Barrel Volcano – Super Mario RPG Ep. 23

Welcome back to Save File Plays Super Mario RPG. Last time, we managed to reunite Mallow with his parents, as well as give Valentina the boot out of Nimbus Land. We also started to get our first glimpses of some of the game-breaking equipment that can be found. However, our next goal is to travel into a friggin’ VOLCANO. That’s pretty metal, so I think I’m into it. Let’s get to it!

MUSIC: Nimbus Land

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I haven’t shown these guys off because all they would do is scoff at us because we aren’t royalty.

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Guard: Sorry about the misunderstanding before… There’s NO WAY that fat bird could have been a Prince, huh?
Mallow: No big deal. Anyways, do you think you could let us through here?
Guard: Of course! Go right ahead. Please, enjoy yourselves. But be careful not to fall into the Volcano.

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The hot springs actually will heal you, it’s pretty awesome.

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Though Mario gets a little hot if you stay inside for too long.

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…heh.

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THIS DOESN’T EXACTLY SEEM SAFE!

MUSIC: Barrel Volcano

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Barrel Volcano is probably my favorite dungeon in the game. It’s a cool environment, the music has a groovy bass line, and I just like the entire aesthetic of it.

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Of course, a new dungeon means new enemies!

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The Magmus and the Armored Ants are pallet swaps of the Magmites from the Moleville Mines and Land’s End respectively. There’s nothing too exciting about them, though Magmuses tend to give out Lucky Flowers, which is pretty awesome.

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Because I can get 40+ experience points per battle, and it’s AMAZEBALLS.

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That, of course, means that Toadstool is getting 80+ Exp per battle.

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I don’t know why I like this place so much, there’s really nothing to it.

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Of course, finding a Star is always great.

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Vomers are upgraded Dry Bones, and have the same schtick. They need to be killed with a special attack.

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Hmm. I feel like a slavery joke would be in bad taste here. But seriously, they have Donkey Kong chained up. That is not cool.

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Mario and Mallow both hit Level 22 as I make my way through the Volcano.

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There’s a Frog Coin. Over the lava. That is just NOT COOL.

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Pyrospheres. Nothing exciting about them.

The Corkpedite, however… there’s a trick to fighting them.

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You can actually target the body. That’s a smarter move, because if you kill the Corkpedite instead of the body, it will explode, which auto-kills a character. And that isn’t cool.

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Geno gains another level. I don’t know if level-ups are exciting for you guys as they are for me, but they’re the only other thing to break up the monotony.

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It’s a good thing that jumping into MOLTEN MAGMA doesn’t cause any sort of damage, temporary or otherwise.

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Barrel Volcano is actually a pretty big place. I guess volcanoes are big, right?

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More Frog Coins over lava. Who PUTS those there?

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Bowser hits Level 22.

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Flowers and Frog Coins!

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Stumpets are another enemy in the vein of “They take an extra turn to charge an attack.” Which means they never get to attack.

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Pretty darn lucrative in terms of Exp. points, though!

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I love these guys.

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Level 23 for Mario

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Level 23 for Mallow.

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Level 29 for Toadstool.

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At this point, since Toadstool is one level away from the maximum, I take the Exp. Booster and swap it over to Mario. At this point, Toadstool will still hit Level 30 far before the end of the game.

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KEEP IT GOING. I don’t know how to make this more exciting 😦

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Level 23 for Geno!

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Whoa, who’s that hip looking cat?

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This chest contains 150 Coins. How convenient! Not really necessary for me though, as I am constantly at the Coin Maximum limit. Still a nice gesture though.

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Hinopio: I’m Hinopio… This place is a regular INFERNO! Come on, step inside!

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Nothing too special in the Item Shop. The Freshen Up is new, it’s a full-party Able Juice. Not really necessary if Toadstool is in the party though.

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Hinopio: 30 Coins will get you a room. You’re staying? Great! I’ll get everything ready for you!

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Cool, I bet Mario is down for a nice night of sleep.

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…what.

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You bastard, Hinopio.

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New armor for everyone! I buy all of it, since I’m constantly switching my party up.

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Hmmm… a Save box. I wonder if that’s  a subtle hint about something.

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Dang, that’s quite a long bridge.

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GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY, WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?!

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Okay, I’m sorry, but for such a cool intro, that is one doofy-looking dragon.

