In Mother 3, strangeness works differently. The victim will now either do what the player told them to do, along with keeping the right target, but they may also do something completely different, such as using an item despite being told to attack.
In Mother 3, this Status ailment also affect the character's movement out of battle, and after walking a short time the player return to normality.
Strangeness can be caused by Brainshock and occasionally by PSI Flash. The enemies Mr. Batty, Elder Batty and Mole Playing Rough (EarthBound only) also possess the ability to make themselves feel strange. In EarthBound, it can be cured by Cup of Lifenoodles, Horn of Life, Refreshing Herb, Secret Herb, a physical hit, and PSI Healing β; in Mother 3, it can be healed with Healing and with a Paper Fan.
- Mushroomized is a similar status ailment that can also affect the character's movement out of battle.