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Artwork of Flaptack from Super Mario Galaxy 2
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
A Flaptack
Cloud Mario near a Flaptack in the Cloudy Court Galaxy

A Flaptack[1] is a type of enemy in the game Super Mario Galaxy 2. Their name is a portmanteau of "flap", referring to their bird-like appearance, and "tack", referring to the sharp spike on their head. Their name is also a pun on "flapjack", another name for a pancake, referring to their oblate body and their method of attack by flipping upside down. They look like oversized blue birds with a yellow spike on their head. When they spot Mario or Luigi, they will float around them for a while. After a few seconds, it will try to stab them with its spike on its head. If it misses, it will be stuck on the ground, defenseless. They can be defeated while still in the air by backflipping and spinning into them, or automatically by luring their slam attack into a pit. They give three Star Bits when spun and a coin when jumped on. These enemies can also destroy Cloud Mario or Cloud Luigi's clouds with its spike. They appear in early galaxies such as the Fluffy Bluff Galaxy and Cloudy Court Galaxy, but they also appear in later galaxies such as the Flash Black Galaxy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピュードン
Portmanteau of the onomatopoeic terms「ピュー」(pyū, whoosh) and「ドン」(don, boom)

French Galliboum
From "gallina" ("hen" in Spanish) and "boum" (onomatopoeic word for "thud")
German Stampfhuhn
From "stampfen" (to trample) and "Huhn" (chicken)
Italian Volopiglio
Masculine form of the verbs "volare" (to fly) and "pigliare" (to seize)
Spanish (NOE) Piodón
From "pío" (onomatopoeia for chirping) and part of the Japanese name (in an augmentative form)


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 26.