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A Sandmaargh from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015)
Variant of Magmaargh

Sandmaarghs are enemies introduced in Super Mario 3D Land. They are a variant of Magmaargh that live in sand instead of lava.


Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Sandmaargh shadows chasing Mario
Mario fighting a Sandmaargh

In Super Mario 3D Land, they appear in desert themed levels where they will follow Mario or Luigi while hiding under the sand and when they get close enough, they pop out and attempt to bite down on them. If the Sandmaargh fails at biting the player, the Sandmaarghs can be attacked by having the player jump on their heads or by having the player swing their Tanooki Tail directly at the Sandmaargh. While underground, their shadows can be seen above ground, thus allowing the player to see where they are hidden and watch their movements. Sandmaarghs first appear in World 3-1, and also appear in World 5-1 and Special 6-1.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Sandmaarghs appear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam as enemies in Doop Doop Dunes. Like a few other enemies, they have no paper counterparts. If a bro gets eaten by one in the overworld, the battle starts with the Sandmaargh eating the bro causing a lot of damage to him. In combat, the Sandmaargh attacks by inhaling. The target has to use his hammer to knock away the obstacles in his attempt to escape, as hitting one causes the victim to get pushed into the creature's mouth. Sandmaarghs also appear in the Paper Toad Tailgate and Paper Toad Trail Trials missions, in which Mario and co. must jump at the right time before they come out of the sand while rescuing the Paper Toads, otherwise they will eat one.

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

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Sandmaarghs appear in a desert course in Mario Golf: Super Rush.[1]

Profile and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
SandmaarghPaperJam.gif HP 39 POW 49 (44) Defense 52 (37) Type Normal Item Drop Candy - 5%
Stache Gloves - 3%
Experience 20 (15) Coins 11 Speed 38 Weakness None Location(s) Doop Doop Dunes, Doop Doop Dunes Grotto, Desert Rescue Party
Level           6 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese すなウーガン
Suna Ūgan
Sand Magmaargh
Spanish Arenoncio From arena (sand)
French (NOA) Avalave des sables
German Sandsauger Sand sucker
Italian Sabbiabruto From sabbia (sand) and bruto (brute)
Portuguese Magmareia From Magmaargh and areia (sand)
Russian Пескород
From Песок (Sand) and -род (common suffix for chemical elements)
Korean 모래짜자용
Moray Jjajjayong
Sand Magmaargh


  1. ^ Nintendo (February 17, 2021). Nintendo Direct - 2.17.2021. YouTube. Retrieved February 17, 2021.