Artwork of a Blargg from Super Mario World
|First appearance||Super Mario World (1990)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)|
Blarggs are large lava dinosaurs commonly found inhabiting pools of lava in underground caverns. They first appear in Super Mario World. Originally, Blarggs resembled lazy-eyed dragons, but more recent depictions show them as being anything from blob-like beings with large mouths, arms and beady eyes to humanoid, limbed creatures. There are even some species of Blarggs that dwell in water or sand, not lava.
Super Mario series
Super Mario World
Blarggs first appear in Super Mario World as fairly rare enemies, encountered primarily in the Vanilla Dome. When Mario or Luigi approach a Blargg on a Skull Raft, the eyes of the Blargg will be visible before they dip back into the lava, moments before lunging. Blarggs can not be defeated by any conventional means for the most part and can only be avoided, though Yoshi is capable of jumping on them and, with some difficulty, eating them. The player can also opt to Spin Jump if lacking a Yoshi, although this method only prevents one from taking damage if landing on a Blargg or its eyes. (Mainly seen and effective in Vanilla Dome 3, also making brief appearances in Vanilla Dome 1 and Chocolate Secret).
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Two new species of Blarggs appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. The first is the Magmaargh (pictured), which will try to swallow Mario and go back into the lava. The other one is the Magmaw, which will not try to attack directly but will always stay above the lava. When Mario gets touched by them, he loses one wedge from his life meter.
Super Mario 3D Land
Two types of Blarggs appear in Super Mario 3D Land, having similar roles to that of Super Mario Galaxy 2. Although the Magmaarghs returns, their sandy sub-species, the Sandmaarghs make their first debut in the game.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Both Magmaarghs and Magmaws from Super Mario Galaxy 2 reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. The former only appears during the fight with Iggy Koopa, when he will often summon them during his fight against the Mario Bros. and the two Toads via a red spell from his Magic Scepter. Magmaws only appear in Peach's Castle-2: Magma River Cruise. Both retain their Galaxy 2 designs and both attack like a Blargg.
Super Mario 3D World
The first appearance of a Blargg in Super Mario-kun was in the ninth chapter of the first volume as the chapter's main antagonist. After a friendly Mega Mole leads Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi towards the underground exit, they travel on a Lava Lift where they are immediately attacked by the Blargg, who was given the order to kill the Mega Mole as well due to his betrayal. The Blargg attacks the protagonists by spitting fire. Mario tries to hurt it with a fireball, but ends up making it stronger due to its fire affinity. Mega Mole, meanwhile, cowers in fear and uses Mario as a shield and, when Mario asks him what a Blargg's weakness is, he reads the Super Mario World manual and finds out that Blarggs cannot be defeated. When the Blargg is about to kill Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi, Mega Mole jumps on the Blargg, attacking it and landing right in its mouth, clogging it. The Blargg falls back into the lava, and while Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi mourn the death of their friend, they meet Mega Mole on shore, where he managed to survive from the lava and with Blargg's mouth still stuck on his forehead, pleading to be put back into the lava. In this shot, the Blargg's body is show: the neck is the entire body, and it has little arms and legs.
Super Mario World television series
Blarggs, though never referred to as such onscreen, appeared in two episodes of the Super Mario World animated series.
In the episode "The Wheel Thing", Mario and Luigi, having been banned to the Lava Pits, begin attempting to cook a pizza over a fire. The smell from this cooking pizza causes a Blargg to emerge from a nearby lake of lava and begin to chase Luigi, attempting to eat the plumber. Luigi is rescued from being devoured as Mario swoops down and saves his brother as Cape Mario.
In a later episode titled "Mama Luigi", a Blargg makes a brief appearance. Luigi and Yoshi, while running away from a pair of Tyrannosaurus Rex, use a Blargg's head as a stepping stone to cross a river of lava.
