Bros. Item FAQ by Kratos_42
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time on SuperCheats.com
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Mario and Luigi: Partners In Time
By: Daniel Anderson (Kratos_42)
Special Thanks: surf rock, CO_Yasha, SirSpiff, & Nintendo. 

Bros. Items FAQ

Table of Contents
1. Legal Stuff (MAL01)
2. Intro (MAL02)
3. Version History (MAL03)
4. FAQ (MAL04)
5. Bros. Items FAQ (MAL05)
6. Contact information (MAL06)

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1. Legal Stuff (MAL01)
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This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, 
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed 
publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other 
web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a 
violation of copyright. All trademarks and copyrights contained in this 
document are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders.
Copyright 2005 Daniel Anderson

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2. Intro (MAL02)
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Hey, this is my first FAQ. I didn't want to start out too big so I just did a 
speciality FAQ, not a walkthrough. Anyway, this is for Bros. Items info,
descriptions and ratings of usefulness. The ratings are my opinion, so it's up
for grabs, in that area. I'll also have info on prices of the Bros. Items, 
before Stache comes into play. Lastly, I'll have the badges that make 
immediately influence Bros. Items. 

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3. Version History (MAL03)
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December 20, 2005-0.25% done. Legal Stuff, Intro, & FAQ done.
December 21, 2005-1.00% done. Bros. Items FAQ and Contact information done.
Submitted.
January 4, 2006-1.20% done. ASCII art added. Accepted. First update.
January 17, 2006-1.30% done. Minor rating and thanks changes. Second update.
July 15, 2006-1.40% done. Formatted the FAQ to make it look better. So, so 
much better.

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4. FAQ (MAL04)
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1.) Q. Hey, I think you messed up. Isn't it Bros. Attacks?
A. Nope, you have your games messed up. Bros. attacks were featured in Mario 
andLuigi: Superstar Saga. Bros. Items are it's replacement for Mario and 
Luigi: Partners In Time.

2.) Q. What's the point of this FAQ?
A. To show new players how to use each Bros. Items and which will be most 
useful. 

3.) Q. Why should I use Bros. Items?
A. Simply enough, because they are the weapon that are the bane of every 
enemyyou come across. Instant kills against normal enemies, incredible 
damage against bosses. Described at length in Bros. Items FAQ.

4.) Q. How do I contact you?
A. My e-mail address is located at the end of the FAQ.

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5. Bros. Items FAQ (MAL05)
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A. What a Bros. Item is and why you should use them.
A Bros. Item is your alternative to jumping on and hammering your enemies. 
They are Mario and Luigi: Partners In Time's version of Final Fantasy VIII's 
Guardian Forces, or Xenosaga's Ether attack. They are very strong, deadly, 
and useful, requiring only a bit more skill to use then the other attacking
options. Most Bros. Items only require one set of brothers, but some require 
both, and those are the strongest ones. When using a Bros. Item, you do a 
series of action commands using the A, B, X, or Y buttons. They quickly rid 
youof normal enemies. Bosses are taken down through the use of Bros. Items, 
so don't think you can skate through the game without using them, unless 
you've gone through multiple times and you're looking for a huge challenge.
This is hammer of your attack, use it well. 
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B. List of Bros. Items (Bros. Items requiring both sets of brothers marked 
with a *)
i. Green Shell
ii. Red Shell
iii. Bro Flower
iv. Ice Flower
v. Copy Flower
vi. Mix Flower*
vii. Smash Egg
viii. Cannonballer*
ix. Trampoline*
x. Pocket Chomp
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C. Original Prices (before Stache effect)
i. Green Shell-10 coins
ii. Red Shell-80 coins
iii. Bro Flower-20 coins
iv. Ice Flower-20 coins
v. Copy Flower-160 coins
vi. Mix Flower-180 coins
vii. Smash Egg-40 coins
viii. Cannonballer-40 coins
ix. Trampoline-120 coins
x. Pocket Chomp-70 coins
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D. Description of Bros. Items

i. Green Shell 

The Green Shell is the first Bros. Item you get, and a pretty good one at 
that.It's targets one enemy, and delivers no status effect. After a certain
amount of kicks, the Green Shell will stop. Simply enough, after kicking 
it, wait for it to hit the enemy, then kick it with the brother it's coming
to and repeat. (Mario-A, Luigi-B, Baby Mario-X, Baby Luigi-Y) It's really 
quite useful, even through most of the game. Since it's incredibly cheap, 
you can use it with abandon for normal enemies, instead of bosses. Only the
fact that it's useless against flying enemies and that it will eventually 
stop, even if you don't miss a kick limits it. Also, once you have both 
sets of brothers, you can use an extra attack with the baby riding the 
shell when the shell hits the enemy.

