Sledge Bro

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Sledge Bro
Artwork of a Sledge Bro from Dr. Mario World
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
Variant of Hammer Bro
Heavy Fire Bro
Shady Sledge Bro
Sumo Bro
“I'm feeling smashy!”
Sledge Bro, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Sledge Bros. (or Sledge Brothers[1]) are rotund versions of Hammer Bros. In addition to throwing hammers, they can create small earthquakes as well.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3 promotional artwork: A Sledge Brother.
A Sledge Brother from Super Mario Bros. 3
A map icon for the Hammer Bro. A map icon for the Sledge Bro (Notice that this map icon is actually a green Hammer Bro). A map icon for the Sledge Brother, from Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.
Sledge Bro. sprite from Super Mario Bros. 3Sledge Brother sprite
The Sledge Brother's NES (left) and 16-bit (right) sprites

Sledge Brothers, also referred to as Sledge Hammer Bros.[2], first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they replace Hammer Brothers in the Giant Land levels, as well as on the area's map. They first appear in World 4-3. If a Sledge Brother sees Mario or Luigi, it attacks them by throwing hammers at them; additionally, whenever a Sledge Brother jumps and lands on the ground, it creates a miniature earthquake which can paralyze the player. To defeat a Sledge Brother, Mario can either jump on it, hit it with a Shell, use a fireball as Fire Mario, or a hammer as Hammer Mario to take it out.

Originally, their map icon was a Hammer Brother, but in the SNES remake in Super Mario All-Stars, their map icon changed into a green Hammer Brother. Their map icon was later changed to properly resemble a Sledge Brother in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. In the artwork and sprites of Super Mario Bros. 3 and its re-releases, Sledge Brothers are depicted with mucus dripping out of their noses; however, this trait was not carried over into subsequent appearances (excluding Yoshi's Safari and their "classic" designs in Super Mario Maker).

Super Mario World[edit]

Preliminary sprite sheets for Super Mario World.
Preliminary sprite sheets for Super Mario World, in which tiles of Sledge Brothers can be seen.

Even though they are not featured in the final game, Sledge Brothers were initially supposed to appear in Super Mario World, as initial placeholder sprites were made for them, having been drawn over their Super Mario Bros. 3 sprites, but with shading and orange skin instead of green skin. However, they are not present in the final whatsoever, not even in unused graphics, meaning theirs had been overwritten during development.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

A Screenshot of Sledge Bro. from New Super Mario Bros.

Sledge Bros. reappear in the eighth world of New Super Mario Bros. They can be defeated by jumping on them, hitting them with a fireball as Fire Mario or by touching them when Mario is empowered by a Starman. Like the Fire Bros., they only appear in World 8-7. Their hammers have been redesigned compared to the normal Hammer Bros.' hammers to resemble large sledge hammers, which has carried over to most subsequent games. Unlike in Super Mario Bros. 3, they do not always cause earthquakes with their every jump; this only happens when they pound the ground, which can also destroy bricks. This is needed to obtain a Star Coin.

In the Nintendo Power and Prima Games guides, Sledge Bros. are misnamed Sumo Bros.,[3][4] a name associated with a different enemy from Super Mario World.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

NSMBW Sledge Bro Sprite.png

Sledge Bros. reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii as rare enemies, along with Hammer Bros. They are first encountered in World 6-2, where a pair of Sledge Bros. guard the exit of the cave. They also appear as semi-common enemies in World 7-Castle Icon.png. Like in New Super Mario Bros., their jump and ground pound moves are separate, although they are no longer seen breaking stone blocks. The Prima Games guide[5] and the respective trading card both mislabel them as Sumo Bros.

Sledge Bros., along with the Fire Bros. again, outnumbered the once common Hammer Bros. in this game, the former being in two levels while the latter only appears in one.

