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Ribby and Croaks are a boss duo in Cuphead. They are fought and encountered in the level Clip Joint Calamity on Inkwell Isle One. Although they are separate during the first two phases of the fight, they still share the same health pool.

Description

Appearance

The duo seem to be wood frogs, but Croaks is a brown frog with a light salmon underside and he wears a maroon belt, brown boxing gloves and red pants/leggings. Ribby is a green frog who is shorter than Croaks, and has a yellowish white underside. He wears red boxing gloves, a red belt and white pants/leggings.

Personality

Ribby and Croaks are well-meaning hooligans with hearts of gold and a lot of moxie—sometimes a little too much moxie.[1] They were tough fighters born in the worst environments, as implied in their quotes. The fact that Ribby bawls and Croaks bang his fist on the ground in anger when defeated in Simple mode implies that they may be somewhat dramatic and perhaps sore losers (although Croaks is such in a more aggravated way while Ribby is merely a wimp). Also, Ribby seems to sacrifice himself in order to help Croaks be stronger.

Battle

Intro

Before the battle, Croaks makes a taunt followed by Ribby, who snarls at Cuphead and Mugman with shaky legs.

Phase 1

"We've had fightin' souls since we've been tiny tadpoles."
Ribby and Croaks, Phase 1 Death Screen

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In the first phase, the two frogs take turns attacking the players in a set pattern that is easily memorized and avoided:

  • Croaks will spit out fireflies, which are literally on fire, that will slowly inch closer to damage the players. These bugs are easily disposable by simply shooting at them. Because of this, Croaks' attack is much easier to avoid than Ribby's. Hitpoints = 4/4/4
  • Ribby throws fist shaped energy waves at the player in a set pattern, some of which can be parried: one close to the ground, one slightly higher off the ground and one high off the ground. The pattern reverses after the third energy fist. The entire pattern (including the reversion) is shot twice. In Simple and Expert mode, however, the pattern is shot once, with decreased speed in Simple mode, and increased speed in Expert mode.

In Expert mode, both Ribby and Croaks do their attacks in unison, rather than individually.

Once taking enough damage, Ribby rolls to the other side, attempting to damage the players, crashing into something off-screen. In Simple mode, Ribby rolls slower, In Expert mode, he rolls faster. He then comes back on the left side, thus commencing the second phase of the battle. Hitpoints = 546/408/494

Phase 2

"Crude and bad, 'cause we're from the wrong side of the lily pad."
Ribby and Croaks, Phase 2 Death Screen

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In this phase, players are now surrounded by Ribby and Croaks in a pincer attack, with Ribby on the left and Croaks on the right. They will now attack simultaneously, although Croaks' attack is a little bit longer than Ribby's.

Ribby will periodically slap three ringed ball-like projectiles bouncing up and down, while Croaks will spin his body rapidly like a fan, blowing the players away from him and towards Ribby's attack in order to damage them. In Expert mode, the ringed balls bounce faster, and Croaks blows the players away with more force. Ribby's attack can be avoided by running away from it as it bounces, dashing or smoke-dashing away, even while being blown away.

In Simple and Expert mode, Ribby will be throwing energy waves like in the first phase after rolling. However, the pattern doesn't reverse after the third energy fist like it does in the first phase. Instead, it simply ends. He will then alternate between throwing energy wave punches and slapping ringed balls, of which he can also choose to slap either once, twice or thrice.

Ribby and Croaks working together by combining attacks.

After taking enough damage, Croaks will open his mouth and Ribby will attempt to damage the players again by rolling at Croaks. After that, Ribby will then roll into Croaks' mouth, making Croaks swallow Ribby and causing Croaks to transform into a slot machine. This commences the final phase of the battle. In Simple mode, the battle will simply end with Croaks pounding his fists to the floor, and Ribby crying. Hitpoints = 854/714/741

Phase 3

"You went for broke and now you're croaked!"
Ribby and Croaks, Phase 3 Death Screen

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In this phase, the giant slot machine is initially invulnerable and will spew coins continually. In expert mode, coins are fired more frequently.

A slot machine formed by Ribby and Croaks fusing.

By triggering the crank via a parry (which does not count toward the parry total), the machine will turn vulnerable and cycle through different symbol patterns to indicate its impending attack. It will open a giant metal hatch in its bottom half which shoots out moving platforms with various properties, all of them have spikes on the side and deal contact damage, the spawn rate will slowly increases as well. There are three possible set of chip platforms that can be spawned:

  • Tiger: Orange chips that make orange balls bouncing up and down out of the center, which must be jumped over or went under to not get hit. The bounces are always in a pattern, even if the chips start to spawn faster.
  • Snake: Green chips that need to be jumped on continuously to not get hit by the side, the speed of the chips keeps accelerating.
  • Bull: Red chips that float in the middle of the screen before shooting fire jets in an indicated direction.

In Expert mode, all the platforms spawn and move faster.

When sufficient damage has been dealt to the slot machine, it malfunctions and and violently rumbles, with skull icons on its body and crossed out eyes. Hitpoints = 578/665

Attack Projectiles

Name Phase Parried
Firefly croaks.png
Fireflies (Croaks only)
1 No
Ribby punches.png
Flaming Fists (Ribby only)
1 Yes
Ball.png
Ball Projectile (Ribby only)
2 No
FrogCoin.png
Coin
3 No
Platforms.png
(Tiger bouncy ball.pngBison fire.png)
Platforms and Flame Jets
3 No

Sound Effects

Description Audio
Overworld.
Croaks' introduction, followed by Ribby.
Ribby using his fist attack.
Ribby accidentally crashing into something.
Croaks using his arms to create a fan.
Ribby and Croaks fusing into a slot machine.

