situation if they lay a finger on him. Just take care of the Boo with Paper Mario to get him back and get ready to kick some ghostly tail!
** When reaching the summit of mount Brr, the bros. finally see just where all the paper stuff is coming from; Bowser set up launchers to spread paper terrain and enemies all over the kingdom. Just as they plan to shut it down, King Bob-omb drops in out of nowhere, initiates the countdown to ''his own detonation'', and challenges the bros. The nerve-wracking sensation of that timer ticking closer and closer to its ultanium is sure to keep you on your toes as he occupies you with a ''ton'' of bombs and Bob-omb minions, and even trying to grab a bro and throw him into another bro as a nice call back to his first appearance.
** Right before the final battle, you fight ''all the Koopalings in a tough, three-round endurance battle.'' The one that takes the cake is the last round, where you fight Morton, Iggy, and Lemmy. Lemmy starts off by leaving... and promptly returning with an impossibly large circus ball and attempting to mow you down with it. Hit him with the boomerang enough times to knock him off, stunning him. Iggy then follows that up by getting an enormous Chain Chomp to come tearing down the aisle... chasing ''him''. He will then try to knock you towards the Chain Chomp. After doing likewise to him, Morton reatliates by grabbing the nearest thing, ''which just happens to be the massive Chain Chomp'', and hurls it at the bros. After some masterful rebounding, the Chain Chomp leaves everyone completely debilitated, ready to receive a massive pummeling.

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** The bros. are forced to travel the haunted side of the woods and are nigh-instantaneously separated. Luigi manages to overcome his fears long enough to find mario, Mario, and they both set out to find their paper friend. After finding him on an unsettling, large platform, something seems off. As it turns out, it's actually King Boo! The bros. discover his ruse fast enough, though. What really makes this fight memorable is when he pulls out the real Paper Mario and threatens the bros. with a hostage situation if they lay a finger on him. Just take care of the Boo with Paper Mario to get him back and get ready to kick some ghostly tail!
** When reaching the summit of mount Brr, Mount Brrr, the bros. finally see just where all the paper stuff is coming from; Bowser set up launchers to spread paper terrain and enemies all over the kingdom. Just as they plan to shut it down, King Bob-omb drops in out of nowhere, initiates the countdown to ''his own detonation'', and challenges the bros. The nerve-wracking sensation of that timer ticking closer and closer to its ultanium destruction is sure to keep you on your toes as he occupies you with a ''ton'' of bombs and Bob-omb minions, and even trying to grab a bro and throw him into another bro as a nice call back to his first appearance.
** Right before the final battle, you fight ''all the Koopalings in a tough, three-round endurance battle.'' The one that takes the cake is the last round, where you fight Morton, Iggy, and Lemmy. Lemmy starts off by leaving... and promptly returning with an impossibly large circus ball and attempting to mow you down with it. Hit him with the boomerang enough times to knock him off, stunning him. Iggy then follows that up by getting an enormous Chain Chomp to come tearing down the aisle... chasing ''him''. He will then try to knock you towards the Chain Chomp. After doing likewise to him, Morton reatliates retaliates by grabbing the nearest thing, ''which just happens to be the massive Chain Chomp'', and hurls it at the bros. After some masterful rebounding, the Chain Chomp leaves everyone completely debilitated, ready to receive a massive pummeling.



** Larry may be ThatOneBoss but in a game criticised for being easy, this is a breath of fresh air for some. He is a FlunkyBoss where every one of the mooks he summons needs to be defeated to let the Toad helping you to make it to the engine room of the train he is fought atop. This stops Larry healing all him HP every turn. Then comes the moment to use the Cork Thing so he can't blind you. This is the moment the battle against Larry actually starts; that's right the Thing does not mark the end of the battle but the beginning and he really puts up a fight with an very unpredictable attack pattern.

