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The Starshade Bros. are explaining Bros. Attacks.

Bros. Attacks, also called Bros. Moves, are special techniques used by Mario and Luigi in the Mario & Luigi series. They are a genus of attack called Special Attack. These attacks made their debut in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga where Mario and Luigi learned it from the Starshade Bros. in Stardust Fields. Bros. Attacks require BP (Special Points or Bros. Points depending on the game) in order to use them. Bros. Attacks are replaced by Bros. Items in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and are named Special Attacks in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. The same concept returns in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario and Luigi can earn get more Bros. Attacks by finding two Secret Scrolls where the Hammerhead Bros.' have resided southeast from Beanbean Castle Town. In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Mario and Luigi can get more Bros. Attacks by finding Attack Pieces throughout areas, away reused from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Brickle, the manager of Mushrise Park, instantly gives Luigi all of his Attack Pieces to learn 3D Green Shell.

Types of Bros. Attacks

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Mario's Moves

  • Splash Bros. -- Learned in a battle against a Stardust Fields Fighter Fly. Mario spins with his arms outstretched while Luigi grabs Mario's legs and the two slam down into their target after going above them.
  • Chopper Bros. -- Learned after rescuing Cork and Cask from the barrel in which Popple stuffed them in the Chasteau de Chucklehuck. Mario bashes Luigi's head with his hammer and Luigi gets buried over his head, then Luigi uppercuts Mario from below, propelling him into the air. Mario then swings his hammer and slices the foe with it in a spin attack.
  • Fire Bros. -- Learned after Mario gets his hands on the Firebrand technique in Oho Oasis's Fire Temple. Mario throws fireballs that Luigi strikes towards the targeted foe with his hammer.
  • Swing Bros. -- Obtain the first Secret Scroll from Thwomp's first minigame. Mario swings Luigi like a hammer ball, sending him towards the target. Luigi then kicks the foe with both his legs.

Luigi's Moves

  • Bounce Bros. -- Learned in a battle against a Stardust Fields Fighter Fly. The Bros. stack up and jump high and then slam down onto their opponent.
  • Knockback Bros. -- Learned after rescuing Cork and Cask from the barrel in which Popple stuffed them in the Chasteau de Chucklehuck. Luigi uses his hammer to squish Mario, then plays golf with him as the ball. Mario then has to kick his target upon reaching them.
  • Thunder Bros. -- Learned after Luigi gets his hands on the Thunderhand technique in Oho Oasis's Thunder Temple. Luigi charges up lightning and jumps high off Mario's head. Luigi sends the lightning down onto his foes. Hits all foes.
  • Cyclone Bros. -- Obtain the second Secret Scroll from Thwomp's second minigame. Luigi bashes Mario's head with his hammer just like with Knockback Bros., but Mario spins with his arms raised and Luigi jumps onto Mario's hands. The two perform a spin attack towards their target.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

This game reveals that Bros. Attacks constitute one genus of Special Attacks. Unlike in their prior incarnation, the Bros. attacks can be shared by the Mario brothers.

