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SMB3 Parabeetle.jpg
Two Para-Beetles flying
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Parent species Buzzy Beetle
Derived species
Heavy Para-Beetle
Spiky Parabuzzy

Para-Beetles (known as Parabuzzies in the Paper Mario series) are flying Buzzy Beetles that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]


In Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario and Luigi can hop on their back for a ride, allowing them to traverse air levels and making them one of the very few enemies that cannot be defeated by jumping on them. They are immune to fireballs, but vulnerable to Raccoon Mario's tail attacks, Super Stars and hammers. They are found only in Sky Land's World 5-6, as well as in the e-reader level Para Beetle Challenge in the GBA remake.

Jumping on a stationary Para-Beetle will slightly lower it, though it will gradually rise upwards again, somewhat making a zig-zag. The mobile Para-Beetles soar quickly through the skies, forcing the player to jump from Para-Beetle to Para-Beetle. Green Para-Beetles were originally going to appear in the game (as well as in the Game Boy Advance remake), where they were shown to be faster than normal Para-Beetles.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Para-Beetle (front)
Para-Beetle (side)
The front and side views of a Para-Beetle in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Para-Beetles return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they are slower and larger than they are in Super Mario Bros. 3. There is also a huge new derived species known as the Heavy Para-Beetle. If Mario steps on a regular Para-Beetle, it will start to rise to the top of the screen; if Mario jumps on a Heavy Para-Beetle, it will start to fall slowly. They only appear in World 7-6. If players jump on eight Para-Beetles consecutively without touching the ground, a 1-Up Mushroom falls from the sky.

Unused variants of Para-Beetles and Heavy Para-Beetles that fly to the right and stand still and face the screen exist in the game's files.[1]

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

Para-Beetles reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, behaving the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They appear in the Soda Jungle level Flight of the Para-Beetles. In New Super Luigi U, they appear in Para-Beetle Parade, where they are seen carrying Piranha Plants, Big Piranha Plants, and P Switches.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Para-Beetle in the New Super Mario Bros U. style in Super Mario Maker.

Para-Beetles reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS if the player applies wings to a Buzzy Beetle; it will fly in a straight line and thus behave in a similar manner. In the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U styles, Para-Beetles resemble their Paper Mario appearance; however, they still behave like they normally do in platformers.

Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.[edit]

A Para-Beetle flying alongside Mario, a Boomerang Bro, and a Spike in Super Mario Momotarō

In the Super Mario anime Super Mario Momotarō, a female Para-Beetle becomes the first creature to join forces with Mario in his mission to rescue Princess Peach after Mario gives some food to the starving Para-Beetle. During the final battle, she aids Mario by knocking out Wendy O. Koopa with a powerful tackle and later using the same move on Bowser. After the final battle, she helps Mario return the treasures that Bowser had stolen back to their rightful owners. She is based off of the bird from Momotarō.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A flock of Para-Beetles in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode, "True Colors"

Para-Beetles make a couple of appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where they either fly around in numbers, acting as minions in Bowser's army as shown in "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" and "True Colors", or serve as rideable creatures for Mario, Luigi and Toad to ride on, as in the episode "7 Continents for 7 Koopas".

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Para-Beetles (here known as Parabuzzies) appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They can be found in the Pirate's Grotto and in the Pit of 100 Trials. Like other Buzzy Beetles, they are immune to fire attacks, and flying allows them to evade ground attacks from Mario and his party. If hit with a single jump, however, their wings will be knocked off and the Parabuzzy will become a normal Buzzy Beetle. Additionally, a fountain in Rogueport Sewers has two statues of Para-Beetles with their traditional platformer design. Unlike in their other appearances, Para-Buzzies are portrayed here as basically resembling regular Buzzies with wings.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, they can be found in The Overthere and Castle Bleck. They behave the same way as in their previous appearance, but now, like other Buzzy Beetles, they are much weaker than in their previous appearances.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Para-Beetles appear in Mario Golf: World Tour in the background of the Sky Island course, flying around.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

In Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, Para-Beetles are a light-attributed enemy with a high HP stat and low Attack and RCV stats, being ranked 4 out of 6 in HP and 2 out of 6 in their other stats. Their skill is Support, which cures the team of Paralysis. Their second skill is Light Boost, which raises the attack of Light attribute team members if players clear a horizontal line of light orbs. Buzzy Beetles can turn into Para-Beetles if they are given four P-Wing transformation items. If a Para-Beetle is given six Super Mushroom transformation items, it becomes a Heavy Para-Beetle.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

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


Para-Beetles appear in the Minion Quest: The search for Bowser mode of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Here, they are a Flying troop. Their special attack involves diving into their opponents. They are weak against ordinary Buzzy Beetles, despite Flying troops typically being strong over Melee troops.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Para-Beetles reappear in Bowser Jr.'s Journey, despite being absent from the original game, reprising their roles as enemies and allies.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Parabuzzy.png Max HP 5 Attack 3 Defense 4 Location(s) Pirate's Grotto, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 31-34, 36-39)
Sleep? 75% Dizzy? 105% Confuse? 75% Tiny? 90%
Stop? 90% Soft? 95% Burn? 0% Freeze? 75%
Fright? 60% Gale Force? 90% KO? 95% Moves Shell Shot (3)
Level 20 Exp. points 0 Coins 0 - 3 Items Power Punch, Slow Shroom
Log A Buzzy with wings and high Defense. It flies in the air, but it'll come down if you stomp on it.
Tattle That's a Parabuzzy. A Buzzy Beetle with wings. Max HP is 5, Attack is 3, and Defense is 4. I guess those stats are just like a Buzzy. Fire and explosions seem to have no effect, so don't bother, OK? If you flip it over, its Defense goes down to 0, so jump on it first.
Super Paper Mario Enemy
SPMParabuzzy.png Max HP 1 Attack 1 Defense 3 Location(s) Overthere Stair (7-3), Castle Bleck Inner Sanctum (8-4)
Score 200 Items Card Type Common Card Location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Card Description Just look at this cute little Buzzy Beetle with wings! It'll lose its wings if you stomp on it. Of course, that would be totally heartless.
  List of Catch Cards  
  19      20      21  
Tattle This is a Parabuzzy. It’s a Buzzy Beetle with wings… Max HP is 1, Attack is 1, and Defense is 3. Even flames won’t scorch its hard shell… If you stomp on it, you’ll remove those wings… But still, those little limbs that hang down from its shell… They’re… …a little cute.

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario Bros. 3 Enemy 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Super Paper Mario Enemy 2007 Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Enemy 2009 Wii
New Super Mario Bros. U Enemy 2012 Wii U
New Super Luigi U Enemy 2013 Wii U
Mario Golf: World Tour Cameo 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Enemy/Teammate 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker Enemy 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Enemy 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Ally/Enemy 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Ally/Enemy 2018 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パタメット
Pata Metto
From the Japanese name for Koopa Paratroopa, 「パタパタ」 Patapata, an onomatopoeia for flapping; Metto is the Japanese name for Buzzy Beetle.
Spanish Parabuzzy Parabuzzy
French (NOA) Parablindule From Para and Blindule (Buzzy Beetle).
French (NOE) Parabruyinsecte
Parabruy. (Paper Mario series)
From Para and Bruyinsecte (Buzzy Beetle).
Shortened version of Parabruyinsecte.
German Parakäfer Para Beetle
Italian Paranella Para + Nella (Buzzy Beetle)
Russian Летучий жук
Letuchiy zhuk
Flying beetle
Korean 펄럭하잉바
Peolleok Haingba
Flapping Buzzy Beetle