Monty Moles (also known as Gophers in the cartoons) are surly moles that appear in several Mario games, including a few sidescrollers such as Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They later reappear in Super Mario 64, Paper Mario, and other recent titles. In these games, Monty Moles are generally cowards who throw rocks at Mario and will then burrow underground before Mario can attack them.
Monty Moles are major opponents in Super Mario Sunshine, where they act as bosses. Only two of them appear in the game. Both of them man a cannon, attacking Mario with Bullet Bills and Bob-ombs. As such, Monty Moles appear to be very technologically advanced.
Monty Moles have connections to Rocky Wrenches of Super Mario Bros 3, Undergrunts of Super Mario Galaxy, and the moles of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (which may be Monty Moles given a unique personality by Square).
Gains Combat Reflexes when attacking or attacked by Tacticians. Counters attacks and attacks become stealthy.
Burrow - chance to dodge attacks
Hops out of the floor.
(Special) Stealthy - does not trigger counter or protect abilities.
(special) Exploits Flying - does extra damage to flying enemies
(enemy) Pressure Points - causes either Weakened, Dizzy, Slowed, or Exposed.