Bat (Super Mario Galaxy)

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SMG Bat Artwork.png
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
Variant of Swoop

A bat[1][2][3][4] is a Swoop-like enemy from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Bats have pig-like noses and bulging, glowing eyes with faint rings on them, causing them to resemble Keese from the series The Legend of Zelda, particularly their incarnation from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess; the two games were in development at overlapping times, so this may be intentional.


Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Bats attacking Luigi in the Slimy Spring Galaxy
Two bats attacking Luigi in the Slimy Spring Galaxy

Initially, bats are found either hanging from the ceiling or flying around aimlessly. When Mario or Luigi approaches, they fly in close to him, before attempting to fly straight into him. If they succeed, they will laugh at him. They can be defeated with a spin or stomp, and they release either three Star Bits or one coin, respectively, depending on which way they are defeated. They can be found in many dark places, with the first being the cave in the Beach Bowl Galaxy. They are also found flying around the arm of Heavy Metal Mecha-Bowser. Icy locations such as the cold portion of the Freezeflame Galaxy sometimes contain an icy variant called an ice bat, which will freeze Mario or Luigi if he makes contact with it, and can be defeated only with a Fire Flower.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

Bat in The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Bats in The Super Mario Bros. Movie

In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, bats appear as one of the enemies inhabiting the Dark Lands. They also appear during the Koopa Troop's celebration of obtaining the Super Star and in one of the film's posters, which depicts the scene where Luigi is captured by Shy Guys.[5] Unlike in the games, bats have visible mouths with fangs, and their eyes are spinning swirls rather than concentric rings.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/BasaBasa.arc BasaBasa Transliteration of below
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
バサバサ (Basa Basa) Swoop

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バットン[6]
Derived from "bat" and possibly「豚」(ton, "pig" in the on'yomi reading), most likely because of their pig-like nose; shared with Enigma's Japanese name

French Chauve-souris
German Flappflapp
Same as Swoop
Italian Pippy
Diminutive of "pipistrello" (bat)
Spanish Vampílago
Same as Swoop


  1. ^ Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 134–135.
  2. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 237.
  3. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:09 UTC via
  4. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy 2 entry on the official Mario Portal. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:46 UTC via
  5. ^ Poster for The Super Mario Bros. Movie featuring bats in the backgroundMedia:The Super Mario Bros. Movie official poster 3.jpg
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook. Pages 128 and 160.