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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)
Notable members
King Clawdaddy

The Clawdaddy is a foam-covered crab and a recurring enemy in the Yoshi franchise. Their name is a play on "crawdad," a name sometimes used for the crayfish.

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.


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 later in Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. 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 lunging and pinching, or spinning it around, which knocks Baby Mario off Yoshi on contact.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

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. 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, 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 platform series[edit]

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

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

Clawdaddies reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World in the level 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[edit]

  • Official Nintendo Player's Guide: It takes three eggs to do in these jungle-dwellers. Some have also moved into Prince Froggy's Fort.[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニスキー[2][3]
From「蟹」(kani, crab) or pun of Japanese dish「カニすき」(Kanisuki)
French Tournepince Comes from "tourne", meaning "flailing", and "pince" which means "claw".
German Scherenschuft From "Schere" (Scissors) and "Schuft" (Blackguard)
Italian Granchiasso From granchio (crab) and chiasso (fuss)
Korean 싹둑꽃게
Combination of 싹둑 (ssakduk, snip) and 꽃게 (kkotge, swimming crab)
Spanish Barbagrejo Portmanteau on barba (beard) and cangrejo (crab)


  1. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 126Media:SMW2 Guide 126.jpg.
  2. ^ 「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.
  3. ^ 「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.