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Lakitu (ジュゲム?) /ˈlækiˌtu/[1] is a recurring enemy in the Mario series, he is a turtle who rides on a cloud tossing Spiny Eggs on the terrain. He also plays a neutral role; this trend began with Super Mario Kart, in which he flies about the Mario Grand Prix racetrack and aids the drivers who race there. He also refs tennis and baseball games, and even filming Mario's adventures. Many of the sports game manuals refer to Lakitu in the singular, indicating that there may only be a specific individual Lakitu involved (who is named for his species, as Toad or Yoshi), and Mario Kart 7 introduces a unique, playable Lakitu character.

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Physical description

He is a Koopa Troopa with a green shell, yellow body, no beak, glasses with thick black frames, and three strands of hair, and he is seen flying in a cloud bearing a smiling face.

Behavior

In their role as an enemy character, Lakitus fly about at a high altitude and throw Spiny Eggs at Mario. Spiny Eggs hatch into Spinies, small, red, spike‐backed Koopas. Lakitu's Cloud can be ridden for a limited time after Lakitu is defeated.

Appearances

Super Mario Bros.

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Lakitus first appear in Super Mario Bros. They appear in 4‐1, 6‐1, and 8‐2 and throw Spinies at Mario. Mario can defeat Lakitus by jumping on them. Only one Lakitu is present on screen at any given time, and they can be defeated by either a stomp for 800 points or a fireball for 200 points. After being defeated, it eventually respawns if the player remains idle too long. If the player is about to reach the flagpole, then Lakitu stops chasing them, and simply disappears offscreen. A Lakitu also disguises itself as Bowser in World 5-4, but the player cannot reveal it unless they hit the False Bowser with fireballs.

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels

Lakitus retain their Super Mario Bros. role in the Japanese-only release Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Like in Super Mario Bros., Lakitus first appear in World 4-1. They retain the same appearance and throw Spinies in the same way they did in the predecessor, however, they are slightly darker. However, in some of the later levels, Lakitu appears lower in the sky, making it easier for Mario or Luigi to defeat him. They also sometimes appear underwater, as seen in World 9.

Super Mario Bros. 3

A Lakitu from Super Mario Bros. 3

Lakitus appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 after their absence in the International version of Super Mario Bros. 2. Once again, they drop Spiny Eggs. Depending on the level, they may throw one of two types: a red egg that hatches into a Spiny on impact, or a green egg that does not hatch, but continues rolling on the ground to harm Mario. Lakitus first appear in Water Land. There is a single-use item, Lakitu's Cloud, which allows Mario or Luigi to skip one level.

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, a Lakitu also helps in e-Reader use and conversion. Whenever the player wants to scan an e-Reader card, he appears to whisk Mario away from wherever on the map he is on. This Lakitu has a slightly different appearance from the enemy Lakitus found in levels. He goes unused in the European version due to all e-Reader content being removed. He also goes unused in Virtual Console releases due to all e-Reader levels being unlocked by default.

Super Mario World

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In Super Mario World, he acts the same as in Super Mario Bros., but this time, the player can ride his cloud (though the only way to do this is to defeat him with the effects of a Fire Flower, Cape Feather, or a Starman as the cloud disappears after jumping on him). After a while, it dissolves and disappears. Lakitu respawns after being defeated. This tactic can be used to skip a good portion of the level.

From Super Mario World onward, additional types of Lakitus appear, these Lakitus are listed below:

Some Lakitus called Pipe Lakitus will hide in Warp Pipes and throw Spinies out when the player gets near. They can be defeated and will not respawn unless the player goes into a Warp Pipe and comes back out again.

Fishin' Lakitus will seem nice to the player at first. They offer a 1‐Up Mushroom or a Super Mushroom, once obtained, the Fishin' Lakitu will start tossing Spinies like a regular Lakitu.

A ghost variety called the Fishin' Boo also appears in this game, they behave like the Fishin' Lakitus but hold a blue flame on their rod. Fishing Boos are indestructible.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

A Lakitu with his camera from Super Mario 64 DS.

The Lakitu Brothers in Super Mario 64 hold the camera that films Mario's exploits, thus personifying the player's point of view of the three‐dimensional game's stages. In the Snowman's Land room, Lakitu can be seen through the mirror. However, in later worlds, there are still enemy Lakitus that drop Spiny Eggs, these Lakitus are found in Tiny-Huge Island and Rainbow Ride and can be defeated with a kick to the face, they drop 5 Coins upon defeat.

In the DS version, Lakitu gives either Mario or Yoshi tips and tricks to use during gameplay. Lakitu is also the one that tells Yoshi that Mario, Luigi, and Wario haven't returned. The Lakitu enemies are also seen in new courses Sunshine Isles and Goomboss Battle. Yoshi can also defeat a Lakitu with an egg toss or by eating it and turning it into an egg which can be used against other foes for extra coins. In this game, Lakitu can also be seen through the mirror in King Boo's Room in the course Big Boo Battle.