If a Sledge Bro is frozen by an ice ball, the player must Ground Pound it to defeat it, as it is too heavy to pick up. When frozen, Sledge Bros. will always be standing, even if they were frozen when ground pounding.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

A Sledge Bro in New Super Mario Bros. 2
A Sledge Bro from New Super Mario Bros. 2

Sledge Bros. reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, acting just like they did in past games. However, only one exists in the main game, appearing in World 2-2. They also appear as common enemies in the third course of the Coin Challenge Pack A in Coin Rush. Several later appear in the first course for the Mystery Adventures Pack. While the effects of a Gold Ring are active, Sledge Bros. are unaffected physically, but still give coins when defeated.

Sledge Bros. are once again mistakenly referred to as Sumo Bros. in the Prima guide.[6]

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

Sledge Bro
A Sledge Bro in New Super Mario Bros. U

Sledge Bros. make a return in New Super Mario Bros. U, appearing only in the level, Ludwig's Clockwork Castle, which is found at Meringue Clouds. They work like they have in the previous games. Only three are seen in the game. As the actual Sumo Bros. appear in this game, the Prima guide no longer mistakes them for the other.[7]

Sledge Bros. also appear in New Super Luigi U, where they are encountered in the course, All Aboard!.

Super Mario Maker series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. style
Super Mario Bros. style
Super Mario World style
New Super Mario Bros. U style
Sledge Bros. in every style of Super Mario Maker

Sledge Bros. return in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS as enemies. They can be created by dragging a Super Mushroom on top of a Hammer Bro. They function the same as previous games, except like in Super Mario Bros. 3, they use the same hammers as Hammer Bros. Because they did not originally appear in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World, brand new sprites in their respective art styles have been drawn based on the respective Hammer Bros' designs. They can be given wings, which will make them float in the air briefly before they Ground Pound. They can be placed in Blocks, Bill Blasters, Warp Pipes, and placed on tracks. Unlike most enemies, they can not be increased in size by a Super Mushroom because Hammer Bros. need one to become a Sledge Bro. This also works as making it impossible to make Hammer Bros. bigger without them becoming Sledge Bros. All of the "classic" versions have the dripping nose present in old artwork. They also return in Super Mario Maker 2. During the Wednesday, May 15th Nintendo Direct for Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Bro-like Sledge Bros. known as Heavy Fire Bros. were revealed to appear in the game. Sledge Bros. appear in the Super Mario 3D World style, using voice clips for the first time, in addition to appearing in the previous four styles, while their fiery relatives are exclusive to said style, as with regular Fire Bros.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Sledge Bro.
Two Sledge Brothers from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode, "Never Koop a Koopa".

Sledge Brothers make several appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where they are among the elite of King Koopa and the Koopalings' military forces. They are generally portrayed as fairly tough soldiers, and manage to pose as major enemies to Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad in many episodes. Much like in the game, Sledge Brothers are able to cause tremors by jumping. One exception is in the episode "Never Koop a Koopa". Much like in the game, they are green but have a lighter skin color, a yellow beak, and a green shell rim.

List of episodes featuring Sledge Brothers[edit]

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

A team of six Sledge Brothers, called the Hammers, appear as competitors in the International Mushroom Games in Leaping Lizards. The only one of them to have his name mentioned, Angus Boomer, appears to be their leader. They compete in all the events except the Super Triple Jump, since their stubby legs are only good for leaping vertically, not horizontally.

A pair of Sledge Brothers appear in Koopa Capers as members of Wendy O. Koopa's secret rebellion. When Luigi discovers the rebellion's camp in the Magma Pits, Wendy orders the Sledge Brothers to throw him into a boiling pool of water, but if Luigi whistles the correct tune, he makes them drowsy, and tricks one into leaving by asking for a pencil to leave a note for Mario as his last request. Luigi distracts the remaining Sledge Brother by pointing out how poorly a group of Koopa Troopas are doing a marching formation, and defeats him and his returning brother by knocking out some of the Koopa Troopas and kicking their shells at the two burly soldiers.

