Big Koopa Troopa

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This article is about the Koopa Troopas native to Giant Land. For information about the form the Koopa Troopa take after obtaining a Mega Star, see Mega Koopa.
Big Koopa Troopa
A Big Koopa Troopa from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Maker (2015)
Parent Species Koopa Troopa
Derived Species
Big Dry Bones
Colossal Koopa Paratroopa
Notable Members
Hookbill Koopa
Kent C. Koopa
Koopa the Quick

Big Koopa Troopas,[1] or Big Koopas,[1] are gigantic versions of normal Koopa Troopas that are seen around the Mushroom Kingdom.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Two Big Koopa Troopas at the top compared to two normal-sized Koopa Troopas at the bottom from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Big Koopas appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 and reside only on Giant Land (along with other gigantic creatures like Big Goombas and Big Piranha Plants). Mario and Luigi have a harder time avoiding these Koopas because of their increased size. Despite this, if the plumbers stomp on a Big Koopa, it will hide inside its green or red shell, just like an average-sized Koopa does when it feels threatened. Once inside, the plumbers can kick their shells away. In the Nintendo Power Strategy Guide, they are split between Green Gargantua Koopa Troopas[2] and Red Giant Koopa Troopas[2] and, along with Colossal Koopa Paratroopas, are collectively referred to as Giant Koopas.[3]

Super Mario 64[edit]

In Super Mario 64, a single Big Koopa Troopa known as Koopa the Quick appears in the game as a friendly racing rival to Mario. He hails from Tiny-Huge Island (an island filled with both miniature and gigantic enemies) but he is the only Big Koopa Troopa seen in the game.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Three Big Koopa Troopas in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

They reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in the Supermassive Galaxy. Only three are found patrolling a solitary planetoid where they will attempt to flatten Mario if he gets in their way. They can only be defeated with a Spin Drill by drilling into their belly from the opposite side of the planet. If Mario performs a Long Jump on a Big Koopa Troopa so that he catches up with the it each time, he can get 1UPs for every time he stomps onto it, allowing maximum 1UPs to be gained.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Big Koopa Troopa in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Big Koopa Troopas appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, and are common enemies in Jungle of the Giants. The player is no longer able to carry their shells in this game. Additionally, their shells are able to break through normal-sized Brick Blocks without bouncing off. Unlike previous games, the Big Koopa Troopa is bipedal and wearing shoes.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Big Koopa Troopas come in green and red varieties in the level builder game, Super Mario Maker. In the Course Maker, after the player drags a Super Mushroom onto a standard Koopa Troopa, the enemy will grow in size. Just as in New Super Mario Bros. U, its shell cannot be carried, and this applies even when playing in Super Mario Bros. 3 style, whereas in the said game, the player could transport the shells of Big Koopa Troopas.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, a regular Koopa Troopa named Hookbill was transformed by Kamek into a Big Koopa Troopa in order to stop Yoshi from reaching World 5. It acted as the boss of World 4.

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, a greedy and nearsighted Big Koopa Troopa named Kent C. Koopa appears as an optional boss in the game. He has taught the Koopa Bros. how to fight, and he is known as a bully and refuses to let Mario pass unless Mario pays 100 coins. If Mario disobeys him, Mario and his partners must fight Kent C. Koopa to return to Koopa Village.

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかノコノコ
Giant Koopa
German Riesen-Koopa Giant Koopa
Chinese 大喏庫喏庫 (Traditional)
大喏库喏库 (Simplified)
Dà Nuòkùnuòkù
Big Koopa Troopa


  1. ^ a b New Super Mario Bros. U, Big Goomba Bounce Bash Bonus Video description
  2. ^ a b Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 8.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 36.