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Moetato

Moe Tato ready to fight.

The Root Pack are one of the first bosses fought in Cuphead. They are the simplest bosses in the game to fight, and are usually the first boss the player will fight in Inkwell Isle One.

Description

Appearance

Moe Tato is a large potato, Weepy is an onion with a rather large purple nose, and Psycarrot is a large carrot.

Personality

Moe Tato: Unknown overall, but seems to like stuffing dirt and worms into his mouth, based on his only attack. Based on his facial expressions, he could be grumpy at all times.

Weepy: Very sad and socially awkward, and seems to have pantophobia (the fear of everything).

Psycarrot: Very skilled in psychic abilities (as proven by one of his two attacks). Seems to be very maniacal and crazy. When he pops out of the ground, he makes a boasting gesture at the players, suggesting that he is a show-off. He is also the presumed leader of the group.

Intro

Before the battle, Moe Tato bursts out of the ground.

Phase 1: Moe Tato

"Buttered, smashed, and mashed. It's over for you."
Moe Tato, Death screen

Moe Tato will fire three (two in simple mode) dirt balls, and then a knotted worm that the player can parry. Moe Tato will spit out his projectiles faster every round of his attack, eventually slowing them back to the starting pace. When defeated, he is shown to be heavily bruised and retreats underground.

In expert mode, the projectiles are fired at the same rate, but they individually move much faster.

It is recommended that the player get all three parries during this round, as it is harder to parry the tears from Weepy during the second phase.

Phase 2: Weepy

"Hey little guy, it's O.K. if you have to cry!"
Weepy, Death screen

Weepy

Weepy about to cry.

After defeating Moe Tato, Weepy, a giant onion, will then pop out of the ground in the middle of the stage. After looking around fearfully, he starts to cry, with his tears coming down in different intervals. All the player has to do is dodge the tears by moving left and right. There may also be pink tears that can be parried. When defeated, he will shown to have some of his layers peeled off as he cries and sinks into the ground.

In simple mode, the fight with Weepy does not exist and moves onto Psycarrot.

Phase 3: Psycarrot

Death

Psycarrot's knock out animation.

"I'm lean, mean and full of beta-carotene."
Psycarrot, Death screen

Psycarrot is the final mini-boss/main boss of the Root Pack. He will appear in the background, and has two attacks. The first is where he will summon carrots from the background that will home-in on the player, which the player can shoot to destroy. In his second attack, he opens his third eye, which he uses to fire yellow ring-lasers at the player's location three times before stopping. After taking enough damage, he will pull on his top leaves in defeat, seemingly mad at himself while bawling and screaming.

In expert mode, Psycarrot will shoot out his homing carrots, and will also fire 2 (instead of 3) beams at you with a greatly reduced delay than in regular mode.

Walkthrough

Normal Mode Expert Mode
Cuphead - Root Pack - Perfect A+ 1-2301:51

Cuphead - Root Pack - Perfect A+ 1-23

Cuphead (PC)- The Root Pack in "Botanic Panic" - Expert (Grade S)01:23

Cuphead (PC)- The Root Pack in "Botanic Panic" - Expert (Grade S)

Trivia

  • The trio's name is a reference to the Rat Pack, a 1950's group of entertainers comprised of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.
    • Their appearances may have been inspired by the Three Stooges: Moe-Tato to Moe Howard, Weepy to Curly Howard and Psy-carrot to Larry Fine.
  • In development, Weepy wasn't a part of the Root Pack, but rather a beet named 'Betty Beet.' There are some prototypes of what she would have looked like, one of her prototypes included legs, thus, she could have been the first gang member to have had legs, another one had her eyes and nose on the stem and her lips on her body and the third (and final) one is where she and her 'Beet Babies' would have appeared, this would have made her the first boss who had children, the second would be Wally Warbles. The creators said "She didn't make the cut for the garden bosses." This could possibly mean Weepy was added when Betty was still in the picture. The first concept had her on the right while the third had her on the left. If we had Betty in the games current state, she would have probably been on the left. She is also the second vegetable boss with a last name, the first being Moe Tato.
  • As the name obviously implies, the Root Pack are a trio of root vegetables that grow in the ground. It's possible that they also represent the beginning of the quest for the main heroes.
  • Weepy’s crying attack is a reference to how onions cause many people to tear up. Likewise, Psycarrot’s third eye, while being a reference to psychic powers and spirituality/mysticism in general, is a reference to the false fact that carrots are good for eyesight due to their high beta-carotene. Their defeat lines further support this.
  • When Psycarrot says his defeat line, “I’m lean, mean, and full of beta-carotene”, the apostrophe is shown as an unrecognized character. This is strange, as other bosses also have an apostrophe in their defeat lines and they show up without a problem.
  • This is the only boss fight where the "final" phase is fought in Simple Difficulty.
  • In the game's good ending, none of the Root Pack members are shown.
  • In the background of this fight there is a bag labeled "Acme Grow" which is an easter egg reference to Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies, specifically the Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons. It could also be what gave the Root Pack their powers.
  • The background music is slightly different from the soundtrack version.
  • There is a visual glitch where after defeating Weepy, his non-damaging streams of tears will remain and continue to flow on-screen.
Bosses
Inkwell Isle One
Cagney CarnationGoopy Le GrandeHilda BergRibby and CroaksThe Root Pack (Moe TatoWeepyPsycarrot)
Inkwell Isle Two
Baroness Von Bon BonBeppi the ClownDjimmi the GreatGrim MatchstickWally Warbles
Inkwell Isle Three
Cala MariaCaptain BrineybeardDr. Kahl's RobotPhantom Express (Blind SpecterT-BoneBlaze BrothersHead of the Train) • Rumor HoneybottomsSally StageplayWerner Werman
Inkwell Hell
King Dice (Tipsy TroopChips BettiganMr. WheezyPip and DotHopus PocusPhear LapPiroulettaMangosteenMr. Chimes) • The Devil

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