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A Snailicorn
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
NSMB Snailicorn.png

Snailicorns[1] are large snail-like creatures that sport a single horn on their heads, as indicated by the species name (a portmanteau of snail and unicorn), as well as feet.

They appear only in New Super Mario Bros. and are never seen outside of ice stages. Snailicorns are resistant enemies, as jumps are not enough to defeat them, and fireballs are ineffective. However, as jumping on them pushes them back, this tactic can be used to send them off of cliffs, though they will reappear if Mario leaves the area and comes back. Also, a full-speed Shell Mario or a stray shell will knock them out.

Snailicorns always charge in a straight line, but change direction at edges. They only appear in World 5-3 and World 5-B.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Donketu[2]
Same as Bully

Spike Snail
Italian TartaSpunzo Turtle Spike


  • The game's internal filename for Snailicorn is a romanization of the Japanese name for Bully, suggesting that it was originally designed as one before being changed to a horned snail.[2] This explains why they act in a similar manner.


  1. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 12.
  2. ^ a b New Super Mario Bros. internal filename (donketu)
  3. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book