Yoshi's Safari[edit]

Sledge Bro YS.png

In Yoshi's Safari, Sledge Brothers appear as mini-bosses who attack Mario and Yoshi by throwing hammers at them; a Sledge Brother can also immobilize Mario and Yoshi by stomping the ground. A Sledge Brother must be hit multiple times with Mario's Super Scope to defeat it in Yoshi's Safari. To avoid being hit, Mario can shoot the hammers that the Sledge Brother throws, destroying them.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Sledge Bros. from Mario Kart Wii

In Mario Kart Wii, some Sledge Bros. can briefly be seen in some sections of the Daisy Circuit and on a ship in N64 DK's Jungle Parkway, along with other spectators.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Sledge Bro as it appears in Mario Party 10

Sledge Bros. make their Mario Party debut in Mario Party 10, where a Mega Sledge Bro (known as "Sledge Bro" in the British English version) appears as a boss. Its minigame, Mega Sledge Bro's Card Chaos, involves cards and Bullet Bills. The players must remember the number of Bullet Bills on the cards because the Mega Sledge Bro hides them after a moment. After that, the players have to choose a card to launch a bullet on the Mega Sledge Bro. The number of bullets is from one to three. Some cards can have hammers on them. The Mega Sledge Bro will throw a hammer on the player who chooses one of these cards.

A Sledge Bro also occasionally appears as one of the selectable enemies at the second Gate Space of any given board in Bowser Party mode.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

Sledge Bros. appear as enemies in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. However, they are only really seen as the boss of World 7-11, along with ★World 7-11. Sledge Bros. are Dark attribute characters, and their skill changes all Light Orbs into Dark Orbs, while their Awoken Skill increases the amount of HP that gets restored whenever Heart Orbs are cleared.

When fought as enemies, a Sledge Bro will often start a battle by using Dark Protection to defend itself against Dark attribute attacks. It also takes longer to attack than the other members of the Hammer Brother species, attacking every 3 turns.

A player can get a Sledge Bro by using five Super Mushrooms to transform a Hammer Bro.


Sledge Bro. in Minecraft

In Minecraft's Super Mario Mash-up, Husks are replaced by Sledge Bros. Unlike most depictions, they have visible sclera and wear shoes in this game.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Sledge Bros. make their Paper Mario series debut in Paper Mario: Color Splash, where they appear as enemies in Green Energy Plant and Black Bowser's Castle. They attack by either throwing their hammer at Mario for 30 damage, or Ground Pounding to cause a quake that deals 20 damage to both Mario and any grounded allies. Both attacks can be jumped over with the Frog Suit. Allied Sledge Bros use their Ground Pound attack to deal 80 damage to all enemies, but it misses against those who fly or levitate.

A new variant of Sledge Bros. called Shady Sledge Bros. are also introduced. Only two of them appear in the game. The first one is encountered in Dark Bloo Inn, and the second one is encountered in Vortex Island.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Sledge Bro from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
An origami Sledge Bro

In the Scorching Sandpaper Desert in Paper Mario: The Origami King, a Sledge Bro operates a café. Additionally, origami Sledge Bros are found as enemies in the Ice Vellumental Mountain, the Sea Tower, and Origami Castle.

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Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Sledge Bros. appear as spectators in the Marina Stadium in Mario Tennis Aces, among Hammer Bros., Koopa Troopas, Penguins, Shy Guys and other species.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Sledge Bros. appear in Dr. Mario World as Assistants. Their stage mode effect grants a chance the skill meter is fully filled at the start of a stage, where the chance is greater at higher levels, up to 20% at the maximum level. Their versus mode effect is to grant a chance that the attack meter will fill extra if a virus is eliminated. Contrary to the game's description which indicated that it can occur repeatedly, it only activates at the start of the match and the effect will last throughout the match if it does, and has a higher chance to do so at higher levels. When this effect activates, any elimination made either through a capsule match, elimination through skill, or elimination through other objects like shells will fill the attack meter by an extra point for each elimination made. Contrary to the game's description, viruses are not required to be eliminated to gain extra attack points. This effect stacks with Monty Mole's effect, meaning that if both activate, two points will be filled in the attack meter for every elimination made.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

