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

Description

Appearance

Moe Tato is a potato, Weepy is an onion with a big purple nose, and Psycarrot is a carrot with forehead creases that hide his third eye. All of these root vegetables are rather large compared to Cuphead and Mugman.

Personality

Moe Tato's personality is unknown but seems to enjoy consuming dirt and worms, based on his only attack. Based on his facial expressions, he seems to have a very grouchy personality. The only time we see him smiling is on his Death Screen.

Weepy gets upset quickly and is socially awkward. He may have pantophobia (the fear of everything).

Psycarrot is very skilled in psychic abilities and seems to be maniacal and insane. 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.

The Radish, as evident by his face, appears to be in a constant state of agitation, and is very quick to combat his rivals.


Battle

Intro

Moe Tato jumps out of the ground with a grouchy expression on his face, looking towards the player(s). He quickly resumes his idle animation as the battle begins.

Phase 1

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

Moetato

Moe Tato ready to fight

After his intro, Moe Tato will begin an attack pattern involving him spitting out three dirtballs, 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. In Simple mode, he just shoots two dirtballs, then a knotted worm. His projectiles are slower, and they're fired at a slower rate. In Expert mode, he will start attacking when the battle starts, the projectiles are fired at a faster rate and move much faster.

When defeated, he is shown to be heavily bruised, rubbing his cheeks and retreats underground. Hitpoints = 450/360/400

It is recommended that the player(s) get all three parries during this round, as it is much more difficult to do so in phase 2.

Phase 2

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

Weepy

Weepy about to cry

After Moe Tato has retreated into the ground, Weepy will pop out of the ground in the middle of the stage and look around. Sensing danger, he starts to cry, with his tears coming down at 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. In Simple mode, Weepy is skipped after defeating Moe Tato, and the fight goes straight to phase 3. In Expert mode, the tears drop quicker and there will be more falling down each time he cries.

When defeated, some of his layers appear to be peeled as he rubs his cheeks and retreats underground. Hitpoints = 400/425

Phase 3

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

Cuphead04

Psycarrot showing off his psychic abilities

After Weepy disappears, Psycarrot pops into the background in a showy manner, and proceeds to rub his head to telepathically summon carrots from the background that home in on the player(s). These carrots can be destroyed (Hitpoints = 4/4/4). In Simple mode, there will be less homing carrots, with a slower speed, less accurate homing, and a longer wait time before starting to home in. In Expert mode, there will be more homing carrots, with a faster speed, more accurate homing, and a shorter wait time before starting to home in. Occasionally, Psycarrot will open his third eye and fire three laser beams at the players. In Simple mode, the laser will be slower, and there will only be two beams. In Expert mode, the laser will be faster, but there will only be two beams. After he fires these beams, he resumes his regular attack summoning homing carrots.

After taking enough damage, Psycarrot will begin to rage and yell while pulling on his leaves in frustration. Hitpoints = 450/475/475

Sounds

Description Audio
Overworld
Map Veggies
Moe Tato pops out from the ground.
Sfx level veggies Potato RiseGround
Moe Tato spitting out dirt.
Sfx level veggies Potato Spit 01
Sfx level veggies Potato Spit 002
Sfx level veggies Potato Spit 003
Moe Tato spitting out a worm.
Sfx level veggies Potato Spit Worm 01
Sfx level veggies Potato Spit Worm 02
Weepy sprouts up from the ground.
Sfx level veggies Onion Rise
Weepy crying.
Sfx level veggies Onion Crying
Weepy defeated.
Sfx level veggies Onion Die
Psycarrot rises from the ground.
Sfx level veggies Carrot Rise
Psycarrot using his psychic powers.
Sfx level veggies Carrot MindMeld Start
Sfx level veggies Carrot MindMeld Loop
Psycarrot shooting beams from his third eye.
Sfx level veggies Carrot MindMeld BeamFire 01
Sfx level veggies Carrot MindMeld BeamFire 02
Psycarrot defeated.
Sfx level veggies Carrot Die
(Unused) A voice coming from Psycarrot.
Sfx level veggies ground

Walkthrough

Regular Mode Expert Mode
Cuphead- Botanic Panic

Cuphead- Botanic Panic

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

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

Gallery

Trivia

  • As the name obviously implies, the Root Pack are a group of root vegetables that grow in the ground. It's possible that they also represent the beginning of the quest for the main heroes.
  • Some time in development, a beet named "Betty Beet" was part of the Root Pack, but she is currently unused. There are some prototypes of what she would have looked like. One of her prototypes included legs- making her the only member to have legs. Another one had her eyes and nose on the stem and her lips on her body. The third one involved "Beet Babies," which would've made her the first boss to have children (Wally Warbles would be second); these babies would be her only attack, involving her throwing them at the player(s) while crying. This appears to be a very morbid idea, and she was most likely replaced with Weepy.
  • Some time in development, "Radish" was a miniboss that is now unused. He has a full set of animation sprite and he would come out after Weepy. If Radish was still in-game, he would jump out with an angry expression after bashful Weepy exited the battlefield. He would start to spin around shortly after his intro and chase the players around like Sally Stageplay's parasol. The player(s) would have to jump over him to dodge him. Considering his size, he would probably not fight alone and pair up with Psycarrot. Hitpoints = 250
  • In the 2017 demo, Psycarrot did not appear.
  • Weepy's crying attack is a reference to how onions, when cut, release chemicals that irritate eyes. 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.
  • 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.
  • The music for this boss is one of the few tracks to come to a slow stop rather than ending with a bang.
  • The Root Pack, the Phantom Express, and King Dice are the only boss battles with a group of bosses rather than one main boss.
  • Clip Joint Calamity was used as a placeholder theme during the 2016 demo.
  • Psycarrot's eyes will flash blue when getting hit while he uses his 3rd eye attack.
  • The trio's name is a reference to the Rat Pack, a 1950's group of entertainers, founded by famed noir actor Humphrey Bogart, comprising Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.
  • Their appearances may have been inspired by the Three Stooges, being the "Moe", "Curly", and "Larry" of the trio respectively.
  • In the background of this fight, there is a bag labeled "ACME GROW" which is a reference to the constant uses of "Acme" products in old cartoons to avoid using real manufacturer names
  • The Root Pack may have been inspired by other anthropomorphic vegetables from cartoons such as The Tears of an Onion (1938) and The Fresh Vegetable Mystery (1939).
  • There is an unused recording of Psycarrot vocalizing a short piece of unknown music, which seems to be a reference to the 1975 horror film Jaws.

Unused Content

Rootpack Unused Radish miniboss

Rootpack Unused Radish miniboss

Bosses
Inkwell Isle One
The Root Pack (Moe TatoWeepyPsycarrot) • Goopy Le GrandeHilda BergCagney CarnationRibby and Croaks
Inkwell Isle Two
Baroness Von Bon Bon (Lord Gob PackerKernel Von PopMuffsky ChernikovSargent Gumbo GumbullSir Waffington III) • Beppi The ClownDjimmi The GreatGrim MatchstickWally Warbles (Wally's Son)
Inkwell Isle Three
Rumor Honeybottoms (Policeman Bee) • Captain BrineybeardSally StageplayWerner WermanDr. Kahl's RobotCala MariaPhantom Express (Blind SpecterT-BoneBlaze BrothersHead of the Train)
Inkwell Hell
King Dice (Tipsy TroopChips BettiganMr. WheezyPip and DotHopus PocusPhear LapPiroulettaMangosteenMr. Chimes) • The Devil
Scrapped/Unused
ToastBetty BeetRadishJelly The OctopusGiant SpiderPachi-PachiThe LightCardDemon Bat