Clampy

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Not to be confused with Clam.
Clampy
DMW-Clampy.png
In-game artwork of a Clampy from Dr. Mario World.
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Comparable
Clam
Clambo
Durapurl
Oyster

Clampies (also known as Giant Clams[1] or simply Clams[2]) are giant clam enemies that debuted in Super Mario Galaxy. They open and close their valves periodically, often revealing items inside their cavities. The player can collect these items and swim away before getting caught inside the Clampy as it closes its valves.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A Clampy from the Beach Bowl Galaxy

One cream-colored Clampy first appears in Super Mario Galaxy, being encountered in the Beach Bowl Galaxy. Much like the clams in Super Mario 64, it holds treasures inside such as Star Chips and coins, depending on the mission selected.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A Clampy from New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Clampies make their first fixed-camera game appearance in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, only appearing in World 1-4 and in a secret area in World 4-1. They were slightly reshaped, and now display a purple coloration with darker wavy stripes, which would stick to them in most future appearances. They have coins or 1-Up Mushrooms between their valves in order to lure a character close so they can attack them. If a Clampy closes its shell in on a character, it will trap them inside for a brief moment and damage them before opening back up. However, their top shells (when closed) and the inside of their cavities (when open) are safe to tread on. In general, Clampies spawn in mid-water and slowly sink to a ground underneath, after which they begin their routine of opening and closing their valves. One Clampy in World 1-4 slips into a pit after touching the ground.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario near the Clampy in Super Mario Galaxy 2

A single Clam appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2, behaving and looking identically to the species' initial appearance in Super Mario Galaxy. It appears on the seabed in Starshine Beach Galaxy.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Giant Clams also appear in New Super Mario Bros. U where they act exactly like they do in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. One can be found in a secret area of Waterspout Beach, while multiple inhabit World CoinNSMBW Coinworld.png-5.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Clampies appear in the Cheep Cheep Lagoon and Daisy Cruiser racecourses in Mario Kart 7. They are obstacles that are found only underwater, containing coins and Item Boxes between their valves that racers can pick up, taking care not to be trapped by the Clampy's valves. Racers can perform tricks on them when they are open.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Clampies reappear in Cheep Cheep Lagoon in Mario Kart Tour. As before, they contain coins and Item Boxes in their shells, and can also be used to perform a Jump Boost.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Clampies reappear in Mario Party 10 in the background of the board Whimsical Waters. They also appear in the minigame Cheep Cheep Check, where they are used by the solo player to disperse large clusters of bubbles meant to distract the other players from counting the Cheep Cheeps.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アコヤガイ
Akoyagai
Pearl oyster
Spanish (NOA) Ostraga From ostra (oyster)
Spanish (NOE) Ostra Perlífera Pearl Oyster
French Cokillage From coquillage (sea shell)
German Perlenmuschel Pearl clam
Italian Mollusky From mollusco (mollusk)
Portuguese (NOA) Conchaí From concha (seashell)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 79.
  2. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii Prima Official Game Guide, page 29.