Paper Mario: The Origami King – How to Defeat the Colored Pencils

Winning the award for one of the weirdest enemies in a Super Mario game, the first major boss of Paper Mario: The Oragami King is a pack of Colored Pencils from the Legion of Stationary. Yes, really. This enemy will be the toughest foe you’ve faced yet, as it will test your on the fly puzzle-solving, along with your ability to quickly assess when and where to attack a target’s weak points. While the Colored Pencils may seem intimidating (a sentence I never thought I’d have to write), they have some pretty exploitable flaws that you can make use of with clever positioning.

Keep in mind, this won’t be a move for move breakdown, as the puzzle constantly changes so my battle board layout may differ from yours. However, we will be going over each phase and what you should be looking for when you are fighting this foe.

Colored Pencil Boss Fight – Phase One

The first phase of this fight is pretty easy. You need to navigate across the board and try to get behind the Colored Pencils so Mario is facing the lid when he attacks. Doing so will snap the lid shut causing the pencils to explode inside of the boss dealing a hefty chunk of damage. The catch is, at the start of each movement phase the Colored Pencils will fire a volley of missiles into the air that lock onto specific spaces. If Mario steps on one of these spaces he will take 3 damage but can continue moving if it’s on an arrow or red movement block. The lock-on positions do not move when you rotate the tiles and are static, so they can be easily avoided.

Additionally, there will be a big green “ON” button on the board. Stepping on it will activate the 1,000 Folded Arms icons, allowing you to use that ability once. If you can manage it, the best way to deal damage in the first phase is to maneuver behind it and use either your Hammer or the 1,000 Folded Arms to snap the lid shut. The latter isn’t always possible, just make sure to close the lid every time there are pencils inside the case.

If there are no pencils inside the case, then simply attack from either the lid or sides of the Colored Pencils with a normal attack. Do not use jump, it’s an ineffective ability in this battle. The pencils have two attacks in this phase, one that fires a volley of missiles and another where it tries to bite you. You can block both of them, but remember the missiles fire in waves so block when the icon below you turns orange.

Remember, it’s okay to take a turn off to grab as many hearts as possible tor store your health. The boss’ attacks during phase one don’t do a ton of damage if you block, so you can easily gain more health than you’d lose. Additionally, any board icon that shows a x2 with a Red Arrow, will propel you two spots towards the boss when you step on it. Use this to save on moves and close the gap. Once the boss reaches 50% health it will trigger phase two of the fight.’

Colored Pencils Boss FIght  – Phase Two

Once the boss hits 50% health it will roll out the Rainbow Roll attack. Not only will this move do a comical amount of damage to Mario, but attack king it from the lid side is no longer effective! Thankfully, this opens up the boss on either the right or left side of the Colored Pencils’ lid. Once you can rearrange the board, move a 1,000 Folded Arm piece to either side of the boss. Make sure they are active by hitting the ON icon first!

If you can get close and use the 1,000 Folded Arm ability on either side, Mario will grab the pencils from the boss. He will then slam them into the container over and over again, killing it. No really, that’s it. It may take two tries to deal enough damage, but typically one good 1,000 Folded Arm attack from the side finishes this enemy off. If for whatever reason the Colored Pencils get to attack, make sure to block each barrage of pencils. They do a ton of damage and can easily kill Mario if he’s at low health! However, if you’re smart about your movements then you shouldn’t have any trouble taking down the first member of the Legion of Stationary.

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Collin MacGregor

Collin MacGregor is the Guide Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He's also the person who willingly plays the support class (you're welcome) and continues to hold out for an Ape Escape remake.

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