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Not to be confused with Craw-Daddy.
Clawdaddy SMW2.png
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Notable Members
King Clawdaddy
A Clawdaddy in Yoshi's New Island

A Clawdaddy[1] is a foam-covered crab that inhabits the jungles of Yoshi's Island. They take three Eggs or a Ground Pound to be defeated. Clawdaddies rush towards a target once the target is spotted, then enlarge one of its claws before lunging and pinching, or spinning it around.

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

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

However, Clawdaddies reappear in Yoshi's New Island, this time on Egg Island. In this game, the behavior of Clawdaddies is made slightly more complex. When they see Yoshi, their eyelids and claws turn bright red, and they angrily charge him. Once they reach him or the end of whatever surface they are on, they will attack by rotating their claw. In this game, the foam on a Clawdaddy's body can be removed by licking it or hitting it with an egg, revealing a squarish body underneath. In this state, they still attack exactly the same, though they now slam their claw against the ground to attack, and makes them defeatable in one hit. Ground Pounding still defeats them in one hit regardless of form. A giant Clawdaddy, King Clawdaddy, appears as the boss of World 3.

Clawdaddies reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World, mainly found in Clawdaddy Beach. They are now stylized and 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. Unlike most enemies in the game they cannot be eaten by Yoshi, but they can be defeated by jumping on them three times.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニスキー[2]
French (NOA) Tournepince Comes from "tourne", meaning "flailing", and "pince" which means "claw".
Korean 싹둑꽃게 Combination of "싹둑", meaning "snip", and "꽃게", meaning "swimming crab"


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 126.
  2. ^ 「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.