Super Princess Peach

Peach about to go at a Lakitu flying above.

Lakitus return in Super Princess Peach where they behave as they did in Super Mario Bros., they can be defeated with stomps, the Rage Vibe, or with the use of Perry. They attack by tossing Spiny Eggs down on Peach but they don't hatch into Spinies upon hitting the ground, instead, they explode, regular Spinies appear separately however. Another variety of the Lakitu called the Calm Lakitu appears as well. Lakitus are first seen in Hoo's Wood. The ghostly Fishing Boos also return in this game alongside the Calm Fishin' Boos.

New Super Mario Bros.

A Lakitu as seen in New Super Mario Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros., sometimes when the player defeats a Lakitu using a Fireball, the player can ride on its cloud. Lakitus retain their trademark behavior of tossing Spiny Eggs on the terrain which must be avoided. Lakitu can be defeated with a stomp or the effects of the Fire Flower, Blue Shell, Starman, or the Mega Mushroom. If the Lakitu is defeated with an attack that isn't a stomp, it's cloud will become available to ride on. Riding Lakitu's Cloud is usually required for obtaining Star Coins. Lakitu appears in World 2-2 and World 6-A. A Lakitu called Lakithunder appears as the boss of World 7, this Lakitu has the ability to cause lightning and may've been responsible for the attack on Peach's Castle at the beginning of the game.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Both types of Lakitu (the Spiny tossers and the Coin tossers) from New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Lakitu appears yet again in New Super Mario Bros. Wii as a semi-common enemy. They once again retain their behavior of tossing Spiny Eggs and can be defeated with the effects of a Fire Flower or Starman. They can also be frozen with an Ice Flower or eaten by Yoshi. Lakitus appear as a common enemy in World 2-5, World 4-5, and they also appear in World 7's enemy course. Some Lakitus can also be created from Cloud Blocks, these Lakitus throw Coins instead of Spinies.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Mario and Yoshi near a Lakitu in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Lakitus appear again as semi-common enemies. They once again retain their trademark abilities of throwing Spiny Eggs at Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi however their range is larger in this game than in previous games. If the Lakitus is licked by Yoshi, it loses it's cloud and becomes vulnerable. Any contact after this will finish off the Lakitu, if you wait too long, the Lakitu will create another cloud to use so be quick. It first appears in the galaxy Yoshi Star Galaxy and later in the Starshine Beach Galaxy. A Lakitu named Giga Lakitu appears as a boss in the Yoshi Star Galaxy, he uses lightning attacks similar to Lakithunder and has much better range and accuracy than an everyday average Lakitu.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Two Gold Lakitus from New Super Mario Bros. 2

Lakitus return in New Super Mario Bros. 2. In this game, their behavior is the same as ever, they toss down Spinies which Mario must avoid however this time, they are slightly more common than in previous games in the series. They are commonly found in World Mushroom, World Flower, World 5, and World Star. Jumps or the effects of a Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Starman, Gold Flower, or a Mega Mushroom can easily knock a Lakitu out of the skies. Lakitus are among the enemies to be affected by the Gold Rings, while golden, Gold Lakitus will toss Coins instead of Spinies as well as providing bonus coins when defeated. When you commandeer a Lakitu's Cloud, while the Gold Ring's effects are still going, you earn coins as you move the cloud along the skies.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

A Lakitu tossing down a Piranha Plant Egg in New Super Mario Bros. U

Lakitus make a return in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe where they behave as they did previously. Once again jumping or the effects of a Fire Flower or Starman can defeat them and the Ice Flower effects can freeze them. Lakitus once again toss down Spiny Eggs however they can now also toss down Piranha Plant Eggs as well which become Piranha Plants upon hitting the ground.

Super Mario Maker/Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS/Super Mario Maker 2

Lakitus as seen in Super Mario Maker.

Lakitus return in Super Mario Maker and it's two sequels as placeable enemies. They can be placed in any theme. Lakitus can be given a Super Mushroom to become a Mega Lakitu or given wings to become a Winged Lakitu. Lakitus can also be given other objects to use as weapons instead of Spinies. Lakitus can be defeated with jumps or the effects of the Fire Flower or Starman.

Super Mario Run

Lakitus return in Super Mario Run behaving as they did in past Mario games. They can't be reached as easily due to the nature of the gameplay. Once again, stomps or the Starman can defeat them. The Fishing Boo makes his long-awaited return in this game as well.

Super Mario Odyssey

A Lakitu has gone fishing in Super Mario Odyssey.

