Paula

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Paula
ポーラ Pola
Paula.png
Clay model from Mother 2
Gender Female
Age 11[1]
Appears in EarthBound
Residence Twoson
Relatives Unnamed parents
Occupation Caretaker at Polestar Preschool
Traveling partners Ness
Jeff
Poo
Signature weapon Frying pans
PSI capable? Yes
Non-PSI ability Praying

Paula is a girl from Twoson, and is one of the main playable characters in EarthBound. She has advanced psychic powers, mainly wielding elemental PSI, and is shown to use telepathy as well. Paula is well-known throughout Twoson for her abilities, and helping out at Polestar Preschool.

She can also use the pray command in battle, which has a large amount of random effects. Among these effects include restoring HP to party members, making both enemies and the party cry, and reviving both unconscious party members and enemies.

In EarthBound

History

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In EarthBound, Ness first receives a telepathic message from her in his sleep after defeating the Titanic Ant. She has been kidnapped, and needs his assistance to break out. He travels through Peaceful Rest Valley and to a cabin, where she is being held. Mr. Carpainter had kidnapped her, in hopes to use her as the "high priestess" for Happy Happyism. Paula tells Ness that Mr. Carpainter holds the key to her prison, and gives him the Franklin Badge for protection from his otherwise-deadly lightning attacks. After he retrieves the key, Paula joins his party, and accompanies him for the rest of the game. When the two of them get imprisoned in Threed by zombies, she sends a telepathic message to Jeff, urging him to go south from Winters to rescue them.

Later, in Fourside, she is kidnapped in the department store by the Dept. Store Spook, working for Mr. Monotoli. Ness and Jeff defeat the Dept. Store Spook, although by the time they do so, it is too late, and Paula is trapped in the Monotoli Building. The two of them go through Moonside, and destroy the Mani-Mani Statue that was possessing Mr. Monotoli. They then ascend the Monotoli Building, and upon reaching the 50th floor, Mr. Monotoli gives Paula back, and apologizes for the ordeal. Paula uses her gnostic abilities to sense that they must go back to Threed to reach Summers, where they find the now-repaired Sky Runner to fly.

In the final battle against Giygas, Paula uses her praying abilities to contact various characters they met on their journey, including the player. With everyone's powers combined, they all manage to defeat Giygas. At the end of the game, Paula receives a letter from the children at the Polestar Preschool, and Ness escorts her back home to Twoson.

PSI level up list

Level Move name
1
PSI Freeze α
alpha
3
PSI Fire α
alpha
6
PSI Shield α
alpha
8
PSI Thunder α
alpha
11
PSI Freeze β
beta
15
PSI Magnet α
alpha
19
PSI Fire β
beta
21
Offense up α
alpha
24
PSI Magnet Ω
omega
25
PSI Thunder β
beta
26
PSI Shield Σ
sigma
29
Defense down α
alpha
31
PSI Freeze γ
gamma
37
PSI Fire γ
gamma
40
Offense up Ω
omega
46
PSI Freeze Ω
omega
51
PSI Shield β
beta
54
Defense down Ω
omega
57
PSI Thunder γ
gamma
60
PSI Shield Ω
omega
64
PSI Fire Ω
omega

Praying

Paula has the ability to pray (Japanese いのる Pray) in-battle, which has a variety of random effects.

In-game text Effect Chance
Dazzling light (1) Does 90~270 damage to an enemy 1/16
Dazzling light (2) All enemies and party members begin crying uncontrollably 1/8
Golden light Restores a random party member's HP completely 1/16
Heaven-rending sound All enemies and party members begin feeling strange. Ignores resistance/immunity. 1/16
Heavy air All enemies and party member's defense is lowered by several points 1/16
Mysterious aroma All enemies and party members fall asleep. Ignores resistance/immunity 1/16
Mysterious light Restores 1-5 PP to all party members 1/16
Very subtle light Restores about 6.25% of all party member's HP, rounded down 5/16
Warm light Restores 12.5% of all party member's HP, rounded down 1/8
Rainbow-colored light Revives all unconscious enemies and party members 1/16

In the Super Smash Bros. series

Paula appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee and a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which raises PK Attack by 10.

Trophy description

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Paula is a PSI master who used her incredible psychic abilities to call Ness from afar. Ness rescued Paula from the blue-stained clutches of the Happy Happyist cult, and she became integral to his EarthBound adventure. Originally, Ness didn't know either PK Thunder or PK Fire, so Paula probably taught him these techniques.

Game appearances

Sprites

Gallery
Paula
Paula's normal appearance.
Unconscious
Paula's unconscious sprite.

Art

Gallery
Paula.png
Paula's clay model from Mother 2.
PaulaUS.png
Paula's clay model from EarthBound.
EarlyPaula.png
An early version of Paula's clay model from Mother 2.
Paula Trophy.png
Paula's trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Default names

English Japanese
  • Paula
  • Nancy
  • Skye
  • Paige
  • Marie
  • Holly
  • Jane
  • ポーラ Paula
  • リボン Ribbon
  • ごろこ Goroko
  • ヨーコ Yoko
  • リラ Rilla
  • ピーチ Peach
  • おて Ote

Trivia

  • Paula is the only party member who does not have a party of their own for a short time.
  • The clay models for Ness and Paula for the US release of EarthBound are different from the original Japanese Mother 2 models, and early magazines use an entirely separate model for Paula.
  • Two of her default names, Nancy and Jane, may come from the Mother enemies of the same names.

References


EarthBound Characters of
EarthBound
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Main Party
Ness sprite.png
Ness
Ani Paula sprite.gif
Paula
Jeff sprite.png
Jeff
Poo sprite.png
Poo
Allies
Buzz BuzzTracyRunaway FiveApple KidTonyBubble MonkeyDr. AndonutsMr. SaturnTendaFlying Man
Antagonists
FrankCaptain StrongEverdredMr. CarpainterGeldegarde Monotoli
Villains
Master BelchMani-Mani StatueNess's NightmarePokey MinchGiygas
Others
Ness's motherNess's fatherKingPicky MinchLardna MinchAloysius MinchLier X. AgeratePhoto-ManB.H. PirkleRuffiniPaula's familyOrange KidMr. PoochyfudGonzaresMaxwellTessieBrick RoadSebastianGeorge MontagueGerardo MontagueSanchez BrothersSesame seedPenetella GiovanniMiss FakeVenusMr. SpoonElectraJackieWarp ManTalah RamaMan K. ManMonkonnaRisosha RichmondeMr. ForkPoo's MasterStar MasterRed SnakeAy-go StikkeNicoMr. PrettymanEnrich Flavor
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