Buster Beetle

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Buster Beetle
Buster Beetle from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Artwork from Super Mario Bros. 3
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Variant of Buzzy Beetle

Buster Beetles[1][2] are strong and quick-moving bipedal Buzzy Beetles in Super Mario Bros. 3. They attack the player character by throwing White Blocks at them.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Buster Beetles move hurriedly on a platform until they encounter a White Block, which they pick up. If Mario (or Luigi) is far enough from a Buster Beetle, the enemy remains idle with the White Block above its head; however, if he approaches the enemy, it tosses the White Block at him and resumes moving along the ground. If the White Block hits the player character, he receives damage. The player can defeat Buster Beetles with any attack, as, unlike most other members of the Buzzy Beetle family, Buster Beetles are vulnerable to fireballs and do not hide in their shells when stomped on. Upon defeat, they yield 100 points.

A total of 28 Buster Beetles appear in Super Mario Bros. 3, with two in World 5-1 (where, in the absence of White Blocks, they simply appear as quick-moving enemies, not showing their throwing ability yet), seven in the second pathway of World 5-2, another seven in World 6-5, six in World 6-8, and another six in World 6-10. Seven more appear in Ground Work, the 25th level of World-e in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, bringing the total up to 35. As with Buzzy Beetles, Buster Beetles mostly appear in underground caverns.

Super Mario Bros. Print World[edit]

One Buster Beetle can be seen on the box art for Super Mario Bros. Print World.


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

リフトメット (JP) / Buster Beetle (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
出身しゅっしん カメぞく Place of origin Turtle clan
性格せいかく 攻撃的こうげきてき Disposition Aggressive
登場とうじょうゲーム 3 Game appearances 3


Block-throwing Buzzy Beetle

When Mario approaches, it throws White Blocks at him. Despite this aggressiveness, its defense is weak. It is the only one among the Buzzy Beetle series that can be attacked by a stomping attack. Let's defeat it by stomping on it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リフトメット[3]
Rifuto Metto
Lift Buzzy Beetle

German Block-Käfer
Block Beetle
Italian Lancianella[4]
Portmeanteau of lanciare ("to toss") and Nella ("Buzzy Beetle")


  1. ^ June 1990. Nintendo Power Volume 13. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 8.
  2. ^ Spring 1991. NES Game Atlas. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 38.
  3. ^ a b 1994. 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 231.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 37.