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Battle idle animation of a Chow from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Variant of K-9

Chows are a stronger variant of K-9s that appears in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake in Land's End. They have no weaknesses, although they are the most basic enemies in Land's End. In the English SNES version, Chows claim to have already fought Mario in their thought, which suggests that they may be the same as K-9s Mario fought previously.

Similar to K-9, Chows can use Howl to inflict Fear. However, in place of Fangs, Chows use the more powerful Claw, and can additionally attack with Poison.

A Chow also appears as a friendly character in Monstro Town, where he will keep track on the greatest number of consecutive Super Jumps performed by Mario. The Chow awards the Attack Scarf and Super Suit if Mario has performed at least 30 and 100 consecutive jumps respectively.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Battle idle animation of a Chow from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 80 FP 100 Speed 27
Location(s) Land's End, Belome Temple, Bean Valley, The Trial Course Attack 82 Magic attack 8
Role Common Defense 77 Magic defense 28
Bonus Flower Attack Up! (50%) Yoshi Cookie Fright Bomb Morph rate 100%
Evade 0% Magic evade 0% Spells None
Weak None Strong Fear, Sleep Sp. attacks Poison, Howl, Claw
Coins 3 Exp. points 15 Items None
Psychopath "Hey, I fought you already!"

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Super Mario RPG enemy
Image of a Chow from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG HP 80 Weak Elements N/A Drops N/A
Exp. 15 Weak Statuses PoisonMute Rare Drops N/A
Found in Land's End
Monster List profile When becoming a Chow, a Blueish-Tinged Gray K-9's fur changes from blueish-tinged gray, making it stronger than a Blueish-Tinged Gray K-9.
Thought Peek "Oh! It's Mario! I'm fighting Mario! Me!"
  • Thought in other languages:
    • Japanese:
      あ! マリオだ! マリオと戦ってんだ。 おれ。
      (Translation: Ah! It's Mario! I'm fighting Mario. Me.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハイイヌドライ
Haiinu Dorai
K-9 Dry; a probable reference to Asahi Super Dry

Chinese 高等灰狗狗
Gāoděng Huī Gǒugǒu
High K-9

Dutch Gif-Lupo
From gif ("poison") and Lupo ("K-9"); referring to it being poisonous
French Crognard
Portmanteau of croc ("fang") and grognard ("grumbler")
German Köterlich
From köter ("mutt") and Hunderlich ("K-9")
Italian K-None
Pun on cagnone ("big dog")
Korean 하이도그드라이
Haidogeu Deurai
K-9 Dry; from the Japanese name

Spanish Mordiscón
Pormanteau of mordisco ("chow") and the augmentative suffix -ón