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Rendered model of the Sandmaargh enemy in Super Mario 3D Land.
Asset model of a Sandmaargh from Super Mario 3D Land
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest appearance Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021)
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. They are somewhat dinosaur-like, with red spines going down their back.


Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Sandmaargh shadows chasing Mario in 3D Land
Mario fighting a Sandmaargh in 3D Land

In Super Mario 3D Land, Sandmaarghs 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 watch out for them before they attack. Sandmaarghs first appear in World 3-1, and also appear in World 5-1 and Special 6-1.

Though Sandmaarghs do not return in Super Mario 3D World, Hisstocrat and the snake minions he summons during his boss fight somewhat resemble them, being reptilian enemies that burrow out of the sand and can attempt to bite the player. The Bitefrosts from Super Mario Odyssey also function as similar enemies, attacking in the same way as Sandmaarghs and having similar shadows visible when underground.

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 getting hit by 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]

A Sandmaargh in Balmy Dunes in Mario Golf: Super Rush
A Sandmaargh in Balmy Dunes

Sandmaarghs appear in Balmy Dunes in Mario Golf: Super Rush, where they now appear in a massive size. They also appear to be made out of sand, just as how Magmaarghs are made out of lava, as balls can be shot into them, although doing so results in a stroke penalty.

Profile and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam enemy
A Sandmaargh in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. 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
French (NOA) Avalave des sables Magmaargh of the sands
German Sandsauger From "Sand" (sand) and "Glutsauger" (Magmaargh)
Italian Sabbiabruto From "sabbia" (sand) and "Magmabruto" (Magmaargh)
Korean 모래짜자용
Moray Jjajjayong
Sand Magmaargh
Portuguese Magmareia From "Magmaargh" and "areia" (sand)
Russian Пескород
From "песок" (pesok, sand) and "-род" (-rod, common suffix for chemical elements)
Spanish Arenoncio From "arena" (sand) and "Lavoncio" (Magmaargh)