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A turquoise Crabber from Super Mario Galaxy.
Artwork of a turquoise Crabber from Super Mario Galaxy.
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Subject origin Crab

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 can defeat a Crabber by spinning at its rear; however, since Crabbers always try to face Mario, he has to run around it until the Crabber cannot keep up, or spin in its face or jump on it, forcing the Crabber to stop and defend itself with its pincer and allowing Mario to spin at its exposed backside to defeat it.

Crabbers come in two colors: red and turquoise. Red Crabbers are more aggressive 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.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario near Crabbers in the Sea Slide Galaxy
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.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/Kanina.arc Kanina Kanina; applied to the games' turquoise variant
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl KaninaRed Transliteration of below
Super Mario Galaxy 2 StageData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl
カニーナレッド (Kanīna Reddo) Crabber Red

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニーナ[2]
Kanīna (ao)
Kanīna (aka)
From「蟹」(kani, crab) and "-ina" (Italian/Spanish diminutive suffix)

Crabber (blue)

Crabber (red)
Chinese 蟹蟹
Repetition of「蟹」(xiè, crab)
French Crustina From "crustacé" (crustacean) and Italian/Spanish diminutive suffix "-ina"
German Kanina From the Japanese name
Italian Grankyo Pun on "granchio" (crab)
Korean 크래비
From "크래브" (keuraebeu, crab) and possibly "~이" (-i, Korean noun-deriving suffix)
Spanish Pinzón Augmentative form of "pinza" (pincer)


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


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Premiere Edition guide. Page 26.
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy internal filename (StageData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl) / Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl); the equivalent string of "Kanina" (en_name) is「カニーナ」(jp_name)
  3. ^ a b Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 127 and 159.