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Not to be confused with Bruiser.
Artwork of a Broozer from Dr. Mario World
Artwork from Dr. Mario World
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Latest appearance Dr. Mario World (2020)
Variant of Boo

Broozers are boxing ghosts that first appear in New Super Mario Bros. Their name is a homophonic pun on "bruiser" and "boo". They are humanoids wearing a grayish-purple sheet over their body, brown shoes, and deep-red boxing gloves. In New Super Mario Bros., they have angry yellow-orange eyes with Boo-like smiles containing sharp teeth, but in every later appearance, the eyes are sunken with a green hue, and the smiles become angry scowls, bearing much larger teeth. They make sharp hissing noises as they attack - either made by them or the tailwind of their punches.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

World 5 (New Super Mario Bros.) - Ghost House
Six Broozers surrounding Mario in New Super Mario Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros., they are found in two levels: World 5-A Ghost House icon from the New Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo DS. and World 5-C. Broozers blindly run into the direction of Mario (or Luigi), punching at anything in their way. These enemies can be useful, and they can punch otherwise unbreakable bricks, allowing Mario to reach items and Star Coins that could not otherwise be reached. Mario must jump on a Broozer three times to defeat it. However, a Ground Pound, being hit by Mario doing a shell dash, a fireball or walking through them as Mega Mario can defeat these enemies in one hit, with the latter making the Broozer spinning erratically while falling defeated. Also, because of their bad traction, Broozers often can be forced to fall into gaps in the floor by running past their target and being unable to stop. They seem to possess little intelligence, as they can be easily tricked into running past Mario and into a hole, and do not notice him when he hides in a blue shell.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they appear in World 7-Ghost Icon.png. They have the same function as they did in the original New Super Mario Bros., except this time, in addition to breaking bricks, they can knock over barrels and cause them to roll down stairs. They are imperative to finding a shortcut to World 7-5, as Mario must lure one to bust open a hidden, unseen door so he can take the secret exit and unlock the level. Although they can be frozen by Ice Mario, Broozers cannot be picked up afterwards.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

After their absence in New Super Mario Bros. 2, Broozers reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U in Which-Way Labyrinth, Spinning Spirit House, and World CoinNSMBW Coinworld.png-6. They behave exactly the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

New Super Luigi U[edit]
New Super Luigi U
A Broozer in New Super Luigi U

Broozers appear in New Super Luigi U in the level Broozers and Barrels, the first level of Frosted Glacier. They are shown to be capable of rotating Star Lifts.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

A Broozer appears in Super Mario-kun, where it punches a chocolate Princess Peach called "Choco Peach". The chocolate Peach is revealed to have power-ups which make Mario giant, resulting in the Broozer being crushed by Mario.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Broozers make their Paper Mario series debut in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Two of them appear in Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla, where they are battled alongside a Boomerang Bro, their only appearance in-game. They attack by hitting barrels into Mario, and floating up to him and punching him. After taking some damage, they will start flailing their arms around for a few turns, dealing damage to Mario if he tries to attack them directly. After winning the battle, there is a high chance that the player may earn a Barrel sticker.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Broozers make their Mario & Luigi series debut in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. They appear as common enemies in Neo Bowser Castle in both normal and paper forms. Two Broozers are also fought alongside two Paper Broozers as one of Bowser's last lines of defense.

A Broozer's main attack is to stand in front of its target and punch them, which knocks them off-screen and unable to act (or be targeted by attacks or items) for several turns. Normally the Broozer punches immediately upon moving into position, but it can also do a fake-out and pull its punch; if its target jumps too early, its delayed punch always hits. The player can tell when a fake is coming because the Broozer swings its arm up and down as it approaches, instead of the regular arm spin. For either punch timing, the target can jump to dodge and counter.

Broozers also receive a Power boost when they are attacked, including first strikes but not counterattacks. They also share a barrel attack with their paper counterpart where they drop a barrel in front of themselves and ram into it, causing it to fly into their target, and then follow it for an arm-flailing hit. The barrel's trajectory depends on whether it is a paper barrel or not. If the barrel matches the Broozer, it must be jumped just after it is bumped. If a normal Broozer hits a paper barrel, it soars over the target's head, and so is dodged by not jumping. Either way, the Broozer itself must be jumped over to complete the dodge and counter.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Sprite of a Broozer from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Broozers appear again exclusively in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, where they are classified as Boo minions. They fight against and alongside Captain Goomba on his journey to rescue his king. They are strong against Bob-ombs, Mechakoopas, and Mecha-Fawfuls. They are found in the levels Power Play, Return of the Koopa Cruiser, Chain Chomp and Spike Stomp, Rumble in the Castle! and The Mightiest Minions. Their Special Skill is Air Bash.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Broozers make an appearance in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode, where they are enemies and recruitable allies. They are strong against Bob-ombs, Alarm Bob-ombs, King Bob-omb, and Mechakoopas.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Croozin' for a Broozin' from Super Mario Party

Broozers make their Mario Party series debut in Super Mario Party, where they appear as non-playable characters. They are featured in the Croozin' for a Broozin' minigame, where the players must outrun a group of them. Artwork of a Broozer can also appear in Absent Minded, as one of the characters that can be chosen. They appear to glow in dimly lit areas.

Some Broozers appear in the background of Challenge Road to indicate one of the upcoming minigames will be Croozin' for a Broozin'. They are seen chasing a scared Toad.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Broozers make their Dr. Mario series debut in Dr. Mario World as assistants, where they have a chance to transform viruses into pop cannons at stage start: one in stage mode and two in versus mode. The chance to do so is greater at higher levels, where it is 20% at the first level and 100% at the maximum level. They also appear in the background of World 20 alongside Boos when an area is cleared of viruses. A Broozer is rewarded to the player when they cleared the first area of World 20.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star enemy
Broozer PMSS.png Max HP 21 Role Common Location(s) Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla
Attack 6 Stickers Barrel
Defense 0 Moves Punch (6), Barrel Punch (10)

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam enemy
A Broozer in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 280 POW 246 (200) Defense 224 (199) Speed 136
Role Common Type Normal Weakness None Location(s) Neo Bowser Castle, Bad Nabbit
Level 33 Experience 280 (275) Coins 100 Item drop Max Nut - 4%
Crystal Boots - 3%
Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: Those deep red gloves are proof of their strength. They especially like to break mechanical things.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: Those deep red gloves are proof of their strength. They especially like to break mechanical enemies.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 20%/40%/60%/80%/100% chance pop cannons (1) will appear on stage start."
  • Versus mode: "Grants 20%/40%/60%/80%/100% chance pop cannons (2) will appear on stage start."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラッシャー
Transliteration of "crasher"; shared with an obstacle from Game Boy Donkey Kong, but with a different origin

Chinese (simplified) 砸砖拳手
Zázhuān Quánshǒu
Brick-breaking Boxer

Chinese (traditional) 砸磚拳手
Zázhuān Quánshǒu
Brick-breaking Boxer

French Booxeur
Pun on "Boo" and "boxeur" (boxer)
German Boxbold
From "Boxen" (boxing) and "Raufbold" (brawler)
Italian Tirapugni
Literally "punch thrower"
Korean 클러셔[1]
Crusher, but sounds like "Clusher"

Portuguese (NOA) Bugilista
Play on "Bu" (Boo) and "pugilista" (boxer)
Portuguese (NOE) Destruidor
Russian Драчун

Spanish Fantasmón
Portmanteau of "fantasma" (ghost) and the augmentative suffix "-ón"