Climbing Koopa

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Climbing Koopa
Artwork of Mario hitting a Koopa Troopa on a Fence, from Super Mario World.
Artwork of Mario punching a climbing Koopa through a fence
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)
Variant of Koopa Troopa
Red Electrokoopa

A climbing Koopa,[1] also called a fence-climbing Koopa,[1] crawling Koopa,[2] Koopa Troopa,[3] or Koopa,[4][5] is a Koopa Troopa that climbs fences. Climbing Koopas are found in Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. 2.

In Super Mario World, climbing Koopas are found in castles and come in two colors: green and red. The green variety moves slowly, while the red variety is as fast as Mario and Luigi. Climbing Koopas move in one direction, either horizontal or vertical. When they reach the edge of the fence, they will flip to the opposite side of the fence, but only if a wall is not in the way. They can be easily defeated by fireballs, punches from the opposite side of the fence, or simply having the player be on top of the Koopas as they pass by. The bottom two 8-by-8 tiles on their back sprites appear to be flipped by mistake, due to the bottom line on their shells moving opposite of the rest of the shell. They also grant point combos when the player steps on them while climbing on the fence, allowing the player to earn extra lives. They do not turn into Mask Koopas after the completion of the Special Zone (or finding all 96 goals in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2).

In New Super Mario Bros., climbing Koopas appear in World 3-A tower icon from the game, New Super Mario Bros., in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they only appear in World 4-Castle Icon.png, and in New Super Mario Bros. 2, they appear in World 5-Tower course icon and World 5-Castle course icon. All retain their previous characteristics as in Super Mario World.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 金網ノコノコ[6]
Kana-ami Nokonoko
Wire netting Koopa Troopa
German Kletter-Koopa Climbing Koopa
Italian Koopa Scalatore Climber Koopa


  1. ^ a b Nintendo Power Advance V.4, page 24.
  2. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 60.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.1, page 49.
  4. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 101.
  5. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 28, page 17.
  6. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book