Rating: 6/10
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ii. Red Shell

The Red Shell is, as you guessed it, is an improved version of the Green 
Shell. It's almost exactly the same, except for one major difference. It 
doesn't run out until you miss a kick. for those with quick reflexes, this 
justifies the large price raise. For most though, the speeding-up of the 
shell's movement will make you miss a kick anyway. 

Rating: 5/10
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iii. Bro Flower

The Bro Flower is the fire flower of yore. It, as I hinted to, is a fireball 
throwing attack. Quickly tap the button of the brother with the large 
fireball in his hand to throw fireballs. Something many people don't notice
is that sometimes the large fireball is held by the babies. This attack 
targets all, can inflict burn, and each fireball hits only one person, but 
the person hit is random. Personally, I prefer the Green Shell, but both 
are cheap and this can hit flying enemies, a plus.

Rating: 6/10
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iv. Ice Flower

The Ice Flower is the Green Shell's Red Shell. Here, the difference is that 
instead of the effect burn, the effect is random down. Otherwise, it's close
to the same thing. Price is the same too. It's one point more since the 
effect is more useful, especially on bosses.

Rating: 7/10
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v. Copy Flower

The Copy Flower is widely acclaimed because those with good timing and
reflexes can do amazing amounts of damage. Essentially, the brothers attack 
through jumping one at a time on enemies in sequence. The sequence is 
random, and how fast they will fall is increased slowly. Once you miss an 
action command though, the attack stops. Concentration is a must. It may be
very expensive, but it might just be worth it.

Rating: 8/10
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vi. Mix Flower

The Mix Flower is my favorite Bros. Item. It has the potential for amazing 
damage, is simple to use, and hits all enemies. There is a reason it is the 
most expensive item. Reminiscent of the Bro Flower, just quickly tap the
button of the brother carrying the large fireball. If you tap quickly 
enough, the fireball on the tap screen will go up, instead of down, giving 
yet more time to add to it's size and might. Almost every battle in the 
game can be quickly won with the Mix Flower. Price may be important, but 
the Mix Flower's sheer strength and versitility is astounding. 

Rating: 10/10 
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vii. Smash Egg
 
The Smash Egg is in my opinion the worst Bros. Item. It costs the same 
as a Cannonballer, inflicts dizzyness, and targets all. (Hits one at a
time though) Two main problems though. One, dizzyness is rarely inflicted, 
and two, the action command to pull it off is far too hard. Headbutting with 
the babies buttons to get higher air and kicking with the Mario and Luigi is
annoyingly hard, and not worth it. Another effect it has is getting you
items, it's only true redeeming feature. 

Rating 5/10
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viii. Cannonballer

The Cannonballer was my favorite Bros. Item until the Mix Flower was 
recieved. As you may have guessed, your shot out of a cannon and then you 
must press the button of the brother hitting the enemy to reach full 
effect. High damage at a small cost and little effort ensues. Look on the 
top screen to see the order in which the Bros. are falling. It is only 
limited by it's targeting of just one.

Rating: 9/10
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ix. Trampoline

The Trampoline is yet another improved version of another Bros. Item, this
time the Cannonballer. It's continuing jumping, instead of the 
Cannonballer's four jumps, is a nice improvement. Also it targets all 
enemies, hitting them one at a time. It costs three times the Cannonballer 
though, which is far too much for just these two improvements. Thus, it 
gets a lower score then the Cannonballer.

Rating: 8/10
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x. Pocket Chomp

The Pocket Chomp is another Bros. Item that isn't that special. Mario or 
Luigi jumps on enemy, babies on Pocket Chomp pass through, hitting enemy. 
Also, the babies can do a spin-hammer attack while passing the enemy to do 
extra damage. No status effects, targets all but only hits one at a time. 
Personally, I didn't use this one all too much.

Rating: 6/10
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E. How-to-Use Guide on Bros. Items (taken directly from the games
little help window)

i. Green Shell

1.) Press the button to kick the shell, then keep kicking!
2.) Press the baby's button as the shell hits the enemy for extra power!
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ii. Red Shell

1.) Press the button to kick the shell, then keep kicking!
2.) Press the baby's button as the shell hits the enemy for extra power!
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iii. Bro Flower

1.) Quickly press the button of the bro with the big fireball to chuck fire!
2.) Use the baby's buttonto throw high fireballs and hit flying enemies!
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iv. Ice Flower

1.) Quickly press the button of the bro with the big iceball to chuck ice!
2.) Use the baby's buttonto throw high iceballs and hit flying enemies!
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v. Copy Flower

1.) Press the button of the jumping bro as he lands on the enemy!
2.) Pressing the button just before landing is the way to go!
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vi. Mix Flower

1.) Quickly press the button of the bro with the big fireball!
2.) Keep the fireball on the Top Screen. The bigger it is, the stronger it 
    is!
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vii. Smash Egg

