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“This sturdy creature drops down and pursues Wario. Wario can get a lift on its flat top”
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 instruction booklet, page 19
A Pouncer, as seen in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 artwork.
Artwork of a Pouncer
First appearance Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)
Latest appearance Wario Land II (1998)
Variant of Thwomp
Spiked stone

Pouncers[1] are stone creatures from Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. They look and behave almost exactly like Thwomps, except they have no spikes on their tops. Wario can hop up on them as a platform to cross gaps. In some cases, instead of acting like Thwomps, they slowly follow a path, such as moving through a cramped hall after Wario. If a Pouncer lands on an enemy, it turns into a 10 Gold Coin for Wario to collect. On the other hand, contact with a Pouncer's spikes instantly causes the loss of a life.

In Wario Land II, redesigned Pouncers make an appearance, referred to as weights[2][3] or blocks.[4] They have no spikes and are carried and routinely dropped by D-Bats. They are no longer harmful, transforming Wario into Flat Wario if it lands on him.


Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3[edit]

  • Japanese Virtual Console manual: 天井から落ちてきたり、追いかけてきたりします。頭の上に乗れます。[5](They can fall from the ceiling or chase you. You can ride on their heads.)

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 岸石族
性格 頑固一徹
登場ゲーム ランド3

Tribe: Rock clan
Disposition: Stubborn
Game appearances: Land 3
You can even get on top of it and move around.
A mass of spiny rocks. When an intruder approaches, it falls or moves to the left or right in an attempt to crush the intruder. Since it can be ridden on top, it can be used as a vehicle in some places.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドドン[7][8][6]
From「ドッスン」(Dossun, Thwomp) and「どん」(don, a Japanese onomatopoeia for crashing sound)
German Pouncer -
Italian Assalitore Improvviso[9]
Sudden Attacker
Misspelling/Variation of Thwomp


  1. ^ Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 English instruction booklet, page 19.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 106, page 63. "One bat drops a lead weight that flattens Wario; the other picks him up and steals coins."
  3. ^ Official American Wario Land II website (Internet Archive)
  4. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 106, page 64. "These bats have nothing better to do all day than drop blocks. If you jump on a block, you can jump from the top to reach more coins."
  5. ^ Japanese Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Virtual Console manual, section 15.
  6. ^ a b 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 132.
  7. ^ Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  8. ^ Wario Land 2: Nusumareta Zaihō Shogakukan guide, page 92.
  9. ^ European Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 instruction booklet, page 117
  10. ^ Italian Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Electronic manual, section 15
  11. ^ Club Nintendo (Italy) Numero 4 - 1994, page 20. "I THOWMPS possono fornire il modo di trasporto di cui ha bisogno." (THE THOWMPS can provide the mode of transportation he needs.)