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In-game artwork of a Crowber from Dr. Mario World.
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Latest appearance Dr. Mario World (2019)

Crowbers[1], also simply known as Crows[2][3], are raven-like 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]


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]

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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 Course 1 of the Impossible Pack. They maintain their appearance from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

New Super Mario Bros. U[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.[4]

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Crowbers make their debut in the Dr. Mario series in Dr. Mario World as assistants. Their Stage Mode skill grants a 10% chance of gaining one extra capsule upon the start of a stage, while their Versus Mode Skill increases the number of clear pieces required to fill both the user and their opponent's attack meters by 10%. These percentages can be increased by obtaining duplicate Crowbers in Staffing. In this game, they revert to their black coloration.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クロスケー[5]
Likely from the transliteration of crow, kurou, but may also derive from the word for black, kuro, which is their color in New Super Mario Bros.
Spanish Cuervajo
French Corbek From "corbeau" (crow) and "bec" (beak).
German Krähe Crow
Italian Cornacchio
Portuguese (NOA) Corvota
Korean 까막
From 까마귀, which means "Crow".
Chinese 迴旋黑黑



  1. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 11.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. / New Super Mario Bros. Wii / New Super Mario Bros. 2 internal filename (crow)
  3. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. 2012. New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 33.
  4. ^ Skawo (April 22, 2019). [TCRF] - Unused New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Levels - Part 4. YouTube. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  5. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book
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