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"I'm calling out to you who I've never met... I'm calling our friend who we've never met...Jeff! Jeff! We need your help! I am Paula and I am with another friend, Ness... We are trying to contact you..."
— Paula

Paula Jones (Japanese: ポーラ・ジョーンズ Paula Jones)[1] is the playable characters in Earthbound. She is the first to join Ness, and the only female member of Ness's team. She normally uses frying pans as her primary weapon, along with many powerful PSI powers. Her HP and defense are rather low, but she has high PP and is the fastest of the playable characters. She has a Pray ability, which calls forth one of many possible random effects in battle.

There are several characters in the game that believe Ness and Paula are dating; from Ness's Mother to Jeff Andonuts, the latter says so at the end of the game.


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Paula is a resident of Twoson in the country of Eagleland, and the daughter of the local Polestar Preschool's owners. Ness is made aware of her existence when he goes to sleep at any location after visiting the "Your Sanctuary" location at Giant Step, when she contacts him through her telepathy in a dream. She was kidnapped by a masked boy and Pokey Minch, and brought to Peaceful Rest Valley to become the high priestess for Happy Happyism (although Everdred claims she was kidnapped to be a human sacrifice). She gifts the Franklin Badge to Ness so he may challenge and defeat Carpainter, get the key to where she is imprisoned, and free her. After she is freed, she joins Ness's party. She is later kidnapped by Geldegarde Monotoli, but as before, Ness rescues her, this time with the help of Jeff. Paula's Pray command is ultimately a key part of the game, as she must use it nine times to defeat Giygas in the final battle.

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Battle Tips[]

Paula, in battle, is the designated glass cannon (canon), having generally high attack but weaker defensive capabilities. Paula mainly relies on her PSI to deal great damage in battle, as her physical attack is relatively weak. Despite this, her PSI moves such as Fire, Freeze, and Shield come in handy for most of the game. Paula also has great Speed, making her viable for inflicting quick damage. However, her fast damage output counterbalances with her weaker HP, Vitality, and Defense, leaving her easy to be killed, unless players equip her with great defensive equipment.


Paula is a young girl of a child's age with blonde hair with and tealish blue eyes. She wears a red hairbow, pink dress, with a white collar, white ribbon, white socks, and fuchsia sneakers that bear a resemblance to Ness’s younger sister Tracy.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[]

Paula appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, with the text,

Paula is a PSI master who used her incredible psychic abilities to call Ness from afar. Ness rescued Paula from the blue-stained clutches of the Happy Happyist cult, and she became integral to his EarthBound adventure. Originally, Ness didn't know either PK Thunder or PK Fire, so Paula probably taught him these techniques.

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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Paula appears along with Poo when Ness uses PK Starstorm. She also appears as a spirit battle, where she is represented by Vilager in her pink costume. The stage her fight is set on is Onett. She also appears as a profile picture for a players online tag.


  • Using the Don't Care naming option, the rumored names for Paula are "Paula", "Marie", "Jane", "Holly", "Paige", "Skye", and "Nancy". In Japan, the possible names for Paula are "ポーラ (Paula)", "リボン (Ribbon)", "ごろこ (Goroko)", "ヨーコ (Yoko)", "リラ (Rilla)", "ピーチ (Peach)", and "おて (Ote)".
    • In America and Europe:
      • Nancy is named after EarthBound Beginnings enemy Nancy.
      • Jane is named after the same enemy's Japanese name.
    • In Japan:
      • Goroko may be named after Goro Inagaki, a Japanese musician.
      • Yoko is named after Yoko Ono, a Japanese songwriter and peace-activist.
      • Peach is named after Princess Peach.
  • When talking to Paula's mother for the first time in Mother 2, she will state that "God is with her", however this was edited in EarthBound to "she has a guardian angel, it seems" as Nintendo of America avoided anything faithful in their games.
  • During the end sequence of the game, Ness does not have to escort Paula home. It is possible to bring her to his house to meet his mother, although Paula will question it at first, before going inside with Ness.
  • Paula appears to be fond of Teddy Bears, considering that while she is imprisoned by Carpainter, she has a Teddy Bear in the cell with her, and in her room at her house there is a present containing a Teddy Bear.
  • Paula is the only member of the Chosen Four who is never controlled as the only party member within the story. (Ness is prior to rescuing Paula and during the Magicant sequence, Jeff after being telepathically called, and Poo during the Magic Cake sequence.) Should Ness fall in battle, however, she will become the party leader.
  • If we say no to Paula when she asks to escort her she'll say "Then I'll escort you", but Ness will still be the leader.
  • Paula's clay model shows that she has a form of briefcase, but she never actually holds one in the game.
  • A common joke in the fan community is that Paula has all of those useful PSI powers, despite Ness being the main character. This leads to a common strategy of Paula being the vital offensive PSI user, hardly ever using the Frying Pan except when she is out of PP.
  • If all players goes to talk to Paula's father when everyone but Paula is unconscious or diamondized, he'll call her a tomboy.
  • The North American clay figure of Paula is missing her hairbow. The reason for this change is unknown.