Buzzy Beetle

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Buzzy Beetle
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Artwork of a Buzzy Beetle from New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Variant of Koopa
Big Buzzy Beetle
Bony Beetle
Buster Beetle
Buzzy Beetle Gang
Buzzy Beetle Tower
Noko Bombette
Paper Macho Buzzy Beetle
Small Buzzy Beetle
Spike Top
Stone Buzzy
Notable members
Spiky Joe
Tiny Spinies
“Buzzy Beetle Blocker...engage!”
Buzzy Beetle, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Buzzy Beetles, also referred to as Buzzies, are common, quadruped, turtle-like Koopa enemies with hard, outer shells that are often dark blue. Buzzy Beetle are first introduced in the Mario franchise in Super Mario Bros., where they are first found in subterranean levels, the common habitat trope for Buzzy Beetles. Ever since, Buzzy Beetles can be found in a wider variety of darker, interior locations such as tunnels, sewers, ruins, etc. Buzzy Beetles attack mainly by walking towards characters. If Buzzy Beetles approach a ledge, they fall off of it with a few exceptions.

Buzzy Beetles hide in their shells if jumped on, and, like a Koopa Shell, they can be kicked to eliminate more enemies, destroy Brick Blocks, or activate switches. The shell of the Buzzy Beetle is strong enough to resist fireballs, and as such, they cannot be defeated by fire. In a way, they are the polar opposite of the Spinies; enemies who are immune to stomps, but vulnerable to fireballs. Buzzy Beetles and their derivative species such as Spike Tops are also able to climb up walls and ceilings; Buzzy Beetles often use that vantage point to drop onto characters below in an ambush. Unlike Koopa Troopas, Buzzy Beetles remain quadrupedal for all of their appearances in the Mario franchise.

Despite having the word "beetle" in their name, Buzzy Beetles are not beetles; rather, they were named as such because their shells give them an almost insectoid appearance, and that more recent games even confirm that Buzzy Beetles are indeed a type of Koopa. This is also why later appearances sometimes drop the "beetle" portion of their name, instead simply calling them "Buzzies."

Buzzy Beetles and Koopa Paratroopas are the only enemies from Super Mario Bros. that have yet to appear in a 3D Super Mario game, though, in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, similar enemies known as Goombeetles appear, which wear helmets that are designed similarly to Buzzy Shells. Buzzy Beetles, along with Lava Bubbles and Cheep Cheeps, are also the only enemies from Super Mario Bros. to not appear in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!



Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros.[edit]

The first appearance of Buzzy Beetles in Super Mario Bros.

Buzzy Beetles first appear as enemies in World 4-2, an underground level of Super Mario Bros. and its ports and remakes, including Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe. They are common enemies in the level, and their main method of attacking is walking into Mario. If they approach a ledge, they fall off as green Koopa Troopas. Similar to Koopa Troopas, they hide in their shell when jumped on and will reemerge if left for too long. Unlike the Koopa Troopas, it does not show if they are about to reemerge from their shells. Their shells can be kicked in the same manner as Koopa Troopa shells, where they can break blocks and defeat enemies as well as rebound off walls. Due to their hard shells, Mario and Luigi cannot defeat them with fireballs. Buzzy Beetles then later appear in World 5-2, World 6-2, World 7-1,World 8-1, World 8-2, and World 8-4 all except World 8-4 being overworld levels, making World 4-2 the only underground level they appear in. In World 5-2, three of them appear in a consecutive line. A single Buzzy Beetle appears in World 7-1 on the steps before the flagpole. When players complete the game and play the new quest option, which serves as the game's Hard Mode, all Little Goombas are replaced with Buzzy Beetles.

In World 3-4, a Buzzy Beetle is disguised as one of the seven fake Bowsers in the castle levels, being the first Buzzy Beetle players encounter in the game. While in Bowser form, this Buzzy Beetle can be attacked with fireballs, which requires five fireballs to defeat it, as with all other fake Bowsers.

Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels[edit]

A Buzzy Beetle, from Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Buzzy Beetles return and act just as they did in the previous game. They first appear in World 1-2, the first underground level of the game, though only one of them appears in that level. They appear more frequently throughout the game and in more levels than the game's precedent. They are also found underwater occasionally in World 9, along with all the other enemies, specifically in World 9-1 and World 9-4. When underwater, Buzzy Beetles cannot be jumped on, making them invulerable.

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Buzzy Beetles in Super Mario Bros. 3

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Buzzy Beetles return, acting the same way as they did before. Here, Buzzy Beetles can also climb and walk on the ceiling. To attack intruders, they can drop, and spin along the ground to attack. In the Game Boy Advance remake Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, when the Red Switch e-Reader Card is scanned, all walking Koopa Troopas are replaced with Buzzy Beetles. In addition, there is a flying variation called Para-Beetle, which are found only in one level. In the original version, they have the same sprites as in Super Mario Bros., albeit with a different palette, slightly different color mapping, and a single missing pixel on the top of the shell on one frame. In this game, Buzzy Beetles are an exclusive feature of cave-themed levels and no longer appear in other places. A variant called Buster Beetle is also introduced.

Super Mario World[edit]

Buzzy Beetles also appear in Super Mario World, still as typical cave enemies. They are still resistant to fireballs; however, Yoshi can eat them and swallow them whole, unlike Koopa Troopas' shells, which Yoshi cannot immediately swallow. They hide in their shells when jumped on, as opposed to sliding out, as the Koopas sometimes do when stomped. Spike Tops, Buzzy Beetles with a spike on their back, which cannot be jumped upon, are introduced in this game. Yoshi or a successful Spin Jump will protect Mario and Luigi from getting hit by the spikes. This game also introduces Bony Beetles, which are undead skeletons of a Buzzy Beetle.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Buzzy Beetles reappear as enemies in New Super Mario Bros., although they are very rare in this game. In fact, they only appear in two levels, World 5-C, and World 6-Fortress NSMB.png2, where during the start of the level, the Buzzy Beetle is flipped over. They behave similar to their appearance back in Super Mario Bros. 3. As in Super Mario Bros., they can be kicked when stomped on, and are impervious to fire. Spike Tops reappear in this game also.

When a "bah" is heard in the music in this game and future installments, they will do a short jump, similar to Goombas.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

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Buzzy Beetles later reappear in the sequel, New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In World 6-3, a big group of Buzzy Beetles can be seen on the ceiling, and will fall on Mario and the group, as they did in Super Mario Bros. 3. In both games, Buzzy Beetles hop to the electronic vocal "bah" in the background music. They also appear in World 8-1, and these ones do not walk off ledges, unlike normal Buzzy Beetles, mainly because they walk off ledges that lead to a body of lava. Magikoopa may also transform blocks into them during his boss fight in World 8-NSMBW Tower Icon.png. Spike Tops also reappear again. Para-Beetles also make a reappearance, and a new sub-species called Heavy Para-Beetle. They only appear in World 7-6.

Unlike in Super Mario World, Yoshi cannot completely eat Buzzy Beetles. However, he can spit out their shells in the same manner as with a Koopa Troopa shell.

Big Buzzy Beetles were originally going to appear in this game too, but they never appeared in any levels in the final game. However, through hacking methods, it is possible to use one in a level.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Buzzy Beetles reappear in Nintendo 3DS game New Super Mario Bros. 2. They are found in numerous underground levels, including World 6-1 and World FlowerNSMBW Fire Flower Icon.png-A.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Buzzy Beetles also appear in the Nintendo Wii U title, New Super Mario Bros. U. Bony Beetles also make a return since their debut in Super Mario World, now resembling an undead Buzzy Beetle. The large variety of Buzzy Beetle, which first appeared in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, also appears.

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

Buzzy Beetles in Super Mario Maker 2

Buzzy Beetles reappear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2 with the addition of a new Buzzy Shell which Mario can wear on his head, protecting him from enemies and traps from above. The player can also place the empty shell by shaking a Buzzy Beetle in the editor.

