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Not to be confused with Cobra.
Artwork of a Cobrat
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
(Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Notable members

Cobrats are large desert-dwelling snakes that were first seen in Super Mario Bros. 2, where they would unexpectedly spring from sand or jars. Their name is a portmanteau of "brat" and "cobra," which is a kind of snake famous for being charmed out of baskets through the use of flute-like musical instruments. In reference to this, they are said to be under the command of Wart.[1][2] The Super Mario Bros. 2 boss Tryclyde resembles a three-headed Cobrat.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]


In Super Mario Bros. 2, Cobrats jump out of the sand or jars to attack, and most of them can spit out black projectiles similar to Snifits. They appear in the desert levels and are easy to defeat if in a line; the player can throw one and cause a domino effect. They can be avoided easily and only pose a threat when in large numbers.

Super Mario All-Stars / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

King of Grass Land, transformed into a Cobrat.

In the version of Super Mario Bros. 3 included in Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, the king who rules Grass Land is changed into a Cobrat by Larry Koopa.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

A typical Cobrat from the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "The Ten Koopmandments"

Cobrats appear several times on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, where their size varies from minuscule to exceptionally large. The role of Cobrats in the show varies, as they occasionally appear as enemy monsters and on other occasions are used as handheld weaponry, capable of firing small, exploding black orbs. They are used as transportation in the episode "Star Koopa."

List of episodes featuring Cobrats[edit]

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

In the Nintendo Comics System story Just Deserts, two Cobrats, which are capable of speech, appear as inhabitants of Bowser's desert fortress; the story itself makes it ambiguous as to whether or not these two Cobrats are actually affiliated with Bowser or simply live in his pyramid fortress.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Leaping Lizards, an unnamed Cobrat competes in the International Mushroom Games as a member of a team called the Sneaks. It participates in the Beetlebowl (an all-team event) and the Super Triple Jump, where it leaps by coiling its body up like a spring.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Cobrat. Page 28, volume 8 of Super Mario-kun.

In volume 8 of Super Mario-kun, a Cobrat breaks out of a fake drink vending machine located in a desert. Yoshi shortly eats it. More Cobrats appear out of jars. Birdo tries shooting eggs at one, but the Cobrat eats them. Mario then dives into a jar to obtain a POW Block. He then uses it to defeat the Cobrats.

Mario Pinball Land[edit]

Cobrats, known simply as Snakes,[3] reappear in Mario Pinball Land. They appear inside the pyramid in the Shifting Sands Stage, where they slither out of jars. In this game, they do not spit bullets and are green instead of red, but otherwise resemble their original sprite.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Screenshot of green Cobrat-like snakes coming out of snake jars, in Mario Kart 7
Snakes springing out of a jar as it breaks in Mario Kart 7

Cobrat-like snakes appear on the course Shy Guy Bazaar in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Tour. They hide in snake jars, which move around in attempt to delay the racers. When crashed into, several snakes spring out. The jar immediately reappears after the shattered jar vanishes. As in Mario Pinball Land, the snakes are colored green rather than red, and they make squawking noises when they leave their jars. Within the same course, red Cobrat sprites from Super Mario Bros. 2 make up some of the motifs decorating the red-colored carpets found throughout the course—specifically, those covering the market stalls. In this game, they have a smiling expression.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Bio: Usually asleep in a jar, it moves on Wart's command, often appearing in the dreams of Toad.[2]

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Bio: You'll find Cobrats hidden in jars. When you approach, these troublesome little snakes will pop right out to attack. Think twice when jumping into jars.[4]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく ビースト族
性格せいかく 陰険
登場とうじょうゲーム USA

Tribe: Beast clan
Disposition: Treacherous
Game appearances: USA
Snakes lurking in quicksand and jars
A large snake in the desert of the dream world. Like Snifit (P215), it shoots nightmare balls at you from its mouth. Because of its large size, it is very useful to use as a foothold for jumping.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bio: 砂やツボの中で待機し、マリオが近づくと飛び出して弾を吐いてくる。[6] (It waits in the sand or in a jar, and when Mario approaches, it jumps out and spits out bullets.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガラゲーロ[1][7][8]
From「ガラガラヘビ」(garagara hebi, rattlesnake) and possibly the lengthened form of「ゲロ」(gero, spew)

Chinese 咔啦蛇[11]
Kǎlā Shé
From the Japanese name +「蛇」(shé, snake)
German Kobra Cobra
Italian Cobrat[12] -


  • In the Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, it is said that Cobrats often appear in snake charmers' dreams.[1] In the Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, this was inexplicably changed to Toad's dreams.[2]


  1. ^ a b c 「いつもはつぼなかているがマムーの命令めいれいうごす。へび使うかいのゆめによくあらわれる。」 ("Usually asleep in a jar, it moves on Mamu's command. Often appears in the dreams of snake charmers.) - Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 34 (ガラゲーロ).
  2. ^ a b c "Usually asleep in a jar, it moves on Wart's command, often appearing in the dreams of Toad." - Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 25 (Cobrat description).
  3. ^ Nintendo Power issue 185 (November 2004), p. 116
  4. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 12. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  5. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 57.
  6. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 67.
  7. ^ Sawada. Super Mario-kun, volume 8, p. 28. (Accessed on 9-24-14)
  8. ^ a b Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 225.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Super Mario Ball Shogakukan book
  11. ^ From the ending scenes of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Reference: 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧2敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 112