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Super Mario RPG enemy
Battle idle animation of a K-9 from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Location(s) Bandit's Way
HP 30
Attack 13
Magic attack 1
Defense 13
Magic defense 10
Speed 19
Spells None
Sp. attacks Fangs, Howl
Items None
Exp. points 2
Coins 0
Misc. stats
FP 100
Evade 0%
Magic evade 0%
Strong None
Weak None
Bonus Flower Once Again! (30%)
Yoshi Cookie Energizer
Morph rate 75%
"May I take a BITE?"

K-9s are basic enemies that are found in Bandit's Way in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. The enemy's name "K-9" is a pun on the word "Canine". A stronger variant called Chow is found in Land's End.

In the overworld, K-9s tend to walk slowly, either in random paths or slowly following Mario and his party. In the second area of Bandit's Way, two K-9s wander the grounds underneath the flying block path. If Mario and his party defeat one, another one replaces it. A K-9 in the third area guards a treasure box, while four K-9s in the fourth area of the level chase Mario. As the K-9s of the second area, another K-9 respawns.

Mario can acquire an invincibility Star in the fourth area, which causes all the K-9s to move faster, including the pursuing ones.

K-9s fight in groups of two or three and are often accompanied into battle by Spikeys or Frogogs. In battle, a K-9 attacks by biting. Additionally, they have a couple of special attacks. K-9s can use the Howl attack to give the fear status condition, weakening Mario and his party's attack and defense. K-9s can also use the Fangs attack that gives 50% more damage than usual.

The unused enemy, Juju, mentions K-9 in its Psychopath.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハイイヌ
Hai Inu
From "hyena" and「犬」(inu, dog)