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Image of a Crusty from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
Crusty from Super Mario RPG
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Subject origin Crab

Crusty is a powerful crab-like enemy that lives in the waters in and around Johnny's Sunken Ship in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. A Crusty actually has a pink exoskeleton; however, since they can only be found underwater, they appear blue and their real coloration is never seen. This was reverted in the Nintendo Switch remake.

Crusties are very powerful monsters but are also very rare; they can only be found aiding other types of underwater monsters in battle. These crustaceans have high physical attack and high physical defense. A Crusty uses its massive pincers to inflict severe damage to an opponent 2/3 of the time, or fires a light bubble 1/3 of the time that does no damage, but with the effect of inflicting Mute. Crusties do not have any magic.

Although Crusties have high physical defense, their magical defense is low, and they are weak to Fire and Thunder. As such, Mario and Mallow can defeat them fairly easily. Crusties are related to the more powerful Star Crusters.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Battle idle animation of a Crusty from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Battle idle animation of an underwater Crusty from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 80 FP 100 Speed 6
Location(s) Sea, Sunken Ship Attack 100 Magic attack 12
Role Common Defense 100 Magic defense 35
Bonus Flower Attack Up! (80%) Yoshi Cookie Bracer Morph rate 75%
Evade 0% Magic evade 0% Spells None
Weak Fire, Thunder Strong Jump Sp. attacks Mute Light Beam
Coins 7 Exp. points 25 Items Honey Syrup (25%), Royal Syrup (5%)
Psychopath "Look at THIS!"
  • Japanese: と~れとれピ~チピチ。[1](To~re tore pi~chi pichi.)

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Super Mario RPG enemy
Image of a Crusty from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG HP 80 Weak Elements FireLightning Drops Honey Syrup
Exp. 25 Weak Statuses FearPoisonSleepMute Rare Drops Royal Syrup
Found in Sea
Monster List profile The "bubble" it uses is a trusty way of defending itself when it hasn't fought in a while and is getting rusty. It's the sweat secreted when it's flustered.
Thought Peek "Floppy, floop—in a netted hoop."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カーニィ
Corruption of「蟹」(kani, "crab")

Chinese (simplified) 硬壳蟹
Yìngké Xiè
Hard Shell Crab

Chinese (traditional) 硬殼蟹
Yìngké Xiè
Hard Shell Crab

Dutch Scharia
From schaar ("crab claw")
French Crustave
From crustacé ("crustacean") and the male given name "Gustave" or possibly épave ("shipwreck")
German Brachizang
Portmanteau of Brachialen ("brutal") and Zangen ("pliers")
Italian Crustavo
Portmanteau of the name "Gustavo" ("Gustave", also means "I was tasting/savoring") and crostaceo ("crustacean")
Korean 투구게
Horseshoe crab

Spanish Crusty


  • In the Japanese version, Crusty's thought is a reference to the classic commercial jingle for Kani Dōraku, a seafood restaurant chain, and roughly translates to "fresh-caught and lively".[1] While this reference isn't carried over to the English translation in the Nintendo Switch remake, the script still alludes to it by making Crusty's thought a rhyming jingle.


  1. ^ a b Clyde Mandelin (June 29, 2020). The Pop Culture-Obsessed Monsters in Japanese Super Mario RPG § Kānī / Crusty. Legends of Localization. Retrieved November 7, 2023.