Sledge Bro as seen in The Super Mario Bros. Movie
A Sledge Bro in The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Sledge Bros. appear in The Super Mario Bros. Movie as part of Bowser's army. They attend the wedding between Bowser and Princess Peach, and join in the fight once Princess Peach takes the Ice Flower power-up and begins using it against Bowser and his army. Sledge Bros. partake in the final showdown between Mario and Luigi against Bowser in Brooklyn, where one attempts to hit Invincible Mario with his hammer, only for it to be destroyed. Additionally, their eyes have visible sclera with actual irises similar to their appearance in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker 2 in the Super Mario Bros. game style, and their hammers are two-handed.

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

Sledge Bros. are large, overweight Hammer Bros. with yellow skin and belly plates, green shells and helmets, and big feet with three toes each. Unlike their smaller relatives, Sledge Bros. do not wear shoes, and their eyes are also smaller and beady; additionally, they usually carry around large sledge hammers instead of small, clawed hammers. Sledge Bros. have more pronounced beaks than Hammer Bros. In Super Mario Bros. 3, Sledge Bros. had light green skin, white belly plates, and wore black shells and helmets, though this was likely due to the NES' technical limitations. The Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3 gives Sledge Bros. a darker green skin tone, as well as cream-colored belly plates. Sledge Bros. were also portrayed with mucus dripping from their nose, a detail later revisited in the Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World styles in Super Mario Maker. The Super Mario Bros. style also gives Sledge Bros. smiles as opposed to their frowns, as well as "proper" eyes with irises.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is mostly faithful to the game depiction of Sledge Bros., though there are several differences: Sledge Bros. are slightly less overweight and bulky, they have yellow beaks rather than green, they lack the dripping mucus from their noses, and they wear dark green shells and helmets instead of black. Paper Mario: Color Splash and Paper Mario: The Origami King are mostly faithful to the modern depiction of Sledge Bros., though they also have a paper outline in these games.


Unlike Hammer Bros., Sledge Bros. specialize in physical strength, as shown by their ability to carry and throw hammers with ease. Sledge Bros. still have the ability to jump, though they jump considerably lower than their smaller relatives. Unlike them, however, Sledge Bros. can Ground Pound to unleash small earthquakes or shockwaves to stun their adversaries; merely jumping has this effect in their debut and the Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World styles of Super Mario Maker. Sledge Bros. are portrayed as Dark-attribute enemies in Puzzle and Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, since they can change all field orbs into Dark Orbs. Although Sledge Bros. can be easily defeated by a jump, the aforementioned game makes them more resilient, due to having high HP; this also goes for Paper Mario: Color Splash and Paper Mario: The Origami King.


Sledge Bros. are generally silent in Super Mario games, both old and new; this is unlike its relatives, Hammer Bro, Fire Bro, Boomerang Bro and by extension Ice Bro who have received voice acting starting from Mario Superstar Baseball. Paper Mario: Color Splash is the first game to break Sledge Bros' traditional silence by giving them battle quotes albeit as in-game text dialogue; their variants, the Shady Sledge Bros., have more dialogue than them, however. Super Mario Maker 2's Super Mario 3D World style gives Sledge Bros. (and by extension, Heavy Fire Bros.) low-pitched grunts and yells while attacking or being defeated.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく カメ族
性格せいかく 食いしん坊
登場とうじょうゲーム 3

Sledge Bro
Tribe: Turtle clan
Disposition: Glutton
Game appearances: 3
The fatty of the Bros family 1
Sledge Bro unknowingly ate too much and gained so much weight. However, if you think they are slow-moving, you are mistaken. They jump high into the sky and cause earthquakes that leave them unable to move.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

  • Trading card description: "These elite members of the Koopas are similar to Hammer Bros., but are bigger, and their weapon of choice is a sledge hammer. On top of throwing weapons, Sumo Bros.[sic] like to jump up & down to create paralyzing earthquakes. Don't get shaken up around these guys! To defeat them, try to jump on top of them when they ground-pound-though, that's easier said than done!"

