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Not to be confused with Craw-Daddy.
YNI Clawdaddy Model.png
Yoshi's New Island model
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)
Notable members
King Clawdaddy

The Clawdaddy is a foam-covered crab and a recurring enemy in the Yoshi franchise. They first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Clawdaddies usually have the ability to enlarge one of their claws and attack with it. A Clawdaddy cannot be eaten and turned into an egg by a Yoshi. Their name is a play on "crawdad," a name sometimes used for the crayfish. In Yoshi's Island DS, Clawdaddies are replaced by a very similar enemy, Crabbles.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

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Clawdaddies first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and return in Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. They inhabit the jungles of Yoshi's Island, and are first encountered in Prince Froggy's Fort. They take three eggs or a Ground Pound to be defeated. Clawdaddies walk from one side to another on a platform, and rush towards Yoshi upon spotting him; once close enough, they enlarge one of their claws before pinching, spinning it around, or hammering it against the ground, which knocks Baby Mario off Yoshi on contact.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

A Clawdaddy in the Yoshi's New Island level Ukiki Trouble in Clawdaddy Cove

Clawdaddies reappear in Yoshi's New Island, in which they are encountered at Ukiki Trouble in Clawdaddy Cove and King Clawdaddy's Sewer Castle. When they see Yoshi, they turn bright red and angrily charge at him. Once they reach him or the end of their platform or whatever surface they are on, they will attack by rotating their claw briefly. In this game, the foam on a Clawdaddy's body can be removed by licking it or hitting it with an egg, revealing a squarish body underneath. In this state, their movement pattern is similar, though they now slam their claw against the ground to attack, and can be defeated by a single stomp or egg. Ground Pounding defeats them in one hit, regardless of form.

A giant Clawdaddy, King Clawdaddy, is the boss of World 3.

Tetris Attack[edit]

Clawdaddy teams up with Froggy during the events of Tetris Attack.

Yoshi platform series[edit]

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

A model of a Clawdaddy in Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

Clawdaddies reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, where they mainly populate Clawdaddy Beach. They are now stylized to resemble plaid purses with sewing clippers for claws. When they spot the Yoshi, they take a bigger pair of clippers from their interior to replace one of their claws, then rush towards him in an attempt to attack.

A Clawdaddy can be defeat through several means: jumping on it three times, jumping on it once after stunning it with a yarn ball, performing a single Ground Pound on it, or spitting six watermelon seeds at it. Upon defeat, Clawdaddies give out several beads which are automatically added to the counter.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

In Yoshi's Crafted World, Clawdaddies are encountered in the level Bombs Away on Pirate Island, where they act the same as in Yoshi's New Island.


Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide (page 8): 近づくとハサミをふりまわし、タマゴもたたき落とすイヤな敵。タマゴ3発か、ヒップドロップでやっつけよう。 (When approached, it swings a claw at you and knocks down your eggs. Try to defeat it with three eggs or a Hip Drop.)
  • Nintendo Player's Guide (page 126): It takes three eggs to do in these jungle-dwellers. Some have also moved into Prince Froggy's Fort.

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide (page 15): 近づくとふり回すハサミには、タマゴを当ててもダメージをあたえられない。距離を取って体にタマゴを3発当てるか、ヒップドロップでやっつけよう。 (When you approach it, it swings a claw around, and even if you hit it with an egg, it will not do any damage. Keep your distance and hit the body with three eggs or use a Hip Drop.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide (page 19): 大きなハサミを振り回すカニ。口には含めないが、舌を当てると体の泡が消え、もう一度攻擊すると倒せる。ヒップドロップなら、一擊で倒すことが可能だ。 (A crab wielding a large pair of scissors. Although it cannot be placed in your mouth, if you hit it with your tongue, the bubbles on its body will disappear, and if you attack it again, you can knock it down. A Hip Drop can knock it down with a single blow.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カニスキー[1][2]
Likely a pun on Japanese dish「カニすき」(Kanisuki), made from crab cooked in an earthen pot; officially romanized as "Kanisky"[3]
French Tournepince From "tourne" (flailing) and "pince" (claw)
German Scherenschuft From "schere" (scissors) and "schuft" (blackguard)
Italian Granchiasso From "granchio" (crab) and "chiasso" (fuss)
Korean 싹둑꽃게
Combination of 싹둑 (ssakduk, snip) and 꽃게 (kkotge, swimming crab)
Spanish Barbagrejo Portmanteau on "barba" (beard) and "cangrejo" (crab)


  1. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 8.
  2. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 15.
  3. ^ Yoshi's Crafted World internal object name (Game/Assets/Characters/Enemy/Kanisky)