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A Trapeetle in Super Mario Odyssey
Artwork of a Trapeetle from Super Mario Odyssey.
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
“It CAUGHT me!? I can't get away!”
Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey
A Trapeetle preparing to explode

Trapeetles are spherical beetle enemies with two large hands, swirly purple eyes and a spike on top. They appear exclusively in the Lost Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey. Their name is a portmanteau of "trap" and "beetle". Upon the first time Mario tries to throw Cappy at the enemy, the Trapeetle will catch him in his hands to Cappy's surprise. After glowing red and charging up, the Trapeetle will shoot forward quickly at wherever Mario is, and explode on impact. While flying, Trapeetles are not affected by gravity - if they shoot over a ledge, they continue moving forward without falling, similar to Bullet Bills. Mario and Cappy can use a Trapeetle's attack to their advantage by luring it into tackling destructible rocks, which can clear the paths or reveal hidden items inside.

The brochure for the kingdom warns heavily against them, referring to their explosive behavior as "a tragic display seen absolutely nowhere else in nature."[1]

A concept design for the Trapeetles depicted them as Bob-omb variants with suction cups for feet.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キャッチムシ
Kyacchi Mushi
Catch Insect
German Schnappäfer Portmanteau of "Schnapp Käfer", which translates to "snap beetle"
Italian Rapinsetto Portmanteau of "rapire" (to kidnap) and "insetto" (bug/insect)
Korean 캐치벌레
Catch Bug
Russian Жук-хватун
Catching Beetle