  • Green Shell -- This is obtained when you find the ten Attack Pieces that are scattered in a certain area in the Trash Pit. The Bros. kick a Koopa Shell towards their target. This targets a single enemy and changes targets if you kill the target, hence the targeting designation "Single (serial)". This is required to progress to the next area of the Trash Pit.
  • Fire Flower -- The Attack Pieces that need to be obtained to get this move is found in the Pump Works, excluding a secret area that can be only accessed with the Drill Bros. move. Mario and Luigi use the titular weapon to transform into their Fire Forms and throw fireballs at their foe. This is done by spamming the correct button and works like the Bros. Flower and Mix Flower from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. This targets foes randomly, hence the targeting designation "All (random)".
  • Jump Helmet -- This attack's Attack Pieces appear in the Flab Zone. Luigi puts a yellow Koopa Shell that has a springboard on it on his head and Mario jumps on it to gain momentum for his stomp attack. Luigi has to position his body so Mario can jump off and build more power. If Mario falls, the move fails. Mario then has to stomp on his target. The attack can only target a single foe, thus being designated "Single".
  • Yoo Who Cannon -- This attack is gained when the Mario brothers learn how to use Koopa Mario. Mario and Luigi each create three duplicates and the Bros. and their copies hide in eight barrels. Memorise which barrel has which Bro., then press the correct button to fire. This move targets up to eight foes at random with a maximum (outside of the Cholesteroad) of eight strikes (thus getting the designation "All (random)"). Pressing the wrong button weakens the power and voids the rest of the attack.
  • Super Bouncer -- This attack is gained when the Mario brothers find the ten Attack Pieces in the Energy Hold. Luigi gets on a pink ball with white starts that Mario launches upwards with a volleyball set. Luigi then has to position his body on top of the ball and smash the foe with the B button. Despite the ball being a rubbery ball, spiny enemies are vulnerable, implying the ball to be solid. Being able to last for up to eight strikes outside of the Cholesteroad, it can target up to eight foes at random, getting the designation "All (random)".
  • Mighty Meteor -- This attack is gained when the Mario brothers get all three Star Cures and combine them in Doctor Toadley's clinic. Mario and Luigi use a hammer to send a giant boulder into their target. This can last up to five strikes and targets enemies at random, getting the designation "All (random)". Mario and Luigi are forced to get this attack.
  • Spin Pipe -- This attack is gained when the Mario brothers complete the first puzzle that Kuzzle offers in Plack Beach. The Bros. stack up and you have to memorise their order, then press the correct button (A if Luigi is on top, B if Mario is on top) to perform a successful hit. This attack fails if you hit the wrong foe or hit a spiny foe, with the latter damaging the Bro. who isn't on top at the time instead of the target. This targets a single enemy by default and switches to another target if you kill the original target, thus being designated "Single (serial)".
  • Snack Basket -- Mario and Luigi get this attack by finding ten Attack Pieces in the Dimble Wood forest. Luigi eats lots of food and his body gets fat, and Mario tosses his brother's bloated body up into the air. Luigi then slams down with all his weight, creating a shockwave that hits all grounded enemies.
  • Magic Window -- Mario and Luigi get this attack by defeating three Shroobs in the frozen vault in Bowser Castle. The Bros. jump into a portal, then stomp on the enemy from various angles. This attack can continue forever provided the Bros. can keep up the rhythm and targets enemies at random.
  • Falling Star -- Mario and Luigi can get this move by finding ten Attack Pieces in the gardens of Princess Peach's Castle. To attack, Mario and Luigi have to power the star by throwing smaller stars at it, increasing the power. This targets a single foe, thus being designated as "Single".

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team goes back to each Mario brother being able to start five different Special Attacks.

Mario's Moves

  • 3D Red Shell - The Mario brothers head south of the enemies and kick a crimson Koopa shell into the targeted enemy. This Bros. attack uses their boots.
    • Special Cost: 5
    • Target: Single (Changes targets if you kill the selected target.)
    • Obtained by: Find all 10 attack pieces that have been scattered throughout western Mushrise Park.
  • Bye-Bye Cannon: Mario and Luigi jump out of the cannon and stomp their target. If you get the order right, the Bros. descend in the opposite order. Note that the Bros. duplicate themselves. This Bros. attack uses their boots.
    • Special Cost: 7
    • Target: Single (Changes targets after the sixth hit if it or any of the prior 5 hits kills the target)
    • Obtainment: Find all 10 attack pieces that have been scattered throughout Wakeport.
  • Bomb Derby: Luigi tosses bombs while Mario smacks them towards the target foe with his hammer.
    • Special Cost: 10
    • Target: Technically every enemy (random), but the selected target gets hit the most times. Max targets: 4.
    • Obtainment: Find all attack pieces that have been scattered throughout Driftwood Shore.
  • Jet-Board Bash Luigi activates the Jet-Board, speeding by swiping the ground with his hands (hold B). When the bros. reach their target, Mario prepares a swing of his hammer. Press A to release.
    • Special Cost: 12
    • Target: Single
    • Obtainment: Find all attack pieces that have been scattered throughout Somnom Woods.
  • Zee Egg: The Mario Brothers toss the legendary Zee Egg towards the battlefield, and the Zeekeeper appears in his full glory. Mario and Luigi have ride on the Zeekeeper's back, trying to hit the Wakeorb with their hammers.
    • Special Cost: 15
    • Target: Technically every enemy, but the selected target takes the full blow while the rest take a tiny fraction.
    • Obtainment: Free all of the Pi'illo Folk, then speak to Eldream in Mushrise Park.

