Fishin' Lakitu

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Fishin' Lakitu
Artwork of a Fishin' Lakitu from Yoshi's New Island.
A Fishin' Lakitu's artwork from Yoshi's New Island
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Variant of Lakitu
Fishing Boo
Notable members

Fishin' Lakitu (alternatively Fishing Lakitu[1][2]) is a variant of Lakitu that attacks via use of a fishing pole. It has become common for standard Lakitus to also be depicted with fishing poles, though they generally use them for helpful purposes.


Super Mario World[edit]

Fishin' Lakitu's sprite for Super Mario World

Super Mario World marks the first appearance of Fishin' Lakitus. Only one appears in this game, in Forest of Illusion 4. In this game, the Fishin' Lakitu dangles a 1-Up Mushroom from a fishing pole; when Mario or Luigi grabs the mushroom, it becomes a normal Lakitu and throws Spinies at him. Mario or Luigi can defeat it the same way he can a normal Lakitu. It will respawn as a normal Lakitu from there on in.

This game also introduces ghostly versions known as Fishin' Boos.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Main article: Lakitu (Mario Kart referee)

Throughout the Mario Kart series, a Fishin' Lakitu appears as a referee for the races, serving various roles.

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Fishing Lakitu

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake, Fishing Lakitus are present only in Hookbill The Koopa's Castle, where they attempt to steal Baby Mario from Yoshi's back with a baitless fishing pole ending in a hook. If they snatch Baby Mario, the Countdown Timer will start. However, these Fishing Lakitus fly away from Yoshi with their catch, making it harder to save him.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

A Fishin' Lakitu from Yoshi's New Island

Fishin' Lakitus return in Yoshi's New Island, unchanged from their appearance and abilities in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

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

A Fishin' Lakitu appears in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars in Rose Way on the overworld, but not in battle as it is too high to reach. This Lakitu uses Shy Guys as bait.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Super Mario World incarnation of Fishin' Lakitu appears in the Super Mario World-themed Yoshi's Island stage.


Artwork of a Fishin' Lakitu from a Kellogg's poster from 1993.

Artwork of a Fishin' Lakitu can be seen on a Nintendo poster offered by Kellogg's as a promotion for Cinnamon Mini Buns. This artwork depicts the Fishin' Lakitu's fishing hook holding a mushroom that resembles a Toad.


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 カメ族
性格 いやみなヤツ
登場ゲーム ワールド

Fishin' Lakitu
Tribe: Turtle clan
Disposition: Obnoxious person
Game appearances: World
Trying to catch Mario with mushrooms...
A Lakitu with a fishing rod trying to catch Mario with 1-Up Mushrooms. If you take the 1-Up Mushrooms, it turns him into a normal Lakitu (P90) and throws Spiny Eggs one after another. If you take it willingly, you will be in trouble.

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 雲の上からつり針をたらし、赤ちゃんをさらってしまう。攻撃は最大の防御。[4] (It dangles a hook from its cloud and snatches the baby. Attack is the best defense.)
  • Player's Guide: Always angling for a catch, these cloud-riders should be busted for fishing without a license.[2]

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 雲の上からつり針をたらし、赤ちゃんをさらってしまう。倒し方はジュゲムと同じで、雲に乗ることもできるぞ。[5] (It dangles a hook from its cloud and snatches the baby. The way to beat it is the same as Lakitu, and you can also ride on its cloud.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 雲に乗って空を漂い、釣りざおでべビィマリオを釣り上げようとする。見かけたらタマゴを当てて早めに倒そう。ジュゲムと同様に、本体を倒すと雲が残る。[6](They drift through the sky on a cloud and try to catch Baby Mario with their fishing rod. When you see it, hit it with an egg to defeat it as soon as possible. Like Lakitu, the cloud will remain after the main body is defeated.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フィッシングジュゲム[7][4][5]
Fisshingu Jugemu
Fishing Lakitu; officially romanized as "Fishing Jugem"
Chinese 垂钓朱盖木[8]
Chuídiào Zhūgàimù
Fishing Lakitu
French (NOA) Lakitou pêcheur Fisher Lakitu
French (NOE) Lakitu pêcheur Fisher Lakitu
Italian Lakitu pescatore Fisher Lakitu


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 50.
  2. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 126Media:SMW2 Guide 126.jpg.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Page 181.
  4. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 7Media:Super Mario Yossy Island Shogakukan P7.jpg.
  5. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 21Media:Advance 3 Shogakukan P21.png.
  6. ^ 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 24Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P24.jpg.
  7. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオワールド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario World). Page 29.
  8. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.