Rocky Wrench

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Rocky Wrench
Rocky Wrench
A Rocky Wrench in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (Pirate Tour) (2020)
Variant of Koopa
Monty Mole
“Ugh, this lid is heavy.”
Rocky Wrench, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Rocky Wrenches are enemies employed as crewmen on the Koopa Troop's vehicles.[1][2] They pop out of manhole covers and attack by throwing their namesake wrenches. They have been described as mole-like turtles,[1][3] but from New Super Mario Bros. Wii onward they lack shells (with the exception of the "classic" styles of Super Mario Maker), which, along with other changes in design, has resulted in them resembling Monty Moles. Their original description has not been applied to the redesign, and they have since been called moles instead of mole-like on at least one occasion.[4]


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Rocky Wrench sprite from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Artwork of a Rocky Wrench from Super Mario Bros. 3

Rocky Wrenches first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 as enemies on airships, tanks, and ships belonging to the Koopa Troop. Upon sighting either Mario or Luigi, a Rocky Wrench will pop out of its hole on these vehicles and throw wrenches at them before descending back into its hole. They first appear in World 2-Airship.gif.

In most cases, a defeated Rocky Wrench will reappear, even when defeated by a stomp. However, some levels in Dark Land have red Rocky Wrenches that will be permanently defeated when attacked. In Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, all Rocky Wrenches are red, though they still act like they do in the NES version between the various levels.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

NSMBW Rocky Wrench Sprite.png

Rocky Wrenches reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii on the airship of World 6. Their behavior is largely unchanged from their first appearance, though the potential initial vertical movement of their wrenches is lessened. Aside from being susceptible to stomps, they can also be frozen by Ice Mario and will be defeated permanently when attacked. In this game and most following it, Rocky Wrench shares a nearly identical model to Monty Mole, but with added goggles.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A Rocky Wrench in Super Mario 3D Land

Rocky Wrenches reappear in Super Mario 3D Land. Though they are commonly found in airship stages, they appear in several levels in the game. Their appearance is the same as New Super Mario Bros. Wii and they conduct their usual wrench-throwing tactics, but some now appear in pipes and either throw Bob-ombs or even coins. Unlike other games, the wrenches they throw can be stomped on harmlessly, destroying them in the process.

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

Rocky Wrenches reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, once again retaining their design and attacks as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They only appear in Boarding the Airship of Meringue Clouds, and are one of the few enemies that do not appear in New Super Luigi U.

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

Rocky Wrenches reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, using new sprites for Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World-styled courses, the former of which removes their goggles. If they are winged, they hop out of their manhole cover before throwing their wrenches, making their lower bodies more visible. This also occurs if they are enlarged, but they temporarily revert to their original size in order to hide. On certain platforms such as Semisolid Platforms, Donut Blocks, and Cloud Blocks, Rocky Wrenches fall through them when they attempt to hide in them. Rocky Wrenches retain their shells in the Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World styles, but not in New Super Mario Bros. U style. In addition, their existing appearances have been slightly revised; they have a less plain palette and appear to lack tails in the Super Mario Bros. 3 style, and now have stubbier limbs and a slimmer, shorter body shape compared to a Monty Mole in the New Super Mario Bros. U style. In Course Maker, shaking them will change the slot to a Monty Mole and vice versa.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Rocky Wrenches reappear in Super Mario Run, appearing only in Throwing It All Overboard. Some Rocky Wrenches throw coins instead of wrenches. Rocky Wrenches come back out of the ground much quicker than they do in most games, almost immediately after they go down.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Rocky Wrenches reappear in Super Mario Maker 2, where they now occupy a wholly separate slot from Monty Moles.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Rocky Wrench from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

On the television series The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Rocky Wrenches appear in several episodes, most commonly as the guards of Bowser and the Koopalings' Doom Ship, although they are also shown to work on tanks and the Doom Sub as well. A Rocky Wrench, whose dialogue consists of nothing but menacing growling, has a somewhat prominent role in the episode "Up, Up, and a Koopa", where one is assigned by Bowser and Kooky von Koopa to guard the cage that Emperor Ed, and later Mario and Luigi, are held captive in. He is bribed a Fudjie by Mario to free them, but declines.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

A Rocky Wrench competes in the International Mushroom Games as a member of a team called the Sneaks in Leaping Lizards. True to his team's name, he uses underhanded tactics in the events, cutting a hole in Roy Koopa's flying carpet during the obstacle course and throwing ink in his face during the Beetlebowl.

Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up[edit]

Rocky Wrench cameo in Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up.

A Rocky Wrench cameos in Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up on the Race Car Driver and Mechanic page. The description reads as follows:

"Race car drivers Mario and Luigi had better make a pit stop right away. Their tires are almost worn out from the first leg of the road rally. Rocky Wrench is ready to change two tires."

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

A Rocky Wrench from Mario Kart DS

In Mario Kart DS, Rocky Wrenches appear as obstacles on the airship portion of Airship Fortress. Popping out of their holes at random, these Rocky Wrenches can cause a kart to spin out of control if it runs into them. One mission involves Wario using a Star to defeat fifteen Rocky Wrenches. Compared to Super Mario Bros. 3, Rocky Wrenches more closely resemble Monty Moles, having seemingly been edited from their appearance in this game, but are further from Monty Mole than the design used in following games. They have brown upper lips, four pointed fangs, and large goggles in front of glowing pupils that seem to be based off of their Super Mario Bros. 3 sprites. Due to the graphics for Rocky Wrenches being flat textures that always face the camera, it is impossible to tell whether they are intended to have shells in this game.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

A Rocky Wrench from Mario Kart 7

In Mario Kart 7, Rocky Wrenches appear in the retro course, DS Airship Fortress, as well as GBA Battle Course 1. They retain their tactics from Mario Kart DS, though they appear with their updated design. They can also be jumped on safely, and the player can even perform a trick off them.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

A Rocky Wrench from Mario Kart Tour

Starting with the Pirate Tour in Mario Kart Tour, Rocky Wrenches reappear in DS Airship Fortress, where they retain their tactics from Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7, though they appear with their updated design like in Mario Kart 7. However, unlike in previous appearances, Rocky Wrenches use fully 3D models instead of a single layer sprite. Unlike in previous Mario Kart games, however, driving into a Rocky Wrench knocks it back into its hole and grants the player bonus points instead of causing the player to spin out. If the player drivers over it while it is peeking out, they perform a Jump Boost.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Rocky Wrenches make their Paper Mario series debut in the Nintendo 3DS game Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They only appear on Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla.

Outside battle, they throw wrenches at Mario. In battle, a Rocky Wrench will either hide inside their manholes or have their heads peeking from the manhole. If they are hiding inside the manhole, they cannot be attacked and Mario's attacks will miss. Rocky Wrenches, just like in previous games, throw their wrenches to attack. They also have bigger wrenches that deal more damage to Mario, and mostly use this attack when they are attacked. A Rocky Wrench may sometimes drop a Wrench sticker after battle.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Rocky Wrenches return in Paper Mario: Color Splash. They can be fought in the levels Toad Trainworks and Sunset Express. Outside battle, they throw wrenches at Mario, like in the previous game. Once more, in battle they attack by throwing at Mario a normal wrench or a bigger one. The manhole cover they wear on their head is yellow in this game.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Rocky Wrench

Rocky Wrenches reappear in Paper Mario: The Origami King; while origami Rocky Wrenches appear as enemies on the path to the Spring of Rainbows, normal ones appear as NPCs. One Rocky Wrench appears in Toad Town in a port behind the red warehouse which sells Mario the Legion of Stationery collectible treasures. Another Rocky Wrench NPC is found on Picnic Road, outside the Sensor Lab. To interact with them, Mario must hammer their lid. If Mario hammers the lid while standing on top of it, the Rocky Wrench will look around briefly before going back underground.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

In Mario Golf: World Tour, Rocky Wrench is one of the names that can appear on the tournament scoreboard.

WarioWare series[edit]

In WarioWare: Twisted!, Rocky Wrenches with their Super Mario Bros. 3 sprites appear in the microgame Super Mario Bros. 3-Lift, as one of the enemies who try to attack the player. They reprise this role in WarioWare Gold.