Luigi's Attacks

  • 3D Green Shell: Same as the 3D Red Shell, but Luigi starts the attack.
    • Special Cost: 4
    • Target: All (random; maximum 10)
    • Obtainment: Free Boss Brickle from the Zeekeeper Fountain Statue.
  • Fire Flower: The Mario brothers enter their Fire forms, charge up fireballs, and toss them. Getting all 20 fireballs initiates the second phase, which is identical to Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: toss fireballs with abandon.
    • Special Cost: 5
    • Target: All (random)
    • Obtainment: Find all 10 Attack Pieces in Dozing Sands.
    • Special Trait: Can burn enemies.
  • Dropchopper: The Mario brothers chase the Dropchopper Craft south, then double back and try to grab on. The Bros. must then slam down towards their target. This special attack uses the boots.
    • Special Cost: 7
    • Target: The initial target is selectable mid-strike, but the shockwave hits all grounded foes that were not targeted by the initial stomp.
    • Obtainment: Find all 10 Attack Pieces in Mount Pajamaja.
  • Slingsniper: Mario pulls back and launches Luigi with full force towards the foe who is covered by the reticle.
    • Special Cost: 10
    • Target: Selectable mid-strike.
    • Obtainment: Solve the Bros. Ball puzzle to get to the Pajamaja Rock Frame.
  • Star Rocket: The Bros. ride on a Warpstar-like star that heads to the right, collecting smaller stars to increase their power. Then, the Bros. stomp down on their target, dealing damage. This special attack uses boots.
    • Special Cost: 12
    • Target: Single by default, but the second Bro. changes targets if the first one kills the target.
    • Obtaiment: Find all 10 Attack Pieces that have been scattered throughout Neo Bowser Castle's first and second floors.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Mario's Moves

  • 3D Red Shell: Same as in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, but only six hits. Obtained in Princess Peach's castle.
  • Rocket Blast: The Bros. ride on a rocket that launches toward the sky, and then fall onto their target. Both must stomp on the target, then Mario must drive the rocket towards the foe and strike them. Obtained in Doop Doop Dunes.
    • Target: Technically one enemy, but the last hit can damage multiple enemies.
  • Bomb Derby: Same as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, but the last bomb deals the most damage and all bombs deal fire damage. Obtained in Twinsy Tropics.
  • Cannonball Chuck: Mario throws a Cannonball north and Luigi has to smash the enemy from above. Obtained by catching Nabbit in Nabbit Multiplication.
    • Target: Technically selectable mid-strike, but the target foe must be hit to score an Excellent! rating.
  • Toad Trail: Mario and Luigi ride the Toad Trail, picking up speed and dashing into their target. The actual target must be struck for an Excellent! rating, similar to Cannonball Chuck. Obtained after you defeat King Bob-omb.
    • Target: Technically selectable mid-strike, but you have to hit the true target to be awarded with an Excellent! rating.

Luigi's Moves

  • Fire Flower: Same as in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
  • Drill Shell: Mario and Luigi jump high over their target, and then strike, dealing damage. A direct hit must be scored for those who aspire for an Excellent! rating.
    • Target: Single.
  • Dropchopper: Same as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
  • Balloon Blast: Mario and Luigi inflate balloons that pop and deal damage to all foes.
    • Target: All (random)
  • Mega Thwonk: Luigi consumes a Mega Mushroom, becoming large, and charges the foe, striking them with his hammer. Mario must stomp them.
    • Target: Technically one enemy, but everyone takes damage.

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