Rocky Wrench

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This article is about the recurring enemies that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3. For information about the enemies with the same name that appeared in Super Mario Galaxy, see here.
Rocky Wrench
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Rocky Wrench, as it appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)

Rocky Wrenches are turtle enemies that resemble moles in behavior and appearance.[1][2] They pop out of manhole covers and attack foes by throwing their namesake wrenches. Rocky Wrenches work for Bowser's Koopa Troop, often appearing as guards on the organization's vehicles. They have a non wrenched-armed counterpart.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

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Artqork of a Rocky Wrench from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Rocky Wrenches first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 as enemies on Airships, tanks, and ships belonging to the Koopa Troop. Upon sighting either Mario or Luigi, a Rocky Wrench will pop out of its hole on these vehicles and throw wrenches at them before descending back into its hole.

In most cases, a defeated Rocky Wrench will reappear, even when defeated by a stomp (it can be said they are stunned by being stomped). However, some Dark Land levels have red Rocky Wrenches which will be permanently defeated when attacked.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

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Rocky Wrenches also appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii on the Airship of World 6. Their behavior is largely unchanged from their Super Mario Bros. 3 incarnation, though they can be frozen by Ice Mario. They are also defeated permanently when attacked. Rocky Wrenches have a nearly identical appearance to a Monty Mole with goggles, and no longer wear shells.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A Rocky Wrench in Super Mario 3D Land.

Rocky Wrenches make a reappearance in Super Mario 3D Land. Though they are commonly found in Airship stages, they appear in several levels in the game. Their appearance is the same from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and conduct the same tactics of throwing wrenches as well, but some appear in pipes, some throw Bob-ombs, and some even throw Coins. Unlike other games, the wrenches they throw can be stomped on harmlessly, destroying them.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Rocky Wrenches appear in the Wii U title New Super Mario Bros. U with the same design and attacks as New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They only appear in Boarding the Airship of the Meringue Clouds, and are one of the few enemies that don't appear in New Super Luigi U.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Rocky Wrench from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

On the television series The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Rocky Wrenches appear in several episodes, most commonly as the guards of Bowser and the Koopalings' Doomship, although they are also shown to work on tanks and the Doomsub as well. A Rocky Wrench, whose dialogue consists of nothing but menacing growling, has a somewhat prominent role in the episode "Up, Up, and a Koopa", where one is assigned by Bowser and Kooky von Koopa to guard the cage that Emperor Ed, and later Mario and Luigi, are held captive in. He is bribed a Fudjie by Mario to free them, but declines.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

A Rocky Wrench competes in the International Mushroom Games as a member of a team called the Sneaks in Leaping Lizards. True to his team's name, he uses underhanded tactics in the events, cutting a hole in Roy Koopa's Magic Carpet during the obstacle course and throwing ink in his face during the Beetlebowl.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

A Rocky Wrench from Mario Kart DS.

In Mario Kart DS, Rocky Wrenches appear as obstacles on the Airship portion of the Airship Fortress. Popping out of their holes at random, these Rocky Wrenches can cause a kart to spin out of control if it runs into them.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

A Rocky Wrench as seen in Mario Kart 7.

In Mario Kart 7, Rocky Wrenches appear on the retro course, DS Airship Fortress. They also appear in Battle Course 1. Here, they look like their New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario 3D Land appearance. They act like they did in Mario Kart DS, though they can be jumped on safely, and the player can even perform tricks off them.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy
Rocky Wrench
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Max HP 15
Attack 5
Defense 0
Location(s) Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla
Moves Wrench Throw (5) Big wrench toss (10)

Rocky Wrenches make their Paper Mario series debut in the Nintendo 3DS game Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They only appear on Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla. In battle, a Rocky Wrench will either hide inside their manholes or have their heads peeking from the manhole. If they are hiding inside the manhole, they cannot be attacked and Mario's attacks will miss like the same to Piranha Plants. Rocky Wrenches, just like in previous games, throw their wrenches to attack. They also have bigger wrenches which deals more damage to Mario, and mostly use this attack when they are attacked. Sometimes after battle, a Rocky Wrench may drop a Wrench sticker.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

In Mario Golf: World Tour, Rocky Wrench is one of the names that can appear on the tournament scoreboard.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プー
Spanish (NOA) Topo Rocky Rocky Mole
Spanish (NOE) Tortopo Portmanteau of tortuga (tortoise) and topo (mole)
French Torti Taupe Pun on "tortue" (tortoise) and "Topi Taupe" (Monty Mole)
German Rocky Schraubenschlüssel Rocky Wrench
Italian Tartatalpa Pun on "tartaruga" (turtle) and "Tantatalpa" (Monty Mole)
Portuguese Chave inglesa Wrench
Korean
Ttu

Trivia[edit]

The official artwork for an Airship in Super Mario Bros. 3. Note Roy Koopa acting like a Rocky Wrench.
  • A Sammer Guy by the name of Spanner of Rock appears in Super Paper Mario; his name and speeches including references to Rocky Wrenches.
  • In official artwork for an airship in Super Mario Bros. 3, Roy Koopa hides in a trench and throws wrenches very similar to Rocky Wrenches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rocky is a turtle who kind of looks like a mole. He will suddenly appear and start to throw wrenches at Mario." — Super Mario Bros. 3 Manual, Page 37
  2. ^ *「モグラようなカメ族。穴からニョキッと出てきてスパナを投げてくる。飛行船の乗組員だ。」 ("Mole-like members of the Turtle Tribe. They will pop out of a hole to throw their spanner. They are the maintenance crew of the airship.") - The Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese manual (page 38)