Huckit Crab

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Not to be confused with Hermite Crab or Hermit crab.
Huckit Crab
A Huckit Crab in Dr. Mario World
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (2021)

Huckit Crabs are hermit crab or fiddler crab-like enemies that first appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They wear a red shell and have two yellow feet and only one claw that it uses to throw either sand balls or rocks. Their name is a pun on "hermit crab", the crab species they resemble, and the term "huck it", referring to their method of attack. They try to hit Mario and his company with their projectiles, which travel in a straight line when thrown. Their rock-throwing technique is very similar to Clawgrip's, another crab, from Super Mario Bros. 2.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Huckit Crab
A Huckit Crab throwing a sand ball.

Huckit Crabs are enemies in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Many of them are encountered in World 4-3, the only level to have Huckit Crabs. Huckit Crabs are stationary enemies that throw sandballs to the left. Also, by throwing, the force of the throw pushes them back slightly to the right. Huckit Crabs can be defeated the same ways as a common enemy: jumping on its head, freezing them with a Ice Flower or a Penguin Suit, attacking it with a Fire Flower, or by running into it with a Star. The sand balls can also be destroyed, but only by jumping on them, as ice balls and fireballs are ineffective.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Artwork of a Huckit Crab from New Super Mario Bros. U

Huckit Crabs are enemies in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and their Nintendo Switch version. In the former game, Huckit Crabs appear only in Waterspout Beach, while in New Super Luigi U includes Huckit Crabs in both Huckit Beach Resort and Porcupuffer Cavern. Huckit Crabs can throw rocks, which also be raised in elevation by a Water Geyser. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, throwing their projectile does not push them back.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 9[edit]

Huckit Crabs are both non-playable and background characters in Mario Party 9. Huckit Crabs appear in Blooper Beach, where landing on an Event Space results in the crabs on a pirate ship firing their cannons, turning any Mini Stars into Mini Ztars and vice versa.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

A Huckit Crab makes a background appearance as one of the tiles in Match Faker in Mario Party: Island Tour.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Huckit Crabs are non-playable characters in Mario Party 10. They appear as spectators in Whimsical Waters as well as in Meanie Match.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Huckit Crabs are non playable characters in Mario Party: Star Rush. They appear in the background of the Mega Blooper's Bayside Bop boss battle and may appear in the Pop Quiz minigame.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Huckit Crabs are non playable characters in Super Mario Party. They appear in the background of the minigame Smash and Crab, and one can also appear in Absent Minded as one of the selectable characters.

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

A single Huckit Crab appears on the lower beach of Cantaloupe Island on Yoshi's Tropical Island in Mario Party Superstars.

Super Mario Party Jamboree[edit]

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Huckit Crabs are background characters appearing on the beach of Goomba Lagoon in Super Mario Party Jamboree.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

A Huckit Crab from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.

Huckit Crabs are an environmental species in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. They replace the Sidesteppers that run past in the background of Hermie III's battle.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Huckit Crabs are assistants in Dr. Mario World. In stage mode, their effect is to increase the obtained score for each yellow virus eliminated, where the base score increase is greater at higher levels. In versus mode, they grant a chance that a rainbow capsule will appear within the first 20 seconds of a match. Huckit Crabs also appear in the overworlds for World 3 and World 16 when they are cleared.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Image Name Bio
Huckit Crab as viewed in the Character Museum from Mario Party: Star Rush Huckit Crab
This crab is a hermit with huge pincers.
"You're likely to find these little guys scuttling around by the water, so keep a sharp eye out!"

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Increases base score by 50/70/100/150/200 points for every yellow virus eliminated."
  • Versus mode: "Grants 20%/40%/60%/80%/100% chance a rainbow capsule will appear within 20 seconds of match start."

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Encyclopedia bio: "Can often be found at the water's edge. The oversized claw is oddly cute."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニボー
Portmanteau of「蟹」(kani, "crab") and「坊」(, "boy"); may also be a play off「クリボー」(Kuribō, "Goomba")

Chinese (simplified) 蟹宝宝
Xiè Bǎobǎo
From「蟹」(xiè, "crab") and「栗宝宝」(Lìbǎobǎo, "Goomba")

Chinese (traditional) 螃蟹小子[1] (New Super Mario Bros. Wii)
Pángxiè Xiǎozi
蟹寶寶 (since New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe)
Xiè Bǎobǎo
From「螃蟹」(pángxiè, "crab") and「栗子小子」(Lìzixiǎozi, "Goomba")

From「蟹」(xiè, "crab") and「栗寶寶」(Lìbǎobǎo, "Goomba")

French (NOA) Crabincheux
Combination of crabe ("crab") and grincheux ("grumpy")
French (NOE) Pincemi
From a children's joke: "Pince-mi et Pince-moi sont dans un bateau, Pince-mi tombe à l'eau, qui reste-t-il ?" "Pince-moi !", which can be translated as "Pinch-ma and Pinch-me are on a boat, Pinch-ma falls in the water, who stays on the boat ?" "Pinch-me!". Once the child answers, the joker pinches them (similar to the Pete and Repeat joke).
German Karl Krabbe
Karl Crab
Clay Crab
Italian Granchela
Combination of granchio ("crab") and chela ("pincer"), also sounds like gran chela ("big pincer")
Korean 집게바
From "집게" (jipge, "hermit crab") and "굼바" (Gumba, "Goomba")

Portuguese (NOA) Paguro
Hermit crab
Portuguese (NOE) Pinças
Russian Краб-клешня
Claw crab

Spanish (NOA) Rocangrejo
Combination of roca ("rock") and cangrejo ("crab")
Spanish (NOE) Lotira
Combination of lo and tirar ("to sling")


  1. ^ 新 超級瑪利歐兄弟 Wii - 香港任天堂網站. Nintendo of HK (Traditional Chinese). Archived August 20, 2010, 00:36:46 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 20, 2024.