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Artwork of a Flophopper from Super Mario 3D Land.
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Variant of Swaphopper

Flophoppers[1] are a bug-like species of enemies introduced in Super Mario 3D Land. They are species of Swaphopper, but unlike their cousins, they do not attack by using gravity tactics. Instead, they attack by moving around in a set area by flipping themselves around, much like a Bramball. They cannot be jumped on while their spiked helmet is exposed, so Mario must wait until they flip and their underside is exposed, a vulnerability shared with Swaphoppers. They can also be defeated by Fire Mario, Boomerang Mario or Tanooki Mario.

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Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 3D Land romfs/ObjectData/Sokuten.szs Sokuten Cartwheel

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペッタン
A Japanese term meaning "flattening"; also from「ぺたぺた」(petapeta, an onomatopoeia for the sound of a flat surface repeatedly making contact with something)
German Stachelstelzer Spike stelter
Italian Girignotto From "girare" (to spin) and "Saltignotto" (Swaphopper)
Spanish (NOE) Vueltiespino From "vuelta" (turn) and masculine form of "espina" (thorn)


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 16.