Crow (Mario franchise)

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This article is about the species of birds. For information about the Mario enemy alternatively named Crow, see Crowber.
Not to be confused with Krow, a boss featured in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2.

Two crows in the opening cutscene for Luigi's Mansion
First appearance Luigi's Mansion (2001)
Latest appearance Luigi's Mansion 3 (2019)
Similar entities
Bird (Donkey Kong series)
Dodorigesu Jr.
Gold crow
Ninja Crow
Notable members
Maude and Flo
“Hey, Maude, listen to this! Ronnie, my oldest, is taking his SATs this year.”
Flo, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Crows are a species of black-feathered birds which appear in several Mario franchise games, usually as part of the scenery. Just like in the real world, crows usually inhabit dark and gloomy-looking places. Their first appearance as such is Luigi's Mansion, but their first prominent role is in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Luigi's Mansion 3, crows are featured as basic enemies.

A few species from the Mario franchise, most notably Pidgits and Crowbers, are based on crows.


Luigi's Mansion series

Luigi's Mansion

Crows appear in the opening cutscene of Luigi's Mansion, and it shows a brief close-up shot of them. Crows indirectly contribute the foreboding scenery, making Luigi feel reluctant to enter the mansion.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Crows[1] appear as enemies in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon as opposed to simply being ambient objects in Luigi's Mansion. Unlike in Luigi's Mansion and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, in which they are tall and stocky, and have eyes on the sides of their heads and black feathers, they are now quite short and lean, and have eyes on the front of their heads and purple feathers. They now also appear in large swarms, whereas in the two aforementioned games, they only appeared in groups of two. They can hurt Luigi, but he can suck them up with the Poltergust 5000 or flash the Strobulb to defeat them, which makes them drop a bill or some hearts. Most crows in the game are found in Haunted Towers. There are also gold crows, which appear and fly in a certain direction before disappearing. When the Strobulb is used on one, it drops five bills.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Crows reappear as enemies in Luigi's Mansion 3, along with gold crows, where they act as they did in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. They also have a swooping attack similar to Crowbers in the New Super Mario Bros. games.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Crows are a species encountered in Twilight Town. They appear on trees, and when Mario talks to them at first, they simply caw. When Mario uses Vivian and hides under a tree, however they say other things. Vivian explains that they only pretend to be ignorant when people are around. Only some crows give tips in the game. They are shown to talk about a variety of subjects, ranging from internet stocks to which university their children should go to.

At one point in the game, the crows make a reference to Luigi's Mansion.

Mario Party 8

In Mario Party 8, Crows make a minor appearance, and can be seen in King Boo's Haunted Hideaway.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Crows inhabit the Spooky Trails in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and are mostly found in flocks. They are essentially black-colored little birds. As with little birds, they only serve an ambiental role and fly away when Mario and the team approach them.


Name in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワタリガラス
Chinese (Simplified) 嗄嘎鸦
Gāgā yā
Chinese (Traditional) 嘎嘎鴉
Gāgā yā
Dutch Raaf Raven
French Corbeau Raven; compare to "corneille", which is closer to crow.
German Rabe Crow
Italian Corvino Raven
Korean 까마귀
Portuguese Corvo Crow/raven
Russian Ворон
Spanish Cuervo Crow/raven


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 14. "TIP When you replay this mission, use the Strobulb to flash the crows perched in the trees along the path."

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