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SMRPG: Artwork of a K-9
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)

K-9s are basic enemies that are found in Bandit's Way in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake. The enemy's name is a pun on the word "canine", and is also the nickname of police dogs and the police dog unit. 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 fought alongside Spikeys or Frogogs. In battle, they attacks by biting, and have a couple of special attacks. They can use the Howl attack to inflict the fear status condition, or the Fangs attack that deals 50% more damage than usual.

In the remake's Monster List entry, it states that the species is officially named "Bluish-Tinged Gray K-9", though its name is simply displayed as "K-9" in battle. This is also referenced in the Monster List entry for Chow.

An unused enemy, Juju, mentions K-9 in its Thought Peek.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

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

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Image of a K-9 from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 30
Exp. 2
Weak Elements N/A
Weak Statuses FearPoisonSleepMute
Drops N/A
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Bandit's Way
Monster List profile
Their official name is "Blueish-Tinged Gray K-9." Due to character count limitations, it displays as simply "K-9" in game.
Thought Peek
Can I have a bite?
  • Thought Peek quote in other languages:
    • Japanese:
      (Translation: ...Can I chew on this?)
  • Monster List profile in other languages:
    • Japanese:
      (Translation: The official name is "Aomigakatta Haiiro Inu", but in the game it is written only as "Haiinu" due to character limitations.)


Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハイイヌ
Play on「灰色はいいろ」(haiiro, "gray") and「いぬ」(inu, "dog")

Chinese 灰狗狗
Huī Gǒugǒu
Gray Doggy

Dutch Lupo
From lupo (Italian for "wolf")
French Griffard
Portmanteau of griffe ("claw"), the pejorative suffix -ard, and possibly gris ("gray")
German Hunderlich
Pun on Hund ("dog") and wunderlich ("bizzare")
Italian K-Nino[2]
Pun on canino ("canine")
Korean 하이도그
From the part of Japanese name and English word "dog"

Spanish K-Nino
Pun on canino ("canine")

Blueish-Tinged Gray K-9[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アオミガカッタハイイロイヌ
Aomigakatta Haiiro Inu
Blueish-Tinged Gray Dog

Chinese (simplified) 带蓝色调的灰狗狗
Dài lán sèdiào de Huī Gǒugǒu
Greyhound dog with blue tints

Chinese (traditional) 帶有藍色調的灰狗狗
Dài lán sèdiào de Huī Gǒugǒu
Greyhound dog with blue tints

Dutch Grijsblauw getinte Lupo
Gray-blue-colored K-9
French Griffardeus caeruleum grignotici
Pseudo-Latin name using Griffard ("K-9"), caeruleum (Latin for "blue"), and grignoter ("to nibble")
German Hungerlichus Hunderlichus
Pseudo-Latin name using Hunger and Hunderlich ("K-9")
Italian K-Nino grigio-blu-argento
Gray-blue-silver K-9
Korean 푸르스름한 희색빛 하이도그
Puleuseuleumhan Huinsaeg Bich Haidogeu
Blueish-Tinged Gray K-9


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ RoundTwo (November 2, 2023). SUPER MARIO RPG: UN REMAKE PREZIOSO | ANTEPRIMA. YouTube (Italian). Retrieved November 3, 2023.