Card Number: 24

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
Sledge Bro
Sledge Bro sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash HP 80 Type Shelled 3
A Sledge Bro card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Strong None Weak None
Moves Hammer Attack (30), Hammer Charge Attack (30), Quake Attack (20), Group Attack (30), Blowback Attack (80)
Location(s) Green Energy Plant, Black Bowser's Castle
Quotes Usual: "I can jump, too..." ~ "SLEDGE SMASH!" ~ "I'm feeling smashy!" ~ "Your hammer is puny!"
Enemy class
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 30 Red paint 0 Yellow paint 53 Blue paint 35 Orange paint 0 Green paint 44 Purple paint 0

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Sledge Bro
An origami Sledge Bro from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 36 Moves Location(s)
Type Shelled Hammer Down (?), Hammer Throw (?), Bro Throw (?), Super Bro Throw (?) Ice Vellumental Mountain, Sea Tower, Origami Castle
Item drops Mushroom
Very large and very strong Sledge Bros. Guarding is highly recommended, assuming you don't like throbbing pain.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 4%/8%/12%/16%/20% chance of full skill meter on stage start."
  • Versus mode: "If you eliminate a virus, grants 20%/40%/60%/80%/100% chance your attack meter will fill extra."


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Sledge Bro.

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

New Super Mario Bros. data/enemy/himan.nsbmd himan Shortened from its Japanese name from Super Mario Bros. 3

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヒマンブロス[9] / 肥満ひまんブロス[10]
Himan Burosu
Mega Burosu
Fat Bros. (Super Mario Bros. 3 and Yoshi's Safari)

Mega Bros. (since New Super Mario Bros.)
Chinese (Simplified) 重量级兄弟
Zhòngliàngjí Xiōngdì
Heavyweight Brother
Chinese (Traditional) 重量級兄弟
Zhòngliàngjí Xiōngdì
Heavyweight Brother
French (NOA) Frère Masse Mass Brother
French (NOE) Frère Mastoc
Frère Forgeron (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Hefty Brother
Smith Brother
German Vorschlag-Bruder
Sledge Brother
Sumo Brother
Italian Martellone Bros
Fratello dell'Incudine[12]
Big Hammer Bro
Anvil Brother
Korean 메가브러스
Mega Beureoseu
From its Japanese name
Portuguese (NOA) Irmão Marreta Sledgehammer Brother
Portuguese (NOE) Mano Marreta Sledgehammer Bro
Romanian Tovarăș1 (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, episode "Never Koop a Koopa")
Frate Ciocan1 (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Hammer Brother
Russian Братец-кувалда
Sledge Bro
Spanish (NOA) Hermano Mazo
mega hermano Mazo (Mario Party 10)
Hermano Trineo (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Mallet Brother
Mega Mallet Brother
Sledge Brother
Spanish (NOE) Hermano Maza Mallet Brother

1 - Their names are inconsistent throughout the dubbed version of the episode "Never Koop a Koopa". The generic moniker "Tovarăș" ("Fellow") replaces an instance of "Sledge Brother" from the English version (Eng.: "Whew! A Sledge Brother!"; Rom: "Uuu! Un Tovarăș!"). Other than that, Sledge Brothers are incorrectly referred to as Hammer Brothers.


Hammer Bro sprite


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 41.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. NES Game Atlas. Page 35. "You can run under or jump over the Sledge Hammer Bros. if you don’t want to fight them."
  3. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 12.
  4. ^ Knight, Michael. Nintendo DS Pocket Guide. Page 103.
  5. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 14.
  6. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 22.
  7. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 34 and 35.
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 171.
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 42.
  10. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. KC Deluxe vol. 23 - Super Mario: Yoshi no Road Hunting 2. Page 76.
  11. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book. Page 15Media:NSMB Shogakukan pages 14-15.jpg.
  12. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3; Italian booklet, pag. 41