Nintendo Adventure Books
Super Mario Adventures
Several Blarggs make a minor appearance in Nintendo Power's Super Mario Adventures comic, appearing in the lava flooded basement of Bowser's Castle. These Blarggs are used as stepping stones by Mario to reach a Warp Pipe leading to another part of the castle.
Mario & Wario
A Blargg appears in Honō no Dōkutsu, the fifth stage of Mario & Wario. It is nearly identical to its appearance in Super Mario World, but unlike its previous appearance, it is docile and merely part of the scenery.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
The Blargg species makes it's first chronological appearance in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. The first Blargg to appear is the Co-Blargg. Co-Blarggs have a different appearance; now they look like blob-like creatures with large mouths, and have frowning black eyes with no pupils. They behave the same way as in Super Mario World, by coming out of the lava and biting Yoshi. They can be defeated with Eggs, but reappear after a few seconds; however, a POW Block can defeat them permanently. There is also a giant version called Gargantua Blargg, which come out of the lava and try to block Yoshi´s path. These games also introduce a species of water-dwelling Gargantua Blargg known as Nep-Enuts.
In Yoshi's Story, Blarggs are once again altered, being larger and given small arms, they appear in only one level, Stage 2-2: Blargg's Boiler. In this game, Blarggs do not harm Yoshi when touched, although Yoshi gets a forceful push from them. While they can't be harmed, Yoshi can throw an egg at one to force it back into the lava. There's also one Blargg which will briefly pursue Yoshi; this one isn't affected by Eggs.
Yoshi's Island DS
In Yoshi's Island DS, Co-Blarggs reappear with the same appearance and behavior from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Gargantua Blarggs and Nep-Enuts also appear in this game. There is also a new sub-species called Crusher Blarggs, who are larger and can destroy dense rocks.
Blarggs, with their appearance resembling the Super Mario World version, were originally going to appear in Super Mario 64 as enemies in Lethal Lava Land and Bowser in the Fire Sea, as they were found in the game's coding. With Gameshark codes, the player can make them appear on the level.
Blarggs are also referenced in both Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and Super Paper Mario. In the first game, they are mentioned by Kylie Koopa while in the other, a Sammer Guy named Raging Blargg can be fought.
|Yoshi's Story||[Specials: Direct] - Attack +13|
- Gargantua Blargg / Super Big Blargg – These types of Blarggs live in lava like their namesake.
- Crusher Blargg – Gargantua Blarggs that are enormous in proportion and have the ability to crush normally unbreakable stones.
- Co-Blargg – Co-Blarggs are a miniature version of Gargantua Blargg.
- Nep-Enut – Blarggs that make their home in water. They are identical to Gargantua Blarggs except they are blue.
- Support Ghost – These are rare Gargantua Blargg or Nep-Enut spirits. However, they mean no harm.
- Magmaargh – Large stationary Blarggs that attempt to bite down on Mario.
- Magmaw – Smaller, mobile Magmaarghs that move in a predetermined path.
- Charvaargh – Magmaarghs that completely jumps out of lava.
- Sandmaargh – Sand Magmaarghs that follow Mario around. They try to pop out of the sand and bite down on him.
Names in other languages
|Possibly from「ウンウン」(un'un, onomatopoeia for groaning sound) and「婆」(baba, hag), referencing their teeth gaps, bulging eyes, and large nose resembling a wicked witch, or possibly an allusion to「バブル」(Baburu, Lava Bubble)|
|From the Japanese name|
Blargg (newer games)
|A Korean exclamation equivalent to "ta-da!"|
|From "cтудень" (studen, jelly) and "-завр" (-zavr, suffix for dinosaurs)|
- 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオワールド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario World), page 29.
- 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 7.
- 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater, page 19.
|Blargg • Blarggwich • Charvaargh • Co-Blargg • Crusher Blargg • Egg-Enut • Gargantua Blargg • Magmaargh • Magmaw • Nep-Enut • Sandmaargh|