- 1 How Grunty joined the Tourney
- 2 How to Unlock
- 3 Character Select Screen Animation
- 4 Special Attacks
- 5 Victory Animations
- 6 On-Screen Appearance
- 7 Trivia
How Grunty joined the Tourney
In the first game, Gruntilda played the role of the stereotypical "evil witch". She spoke only in rhymes and was known for being extremely vain, which is odd considering how ugly she appears. She has a bad habit of picking her nose, as seen in the Banjo-Kazooie intro cutscene. Like most witches, she uses a broomstick for transportation. When Dingpot revealed that Tooty, Banjo's sister, was the "prettiest and fairest in the land", Gruntilda became infuriated and kidnapped Tooty (however, the manual implies that Gruntilda was already planning on snatching a denizen from Spiral Mountain to steal their beauty to one-up her sister, Brentilda. According to the manual, she was actually deep-down glad that Tooty was prettier than her as it gave her an excuse to subject her as her first test specimen). She selfishly plotted to use a "Beauty Transfer Machine" to drain Tooty's youth and beauty and transfer it to her own ugly self, which would result in Grunty becoming pretty and thin and Tooty becoming ugly, fat and green. Banjo and his good friend Kazooie chased the witch through her massive lair, where she had created several worlds filled with her minions and various challenges to stop the duo. As the pair progressed, Gruntilda shouted rhyming taunts and various insults in an attempt to keep the pair away. But with the help from various sources, including her nicer sister Brentilda who told Banjo and Kazooie interesting secrets regarding Gruntilda, the bear and bird duo were able to complete the worlds and reach Grunty's last challenge before rescuing Tooty: a twisted game show called Grunty's Furnace Fun. After the duo won the game show, Gruntilda ran away and Banjo and Kazooie rescued Tooty. Later, the bear and bird journeyed to the roof of Gruntilda's Lair and faced off in a battle with Grunty.
How to Unlock
The player must complete one of the following requirements to unlock Grunty:
- Play 235 matches in the Versus Mode.
- Using Banjo, finish Classic Mode.
For both of these options, the player must brawl Grunty on the Grunty's Tower Rooftop stage. After defeating Grunty, the announcer will say "Someone else has joined the Tourney!" after a Smash Ball appears on the lower-right corner of the screen with a message saying "You can now use Banjo's arch-nemesis, Gruntilda Winkybunion.".
Character Select Screen Animation
Looks at her face in a mirror.
After the announcer calls her name
Grunty sends a fist of energy to the camera. It clears to show her up close saying "Long of tooth and strong of arm, Grunty's got the lasting charm!".
Witchy Witchcraft (Neutral)
Tapping "B" will cause Grunty to toss a Fireball overhead it arches through the air dealing DMG to anyone it hits bursting into flames on contact. If "B" is held down for a moment, Grunty will raise her arms up over her head and begin to charge. Crackling green energy begins to gather above her head. Releasing "B" during this part of the move has two possible outcomes, both result in Gruntilda firing a blast of green magic that slightly homes in on foes. However this spells speed can change depending on when "B" is released. While charging, Player smay notice the speed of the gathering energy at first it slowly accumulates then after a bit more charging begins to gather faster these are cues as to when to release "B" should you want a slower moving spell or a faster moving spell. If "B" is held longer still, the green energy will swell turning a pink color this is the biggest baddest spell Gruntilda knows and Witchy Witchcraft's max charge. Releasing "B" at this part of Witchy Witch Craft will release a large blast of fast moving pink magic, though this spell doesn't home in on foes its speed is incredible! Gruntilda cannot store Witchy Witchcraft's charge and must release "B" to move freely again.
Lardmaster Rush (Side)
Grunty will mount her broomstick: The Lardmaster 2000. The broomstick lifts Grunty into the air slightly, then with a mean stare it bares its teeth and swoops forward leaving a trail of red energy. If the Lardmaster collides with a foe it will deal them DMG and send em flying, this will cause the Lardmaster to shatter into splinters. If the Lardmaster doesn't connect with a foe Players can continue to hold down "B" and the Lardmaster will automatically rise back up, turn around, and take another sweep back the way it came. After this second sweep however the Lardmaster will begin to sputter, black smoke rises out of its bristles causing Grunty to hop off and the Lardmaster vanishes. If Grunty is struck during the Lardmaster rising the Lardmaster will shatter into splinters as if it struck a foe. However during the actual sweep Grunty will gain super armor.