Mario is able to ride on Buzzy Shells by jumping and landing on them as they move, if they are shot by a Bill Blaster. By adding wings, Buzzy Beetles will slowly float from right to left (or left to right in some scenarios, such as being shot by a Bill Blaster) while maintaining Mario's ability to stand on them. Single winged Buzzy Beetles will rise when stood upon, while those with any number of enemies stacked upon them (including additional winged Buzzy Beetles) will maintain a constant altitude.

When placed in a dark area in the Super Mario Bros. style, instead of using a blue or gray palette like in the original game, they use a palette resembling the underground palette for brown enemies (including them) from Super Mario Bros. 3, having a dark teal shell with light tan details. However, the rim and feet colors are switched from this, due to still using Super Mario Bros.'s mapping. The Super Mario Bros. 3 graphics themselves are redrawn, having an outline to better fit with other sprites in the style.

Super Mario Run[edit]


Buzzy Beetles appear in Super Mario Run, behaving like in the New Super Mario Bros games. They appear in Danger High and Low and Chase the Snaking Coins.

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

In Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, Buzzy Beetles appear gold in color. One makes brief appearance in the walking montage after Mario acquires the mushroom, seen staring at the super-sized Mario in shock. Another one appears with a big-sized Buzzy Beetle in the montage after Mario acquires the Fire Flower. Mario shoots the big one with a fireball, despite the fact that Buzzy Beetles are ordinarily immune to fire attacks in the games.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

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Some Buzzy Beetles appear in Nintendo Adventure Books series of gamebooks in the fourth book, Koopa Capers. They appear in Wendy O. Koopa's secret camp in the Magma Pits.

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Hotel Mario[edit]

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Buzzy Beetles appear as enemies in Hotel Mario. They are introduced in Larry's Chillton Hotel, and have a redesigned appearance, fit for the chilly environment. Unlike in other appearances, they behave more like Goombas except they will walk in Mario's direction when he arrives on their floor.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros, a single Buzzy Beetle can be seen in the Mushroom Kingdom stage, hopping on a Trampoline. Each hop, it goes progressively higher, until the fourth hop, where it does a flip and restarts the cycle. This Buzzy Beetle returns in the same capacity in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

A Buzzy Beetle also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as a trophy. According to a datamine, Buzzy Beetles were meant appear as enemies in the Subspace Emissary. This was also the case for Dry Bones.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Buzzy Beetles also appear in the Paper Mario series. They are shell enemies like the Koopa Troopas, meaning they can be flipped over when they are jumped on or by a POW Block. However, unlike the Koopas, Buzzy Beetles do not spend a turn struggling on their back; they can right themselves on their very next turn, though they can't attack on that turn. Fire attacks won't hurt them at all. However, if they are flipped on their back, they lose the fire immunity. Related enemies are Spike Tops, Parabuzzies (Para-Beetles which now lose their wings when they are stomped), and Bony Beetles. One of the new types of Buzzy Beetles are Spiky Parabuzzies, which flies and have a spike on their back, making it hard to damage them. In Paper Mario, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, and Super Paper Mario, Buzzy Beetles' eyes and entire face are visible, though starting in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, they resemble their appearance from New Super Mario Bros. and onward.

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, Buzzy Beetles appear in the Toad Town Tunnels and in the Dry Dry Ruins. In Dry Dry Ruins, several Buzzy Beetles climb on the ceiling, like in Super Mario Bros. 3. They can drop on Mario to attack them, and he cannot jump on them while they are hanging from the ceiling. However, he can use a badge to cause an earthquake, which causes the Buzzy Beetles to fall to the ground. Spike Tops, which are red in the game, are enemies fought inside Mt. Lavalava; and Bony Beetles are found in Bowser's Castle.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the first Buzzy Beetles in the game are fought in the Glitz Pit. They are red Spike Tops; however, as regular Spike Tops in the game are blue, they are called Red Spike Tops in the game. Two of them build up the fighting team known as the Tiny Spinies.

Regular Buzzy Beetles later appear as enemies in the cave under the well of the Creepy Steeple alongside Spike Tops. Para-Beetles, now known as Parabuzzies, appear in Pirate's Grotto. Spiky Parabuzzies are also introduced, these are found in Riverside Station. Most of these species can be found in the Pit of 100 Trials.

