Crabber

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Crabber
CyanCrabber.jpg
Artwork of a turquoise Crabber from Super Mario Galaxy.
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Crabbers[1] are crab enemies from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are shown to have a big left pincer and a small right one. Mario has to defeat the creature by Spinning at its rear. This can be tricky, as Crabbers always face Mario, so Mario first has to Spin in its face or Jump on it. The Crabber will defend itself with its big pincer and will stop following Mario, so he can Spin at its exposed backside to defeat it.

Crabbers come in two colors: red and turquoise. Red Crabbers are less skittish than blue ones, so they are easier to defeat, as they come closer to damage Mario. They leave Star Bits behind when defeated. Turquoise Crabbers are harder to defeat as they retreat much quicker when Mario or Luigi is near them. They leave a 1-Up Mushroom behind when defeated.

History[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Crabbers in Sea Slide Galaxy.

In Super Mario Galaxy, Crabbers can be found in many galaxies containing beaches; for example, Beach Bowl Galaxy, Sea Slide Galaxy, and Deep Dark Galaxy. They walk sideways and try to defend their rear by facing the player when close.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Rock Mario attacking crabbers in the Boulder Bowl Galaxy's Rolling Crabber Romp mission

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Crabbers reappear once again in some beach galaxies such as Starshine Beach Galaxy. Yoshi also appears in this galaxy, and can stuff Crabbers in his mouth. Yoshi cannot convert them into Star Bits, but can spit out their big pincer in the same way as a Spiny Egg or Bullet Bill. The pincer acts as a boomerang, as it flies out for some distance, then returns.

Several Crabbers also appear in a Prankster Comet mission of Boulder Bowl Galaxy, named Rolling Crabber Romp. Rock Mario must defeat 30 Crabbers in one minute to get the Power Star.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニーナ
Kanīna
From 「カニ」 (kani, crab) and suffix -ina
Spanish Pinzón Big pincer
French Crustina From crustacé (crustacean)
German Kanina From the Japanese name
Italian Grankyo From granchio (crab)
Korean 크래비
Kravy
From "crab"
Chinese 蟹蟹
Xièxiè
From 蟹 xiè, "crab".

Trivia[edit]

  • Its large claw is based on the large claw of a male fiddler crab.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Premiere Edition guide. Page 26.