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Mario! Help me! I've been captured by... something! It's like a shadowy, slithering hand! This is VERY unsettling! What IS this thing?! I'm scared, Mario! Please! Help meee!
~ Olivia while in Handaconda's grasp.

Handaconda is a supporting antagonist and miniboss in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Like the Cutout Soldiers, it is a Folded Soldier created by Scissors to guard Bowser's Castle.

Biography

After Mario and Olivia obtain the key to Bowser's throne room from Luigi, as Mario is grabbing the key from his pocket, Handaconda snatches Olivia away. When Mario walks through the hall leading to the throne room, Handaconda ambushes him and engages in a battle.

In the first phase, Mario is without Olivia, making landing on the Magic Circles pointless. Mario must use hammer attacks from the second closest ring until Handaconda loosens its grip on Olivia. Attempting to attack it by jumping will make it grab Mario and throw him, and attacking from the closest ring will make Handaconda push the attack panel away. Using an item will make Handaconda bat away the projectiles.

Once Olivia is freed, the second phase of the battle begins, and all panels except for the Magic Circles disappear, which turn into a rock, paper, and scissors icon. When Mario lands on one of these spaces, he will use the 1,000-Fold Arms to challenge Handaconda to a game of Rock Paper Scissors, using the panel he landed on. Handaconda predicts its attack by having its hand out for paper, in a fist for rock, or two fingers pointing out for scissors. However, it may trick Mario into playing the wrong hand after half of its health is depleted, indicated by switching its hand movements during Mario's turn. If Mario wins, he will rush attack Handaconda. If Handaconda wins, it will attack Mario. If it is a tie, Handaconda's hand will get bigger for the next turn, making it deal extra damage. The closer Mario is to Handaconda during the game will make him deal more damage during his rush attack, but leaves him with less reaction time to block if he loses. If Mario fails to end up at an icon, Handaconda will use an attack from the first phase.

Once Handaconda is defeated, Mario is able to enter the throne room and fight Scissors, who sends out Paper Mistake Buzzy Beetle.

Trivia

  • If two or more attack panels are in the closest ring, Handaconda will only push away one of the panels.
  • Handaconda is a play on "hand" and "anaconda".
  • The fight against Handaconda is the only boss fight to have two x2 panels. If Mario passes both of them, the second panel will have no effect.

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