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All Bosses Ranked in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door



Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is a fun game with several classic bosses. Unlike other Mario games, the Paper Mario series gives their bosses big personality. While the actual battle mechanices playes a role in player mechanices, many bosses are loved for their over the top personality. Unsurprsingly, this has made some others fall flat. Below we takes a look at the the best bosses in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.


Flurrie using gust.

Smorg is an easy-to-forget boss who appears at Riverside Station. He just kind of pops up, and there's nothing really to him. It's an evil smokestack with a rather easy boss fighter. He can hit heavy with his tentacles, which you must work on taking down. Once his tentacles are gone, you can go for the main body.

Vivian makes this battle pretty easy, and most players just want him gone to get back to the fun train ride and finally see Poshley Heights.

Magnus von Grapple

Boogly Wood Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Magnus Von Grapple is the goofy evil robot boss of the game. He appears in Chapter 2, and is piloted by Lord Crump. While the Xnuats are the main enemy of the game, they generally aren't the favorites. This is another easy battle, and Flurrie will make it a breeze, literally as wind is how she nullifies his X-fist attack.

Luckly, Hooktail was at least more memorable, and thes rest of the games bosses are much more fun.


Hooktail in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Hooktail is the boss of Chapter 1 and sets the tone for the game. She's built up as a turtle-eating dragon, but when you get to him, she's a bit silly. Hooktail is the start of a family trio of dragons that you will fight throughout the game. Her brother's are both a mini-boss and secret boss that give Mario a real challenge during the late game.

Hooktail is the first and one of the best bosses in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Lord Crump

Mario's jump ability.

Lord Crump steals Cortez's thunder in Chapter 5. While Cortez is generally the fan favorite, he is a sub-boss, while Crum actually holds the Crystal Star. Crump is an annoying boss as he comes with minions. The minions will heal him, so you will need to take them out before dealing with him.

Lord Crumps, battle catches you off guard as the game makes out like Cortez is the true boss. After you try returning to Roguepoint thought, Lord Crump will cut you off.

Sir Grodus

Princess Peach at the Xnaut base.

Sir Grodus is the obvious big bad of the game.  You won't face him until you arrive at the moonbase to save Peach and make it to the end of the dungeon. Once there, Grodus will challenge you to a hard battle where you will need to deploy a good combination of badges and partner swapping to defeat him.

Ultimately, to beat him with ease, players must do well with multi-bounce and use healing items. This is a harsh fight that will take everything you've unlocked up until this point in the game and put it to the test.

Shadow Queen

Shadow Queen in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

The Shadow Queen is the true boss of the game and a fun fight. She doesn't make her grand appearance to the very end of the game, but when she does she makes a statement. She overtakes Peaches body, and uses it to attack Mario, in a rather fun twist for the games orginial debut. She also has a long host of moves, including one that leeches Mario's life to help heal her.

Even more annoying is her ability to raise her stats and then use Shadow Wave. At her peak, she can do a staggering 17 points of damage to Mario and his partner. This makes her one of the best bosses in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Rawk Hawk (Macho Grubba)

Rawk Hawk in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Rawk Hawk is part of a two-part battle with Macho Grubba.  Macho Grubba helps to make the fight harder, but isn't a fan-favorite or the star of the show. From the player's entrance at the Glitz Pit Rawk Hawk is front and center. He is the loud and proud heavy weight champion of the arena. He is self-assured and has more audacity than the entire cast put together making him one of the most beloved characters.

In battle, he becomes even better as he's completely willing to fight dirty. While this is usually seen as annoying in boss battles, players love him. In fact, he would likely be number one if it wasn't for the sensational battle and interesting story of the next two bosses. Rawk Hawk is easily one of the best bosses in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and the fan-favorite.


Doopliss mural in Paper Mario: the Thousand-Year Door.

Doopliss is a sheet ghost with a party hat on, and he is horrifying. Doopliss is based in Twilight Town and lives inside Creepy Steeple, which both live up to their name. Doopliss is invicible until you learn and tell him his name and has the ability to take the shape of Mario and use his moves. When he's defeated, he even joins up with the Siren Sisters for a rematch.

During this, he can turn into Mario's partners, making him an even tougher boss.


Yoshi stampede in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Bonetail is the game's hidden boss at the bottom of the Pit of 100 Trials. He is the toughest challenge in the game, and he's so huge that only his head can fit on the stage. Bonetail has only a small backstory, and everything that makes him loved has to do with the skill check he brings to the player who manages to reach the bottom of the pit.

Players who want to 100% the game and get all the badges must defeat him. Doing so will take every item you have, and unless your great at using mario's jump action command, you will likely be at the edge o losing when he's defeated. This makes Bonetail one of the Best Bosses in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.