Croco – Super Mario RPG Ep. 4

Welcome back to Save File Plays Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Last episode, Mario made his way to teh Mushroom Kingdom, where the Chancellor asked him to save Princess Toadstool for the umpteenth time. He also managed to recruit Mallow, a “frog” who had his coin stolen by a purple crocodile wearing a top hat, accurately named Croco. Our current mission is to hunt Croco down, so let’s get to it, I guess.

MUSIC: Hello, Happy Kingdom

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Mallow is Level 2, by the way. I forgot that I had gotten a Flower Jar from the Hammer Bros, so I decided to use that up.

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Anytime you use an item in the menu, the party gets pretty pumped.

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All right, let’s blow this Popsicle stand.

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Where would a bandit go, but the aptly named Bandit’s Way?

MUSIC: Still, the Road is Full of Dangers

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Oh, come on! He’s just chilling at the entrance!

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Croco: Are you trying to tail me? Go on home to mommy before you get hurt, kid!

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And off he goes.

MUSIC: Fight Against Monsters

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Here, we get into our first battle with Mallow in the party. Also, we’ve seen the Goomba and the Spiky before, but the Frogog is a new enemy.

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Mallow’s unarmed attack is just socking the enemy with a left-right combo, which does pretty well against the Goomba, but, I mean… it’s a Goomba.

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The Frogog has two attacks, a regular bite attack, and a weird juice attack where he throws a bubble at a character.

MUSIC: Still, the Road is Full of Dangers

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I figured I would show off a side by side of our two party members. Mallow is severely lacking in the defense department, but he has a natural 15 in Magic Attack right now, 1 Level below Mario. I think we may have found his niche.

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Ep. 4.mp4_20150822_144400.054Ep. 4.mp4_20150822_144403.686Mallow’s magical attack right now is Thunderbolt, which hits all enemies for a mere 2 FP. This is going to be his bread and butter for awhile, and makes battles a pinch. I’m not going to show it, but I fight every single enemy I see. Battles take no time in this game, ESPECIALLY compared to Legend of Legaia. It’s so great.

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With all of the enemies vanquished, Mario moves on to the next area.

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Hey, I wanted that coin, you jerk!

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As Mario jumps on these panels, the one in back swings around to be in front of the one he’s on.

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We get some coins, and also form a convenient path to the next area… but I see some enemies down below.

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KILL THEM. K-9s have a regular bite attack, a stronger attack called Fangs, as well as a move called Howl, which causes the Fear Status. Fear SUCKS. Fear causes a characters stats to be cut in half. They will take more damage from all attacks, and cause less damage with their own attacks. I hate Fear.

MUSIC: Victory!

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Beating these guys up causes Mallow to gain a level!

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Ep. 4.mp4_20150822_145611.681He gains some normal stat gains, a new healing move called HP Rain, and also gains a bonus +3 Attack and +1 Defense. Not too bad!

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Before heading to the next area, Mario snags himself another hidden chest. KerokeroColas are awesome, they’re a full heal to the entire party. I’ll probably end up hoarding these and never using them.

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And he runs off once more.

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This area just consists of chasing after Croco, who we catch glimpses, and murdering anything else that I see.

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Murdering that K-9 gets the party another full-restore Mushroom.

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Still chasing! Also, we’re about to destroy that Spikey.

And doing so gets Mario another level!

MUSIC: Victory!
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And extra +4 to Mario’s HP is his bonus gain this level.

MUSIC: Still, the Road is Full of Dangers

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Croco: Give it UP already! That treasure box is tempting, but now is not the time.

…I disagree, good sir.

MUSIC: Invincible Star

Stars are awesome. You run into enemies, and kill them, and you get all the experience as if you had defeated them in battle. Pretty darn sweet.

MUSIC: Victory!

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Mallow gains another level, and nets a huge +6 to his HP, meaning he gained a massive +10 HP in one level. Nice.

MUSIC: Still, the Road is Full of Dangers

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One panel slowly swings around the one you’re standing on this time. It takes a little bit, but we get the other chest which holds a Flower.

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Croco rushes off into the next area.

Mallow: He’s gone into hiding. Let’s see if we can sneak up behind him and catch him.

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Croco: Ha! Your eyes are much faster than your feet! At this rate, it’ll take ya… 100 more years to catch me!

And he runs off again.

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You’re telling me.

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Raise your hand if you’re surprised, then slap yourself.

MUSIC: Fight Against a Somewhat Stronger Monster

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So here’s Croco… Croco’s got a certain weakness. One that Mario can take advantage of!

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Croco: Yeouch!

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Meanwhile, Mallow’s damage output… leaves a little bit to be desired. Mallow is basically here to heal Mario and toss out Honey Syrups as needed.

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Using Fire Orb on Croco also causes his first turn to go to waste.

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Fire Orb really makes quick work of Croco.

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I used Thunderbolt to see if it would help out Mallow’s damage, but even that doesn’t do so much.

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However, after only 2 turns of attacking, Croco is already healing himself, which means he’s pretty close to done, most likely.

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After causing enough damage, Mallow gets all up in Croco’s face and nails him again. I’m sure those 2 HP of damage really hurt him a lot.

Croco: Ouuuch! I’m gonna pay ya back in spades, kid!

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Croco returns the favor, body checking Mallow.

Croco: Go on! Take back your grubby old coin! Adios, amigos!

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Mallow: We got it back!

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Mallow: I can finish my errand now. Hey, look! That Croco guy left a wallet! I’m going back to the shop at Mushroom Kingdom. Are you coming?

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A Warp Trampoline drops down out of nowhere…

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Which takes us back to the entrance of Bandit’s Way. Next time, we’ll make our triumphant return back to the Mushroom Kingdom!

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