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First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)

Roketons[1], also known as Rocketons[2], are airborne enemies that serve Tatanga as his personal guards in his invasion of Sarasaland during the events of Super Mario Land. The only visible part of a Roketon's body is its head. Roketons fly planes; these aircraft are based on either the MiG-15 or the improved design, the MiG-17; both are jet fighters of the former USSR.

Roketons only appear in the final stage of the Chai Kingdom, World 4-3, guarding the path to both Biokinton and Tatanga. If Mario succeeds in shooting the Roketons down before they leave the screen, he is awarded with 400 points. However, if a Roketon makes its way past Mario in his Sky Pop, it fires a Bullet Biff backwards at the player. The official artwork also depicts cannonballs being shot forward out of the nose of the plane, but this feature was never used in the actual game.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: "This attack plane is piloted by one of Tatanga's guards. Roketon fires cannonballs at the Sky Pop. Destroy it with a single missile."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ロケトン[3]
Derived from「ロケット」(roketto, rocket)
German Roketon -
Spanish Roketon -


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 17.
  2. ^ The Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide, page 5.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 20.