The game also features Sky-Blue Spinies. It is implied that these are a cross between Buzzy Beetles and Spinies, as they are called "Käfer-Stachis" ("Buzzy Beetle Spinies") in the German version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Buzzy Beetles have very high defense and are immune to fire. Using special moves or some items such as Earth Quake will easily defeat them. The Buzzy Beetle and its species share the same stats and immunities.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Buzzy Beetles reappear in Super Paper Mario. The game introduces a new variant, the Stone Buzzies: Buzzy Beetles with stone shells that always take three hits to be defeated. They are found in the Downtown and Gap of Crag. The game also features "dark" versions of several Buzzy Beetles variations, notably Dark Spike Tops and Dark Stone Buzzies, found in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Buzzy Beetles appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star where they are inside cavern areas and in 2D underground segments. Their appearance is similar to that of their New Super Mario Bros. counterparts. In the overworld they are able to travel along the bottoms and sides of platforms, similar to a Spike Top. The Buzzy Beetle's only attack in this game is going into its shell and ramming into Mario. A Buzzy Beetle's shell toss attack sometimes gets Mario Dizzy. If Mario jumps on it but does not defeat it, it will hide inside its shell for a short time. When hiding, no attack will damage it. Mario can jump on it again to kick it at enemies behind it, damaging them. Spike Tops and Bony Beetles also appear in this game, as well as the introduction of Shiny Buzzy Beetles. A Buzzy Beetle may rarely drop a Flashy Shell sticker. Buzzy Beetles are aided by nobody except Goombas.

If a Buzzy Beetle is upside down, it will try to get back up. Unlike the Koopa Troopas, these Buzzy Beetles will always get back up as soon as they are flipped over, and rarely make the First Strike. However, five Buzzy Beetles in Drybake Stadium are smart guards and will do their best to prevent Mario from leaving the rooms. They are also the last Buzzy Beetle fight and the only fight to have a group of 5.

A mini-boss, Big Buzzy Beetle, also appears in the game, encountered at Hither Thither Hill.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Buzzy Beetles return in Paper Mario: Color Splash. They have the same behavior and appearance as they do in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They appear in Indigo Underground and Redpepper Volcano. A Buzzy Beetle also serves as the second-round opponent in Roshambo Temple #2. Small Buzzy Beetles appear in the Sacred Forest, along with a Small Buzzy Beetle Gang. A Buzzy Beetle Tower that consists of a Buzzy Beetle, a Small Buzzy Beetle, a Big Buzzy Beetle, and a green Spike Guy appears in The Emerald Circus. Buzzy Beetle Gangs appear in the parallel world on Lighthouse Island.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

A Paper Macho Buzzy Beetle

Origami versions of Buzzy Beetles appear as enemies in Paper Mario: The Origami King.

In Bowser's Castle, a Paper Macho Soldier called the Paper Mistake Buzzy Beetle is fought as a boss.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Buzzy Beetles make their Mario & Luigi series debut, appearing in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. They are encountered in the lower half of Mount Brrr. Each time it takes damage, it will hide in its shell. While the Buzzy Beetle is in its shell, the damage it takes is reduced to 0. The only way to get the Buzzy Beetle out of hiding is to hammer the shell and then dodge it when it comes back towards the bro who hit it. When it hides in its shell, it has an attack where it can spin so much that, if jumped on it when it spins hard, Mario and Luigi become dizzy, and Paper Mario loses most of his copies. They can also attack by walking towards one of the bros., occasionally getting into their shell. The attack can be countered with a hammer, though attacking them when they are in their shell causes the shell to get knocked away, and into the bro that hit it. If the Trio Hammer is used near them, they are flipped over. When they are flipped, the player can do a First Strike to them, which also prevents them from hiding in their shell at least once. Oddly, in this game, they are not fireproof when Mario and Luigi use the Fire Flower Bros. Attack on them, though they take half damage from fire. Their paper form does not appear in this game.

