Ant Trooper

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Ant Trooper
Artwork from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Big Ant Trooper
Horned Ant Trooper

Ant Troopers are ant enemies debuting in Super Mario 3D World. They are indigo-colored and have a pair of antennae, a striped body, yellow eyes, and red feet.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Screenshot of Super Mario 3D World.
Ant Troopers in Ant Trooper Hill

Ant Troopers make their first appearance in Super Mario 3D World, and they reappear in its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. They appear uncommonly throughout the game, and are introduced in World 4-1, Ant Trooper Hill. They attack by marching, sometimes emerging from holes or pipes, and keep walking on walls. They cannot be defeated by jumping, but are vulnerable to Ground Pounds, Cat Mario's, Tanooki Mario's and Rosalina's attacks, and projectiles as well. Ant Troopers sometimes carry items on their backs, mainly coins and power-ups.

Big Ant Troopers are an Ant Trooper subspecies. As their name implies, they are larger than common Ant Troopers, and are also rarer. They cannot be defeated by any attack.

Horned Ant Troopers are Ant Troopers wearing an orange helmet with a spike over their body. The helmets prevent their heads from being stomped, making them very similar to Spike Tops, but only if the helmet is facing upward; if they are walking along a vertical surface, they become safe to jump on.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Ant Troopers appear as course elements in Super Mario Maker 2 in the Super Mario 3D World level style. Big Ant Troopers and Horned Ant Troopers return as well. When given wings, an Ant Trooper flies in a horizontal line, switching directions when it hits a wall. When given a parachute, an Ant Trooper glides to the ground while flailing its feet. Ant Troopers can be defeated with a Super Star or Builder Mario's hammer. They may also walk on Builder Mario's crates.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Ant Troopers return in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports, behaving like they do in Super Mario 3D World. While interacting with them using the pointer or touch screen, they do not stop like regular enemies. If pointed at for enough time, they reward the player with one coin.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Ant Troopers appear alongside Horned Ant Troopers in battle in the Twinsy Tropics Dungeon and in Neo Bowser Castle during the Final Smash mission. If Horned Ant Troopers take enough damage, they lose their spike helmets, turning them into normal Ant Troopers (despite still being named as Horned Ant Troopers) and lowering their defense. While in this state, they attack the Mario Bros. by dashing into them instead.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

In Mario Tennis Aces, Ant Troopers appear as spectators in Bask Ruins.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Ant Troopers appear in Dr. Mario World as obtainable assistants. When equipped in stage mode, the doctor's skill gauge will further increase by a percentage if four or more viruses are simultaneously eliminated. For example, with a level 3 Ant Trooper (fills skill by 50% more), if a row of four viruses is eliminated with one half-capsule, there will be five objects (four viruses + one half-capsule) eliminated but the skill gauge will fill by 7.5 points: 5 points from the match and 2.5 extra points (50% of 5 points) through this assistant. In versus mode, they grant doctors a chance to cancel an opponent's doctor's skill that targets the user, such as 8-bit Dr. Mario's half-capsule lock effect. They are a clear reward bonus for completing the first area of World 12 and appear in the same world's background once an area has been cleared.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam enemy
Horned Ant Trooper (no helmet)
An Ant Trooper from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam HP 88 POW 132 (114) Defense 135 (130) Type Normal Item drop Ultra Nut - 3%
1-Up DX - 2%
Experience 46 (41) Coins 20 Speed 91 Weakness None Location(s) Twinsy Tropics Dungeon, Final Smash
Level           22 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Fills skill meter 30%/40%/50%/60%/70% more when four or more viruses are eliminated at the same time."
  • Versus mode: "If targeted by opponent's skill, grants 30%/35%/40%/45%/50% chance of canceling skill effects."


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 3D World
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
content/ObjectData/Crawler.szs Crawler -

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アリへい
Ant Soldier
Chinese (Simplified) 蚂蚁兵
Mǎyǐ Bīng
Ant Soldier
Chinese (Traditional) 螞蟻兵[1]
Mǎyǐ Bīng
Ant Soldier
Dutch Ant Trooper -
French Fourmili From "fourmi" (ant) and "militaire" (military)
German Trupp-Krabbel Crawling Trooper
Italian Formico Masculine adaption of "formica" (ant)
Korean 개미병
Gaemi Byeong
Ant Soldier
Portuguese (NOA) Forminimiga From "formiga" (ant) and "inimiga" (enemy)
Portuguese (NOE) Formilitar From "formiga" (ant) and "militar" (military)
Russian Муравей-пехотинец
Ant Trooper
Spanish Hormigoide From "hormiga" (ant) and the suffix "-oide" (-oid)