Battle Beetle

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Battle Beetle
Artwork of a Battle Beetle, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Battle Beetle

A Battle Beetle[1] is a flying atlas beetle[1] (a Japanese rhinoceros beetle in the Japanese version[2]) in the Tree Zone and Macro Zone found in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.

Battle Beetles simply walk forward until they reach a ledge. When they do, they fly straight up, then slowly hover down at an angle towards Mario. A Battle Beetle can be defeated with a jump on the head or with a fireball. Battle Beetles look much like Hercules beetles, but are roughly Mario's size.

A Battle Beetle also appears in volume 7 of Super Mario-kun, where Mario gets robbed by it and, while engaging a battle with it, the Battle Beetle hits a branch from which a Heavy Zed falls, squashing and defeating it. In volume 9, another Battle Beetle appears and is defeated by Bunny Mario.


Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

  • Virtual Console Manual: "This is an Atlas beetle that stomps around as it comes after Mario."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘラクラス[2]
From「ヘラクレス」(Herakuresu, Hercules), in reference to the Hercules beetle
German Kampf-Käfer Battle Beetle
Italian Coleottero da guerra[3] War(rior) Beetle
Spanish Ciervo Volante Flying Stag


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins English instruction booklet, page 13.
  2. ^ a b Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka Japanese instruction booklet, page 16.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 76