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


Buzzy Beetles appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions after being absent in the original game. They appear as enemies and recruitable allies exclusively in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. They are melee troopers, and attack by ramming enemies with their shells. Buzzy Beetles have high defense, and their special skill, Rock Solid, allows them to increase their defense, depending on how filled the meter that appears becomes. They are strong against Para-Beetles.

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

Buzzy Beetles reappear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, as enemies and recruitable allies in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode. They are melee troopers, and are strong against Para-Beetles.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 6[edit]

Buzzy Beetles make a cameo appearance in the 2-vs-2 mini-game, Slot Trot. They appear as one of the images on the slots. They appearance here is similar to the Paper Mario series appearance, except for their claws and paws, which are not white.

Mario Party DS[edit]

Buzzy Beetles makes a cameo appearance in the Memory Mash minigame as pictures of a possible match. These Buzzy Beetles get their appearance from the Paper Mario series. These pictures are identical to Mario Party 6 Slot Trot ones.

Mario Party 8[edit]

Buzzy Beetles appear solely in the Battle Minigame, Glacial Meltdown in Mario Party 8. A Lakitu throws them onto the ice making them both obstacles and weapons for the players to use to knock the opponets off the ice. It is unknown why the Lakitu threw Buzzy Beetles instead of its species' normal Spiny accomplices.

Mario Party 9[edit]

Some Buzzy Beetles appear in the minigame Goomba Spotting, as a trick in order to lead the player into miscounting, since only the number of Goombas is counted at the end of the minigame. A Buzzy Beetle is also on one of the puzzles in Jigsaw Jumble.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Buzzy Beetles appear in a few minigames in Mario Party: Island Tour. Also, one of them can be seen walking in the rocks of Bowser's Peculiar Peak board.

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

Buzzy Beetles make a cameo appearance in the return of the minigames Slot Trot from Mario Party 6 and Jigsaw Jumble from Mario Party 9.

Super Mario Party[edit]

In Super Mario Party, a Buzzy Beetle makes a cameo appearance in the minigame Absent Minded, where it is one of the characters that can be chosen as a guess.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

Buzzy Beetles appear as enemies and potential allies in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. They have the Dark attribute, and their skill involves reducing enemy damage for three turns.

Enemy Buzzy Beetles have two skills that they can use. The first skill, called Light Bind, paralyzes all the player's teammates who have Light as their main attribute or sub-attribute for two turns. The second skill, called Beetle Guard, protects the Buzzy Beetle and its allies from all status defects (such as defense reductions and turn delays) for a few turns.

The player can transform a Buzzy Beetle into a Bony Beetle by using four Boo Mushrooms on it. Alternatively, the Buzzy Beetle can transform into a Para-Beetle when given four P-Wings.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Buzzy Beetles appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. Both their stage mode and versus mode skills grant a 20% chance that a shell will appear when starting. This percentage can be increased by obtaining duplicate Buzzy Beetles in Staffing.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario Enemy
Buzzy Beetle
BuzzyBeetlePM.png Max HP 3 Attack 2 Defense 2 (standing), 0 (flipped) Type Ground or Ceiling
Level 10 Strong Fire, Explosion (standing), None (flipped) Weak None Moves Shell Toss (2), Ceiling Drop (3), Stand Up
Sleep? 90%, 0 Dizzy? 75%, 0 Shock? 75%, 0 Shrink? 90%, 0
Stop? 90%, 0 Fright? 75% (standing); 0% (flipped) Air Lift? 75% Hurricane? 75%
Coins 1 + 1-2 Items Super Soda Run 24 Location(s) Dry Dry Ruins, Toad Town Tunnels
Tattle This is a Buzzy Beetle. Buzzy Beetles are cute--but mean. Max HP: 3, Attack Power: 2, Defense Power: 2 Fire attacks don't work very well against these hardheads. If you can flip 'em, though, their defense power falls to 0. Keep flipping 'em, Mario! I heard that they used to flourish all over the place, but now they're only found in dark, shadowy places.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Buzzy Beetle
PMTTYD Buzzy Beetle Sprite.png Max HP 5 Attack 3 Defense 4 Location(s) Creepy Steeple
Sleep? 75% Dizzy? 75% Confuse? 75% Tiny? 90%
Stop? 90% Soft? 95% Burn? 0% Freeze? 75%
Fright? 60% Gale Force? 30% KO? 95% Moves Shell Toss (3), Get Up (Stops being Flipped)
Level 16 Exp. points 0 Coins 1 - 3 Items Power Punch, Slow Shroom, Mini Mr. Mini
Log It's well protected and immune to fire or explosions, but if you flip it over, its Defense drops to zero.
Tattle That's a Buzzy Beetle. Awww... It's kinda cute! Max HP is 5, Attack is 3, and Defense is 4. It's got pretty good Defense... and fire and explosions don't hurt it whatsoever. But, if you jump on it, you can flip it over and drop its Defense down to 0. Then it's at our mercy! Ha! Don't hesitate! Jump! Jump! Jump jump jump!

