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Gnaw AKA Growl
The captive Gnaw
Species Gnip
First appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)

Gnaw, known as Growl in the PAL version, is a large, imposing creature that is purple in color, with blue spots covering its body, several rows of sharp teeth, and some retractable spikes on its head (which do not actually deal any damage to Mario or Princess Peach if they jump on them). Gnaw is also immune to any form of physical harm, making it unable to be defeated.

Gnaw is Merlee's favorite pet, which she uses to guard her mansion. In Super Paper Mario, when Mimi takes over Merlee's Mansion, she chains the Gnaw to a door, making it incapable of attacking her. If Mario or Princess Peach approach Gnaw, it tries to grab them in its mouth; if successful, Gnaw gives its catch to some Gnips, who proceed to throw them out of Merlee's Mansion. The reason it does this is to ensure that Mario and Peach do not get hurt by Mimi, as it knew Mimi was evil, whereas the heroes were fooled into thinking she was Merlee's maid.

When Mario or Princess Peach manage to obtain a hidden key in Merlee's Mansion, they need to sneak by Gnaw and use it on a nearby door. Unlocking the door also frees Gnaw, who proceeds to chase a nearby Mimi all throughout Merlee's Mansion (a reference to how the similarly dog-like Chain Chomps chased away Tutankoopa, the Chapter 2 boss of the first Paper Mario). It is not seen again after this.

Gnaw's Catch Card can be purchased from Flimm for 113 coins, though he doesn't always have it in stock.


"This is Gnaw/Growl, Merlee's favorite pet. It's certainly the biggest of the bunch... But some mean person tied it down... And I think it's worried that this mean person wants to hurt you... Good Gnaw/Growl!"

Catch Card[edit]

  • Card Type: Uncommon
  • Card Description: This mean mutt snacks on trespassers and spits them out. Nobody fights for scraps with this big dog.


  • If the player touches Gnaw's spikes, they are knocked back in the same way as if touching an enemy, but do not take any damage.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダイバンケン
Big Watchdog

French Gnap
Onomatopoeia for biting
German Nagi
Italian Growl
Onomatopoeia for growling
Korean 대견견
Dae Gyeongyeon
Big Watchdog

Spanish Ñap