Big Buzzy Beetle

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Big Buzzy Beetle
Big Buzzy Beetle
A Big Buzzy Beetle from Paper Mario: Color Splash
First appearance Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen! (1986)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Variant of Buzzy Beetle
Big Bony Beetle
Buzzy Beetle Tower
Heavy Para-Beetle

Big Buzzy Beetles are giant versions of Buzzy Beetles that appear throughout the Super Mario franchise.


Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen![edit]

higher quality image of buzzy beetles
A large and small Buzzy Beetle walking in Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen!

In the 1986 anime Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen!, a large Buzzy Beetle appears during a walking montage scene. It walks forward with a smaller Buzzy Beetle behind it. However, Mario uses the power of the flower he had recently acquired to throw a fireball at it. This defeats the Buzzy Beetle, although Buzzy Beetles are impervious to fireballs in the games.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Sticker Star enemy
Big Buzzy Beetle
A sprite of the Big Buzzy Beetle.
Location(s) Hither Thither Hill
Max HP 40
Attack 3
Moves Shell Toss (3), Reverse Shell Toss (4)
Stickers N/A
A Big Buzzy Beetle in Paper Mario: Sticker Star
The Big Buzzy Beetle in Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Making their game debut in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, one Big Buzzy Beetle acts as a mini-boss of Hither Thither Hill, the third boss battle of Decalburg's first world. Mario must defeat it to continue his adventure. In battle, the Big Buzzy Beetle can go into its shell and ram into Mario, just like normal Buzzy Beetles. However, the Big Buzzy Beetle is impervious to all attacks (except for Ice Flowers, which will damage it), with its only weak spot being its underbelly. The boss must be flipped over by either successfully jumping on it or by using a POW Block sticker. When it is upside-down, the Big Buzzy Beetle can ram into Mario again and bring itself up. It has 40 HP, and drops an HP-Up Heart upon defeat. It is also the only optional boss in the game.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

A single Big Buzzy Beetle appears in Paper Mario: Color Splash, serving as the Buzzy Beetle Tower base in The Emerald Circus. It can be flipped over by using a POW Block card.

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

The screenshot of Rising Tides of Lava.
Three Big Buzzy Beetles from New Super Mario Bros. U

Big Buzzy Beetles first appear in the Super Mario series in New Super Mario Bros. U. They are found in Rising Tides of Lava from Peach's Castle, where they act as both enemies and platforms. Mario can jump and stand on top of a Big Buzzy Beetle's shell while it is floating on lava when it rises, showing them to be immune to lava. When not floating on lava and when it is not stomped on, it just retreats into the shell. They are one of the few enemies that do not reappear in New Super Luigi U.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Big Buzzy Beetles are present yet again in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2. The player can enlarge a normal Buzzy Beetle with a Super Mushroom, and thus the implication of Big Buzzy Beetles within the game. Big Buzzy Beetles are no longer immune to lava like in New Super Mario Bros. U; they simply sink into the lava to be consistent with other enemies.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

In Mario Golf: World Tour, several Big Buzzy Beetles can be found on Hole 8 of Wiggler Park.

Unused appearances[edit]

A cropped screenshot of the Giant Buzzy Beetle as rendered by Wii or emulated Wii.
The big, unused Buzzy Beetle in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Sprites found in prototype revisions of Super Mario World include sprites for large Buzzy Beetles, but it is not included in the final game in any way.[1]

A giant Buzzy Beetle appears as an unused enemy in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, suggesting that they were going to appear during gameplay, but were either never implemented into any level or removed before the final release.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかメット[2]
Deka Metto
Big Buzzy Beetle
Chinese (Simplified) 巨型钢盔甲虫
Jùxíng Gāngkuī Jiǎchóng
Giant Buzzy Beetle
Chinese (Traditional) 大鋼盔龜
Dà Gāngkuī Guī
Big Buzzy Beetle
French (NOA) Blindule Géant Giant Buzzy Beetle
French (NOE) Maxi-Bruyinsecte Big Buzzy Beetle
German Maxi-Käfer Big Beetle
Italian Nella gigante Giant Buzzy Beetle
Spanish (NOA) Gran Buzzy Big Buzzy Beetle
Spanish (NOE) Gran Buzzy Beetle Big Buzzy Beetle


  1. ^ Twitter post showing early SMW tiles. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. U section, page 210.