Special Shield (Up)
Grunty will raise her arms above her head and begin wiggling her fingers causing sparkles to fall from them and conjures a shield that encases her large body as her arms slowly come down to her sides she is propelled upward. The shield will deal DMG to any foe who touches it and will nullify any projectile the connects with it. Grunty will stop rising upward once her hands reach her side and she stops wiggling her fingers. Players can use the control stick to move left or right while Gruntilda is ascending and for a moment after reaching max height too. If Players continue to hold down "B" after Grunty reaches max height, they can then press "Down" on the control stick, this will cause Grunty to crash downward dealing DMG and big knock back to foes below. Of course doing this will send Grunty straight down and Players won't be able to adjust her movement during this time. If Players opt not to do this or didn't hold down "B" after a moment in the air Grunty's shield will vanish into sparkles and Grunty will enter a helpless state until she touches a platform.
Piddles Punt (Down)
Grunty reaches behind her and holds out her cat Piddles by the scruff of her neck. As "B" is held down Grunty will wind up her foot, releasing "B" will cause her to kick Piddles right in the toosh sending the pink cat soaring through the air. Depending on how long "B" was held will determine Piddles trajectory a quick tap will result in Piddles flying in an almost straight line while holding "B" down longer will result in an arching flight path. Regardless of that, should Piddles make contact with a foe she will meow loudly baring her teeth she will scurry around their body, stopping randomly to deliver a punishing bite to foe. Piddles will continue to do this for a time unless the foe wiggles around enough to dislodge her making her vanish in a burst of magical energy. If Piddles doesn't connect with a foe and lands on the stage, she will face plant, sit up, turn to face Grumty and become enraged, meowing loudly she bares her teeth and dashes back towards the witch. Though Grunty can dodge Piddles, should Piddles connect with Grunty, Gruntilda will suffer the same effect as if she were a foe. Turns out Piddles doesn't like being kicked around. If Gruntilda dodges this Piddles will simply vanish as stated above. Since there is only one Piddles, if Grunty uses Piddles Punt before Piddles has vanished from the stage, she will instead take out a random Gruntbot to kick, unlike Piddles, the Gruntbots won't scurry around a foes body or ever retaliate from being booted. If a Gruntbot doesn't initially connect with a foe and fall to the stage they will break apart on impact. There are a few variants of Gruntbots Grunty can use though this is purely cosmetic.
B.O.B. (Final Smash)
Grunty will mount her broomstick and blast forward cackling as she does. If Grunty connects with a foe the screen will change to show a rather simple control panel two large buttons take up the console on the left a red button with the word "BLOW" an don the right a blue button with the word "SUCK" the camera pulls back and we see that this is the Big-O-Blaster (B.O.B.) Control panel a computer screen displays a target that focuses on silhouettes of the foes affected, the camera continues to pull back and we appear behind Gruntilda as she continues to cackle. The camera cuts to face Gruntilda she is joined by her two sisters: Mingella and Blobbelda who join in her maniacal cackling. Gruntilda's raised arm comes down and the camera shows Grunty's finger pressed the "SUCK" button we now see the B.O.B. begin to crackle with energy. The camera cuts to outside Cauldron Keep, and B.O.B. fires a beam of green energy. We now see the affected foes looking around a rather tranquil looking area- suddenly the B.O.B.'s green energy beam crashes down on the foes dealing racking DMG as is sucks the life force away from them and the surrounding area turning both the foe and the area monochrome. We cut back to the stage as the foes are dealt huge knock back and Grunty re-enters fighter stance. If a foe is not KOed by B.O.B. they will retain their monochrome state until they loose a stock or the match ends.
- Grunty pretends to cry saying "You won't catch me, I've made sure," then looks up with a glare and continues "all the credits you'll now endure!".
- Grunty puts her arms in a praying position saying "First you see it, now you don't," then spreads them out with "the fast one wins, the slow one won't!".
- Grunty looks down saying "I'm sad to say down there you'll stop," then at the camera with "'cuz I'm safe here at the top!".
A black magic portal opens and Grunty rises out saying "Who's back up here, oh my word, it's beaky fool and hairy nerd!".
- Grunty's only speaks in rhyme in the Tourney series. She shares this trait with Etrigan (most but not all quotes), Twynkle the Elf, and Mr. Terrific.
- Estelle Ellis, the English voice actress of Gruntilda Winkybunion, last voiced Krystal in her premiere video game, meaning Star Fox Adventures, but Krystal did not fully speak English in that game, she only spoke Saurian.
- Grunty's character select screen animation is based on Alisa's Final Smash as seen in Tekken: Blood Vengeance. Along with Batroc the Leaper, Miu Furinji, and J, she is the only character so far to have an action from that film as a character select screen animation.
- Grunty shares her French voice actress with Mei Ling.
- The rival of Grunty is Sonic the Hedgehog. Her second rival is Jagi.