Urchin (land)

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Red Urchin in Freezeflame Galaxy
A land Urchin in Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Urchin

The land variant of the Urchin[1] is an enemy in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They look and act much like normal Urchins, except they are red and appear to be covered in some sort of fuzz, unlike the solid skin of normal Urchins. When defeated by fire, they burn into black chalk before disintegrating into dust.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Fire Luigi defeating an Urchin

In Super Mario Galaxy, they appear in the Freezeflame Galaxy where they are found in a lava area. The player can either defeat them with fireballs, or by luring them into the lava. One also appears in the Boo in a Box mission of Deep Dark Galaxy.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Urchins in the Battle Belt Galaxy.

They reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they behave exactly like previously. They are only found on a single planet in the Battle Belt Galaxy.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Unizo Land[2]
Riku Unizō
Riku Unira
Land Urchin
German Lava-Igluck Lava Urchin
Italian Ricciospino (SMG)[5]
Riccioterrestre (SMG2)[6]
Spanish (NOE) Erincho Terrestre Land Urchin


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy trading card description of Urchin: "Urchins are spiky blue fish that Mario must face in an underwater challenge in the Beach Bowl Galaxy and a land mission in the Freezeflame Galaxy. They roll along the seafloor or ground trying to poke Mario with their spikes. There are also red Urchins in lava areas that Mario can hit with a fireball or trick into falling into the lava."
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (UnizoLand)
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 128.
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 161.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag 128
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 161