1.) Press and release the button to kick falling eggs into the enemy!
2.) Toss them higher with the baby buttons, then kick them for more power!
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viii. Cannonballer

1.) Press each bro's button as they land on their foe!
2.) Watch the Top Screen and remember the order of Bros.!
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ix. Trampoline

1.) Press each bro's button as they land on their foe!
2.) Watch the Top Screen and focus on who's falling!
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x. Pocket Chomp

1.) Press the button of the jumping bro as he lands on the enemy!
2.) Press the baby's button when passing by to do Spin-Hammer damage!
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F. Badges that affect Bros. Items (Descripition taken from game)

i. Easy Badge 
Simplify attack item commands. 

You get this early in the game, and I had it equipped the whole time 
through. This will make your life a whole lot easier, thus it's name. 
I strongly suggest equipping it to one of the babies.
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ii. Ulti-Free Badge
No matter how many attack items you use, your stock stays the same.

The most expensive badge in the game is also the best badge in the 
game, with a ridiculously awesome effect. Essentially, unlimited use of
Bros. Items with that character. Think of bosses where you're using 
Bros. Items every turn with both brothers, expensive ones. This is 
your way of cutting the number used in half, yet still be attacking 
with two Bros. Items every turn. This will save you untold coins.
How do you get this? You know those beans you can get with the babies's
Spin-Hammer technique? Go to the underground area of Peach's Castle, 
where the timehole to Toad Town is. Using the Spin-Hammer technique to
go through a pipe in the room to that's upper-right of the time hole, 
go up, left, up, left, up, right, and up to get to a familiar character's 
bean shop. Who, you ask? Why it's Fawful, the lovable comedic enemy of 
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga! He still has rage issues, tellable by 
his story you can get from him, but now instead of fighting you, he's 
selling to you badges. The price? Beans! 90 to be exact. There are also
other beans that you can get, but I suggest saving until you have 90
and buying this badge. This badge alone will get you through the final
battle. 
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iii. Big-POW Badge
Get a "GREAT" when using an attack item and temporarily power up.

Though I wasn't impressed by the "Big" set of badges, I must admit that
they could be very useful to those with good timing. If you do have 
good enough timing to get "Greats" quite often, then it will be very
much so worth it to wear this badge.
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iv. Big-DEF Badge
Get a "Great" when using an attack item and temporarily boost defense.

This is the exact same as the other badge, but substituting a POW 
increase for a DEF increase. To be honest, to choose between these two 
badges is a personal choice, whether you favor strength or defense is
your decision. But I've found in most circumstances that a power boost
will come in handy more then a defense boost, especially in the latter
parts of the game.
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v. Training Badge
Use as many attack items as you like, but lose a lot of power. For practice.

This is just as the game said, this is for those who want to learn how
to effectively use Bros. Items. This is very nice, but be very vigilant
when using this badge, because if you run into an enemy that is 
powerful while still wearing this badge you will be in for a world of
hurt. Essentially, this is the Ulti-Free Badge's little brother. Same 
effect, but much, much weaker outcome.
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vi. EXP Badge
Increase EXP recieved when you defeat enemies with attack items.

This is pretty straightforward, to be honest. If you beat an enemy with
Bros. Items, then you get more EXP. I also had this equipped throughout 
most of the game, since I like to use Bros. Items. Even if you don't 
use Bros. Items on normal enemies, you should always equip this before
a boss battle, since you usually have to use Bros. Items to even have
the smallest chance of beating most of the games bosses.
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vii. Dynamic Badge
Boost attack-item power, but use two items per attack.

This badge is a truly good balance between higher attack power and the
number of Bros. Items used. This badge is good for Bros. Items like 
Green Shells and other cheap and common Bros. Items, but the more 
expensive and already powerful Bros. Items like Copy and Mix Flower 
shouldn't be used with this badge. That is considering though, that you
don't have on the Ulti-Free badge with the other brother. If you do, 
equipping this badge is like negating the other, but with a large power
boost remaining. Though I usually had my other badge filled with Cure
Badge A, (Heals 10 every turn, very good badge) I found that this combo
is also excellent.
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viii. Dynamic Badge A
Massively boost attack-item power, but use four items per attack.

This badge is very limited in usefulness. While there is a HUGE power
increase, your Bros. Items will be sucked up like never before, even 
with the Ulti-Free badge equipped on the other brother. Only wear this 
badge if you're using a Bros. Items with which you have more then 50
with, which is likely to be only the Green Shell and you're favorite 
Bros. Items.   

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6. Contact Information (MAL06)
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If you have any questions, comments, or errors you'd like to point out, my
e-mail is Kratos_42@hotmail.com. Thank you for reading.