Raven

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This article is about an enemy which debuted in the Yoshi franchise. For an enemy named "Raven" in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Prima Official Game Guide, see Crowber.
Raven
Artwork of a Raven from Yoshi Topsy-Turvy
A Raven in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy.
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)
Variants
Raven (chick)
Comparable
Crow
Notable members
Raphael the Raven
“Oracle of the Stars...Mario comes to this island.”
Raven, Paper Mario

Ravens[1] are black, flightless birds that have appeared as both allies and enemies of Mario. Although they are called Ravens, they have little in common with the aforementioned birds, aside from their black coloration and "caw" sound. The Ravens of the Mario franchise are slow-moving, wingless, and have elliptical orange beaks. Paper Mario is the only game to depict them flying.

History[edit]

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]
Ravens in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
Raven

Ravens first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, in the level Shifting Platforms Ahead. They can be found walking around large floating globes resembling the moon. If they run into Yoshi, they'll knock Baby Mario off his back. Yoshi can defeat Ravens by stomping on their heads, or by throwing an egg at them, but they can't be eaten. The chick variants, however, can be eaten, but Yoshi will swallow them automatically without making an egg.

A large Raven named Raphael the Raven is fought as a boss on the moon over his castle. A small version of this enemy is considered a normal Raven in the Player's Guide.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Ravens return as enemies in Yoshi's New Island, only in the level Eggstraordinary Terrain. Overall, they act the same as in their previous appearances in the Yoshi's Island series. However, upon eating a Raven, Yoshi will automatically ingest it and turn it into an egg.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Artwork of a Raven from Yoshi's Story
Sprite of a Raven from Yoshi's Story

Ravens make a return appearance in Yoshi's Story. In the game, they act the same way as they did in their past appearance, making squeaking noises as they walk, but are immune to all of Yoshi's attacks. They appear in the Tall Tower stage, alongside ComBats. Melons are commonly found on the rocks that Ravens occupy.

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy[edit]

Artwork of a Raven atop a ledge in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy.

Ravens appear as enemies in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy within the Forbidden Pop-Up Book, which is where the game takes place. They stand about as half as tall as Yoshi, and are always continuously walking. They are not affected by gravity, which is a primary focus of the game. Likewise, they are able to walk along walls and across the ceiling. Sometimes, they move around wall corners, but occasionally will also simply walk back and forth. Yoshi can jump on their head to defeat them. If Yoshi bumps into the side of a Raven, he will lose three points from his Health Meter. Ravens are most commonly seen during the Tale of the Spirit of Power and the Tale of the Spirit of Kindness missions.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

A Raven in Yoshi's Crafted World

Ravens reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World with the exact same behavior as in previous games, where they only appear in Spinwheel Shuffle. Here, their bodies are made from upside-down balloons. One of the many costumes available for Yoshi is a small moon, complete with a Raven on the top. Additionally, five Raven blimps appear as crafts on the flip side of the level.

Paper Mario[edit]

Ravens with Raphael the Raven.
A Raven

In Paper Mario, a friendly group of five Ravens can be encountered on Lavalava Island. These Ravens (including Raphael the Raven himself) help Mario and his party reach Mt. Lavalava. This games also gives Ravens have their own language (which mostly consists of the word "caw"), although some are bilingual and can speak in human languages. The Ravens in this game also have the ability to fly by flapping their feet.

Individual Tattles[edit]

Goombario can use Tattle on four of the Ravens as one Raven is beyond Mario's reach.

  • "He's a Raven. Ravens are short and chubby. They're pretty fluffy, too. And somewhat cuddly. And soft."
  • "He's a Raven. He looks good in black. Can we take him with us, Mario? He doesn't want to go? What a bummer..."
  • "He's a Raven. Ravens only say "caw" unless they think they have something really important to tell you. They only tell important stuff to people they trust. I wish they'd tell us something."
  • "He's a Raven. Ravens are really cute. I told Kooper that, and he said I had weird taste. What's so weird about that? Aren't they cute, Mario?"

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キューちゃん[2][3][4][5] / Qちゃん[6]
Kyūchan
From「キュウカンチョウ」(kyūkanchō, common hill myna) and「ちゃん」(-chan, an honorific for cute animals among other uses)
Chinese 小Q[7]
Xiǎo Q
Little Q (from the Japanese name)
French Mainate (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island) Myna
German Abroxas
Italian Bombo Referring to its round and black appearance, like a typical cartoon bomb.
Korean 구관돌이
Gugwandol'i
From "구관조" (gugwanjo, common hill myna) and "-돌이" (-dol'i, diminutive male suffix)
Spanish Raven Raven

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 8.
  3. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 15.
  4. ^ 「ヨッシーの万有引力任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi Banyū Inryoku Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 23.
  5. ^ 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 19.
  6. ^ 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 4.
  7. ^ From iQue's localization of Paper Mario: https://www.bilibili.com/video/av75169038 (62:05)