Mawful Mole

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Patch him up, boys!
— Mawful Mole

Mawful Moles are a Monty Mole variant with Fawful-like attributes featured in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its Nintendo 3DS remake Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey as enemies in Blubble Lake. Bowser can defeat Mawful Moles in the overworld by simply crushing them, earning some Coins in the process, whereas Mario and Luigi can engage Mawful Moles in battle. Mawful Moles also have a stronger metal variant, aptly named Metal Mawful Moles, encountered later on in the game.

Mawful Moles attack by throwing boulders at the Mario Bros., which is countered by a jump. If the Mawful Mole gets dirt on their face, they will miss and throw the boulder really high, which will hurt the brothers if they jump, but will miss if they stand still. The Mawful Moles have another attack, in-which they "wink", showing which brother they are going to attack. This attack can be countered with the hammer, which can be done several times while the Mawful Mole is popping out of the holes until they jump over the selected brother to fall on him which causes damage. However, this attack can also be countered with the hammer, which results in the Mawful Mole being forced back in the hole it came out from.

Mawful Moles also appear as support enemies in the giant battle against the Tower of Yikk, where a group of them sometimes repair the tower to restore its HP. Bowser can quickly defeat these Mawful Moles by breathing fire on them. Given how Bowser defeats them on the overworld automatically, this is technically the only instance where he fights Mawful Moles.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Mawful Moles have the coloration and proportions of regular Monty Moles (with many sprites of Mawful Moles now having a strong resemblance to the Monty Mole sprites in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam). Additionally, they now take critical damage from hammer attacks. In the Tower of Yikk battle, the Mawful Moles now gain an extra line of dialogue before repairing the Tower. This makes Mawful Moles one of the very few Fawful themed enemies to be shown talking on-screen (though this only applies to the remake).


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲラプー
Combination of「ゲラコビッツ」(Gerakobittsu, Fawful) and「チョロプー」(Choropū, Monty Mole)

German Monty Krankwurf
From Monty Maulwurf (Monty Mole) and Krankfried (Fawful's German name)
Italian Ghignatalpa
From talpa (mole) and Fawful's Italian name, Sogghigno.
Spanish (NOA) Topo Mawful
Mawful Mole
Spanish (NOE) Topócovitz
Pun on topo (mole) and Fawful's European Spanish name, Grácovitz.


  • The Mawful Mole has artwork in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story's Prima guide that shows an earlier design with small black hair on its head like Fawful's.