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario Enemy
Buzzy Beetle
SPMBuzzyBeetle.png Max HP 1 Attack 1 Defense 3 Location(s) Yold Ruins (1-4), Floro Caverns (5-3), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Rooms 18, 37 and 51)
Score 200 Items Big Egg Card Type Common Card Location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP; Chapter 1-4: Found in a secret area via a 3D-accessible path near the door to the Spiky Tromp trap area.
Card Description This little guy is built to withstand anything. Even a Muth stampede wouldn't flatten it...Probably.
  List of Catch Cards  
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Tattle This is a Buzzy Beetle... It's much tougher than it looks... Max HP is 1, Attack is 1, and Defense is 3. Even flames won't scorch its hard shell... Sometimes, they cling to the ceiling and drop down on your head when you walk by... Not very friendly, Buzzy... Shame on you...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy
Buzzy Beetle
Buzzy Beetle PMSS.png Max HP 7 Location(s) Hither Thither Hill, Drybake Desert, Drybake Stadium
Attack 5 Moves Shell Toss (5)
Defense 1 Stickers N/A

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy
Buzzy Beetle
PMCS Buzzy Beetle Idle Animated.gif HP 14 Type Shelled 5
PMCS Buzzy Beetle Card.png
Strong Jump, Fire Weak POW Block
Moves Attack (6), Stomped-on Attack (25), Line Attack (6), Group Attack (6), Blowback Attack (12)
Location(s) Indigo Underground, Lighthouse Island, Redpepper Volcano
Quotes Usual: "Bzzzzz!" ~ "Bah!" ~ "Can't flip me!" ~ "Buzzy Beetle beatdown!"
Shell: "Buzzy Beetle Blocker...engage!" ~ "Clickity-clack!"
Flipped: "Buzz-side down..." ~ "Whoopsie!"
Enemy Class
Dropped Items
Hammer Scraps 5 Red Paint 6 Yellow Paint 0 Blue Paint 6 Orange Paint 0 Green Paint 0 Purple Paint 9

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Buzzy Beetle
  • Gallery description: Buzzy Beetles, transformed into origami. As per usual, fireballs have no effect on them. Must be some high-quality paper!

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Buzzy Beetle
BuzzyBeetlePaperJam.gif HP 53 POW 77 (68) Defense 120 (95) Type Shelled Item Drop Supersyrup Jar - 8%
Shiny Battle Card - 4%
Experience 72 (67) Coins 38 Speed 67 Weakness None Location(s) Mount Brrr
Level           16 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 hard shells aren't just for show! They boast the Rock Solid ability, and their defense is airtight.

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

  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: Those hard shells aren't just for show! But these pitiful fellas are awfully jealous of flying Para-Beetles.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Buzzy Beetle BrawlTrophy167.png NES Super Mario Bros. A Koopa underling with a heavy shell protecting it from fire. Stomping on Buzzy Beetles from above is the main way to deal with them, but spiked variations that cannot be stomped also exist. After saving Princess Peach in Super Mario Bros. and starting a new game, you'll find that most Goombas have turned into Buzzy Beetles.
DS New Super Mario Bros.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy[edit]

Name Image American English Description British English Description
Buzzy Beetle BuzzyBeetleTrophy3DS.png A bothersome enemy protected by a hard shell. Mario's fireballs have no effect on these guys, much to the envy of their Koopa buddies. Buzzy Beetles also like to hang out on ceilings and then rudely drop on Mario as he passes. That sturdy shell gives Mario a major headache! A troublesome foe protected by a tough shell. Some Buzzy Beetles walk upside-down on ceilings and fall on Mario as he walks past, so watch out! Surely they're going to crack their shells one day, dropping from the ceiling like that... Best to avoid this crazy situation altogether.

