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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)
Pouncer's sprite

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 are 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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドドン[5][6]
From「ドン」(don) or「ドスン」(dosun), Japanese onomatopoeias for crashing sound
German Pouncer -
Italian Assalitore Improvviso[7]
Sudden Attacker


  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. ^ Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  6. ^ Wario Land 2: Nusumareta Zaihō Shogakukan guide, page 92.
  7. ^ European Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Instruction Booklet, page 117
  8. ^ Italian Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Electronic manual, section 15