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Not to be confused with Clawdaddy.
The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Dark Craw
Sprite of a Dark Craw from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Location(s) Glitz Pit, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 61-69)
Max HP 20
Attack 6
Defense 0
Moves Spear Dash (6), Spear Toss (6)
Items P-Down, D-Up, Life Shroom
Coins 2 - 5
Log A ghastly-looking spearman that'll poke your feet if you try to stomp it when its spear is pointing up. It attacks by throwing spears or charging.
Misc. stats
Level 28
Exp. points 1
Sleep? 90%
Dizzy? 80%
Confuse? 90%
Tiny? 90%
Burn? 100%
Freeze? 70%
Stop? 80%
Soft? 95%
Fright? 0%
Gale Force? 60%
KO? 95%

That's a Dark Craw. Yikes. What a ghastly-looking spear-thrower. Max HP is 20, Attack is 6, and Defense is 0. Wow, that's some serious Attack power. You don't wanna Jump on it if its spear is pointing up. 'Cause that… would hurt. For a run-of-the-mill spear-tosser, he sure looks like he's got a POINT to make! Ha ha!

Foolish mortals...I shall drag you through the gate to the Netherworld!”
Craw-Daddy, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Craw-Daddy, also known as The Dark Gatekeeper, is a Dark Craw and fighter in Glitzville found in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. His name is a play on both his species and "crawdad," a name sometimes used for the crayfish. He is ranked fourth in the Glitz Pit, below Hamma, Bamma, and Flare but above The Fuzz. Once Mario wins the championship, he is moved into fifth.

Since Craw-Daddy uses his spear to attack, Mario is not able to jump on him without getting hurt unless he has Spike Shield. Instead, Mario must rely heavily on hammer attacks or using items. Although he has no defense, he makes up for it with a high amount of health and powerful attacks.

Like all Dark Craws, he has red eyes and dark-blue skin, as well as a brown vest and bandana and a red handkerchief, compared to the green and tan clothing that regular Craws wear.

Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヤリクロウ[1]
Yari Kurō
Spear Crow; shared with Dark Craws in general
German Lanzissimo From "Lanze" (lance) and the Italian augmentative suffix "-issimo"
Italian Il Custode Satanico The Satanic Guardian
Spanish El Rompehuesos The Bonecrusher

The Dark Gatekeeper[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese あんこくの門番長[1]
Ankoku no Monbanchō
The Dark Gatekeeper
Italian Il Guardiano dell'Oltretomba The Underworld Guardian
Spanish El guardián de la puerta The gate's guardian


  1. ^ a b "Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door From Japanese to English". (June 1, 2014). The Mushroom Kingdom. Retrieved January 4, 2015.