After an absence from the 3D Mario series, Lakitu makes a return in Super Mario Odyssey but not as an enemy. This time, he is a friendly character who appears fishing around the various lakes found throughout the game. Lakitu can be found in Kingdoms such as the Sand Kingdom and the Lake Kingdom. Capturing Lakitu will allow you to go fishing for items and even Power Moons.

Paper Mario

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Lakitus make their Paper Mario debut right from the beginning. They are mostly found in Flower Fields and are often fought in groups of 2 or 3. Their attacks simply involve throwing Spiny Eggs at Mario, to which those eggs become Spinies.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year-Door

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Lakitus can mostly be found as NPCs in the game. The only times Mario and Co. will encounter Lakitus to fight are in the Glitz Pit and the Pit of 100 Trials. Lakitu's attacks are similar to the first games. Dark Lakitus also appear in this game as a powerful variety of the Lakitu.

Super Paper Mario

Lakitus are uncommon enemies that are mostly found in the Bitlands. Their attacks are similar to their behavior from Super Mario Bros.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

A Lakitu above Mario in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Only one Lakitu appears in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. It is seen in the level Whammino Mountain where it stays up high tossing Spinies at Mario. Mario can knock away the Spinies with the nearby Starman or by battling them. This Lakitu cannot be defeated or battled

In the beta stages of the game, it is shown that Lakitus were going to be fought like normal enemies.

Mario Kart series

Lakitu as seen in Mario Kart 8 as the referee.

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Lakitu is the friendly referee that has appeared in every Mario Kart game since the series began. He will perform various helpful duties throughout the races; most importantly, he will alert the racers when to start driving by using his Start Signal. If the player is driving in the wrong direction, he will appear holding a u‐turn or reverse sign until he or she turns around. After crossing the finish line, he will appear to indicate the current lap or wave checkered flags after the final lap. He will also use his fishing pole to secure the player's vehicle and put it back on the track if he or she drives out of bounds or falls off the track. In Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart 7, and Mario Kart 8, Lakitu charges the player coins to drop him or her back onto the track.

Lakitu from Mario Kart Wii.

In Mario Kart 7, Lakitu is an unlockable racer and has his own cloud‐shaped kart. Lakitu returns as a racer in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart Tour.

If the player taps the A button just as he or she hits the ground after Lakitu drops him or her onto the track, he or she performs a recovery boost.

Mario Party 9

Lakitu is Angry.

Lakitu appears as a boss in this game. The name of the minigame is Sock It to Lakitu. During the minigame, he attacks by tossing Spinies at you and you and your teammates/rivals need to launch Bullet Bills at him. After half his health is chipped, he gets really angry and will also start tossing Big Spinies which knock two points off those who hit them. After his health is completely depleted, he is knocked far away and gives up the Mini Stars.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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It is encountered in Mushroom Way, where it cannot be battled, and Booster Pass. In the overworld, it flies and drops Spiny types—Spikeys in Mushroom Way or Spikesters in Booster Pass. In battle, it is able to attack up close, cast Bolt, Chomp, and Static E!.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for Nintendo DS, a Lakitu with a camera shows the player how to use the map on the upper screen (the game is played on the DS's lower screen). Later, another Lakitu transports Kylie Koopa and Toadbert to Mario, Luigi. Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Lakitus make an appearance as a foe that can be faced in this game. They appear in Driftwood Shore and Dreamy Neo Bowser Castle's Dream Worlds. In combat, they attack by throwing Spiny Eggs. Rarely, they also throw Mushrooms. Their target is telegraphed by the hand in which the egg appears. Pop‐up tosses go toward Mario while grounders go to Dreamy Luigi. Their attack can be blocked with the hammer. Once there are Spinies on the field, the Lakitus will head into the background until the Spinies are defeated.

Yoshi series

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Lakitus appear in the Yoshi series in the games Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's Island DS, and Yoshi's New Island retaining their behavior from the 2D Mario games, they toss Spiny Eggs down on Yoshi but these Spiny Eggs don't become Spinies upon hitting the ground. Lakitu can be defeated by swallowing his cloud, stomping him (which allows Yoshi to commandeer his Cloud), or tossing an egg at him. Several varities of Lakitus also appear in this game such as Wall Lakitus, Aqua Lakitus, and the returning Fishin' Lakitus.

Other appearances

In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Lakitu makes a surprise appearance as an enemy. They attack by shooting electricity and can easily be killed by the Boomerang, Magical Boomerang, and Gust Jar.

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In the Game Boy Camera, a Lakitu appears as a stamp.

Trivia

  • When asked what video game character would represent him the best, Shigeru Miyamoto responded that Lakitu would, as he "seems to be very free, floating in the air, going anywhere," a type of personality Miyamoto can relate to.

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