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** Larry may be ThatOneBoss but in a game criticised for being easy, this is a breath of fresh air for some. He is a FlunkyBoss where every one of the mooks he summons needs to be defeated to let the Toad helping you to make it to the engine room of the train he is fought atop. This stops Larry healing all him his HP every turn. Then comes the moment to use the Cork Thing so he can't blind you. This is the moment the battle against Larry actually starts; that's right starts. That's right; the Thing does not mark the end of the battle battle, but the beginning and he really puts up a fight with an a very unpredictable attack pattern.


** The penultimate fight with Antasma, in which Mario enters the Dream World to fight him. He turns into a much more intimidating form, and shows off a barrage of powerful new attacks, including trapping Mario into a nightmare of his own, in which he runs through a long dark corridor, avoiding Antasma's attacks and jumping over pits along the way. And when he finally loses, his version of the boss explosion is amazing to behold. Oh, [[AwesomeMusic and his battle theme's not half bad, too.]]

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** The penultimate fight with Antasma, in which Mario enters the Dream World to fight him. He turns into a much more intimidating form, and shows off a barrage of powerful new attacks, including trapping Mario into a nightmare of his own, in which he runs through a long dark corridor, avoiding Antasma's attacks and jumping over pits along the way. And when he finally loses, his version of the boss explosion is amazing to behold. Oh, [[AwesomeMusic [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic and his battle theme's not half bad, too.]]


** [[spoiler: The Lord of Lightning]], which is [[spoiler: a giant lightning-breathing ''dragon'' that looks like it came from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.]]

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** The [[spoiler: The Lord of Lightning]], Ruined Dragon]], which is [[spoiler: a giant lightning-breathing ''dragon'' that looks like it came from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.]]


** Meggahammer is absolutely ''massive'' and turns into borderline BulletHell in the final stage where you have to shoot Bowser Jr. ''in the FACE.''

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** Meggahammer is absolutely ''massive'' and turns into borderline BulletHell in the final stage where you have to shoot Bowser Jr. ''in the FACE.face.''

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** Meggahammer is absolutely ''massive'' and turns into borderline BulletHell in the final stage where you have to shoot Bowser Jr. ''in the FACE.''


** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' more than tops the previous game in terms of final battles. It starts out similar to the DS version, complete with the old-school finish. But then who you ''thought'' was Peach turns out to be Kamek, who flies over the arena, revives Bowser, and turns him gigantic. Cue the most epic AdvancingBossOfDoom battle ever as you haul ass through the rest of the castle as Giant Bowser smashes the scenery with his fireballs and his all-out rage as he comes after you. You defeat him by surviving all the way to the end and hitting the switch at the end under the real Peach, collapsing the floor under Giant Bowser and taking him down for good. Even better? You're prevented from getting more than a certain distance away from Bowser not by [[FixedScrollingLevel an arbitrarily scrolling screen]], but by the fact that ''you need his fireballs to blow up the walls in your way.''

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** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' This game more than tops the previous game in terms of final battles. It starts out similar to the DS version, complete with the old-school finish. But then who you ''thought'' was Peach turns out to be Kamek, who flies over the arena, revives Bowser, and turns him gigantic. Cue the most epic AdvancingBossOfDoom battle ever as you haul ass through the rest of the castle as Giant Bowser smashes the scenery with his fireballs and his all-out rage as he comes after you. You defeat him by surviving all the way to the end and hitting the switch at the end under the real Peach, collapsing the floor under Giant Bowser and taking him down for good. Even better? You're prevented from getting more than a certain distance away from Bowser not by [[FixedScrollingLevel an arbitrarily scrolling screen]], but by the fact that ''you need his fireballs to blow up the walls in your way.''


** Or the Glooper Blooper. Pulling off its tentacles is oddly awesome. And you get to fight it 3 times.

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** Or the Glooper Blooper. Pulling off its tentacles is oddly awesome. And you get to fight it 3 three times.


** Or the Glooper Blooper. Pulling off its tentacles is oddly awesome. And you get to fight it at least 3 times.

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** Or the Glooper Blooper. Pulling off its tentacles is oddly awesome. And you get to fight it at least 3 times.


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