Other appearances[edit]

The removed Rocky Wrench in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Sprites found in prototype revisions of Super Mario World include sprites for Rocky Wrench meant for the Sunken Ghost Ship, but it is not included in the final game in any way.[5]

Sprites found in prototype revisions of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island include sprites for Rocky Wrench as well as potential vehicles, but they were again removed. Only their wrench and possible lower body exist within unused graphics in the final release.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Notebook bio: "This guy serves as an engineer on an airship. It'll pop up and throw a wrench at you from time to time."

Item description[edit]

  • Rocky Wrench Statue: "Rocky Wrenches are often found guarding airships. Don't you just want to stomp on this statue?"

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy
Rocky Wrench
Rocky Wrench PMSS.png Max HP 15 Location(s) Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla
Attack 5 Moves Wrench Throw (5), Big Wrench Throw (10), Hide (makes attacks miss for one turn)
Defense 0 Stickers Shiny Tail, Tail, Wrench

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy
Rocky Wrench
Rocky Wrench sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash HP 32 Type Normal 3
A Rocky Wrench card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Strong None Weak None
Moves Spanner Attack (10), Wrench Attack (15), Group Attack (15)
Location(s) Toad Trainworks, Sunset Express
Quotes Usual: "Ugh, this lid is heavy." ~ "Gut wrencher!" ~ "It's too bright outside!" ~ "Nyah nyah! Can't get me!"
While inside lid: "I need more wrenches..." ~ "This hole is too small!"
Enemy Class
Dropped Items
Hammer Scraps 5 Red Paint 0 Yellow Paint 70 Blue Paint 0 Orange Paint 0 Green Paint 0 Purple Paint 0

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King Enemy
Rocky Wrench
An origami Rocky Wrench from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 30-33? Moves Location(s)
Type Normal Pass Belt (?), Wrench Throw (?), Spanner Throw (?) Spring of Rainbows
Item Drops None
They live underground and pop up only to throw spinner wrenches at folks…especially folks named Mario.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プー[1]
Japanese onomatopoeia for tooting or honking sound
Chinese 扳手仔
Bānshou Zǎi
Wrench Guy
Dutch Rocky Wrench -
French Torti Taupe Pun on tortue (tortoise) and Topi Taupe (Monty Mole)
German Rocky Schraubschlüssel Rocky Wrench
Italian Tartatalpa
Lanciattrezzi (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Pun on tartaruga (turtle) and Tantatalpa (Monty Mole)
Tool Thrower
Korean [6]
A tooting or honking sound, copying Japanese
Portuguese (NOA) Rocky Toupeira Rocky Mole
Portuguese (NOE) Cachorrinho de Capacete
Toupeira Rocky (Paper Mario: Color Splash)
Helmet Whelp
Rocky Mole
Romanian Soldat cheie (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, episode "The Ugly Mermaid") Wrench soldier
Russian Роки-ключ
From English name and ключ klyuch, wrench
Spanish (NOA) Topo rocky Rocky Mole
Spanish (NOE) Tortopo Portmanteau of tortuga (tortoise) and topo (mole)


The official artwork for an airship in Super Mario Bros. 3. Note that Roy Koopa is acting like a Rocky Wrench.


  1. ^ a b c 「モグラようなカメからニョキッとてきてスパナをげてくる。飛行船乗組員だ。」 ("Mole-like members of the Turtle Tribe. They will pop out of a hole to throw their spanner. They are the maintenance crew of the airship.") - Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 38.
  2. ^ "These turtles often serve as crew of Koopaling Airships and military vehicles." - Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 9.
  3. ^ "Rocky is a turtle who kind of looks like a mole. He will suddenly appear and start to throw wrenches from his fingers at Mario or Luigi." - Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, Page 37.
  4. ^ "These crafty moles show themselves just long enough to throw a wrench at you before dropping back out of sight." von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 15.
  5. ^ TCRF. Prerelease:Super Mario World (SNES)/Sprites#v-ram-ghost-ship.CGX. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "스타를 이용해서 뚜 15마리를 쓰러뜨려라!" (Defeat 15 Rocky Wrenches by using Stars!) - In-game description about Mission 6-2 of Mario Kart DS.