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First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Notable members
“Augh! The whole Mandibug clan has infested our kingdom!”
Honeybee, Super Mario Galaxy

Mandibugs are enemies found in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are large, stag beetle-like insects that sport snapping mandibles which they use to attack and a broad purple body. Their dorsal side displays a Ground Pound sign, indicating that the enemies can be defeated in this way. Their name is a portmanteau of "mandible", describing their powerful mouthparts, and "bug".


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario runs from a Mandibug in Super Mario Galaxy
A Mandibug chases after Mario.

In Super Mario Galaxy, Mandibugs infested the Honeyhive Galaxy and are led by Bugaboom. They are apparently unfriendly neighbors of the Honeybees, and they take over the Bees' observation tower in the mission Trouble on the Tower. They are initially stationary, but attack Mario or Luigi by charging and attempting to hurt them with their mandibles. Not far from their initial positions, they then stop and retrieve. One can be defeated by executing a Ground Pound on its back, causing it to drop three Star Bits. If simply stood on, Mandibugs will shake off the player after a few moments, leaving them briefly immobilized. Along with the Honeyhive Galaxy, Mandibugs appear in a handful of other locations, including the Honeyclimb Galaxy and on Airships.

A Mandibug Stack appears when the player rides the windmill to the top of the tower in Honeyhive Galaxy. It gives up a Power Star when defeated.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

The Mandibug Stack in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy

Mandibugs later appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they appear in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy. In this game, they drop one coin upon being defeated. Their leader, Bugaboom, makes a reappearance in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy's hidden Star.

The Mandibug Stack from the first game reappears during the mission The Puzzling Picture Block, with the exact same role but with a boss theme.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/StinkBugSmall.arc StinkBugSmall Small Stink Bug
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ザコカメムシ (Zako Kamemushi) Small-fry Stink Bug

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クワカブト
From「鍬形虫」(kuwagatamushi, stag beetle) and「甲虫」(kabutomushi, rhinoceros beetle)

Chinese 鹿角甲虫

Antler Beetle

French Skarabée
Modified orthograph of "scarabée" (beetle)
German Stinkkäfer
Italian Scarafetor
From "scarafaggio" (cockroach) and "fetore" (stench)
Korean 사슴풍뎅이
From "사슴벌레" (saseumbeolle, stag beetle) and "장수풍뎅이" (jangsupungdeng'i, rhinoceros beetle)

Spanish Escarabajo