“You dare to gaze? How 'bout stone boots, so you can swim with the fishes!”
—Cala Maria, Death screen
Cala Maria is the boss of the first world, Timber Valley, fought in High Seas Hijinx, an airplane level that takes place over the sea. It's highly probable that this battle will be taken just after the ship battles, as seen that in those kind of levels, many bosses will be present. She is the first boss of the game.
Before the battle, a submarine's periscope is seen until Cala Maria's serpentine, tentacle-like hairs pick up the submarine and toss it backwards, whilst four electric eels show up. After shooting her a lot of times, the eels leave and she turns gorgeous. Eventually, when the player deals half enough damage to Cala Maria, she muscles herself up, going to phase 3. Upon defeat, she falls into the water and gives a thumbs up, similar to the T-800 when being melted down in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Cuphead and Mugman can access the next world.
On each phase, she has two attacks.
Phase 1 - Average Looking MermaidEdit
She calls upon several eels that shoot electical bullet-like objects at cuphead and mugma
Ghost foghorn Edit
Cala-maria can call in 3 ghosts to hit you.
Phase 2 - Sea-Gorgon CreatureEdit
Turns cuphead and mugman into stone for a period of time.
Cala Maria can hire some seagulls to shred on Cuphead or Mugman.
Phase 3 - HeadEdit
She sends a wave of energy at Cuphead and Mugman.
Carries over from Phase 2
- Cala Maria was first teased at the E3 2015 trailer. Since then, no gameplay of the boss battle was shown, it is just a .gif where we can see the creation process of her idle animation.
- In the E3 2015 demo, the music for Botanic Panic was the same as Cala Maria's battle music in the final version.