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This article is about the real world species. For the enemy from Yoshi's Story, see clam (Yoshi's Story). For the enemy from Donkey Kong 64 also called a "clam", see oyster. For the recurring enemy also called a "clam", see Clampy.
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A clam from Super Mario 64
First appearance Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen! (1986)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Clam (Yoshi's Story)

Clams are giant bivalves that appear as rare enemies and obstacles throughout the Super Mario franchise. Their appearance changes slightly from title to title, but they retain their behavior of opening and closing their valves. A number of fictional species, including Clampys from Super Mario Galaxy and Clambos from Donkey Kong Country, are derived from clams.


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

In the 1986 anime Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen!, a giant clam appears underwater, after Mario and Kibidango encounter the first mega-sized Cheep-cheep. It holds the star that they are looking for, but it shuts its shell tight. Mario and Kibidango try distracting the clam to open with music and dancing, but it closes down on Mario. Kibidango reads up on a solution and manages to get Mario and the star out of it by tickling the clam.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Clam shells,[1][2] also called simply clams[2][3] or shells,[4] are present in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS, appearing in Jolly Roger Bay and Dire, Dire Docks. Most clam shells in Jolly Roger Bay contain Red Coins, while another clam shell in the same area, as well as a clam shell in Dire, Dire Docks, contains a Koopa Shell. If a clam shell is touched when it is opening or closing, Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario gets knocked away and loses two wedges of health. Clam shells open up for a small period of time when one of the player characters approaches them.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Normal, organic clams themselves do not appear as a meaningful gameplay element in Super Mario Sunshine. However, plastic representations of them make up the Clam Cup ride in Pinna Park, which is advertised by some Nokis in a few missions. This attraction features six fake clams of different colors spinning around on a playground merry-go-round-like plate. They are normally closed, but spraying one enough causes it to open, revealing a coin, Blue Coin, or 1-Up Mushroom, if it contains anything at all.

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat[edit]

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In Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, huge clams appear as item containers in underwater stages, starting with Pristine Sea. Clapping near them releases beats.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

A Giant Clam in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Donkey Kong near a Giant Clam

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Giant Clams[5] appear as a type of container found underwater. Like with other containers, attacking near them causes them to open and release treasure.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Wendy O. Koopa, the fourth boss, waits for Mario inside a clam before the battle with her. In battle, she attacks by summoning coins from the clams and dunking them on Mario. She also summons Gold Shy Guys, Silver Shy Guys, and Ice Bros. from them to aid her in battle if Mario fails to block the attack.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 64 DS data/normal_obj/obj_shell/ SHELL Shell

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese [6]
French Palourde
German Muschel -
Italian Conchiglia[8] Seashell
Spanish Almeja -


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 31, 34, 46.
  2. ^ a b Official UK Nintendo Magazine. Super Mario 64 The Essential Player's Guide. Page 6.
  3. ^ Knight, Michael. Nintendo DS Pocket Guide. Page 244.
  4. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 34.
  5. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Prima Official Game Guide. Page 22.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section, page 91.
  7. ^ Nintendo official French magazine N1, page 86
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 91