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Artwork of a Terrapin on the field from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Variant of Koopa Troopa
Notable members

Terrapins are armored, green-shelled Koopa Troopas that appear in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake. In the game, they are the weakest soldiers in Bowser's Minions, even weaker than a Goomba. In Marrymore, a type called Torte acts as a chef, and a similar, stronger enemy is the red-shelled Terra Cotta. The word "terrapin" is an ambiguous term referring to turtles, which Koopas are quite similar to.

Terrapins fight solo or in groups of two to four and attack their opponents by punching, which does not do much damage. They patrol the halls of Bowser's Keep in search of intruders, and appear mostly in the very beginning of the game, before Exor crashes into Bowser's Keep. They have 10 HP and 1 attack power, and 8 defense. In the original game, Mario gains no Exp. pts. for defeating them, though they do give 1 EXP in the remake.

Later in the game at Rose Way, a platoon of Terrapins led by one named Jagger is seen with Bowser. After this group deserts, Jagger is later found in Monstro Town, training under Jinx to become strong enough to help Bowser again.

While unclear in the SNES version, the remake depicts the hammer-holding statues decorating the halls of Bowser's Keep as Terrapins, despite them not wielding hammers in battle.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Battle idle animation of a Terrapin from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 10 FP 100 Speed 10
Location(s) Bowser's Keep (first visit) Attack 1 Magic attack 0
Role Common Defense 8 Magic defense 1
Bonus Flower None Yoshi Cookie None Morph rate None
Evade 0% Magic evade 0% Spells None
Weak None Strong None Sp. attacks None
Coins 0 Exp. points 0 Items None
Psychopath "Yo! What's going on?[1]"

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Super Mario RPG enemy
Artwork of a Terrapin on the field from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG HP 10 Weak Elements N/A Drops N/A
Exp. 1 Weak Statuses FearPoisonSleepMute Rare Drops N/A
Found in Bowser's Keep
Monster List profile Guards in Bowser's Keep who are far too weak. Their helmets limit their vision, so they simply throw punches at random and hope for a lucky hit.
Thought Peek "'Sup! I'm a Terrapin! I wish my gramps could see me now!"
Animations *Physical attack
  • Monster List profile in other languages:
    • Japanese:
      (Translation: Guards of Bowser's Keep who are too weak. Their helmets make it hard for them to see what's in front of them, so they punch at random based on intuition.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノコへい
Portmanteau of「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, "Koopa Troopa") and「兵」(hei, "soldier")

Chinese 慢慢兵
Mànmàn Bīng
Koopa Soldier

Dutch Koopa-wachter
Koopa Guard
French Koopatrouilleur
Portmanteau of "Koopa" and patrouilleur ("patrolman")
German Schildkadett
Shield Cadet
Italian Koopa soldato[2]
Soldier Koopa
Korean 엉금병
Eonggeum Byeong
Portmanteau of "엉금엉금" (Eonggeum-eonggeum, "Koopa Troopa") and "병" (byeong, "soldier")

Spanish Koopa recluta
Recruit Koopa


  • Terrapin's thought in the Japanese version references two of Son Goku's catchphrases in the 1986 anime adaptation of Dragon Ball.[3] While the reference is absent in the English translation of the SNES release, it is restored in the equivalent version of the Nintendo Switch remake.


  1. ^ This thought is present within the game's coding, but because Mallow is not available at this point in the game, it goes unused. Through hacking methods, it can be seen.
  2. ^ RoundTwo (November 2, 2023). SUPER MARIO RPG: UN REMAKE PREZIOSO | ANTEPRIMA. YouTube (Italian). Retrieved November 3, 2023.
  3. ^ Clyde Mandelin (June 29, 2020). The Pop Culture-Obsessed Monsters in Japanese Super Mario RPG. Legends of Localization. Retrieved July 31, 2021.