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

  • Trading Card description: "These blue-shelled beetles are tough enemies to crack. Buzzy Beetles are infamous for crawling across the ceiling and falling right on you. They have tough fireproof shells that are resistant to most weapons. The best plan of attack is stomping them, which causes them to hide in their shell. Then you can use the sliding shell to knock other enemies right off their feet."

Card Number: 23

Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Notebook bio: "This black turtle is protected by a tough shell. It'll sometimes walk on the ceiling, falling on foes below."

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario Bros. Enemy 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels Enemy 1986 Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Bros. Special Enemy 1986 Computer
Super Mario Bros. 3 Enemy 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario World Enemy 1990 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario All-Stars Enemy 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Hotel Mario Enemy 1994 Philips CD-i
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Enemy 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Smash Bros. Cameo 1999 Nintendo 64
Paper Mario Enemy 2000 Nintendo 64
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Enemy 2001 Game Boy Advance
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Enemy 2003 Game Boy Advance
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 6 Cameo 2004 Nintendo GameCube
New Super Mario Bros. Enemy 2006 Nintendo DS
Super Paper Mario Enemy 2007 Wii
Mario Party 8 Enemy 2007 Wii
Mario Party DS Cameo 2007 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo as a trophy 2008 Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Enemy 2009 Wii
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Cameo 2009 Nintendo DS
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Enemy 2010 Wii
Mario Party 9 Non-Playable Character 2012 Wii
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Enemy 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy 2012 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Enemy 2012 Wii U
New Super Luigi U Enemy 2013 Wii U
Mario Party: Island Tour Cameo 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Cameo as a trophy 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Enemy/Teammate 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker Enemy 2015 Wii U
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft: Wii U Edition Enemy in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack 2016 Wii U
Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy 2016 Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush Cameo 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Enemy 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Run Enemy 2016 iOS/Android
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Enemy in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Ally/Enemy 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party: The Top 100 Cameo 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition Enemy in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack 2018 New Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Party Cameo 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo 2018 Nintendo Switch
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Ally/Enemy 2018 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario Maker 2 Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
Dr. Mario World Assistant 2019 iOS/Android


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Buzzy Beetle.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メット
From English "helmet"; officially romanized as "Met"
Spanish (NOA) Buzzy -
Spanish (NOE) Buzzy Beetle
Buzzy (Paper Mario: Sticker Star)
French (NOA) Blindule
Scarabée bourdonnant[1]
Portmanteau of blindé (armored) and bidule (thing, contraption)
Buzzing beetle
French (NOE) Bruyinsecte Portmanteau of bruyant (noisy) and insecte (insect)
Dutch Buzzy Beetle -
German Käfer
Bummel-Käfer (Super Paper Mario)
Dawdle Beetle
Italian Nella
Nella capovolta (when upside down)
Ronzibeo (Mario Party 8)
Buzzy Beetle (on Super Mario Bros. manual)
Italian female given name. Could also be a pun on coccinella, Italian for ladybug
Inverted Buzzy Beetle
Literal translation
Portuguese Besouro Beetle
Russian Каскожук
Helmet beetle
Korean 하잉바
From 하이바 haiba, a slang term for helmet
Chinese (Simplified) 钢盔甲虫 (iQue)[2]
Gāngkuī Jiǎchóng
钢盔龟 (Nintendo)
Gāngkuī Guī
Helmet Beetle

Helmet Turtle

Chinese (Traditional) 鋼盔龜
Gāngkuī Guī
Helmet Turtle


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt Canadian instruction booklet. Page 32.
  2. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.