Gallery

Unused Content

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In the final phase, there is an unused asset that is an Oni or a Devil for the slot machine. When landed on, it would have combined all four types of chips into one attack spawned chips that move on the ground, with the new one being shooting pink fire upward continuously for the player to parry over. In the showcase video, it is a slightly recolored version of tiger chips having pink hurtbox and green parry area, probably with pink version of the fire from bison chips if it made it into the final game.

Unused_frogs_"Demon_trigger"

Walkthrough

Regular Mode Expert Mode

Trivia

  • Ribby and Croaks, along with Rumor Honeybottoms, Captain Brineybeard, and Cala Maria, are the only bosses to have a custom knockout animation on Simple mode.
  • There is a picture of a pirate ship covered by curtains in the background, hinting at Captain Brineybeard.
  • This boss battle is the only boss that has two individuals fighting at the same phase for the entire fight.
  • Ironically, even though the slot machine they turn into is one of the things that are commonly found in casinos, Ribby and Croaks are not henchmen for King Dice.
  • This boss' music was used as placeholder music for The Root Pack as seen in footage for the 2016 demo.
  • Ribby (Simple difficulty), Beppi The Clown (Simple Difficulty), Willy Warbles and Baroness Von Bon Bon are the only bosses in the entire game to cry during their knockout.
  • Ribby appears in the good ending, whereas Croaks is absent.
  • The original concept for this fight is a health bar would lower from the top of the screen and the Cup brothers would get custom movesets for this fight only, gaining classic moves like the Fireball and the mighty Dragon Punch from Street Fighter series. This idea was scrapped for the sake of consistency and pacing for the game.

Inspirations and Similarities

  • Everything in this level is a homage to the fighting game, Street Fighter.[1]
    • Their appearances are based on Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter series, because of their attire: Ribby wears white pants, red boxing gloves and a belt, similar to Ryu wearing a white gi, red gloves and headband; while Croaks wears red pants, brown boxing gloves and a belt similar to Ken wearing a red gi and brown gloves.
    • In their intro before the match starts, Ribby and Croaks will respectively perform Ryu and Ken's taunts from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Ribby's taunt may also be similar to that of Akuma from Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
    • Ribby, when on the same side with Croaks, gives an attack that combines Ryu's Hadouken and E. Honda's Hundred Hand Slap.
    • Croaks' animation when spitting fireflies looks rather similar to that of Dhalsim, a different Street Fighter character, when using the Yoga Flame.
    • Ribby's animation when rolling at the player looks similar to Blanka when he is doing his Rolling Attack move.
    • Ribby, when throwing his ball-shaped projectile attack, does so with an animation that looks uncannily similar to Guile's Sonic Boom.
    • Croaks, when spinning his upper body like a fan, looks somewhat similar to Zangief's Double Lariat.
    • The symbols on the slot machine supposedly reference three Street Fighter characters:
      • The Bull references M. Bison with the chips causing blue flames. It could also references Balrog with his attacks such as Charging Buffalo and Bursting Buffalo as the bull, the buffalo, and the bison are all bovine.
      • The Tiger references Sagat with the chips causing orange balls, also with his attacks Tiger Shot, Tiger Uppercut, and Tiger Knee.
      • The Snake references Vega with his speedy attacks and snake tattoo.
      • The chips all being surrounded by spikes are a reference to Chun Li's armbands.
    • The background of a crowd of flies cheering is a reference to the background of Street Fighter (Specifically Street Fighter II) which usually have a crowd in the background, also cheering when a character is defeated.
  • Both Ribby and Croaks may have been inspired by the Battletoads. With Croaks having the brown color scheme of Pimple from the original 1991 Battletoads, with Ribby having either Rash's or Zitz's green color scheme. This may also be true since both Ribby and Croaks can turn themselves (or parts of themselves) into machinery, and both are pugnacious amphibians.
  • Their color schemes may also have been inspired by the Frog and Toad children's stories by Arnold Lobel, especially since Ribby is a frog and Croaks is a toad. The only difference is the heights are switched -- if they were truly inspired by Frog and Toad, then Ribby, the Frog, would be the tall one and Croaks, the Toad, would be the short one.
  • Their appearances are a direct reference to the character Flip the Frog from animator Ub Iwerks' 1929 Silly Symphony Springtime.[1]
  • The names "Ribby" and "Croaks" may be a play on the names of two iconic boxing characters, "Rocky" Balboa and Apollo "Creed".
    • It is also a play on the sounds frogs make, as that is what they are.
  • The second phase may be a subtle reference to the common "Pincher Attack" strategy, a common military maneuver in which two armies surround their foe on both sides.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Art of Cuphead, Ribby and Croaks, page 50 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Ribby and Croaks" defined multiple times with different content
Bosses
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 Pop
Muffsky ChernikovSargent Gumbo GumbullSir Waffington III)
Beppi The ClownDjimmi The Great
(Cuppet) Grim MatchstickWally Warbles (Willy Warbles)
Inkwell Isle Three
Rumor Honeybottoms (Security Bee) Captain BrineybeardSally Stageplay (Sally's Husband)
Werner Werman
(Katzenwagen) Dr. Kahl's RobotCala Maria
Phantom Express
(Blind SpecterConductorLollipop GhoulsHead of the Train)
Inkwell Hell
King Dice (Tipsy TroopChips BettiganMr. WheezyPip and Dot
Hopus PocusPhear LapPiroulettaMangosteenMr. Chimes) The Devil
Inkwell Isle Four
Glumstone The GiantMoonshine Mob (Spider MobsterLight BugAnteaterAnnouncer Snail)
The Howling Aces
(Pilot BulldogYankee YippersPilot Saluki) Mortimer FreezeEsther Winchester
Chef SaltbakerAngel and Demon
The King's Leap
The PawnsThe KnightThe BishopThe RookThe Queen
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