Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario series and the King of the Koopa. He has repeatedly kidnapped or attempted to kidnap Princess Peach and take over the Mushroom Kingdom. He has on other occasions attempted to conquer the entire Mushroom World, as well as the entire universe. Despite his villainous nature, he has occasionally helped the heroes of the Mushroom Kingdom against common threats and participates with them in their numerous sporting events in spin-off games.

Since his debut, Bowser has been in nearly every Mario game, including the main series, spin-offs, and crossovers. Due to his role as the primary villain of the Mario series, he is mostly the final or penultimate boss in his appearances, if not as the main antagonist (an example being Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga). In the Mario RPGs, Bowser is generally cast as an antihero or a minor villain, with the exception of Paper Mario, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. 
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When recruited


Class: Bruiser

Becomes Enraged when attacking or being attacked by Scrappers, increasing all stats up to two times. Vulnerable to critical hits by Blasters.


Spiky - applies Bleeding to Melee attackers

Teleporting - 20% chance to dodge attacks. Gains an extra turn after dodging an attack.

Relentless - immune to Stun, Cower, Exhaustion, and Prevention effects


Level 1 - Koopa Klaw

  • Slashing Melee
  • Hits One Enemy
  • 2 hits
  • (enemy) Bleeding - takes damage each turn and when attacking
  • (enemy) Exposed - defense reduced by 25%
  • (enemy) Cornered - cannot protect allies

Level 2 - Shell Spin

  • Slashing Melee
  • Hits One Enemy
  • (special) Hemorrhaging Attack - causes all applications of Bleeding to trigger
  • (enemy) Off-Balance - cannot counter attacks
  • (enemy) Dizzy - accuracy reduced by 25%

Level 6 - Ground Pound

  • Melee
  • Hits One enemy
  • (special) Deadly Crits - deals extra damage on critical hits
  • (special) Splash damage - after the initial blow, the entire enemy team gets hit by a ground attack that causes Slowed and Weakened.
  • (Special) Exploits flying - does more damage to flying targets

Level 9 - Fire Breath

  • Ranged Fire
  • Hits All Enemies
  • 3 round cooldown
  • (special) Combustible - always crits burning target
  • (special) Deadly Crits - deals extra damage on critical hits
  • (special) Paragon Exploiter - deals extra damage to enemies with Weakened, Dizzy, Slowed, Exposed, Combo Setup, or Stun
  • (enemy) Burning - takes damage each turn with reduced defense
  • (enemy) Pyrophoric - other fire attacks will chain to this target, causing extra damage.

Team-Up Bonuses



Arcane arts

Big Mouths


Hot Stuff

It's Not Easy Being Green

Mushroom rivals - with Mario



Red in The Ledger

Savage Savages

Scale Up

Seismic Shuffle

Seven Stars

Smashers - for Super Smash Bros series characters.


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