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“Hey, don't pass this guy by. Just because his eyes are all swirly doesn't mean he's KO'd! His eyes are always like that! When this guy picks me up, that means the pain is coming!”
Wario World North American instruction manual, page 30
A Cractyl in Wario World.
Artwork of a Cractyl
First appearance Wario World (2003)
Bone Cractyl
Snow Bomber

A Cractyl[1][2] is a flying, googly-eyed, purple pterosaur in Wario World. Their name is a pun on pterodactyl. Since they possess the ability to fly, Wario must jump and punch them, or perform a Corkscrew Conk to hit them. Any of his strong moves can then be used. Cractyls' main attack is to lift Wario into the air and perform a move similar to the Piledriver, slamming him into the ground. However, this attack can be easily avoided if the player jiggles the Control Stick enough to free Wario. Starting in Greenhorn Ruins, Cractyls can also drop bombs to attack Wario. The bombs explode after a short time, damaging Wario if he is in the blast radius, but can be thrown back at enemies if Wario is fast enough.

Aside from the basic Cractyls in Excitement Central, other varieties include Bone Cractyls in Horror Manor, Pigeons in Wonky Circus, Snow Bombers in Shivering Mountains, Hawks in Beanstalk Way, Haipō in the Mirror Mansion, and Hōhō in Pecan Sands.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プチラノドン[3]
Puchi Ranodon
Pun on「プチ」(puchi, petit) and "pteranodon"
Italian Cractilo[4] Cractyl


  1. ^ Wario World instruction booklet, page 24 (British English) or page 30 (American English).
  2. ^ Stratton, Steve. Wario World: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide. Page 13.
  3. ^ 「ワリオワールド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Wario World Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 151.
  4. ^ Wario World Italian manual, pag. 24