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Not to be confused with Craw-Daddy.
Model of a Clawdaddy from Yoshi's New Island
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)
Subject origin Crab
Notable members

A Clawdaddy is a foam-covered crab and a recurring enemy in the Yoshi franchise. Clawdaddies usually have the ability to enlarge one of their claws and attack with it; they also cannot be eaten and turned into an egg by Yoshi. Their name is a play on "crawdad", a name sometimes used for the crayfish.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Clawdaddy SMW2.png

Clawdaddies first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and return in the Game Boy Advance version. They inhabit the jungles of Yoshi's Island, and are first encountered in Prince Froggy's Fort. They take three eggs or a Ground Pound to be defeated. Clawdaddies walk from one side to another on a platform, and rush towards Yoshi upon spotting him; once close enough, they enlarge one of their claws before pinching, spinning it around, or hammering it against the ground, which knocks Baby Mario off Yoshi on contact.

In Yoshi's Island DS, they are replaced by a very similar enemy, Crabbles.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

A Clawdaddy in Yoshi's New Island

Clawdaddies reappear in Yoshi's New Island and are found in Ukiki Trouble in Clawdaddy Cove and King Clawdaddy's Sewer Castle. When they see Yoshi, they turn bright red and angrily charge at him. Once they reach him or the end of their platform or whatever surface they are on, they will attack by rotating their claw briefly. In this game, the foam on a Clawdaddy's body can be removed by licking it or hitting it with an egg or a Ukiki, revealing a squarish body underneath. In this state, their movement pattern is similar, though they now slam their claw against the ground to attack, and can be defeated by a single stomp or egg. Ground Pounding defeats them in one hit, regardless of form.

A giant Clawdaddy, King Clawdaddy, appears as the boss of World 3.

Tetris Attack[edit]

Clawdaddy teams up with Froggy during the events of Tetris Attack.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

A 3D Render of a Clawdaddy from Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World
A model of a Clawdaddy in Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

Clawdaddies reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, where they mainly populate Clawdaddy Beach. They are now stylized to resemble plaid purses with sewing clippers for claws. When they spot the Yoshi, they take a bigger pair of clippers from their interior to replace one of their claws, then rush towards him in an attempt to attack.

There are numerous different ways to defeat a Clawdaddy: jumping on it three times, jumping on it once after stunning it with a yarn ball, performing a single Ground Pound on it, or spitting six watermelon seeds at it. Upon defeat, Clawdaddies give out several beads which are automatically added to the counter.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

A Clawdaddy in Yoshi's Crafted World.
A Clawdaddy in Yoshi's Crafted World

Clawdaddies reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World exclusively in Bombs Away on Pirate Island, where they act like they did in Yoshi's New Island.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 近づくとハサミをふりまわし、タマゴもたたき落とすイヤな敵。タマゴ3発か、ヒップドロップでやっつけよう。[1] (When approached, it swings a claw at you and knocks down your eggs. Try to defeat it with three eggs or a Hip Drop.)
  • Player's Guide: It takes three eggs to do in these jungle-dwellers. Some have also moved into Prince Froggy's Fort.[2]
  • Shogakukan guide (Game Boy Advance version): 近づくとふり回すハサミには、タマゴを当ててもダメージをあたえられない。距離を取って体にタマゴを3発当てるか、ヒップドロップでやっつけよう。[3] (When you approach it, it swings a claw around, and even if you hit it with an egg, it will not do any damage. Keep your distance and hit the body with three eggs or use a Hip Drop.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 大きなハサミを振り回すカニ。口には含めないが、舌を当てると体の泡が消え、もう一度攻撃すると倒せる。ヒップドロップなら、一撃で倒すことが可能だ。[4] (A crab wielding a large claw. Although it cannot be placed in your mouth, if you hit it with your tongue, the bubbles on its body will disappear, and if you attack it again, you can knock it down. A Hip Drop can knock it down with a single blow.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニスキー[1][3]
Possibly based on「カニすき」(kanisuki, Japanese dish "crab hotpot"); officially romanized as "Kanisky"[5] and may reference Kanikichi

French Tournepince
From tourner ("to flail") and pince ("claw")
German Scherenschuft
From Schere ("scissors") and Schuft ("blackguard")
Italian Granchiasso
Portmanteau of granchio ("crab") and chiasso ('" fuss")
Korean 싹둑꽃게
Combination of 싹둑 (ssakduk, onomatopoeia for snipping) and 꽃게 (kkotge, "swimming crab")

Spanish Barbagrejo
Portmanteau of barba ("beard") and cangrejo ("crab")


  1. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 8.
  2. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 126Media:SMW2 Guide 126.jpg.
  3. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 15.
  4. ^ 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 19Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P19.jpg.
  5. ^ Yoshi's Crafted World internal object name (Game/Assets/Characters/Enemy/Kanisky)