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Katzenwagen, Death Screen

Katzenwagen (literally "Cat Cart") is a minor boss in Cuphead fought in Murine Corps, which is located on Inkwell Isle Three.



Katzenwagen is a mechanical feline that has purplish fur, light grayish-blue skin, yellow eyes, white paws and inner ears.


Katzenwagen has no real personality, being an automaton created and operated by Werner Werman.



After Werner's tank is sufficiently damaged in the second phase, Katzenwagen eats him and the fight transitions to the third phase. It attacks by opening its mouth, revealing a grate from which two spectral rats, clad in 1930s style prison scrubs emerge. These ghosts will conjure a pink crystal-like ball and throw it at the player. This ball will release two fire waves travelling along the ground upon exploding, but it's possible to prevent this from happening by parrying the ball, and the split ball will still be pink, so you still have a chance to parry them. In Expert mode, there will be four spectral rats and the ball cannot be always parried. Spectral rats can be killed by damage. Hitpoints = 34/30

Katzenwagen can also attack by smashing the floor with its paw. As it retracts its paw, wooden planks begin to fall down from above. They will damage the player if they hit. The boards fall from side-to-side, so it's best to keep moving to avoid getting hit. In Expert mode, the wooden boards fall faster.

After dealing enough damage, Katzenwagen is paralyzed and the faceplate falls off, revealing a stunned Werner. Hitpoints = 740/777



  • The Rat Wraiths released by Katzenwagen during the fight are spirits of mice prisoners still trapped in the cat's stomach.[1]
  • An animation error can be spotted in the third phase when Katzenwagen does its arm attack from the right side of the screen. This makes it seem as if its arm has been disconnected from his hand.
    • A similar error occurs in the Devil's boss fight when he uses his ram attack.
  • In Death Screen Phase, Katzenwagen eyes are green.
  • In the Death Screen Phase, Katzenwagen's tiny meowing is heard.
  • The name Katzenwagen can be roughly translated to "Cat Cart" in German.

Inspirations and resemblances[]

  • Katzenwagen greatly resembles Thomas "Tom" Cat of Tom and Jerry fame, particularly his early incarnation as Jasper. also, his appearance may be similar to Lucifer from 1950 Disney film Cinderella, He inspired by Gumball (Amazing World of Gumball), He Could be Inspired by Scratch of Simpsons ( 1989)
  • He Inspired by By The Cats from Betty Boop ( 1933) to the nature of the Battle and inclusion of Katzenwagen, Werner's overall boss fight is a reference to the iconic Tom and Jerry cartoons.
    • Due to the nature of the battle, and inclusion of Katzenwagen, Werner's overall boss fight is a reference to the iconic Tom and Jerry cartoons.
  • The plot twist at the fight is most likely a reference to the Cheshire Cat boss fight from the Sega Genesis game The Adventures of Batman & Robin, as both he and Katzenwagen are mechanical cats whose faces fall off at the end of their battles, revealing them to be robots.


  1. The Art of Cuphead, page 154-155
Inkwell Isle One
The Root Pack (Sal SpudderOllie BulbHorace RadicheChauncey Chantenay) • 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 Great (Cuppet) • Grim MatchstickWally Warbles (Willy Warbles)
Inkwell Isle Three
Rumor Honeybottoms (Security Bee) • Captain Brineybeard (The Ship) • Sally Stageplay (Sally's Husband) • Werner Werman (Katzenwagen) • Dr. Kahl's RobotCala MariaPhantom Express (Blind SpecterConductorLollipop GhoulsHead of the Train)
Inkwell Hell
King Dice (Tipsy TroopChips BettiganMr. WheezyPip and DotHopus PocusPhear LapPiroulettaMangosteenMr. Chimes) The Devil
Inkwell Isle Four
Glumstone The GiantMoonshine Mob (Charlie Left LegsLight BugAnteaterAnnouncer Snail) • The Howling Aces (Pilot BulldogYankee YippersSergeant O'Fera) • Mortimer FreezeEsther WinchesterChef SaltbakerAngel and Demon
The King's Leap
The PawnsThe KnightThe BishopThe RookThe Queen