MUSIC: Fight Against an Armed Boss

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So yes, this is the “dreaded Czar Dragon” that King and Queen Nimbus were talking about.

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Of course, first order of business is to cast Geno Boost on everyone.

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As would (hopefully) be expected, the Czar Dragon has access to a lot of fire-based attacks; Drain, Flame Wall, Flame, as well as physical attacks.

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Unfortunately for it, it can’t stand up to the might of Mario’s Lazy Shell. Then again, not much can.

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DOWN HE GOES.

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UP.. he… rises? The Czar Dragon immediately zombifies upon death, apparently, and becomes the Zombone. No breaks in battles this time around!

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Zombone has some damn powerful magic attacks, which is something to keep in mind.

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Unfortunately, being made solely out of bone and connective tissue without any muscular system to speak of, Zombone’s defense is piss-poor and it goes down extremely easily.

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Well, damn, that was pretty easy!

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…buh?

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Oh, who’s this ass clown?

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Oh, no way.

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You’ve got to be kidding me.

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You CANNOT be serious.

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It’s… it’s a Power Rangers spoof.

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Axem Pink: Eww! Gross!
Axem Yellow: That guy’s worse looking than that clod, Mario!
Axem Green: That IS Mario, you IDIOT!!
Axem Red: Listen, everyone! We gotta get this star to the Blade immediately. We’ll deal with Mario LATER!!

So… Pink is the girl, Yellow is the dumb muscle, Green is the nerd, Black is the “cool” one, and Red is the leader. Hooray for tropes!

LET’S GET ‘EM!

MUSIC: The Axem Rangers Drop In

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Axem Red: He’ll be here!
Axem Black: Are you sure?!
Axem Red: Relax, people!
Axem Yellow: Mario’s HERE!!
Axem Red: He’s too late!
Axem Green: Where’s the Blade?!
Axem Red: Shuddap, already!

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MUSIC: Fight Against an Armed Boss

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Axem Red:
This Star Piece gives people hope! It needs to be destroyed!

Yep, so now it’s a 3 v 5 battle against the Axem Rangers. And wouldn’t ya know it, they all have gimmicks!

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No, I did not mix up my image order. Axem Black’s gimmick is that whenever he gets to attack, he ALWAYS gets to go twice in a row. His attacks don’t hit very hard, but the damage can add up quickly if you don’t pay attention.

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Because this is such a fast-paced battle, instead of using Geno Boost, I went to Tadpole Pond and spent some of my Frog Coins on a Crystalline and a Power Blast, which raise teh defense and offense of the entire party, respectively. Much faster.

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Axem Pink, being a girl and being pink, is relegated to being a healer, which is lame. She also can use Petal Blast though, which is mildly annoying and quite the inconvenience.

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Axem Red is just tough in general. Hits hard, has the highest HP.

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Now the entire party is boosted, and it only took 2 turns. Pretty handy, but given that each Crystalline and Power Blast cost 5 Frog Coins each, I can’t go using them too often.

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Axem Green is the magic user. Spells like Meteor Blast (pictured here), Flame Stone, and Solidify.

And Axem Yellow is just tanky, being the fat one. High defense, and counters every attack as well.

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And as you take them out, they all have an excuse.

Axem Red: What?
Axem Pink: My make-up’s running!
Axem Red: Then change brands!

ZING!

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Axem Red: What?
Axem Green: I have a headache!
Axem Red: You’re totally out of shape!

Axem Yellow: Yo, RED!!
Axem Red: What?
Axem Yellow: I’m… hungry!
Axem Red: Then chew on your tongue!

Axem Black: Yo, RED!!
Axem Red: What?
Axem Black: I broke my shades!
Axem Red: Serves ya right!

And then, eventually, when Red goes down…

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Axem Red: Now I’m angry! Time to FINISH this! Formation… HO!! Here we GO!

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…huh

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Axem Rangers: Maximum charge! NOW!! Fire the BREAKER!!

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AHHHHHHHHHHH

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AAAAAaaaaahhhhh okay, that’s not that bad. Plus, it takes a turn to recharge before it can shoot it again. Kinda like Hyper Beam, ya know?

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Axem Red:  We are.. invincible!
Axem Pink:
Can this be happening to the AXEM RANGERS?!

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WHAT. 17 experience points? Are you serious? What a country crock of not butter.

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STAR GET!!!

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Well, we’ll find out… NEXT TIME!!!

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