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In-game artwork of a Crowber from Dr. Mario World.
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)

Crowbers, also simply known as Crows[1][2], are bird enemies first seen in New Super Mario Bros. These enemies tend to appear in the last courses of the game, where they attack Mario or any other potential victim with rather fast moves. The name Crowber appears to be a pun from "crowbar," a tool used to remove nails.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

A Crowber from New Super Mario Bros.

Crowbers are only seen in World 8-1, where they swoop down to attack Mario. As progress is made throughout the course, more will appear and chase after the player. Crowbers attack quickly, making it somewhat difficult for the player to defeat them.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A Crowber

Crowbers reappear in the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are redesigned with a purple plumage and a lighter beak and legs, and appear in World 7-Ghost Icon.png and World 8-5. They attack in the same manner as they did in New Super Mario Bros.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]


Crowbers reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They appear in World MushroomNSMBW Mushroom Icon Sprite.png-NSMBW Warp Cannon Icon.png, World 6-4 and in the first level of the Impossible Pack. They maintain their appearance from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In the first of these levels, they always follow a preset movement pattern due to the automatic running, unlike their normal random movements.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Crowbers make their debut in the Dr. Mario series in Dr. Mario World as obtainable assistants. In this game, they revert back to their black coloration.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

It has been requested that this section be rewritten and expanded to include more information.

Crowbers make their Paper Mario series debut in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where origami Crowbers appear as enemies. A single one appears in Scorching Sandpaper West, while three others are encountered on Bonehead Island. During battle, Crowbers will line up behind one another and attack Mario with a Beak Bomber move in succession, with a brief delay between each individual's attack.

Other appearances[edit]

Crowbers were originally going to appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, but were not used in the final product. They can be seen, however, in one of many unused stages. As seen in it, they were intended to act and attack like they did in previous New Super Mario Bros. installments.[3]

Crowbers were going to reappear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, but were cut from the game [4]

A Toad Quiz in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam has the enemy's name as one of the answers.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 30%/40%/50%/60%/70% chance of extra capsules (1) on stage start."
  • Stage mode (Prior to version 2.3.0): "Grants 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% chance of extra capsules (1) on stage start."
  • Versus mode: "Increases number of cleared pieces required to fill both your and your opponent's attack meters by 10%/20%/30%/40%/50%."

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King Enemy
An origami Crowber from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 28 Moves Location(s)
Type Flying Beak Bomber (11), Bombs Away (?) Scorching Sandpaper West, Bonehead Island
Item Drops None
They fly around in circles, ever in wait to dive-bomb Mario on sight, as though they have nothing better to do.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クロスケー[5]
From「黒」(kuro, black) or "crow" and「スケ」(suke, used as a suffix in Japanese male names)
Chinese 回旋黑鸟
huí xuán hēi niǎo
Roundabout black bird
French Corbek From "corbeau" (crow) and "bec" (beak).
German Krähe Crow
Italian Cornacchio
Korean 까막
From 까마귀 (kkamagwi), which means "Crow".
Portuguese Corvota From "corvo" (crow) and "gaivota" (seagull).
Spanish Cuervajo


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. / New Super Mario Bros. Wii / New Super Mario Bros. 2 internal filename (crow)
  2. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. 2012. New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 33.
  3. ^ Skawo (April 22, 2019). [TCRF] - Unused New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Levels - Part 4. YouTube. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
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  5. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book