A Swooper from Mario Kart Wii.
|First appearance||Super Mario World (1990)|
|Latest appearance||Mario Party Superstars (2021)|
Swoopers (also called Swoops), are vampire bats that first appeared in Super Mario World. Since then, Swoops have appeared in several other games, including main-stream and spin-off ones. A similar species known as Buckies also appears in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.
In Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, New Super Mario Bros., Super Paper Mario and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and various other games, they would hang on the ceiling and when Mario or Luigi came near, they fall and fly, hurting the heroes on contact.
Super Mario World
In the game Swoopers would hang from the ceilings of caves upside down waiting for Mario or Luigi to come. When they come near the Swoopers would fly down and try to hurt Mario or Luigi. They could easily be defeated by stomping on them. They were found in Vanilla Dome.
Super Mario 64/Super Mario 64 DS
Swoopers also appear in Super Mario 64 and its DS remake. Found only in Hazy Maze Cave, these Swoopers are recolored from green with brown wings to blue with purple wings, which would go on to be their color scheme in future appearances. Like in Super Mario World, they hang still on the ceiling waiting for Mario to come, falling off the ceiling and flutter in a spot shortly to dash towards its victim.
New Super Mario Bros.
Like in Super Mario 64, they would be on the ceiling waiting to attack. A rare one appears in World 2-3 whereas the other 12 appear in World 5-2. They are blue and have purple wings. Their design was extremely similar to their design in Super Mario 64 DS.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Swoopers appear in caves in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They look just like their New Super Mario Bros. counterparts, and behave exactly the same.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Swoopers reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, behaving exactly as they did in the previous games. they appear in the world 5 ghost house.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Swoopers reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, behaving exactly as they did in the previous New Super Mario Bros. games.
Nintendo Adventure Books
A trio of Swoopers appear in Dinosaur Dilemma, living in the upper floor of an abandoned mansion. Upon spotting Mario, they attack him by dropping Koopa Shells. Depending on which page the reader chooses to turn to, Mario either avoids the Swoopers and hides until they grow bored and leave, or one of their shells will connect and knock the plumber out for several hours, allowing Bowser to easily conquer Dinosaur Island.
Swoopers have appeared in a couple volumes of Super Mario-kun, acting and looking like they do in the games.
In volume 5, one of the Monty Moles that Mario and his friends are fighting calls in a group of Swoopers after Luigi nearly defeated them. The Monty Moles then fuse with the Swoopers to create a fusion of the two species to help become stronger in the battle.
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Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Paper Swoopers appear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, being the only enemies in the game to where their 3D counterparts are never fought. They can fight in stacks. They mainly attack by bouncing down on the bros. heads. shiny versions are fought later in the game.
|Paper Mario Enemy|
|Location(s)||Dry Dry Ruins
Swoopers made their first appearance in the Paper Mario series in Paper Mario. They are found inside the Dry Dry Ruins, where they are either constantly flying or hanging on the ceiling. When they are hanging from the ceiling, Mario cannot reach them using a regular jump attack, and must instead use the Quake Hammer, Skolar's attack, an item, or one of his partners (such as Parakarry) to knock them lose from the ceiling. They attack by simply swooping down and physically ramming their opponent. A stronger version of Swoopers exists, called Swoopulas.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
|Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy|
|Location(s)||Creepy Steeple, Glitzville|
|Log||A roosting creature that will hang from the ceiling until damaged.|
|Items||Fire Flower, Boo's Sheet, Mushroom|
63 64 65
The Swoopers also appeared in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. 4 Swoopers led by Sir Swoop make up the Glitz Pit team Wings of Night who appear during Chapter 3 to serve as a brief replacement for the KP Koopas after King K. "retires".
Super Paper Mario
|Super Paper Mario Enemy|
|Location(s)||Gloam Valley (chapter) (Gloam Valley (2-1), Merlee's Mansion (2-2), Merlee's Basement (2-4))|
|List of Catch Cards|
86 87 88
Swoopers also re-appeared in Super Paper Mario. They are mainly found in Chapter 2 (Gloam Valley and Merlee's Mansion). Swoopers can be found in Gloam Valley in a secret area via using the Flip and falling into a 3D-accessible hole near the Star Block. Their Catch Card can be found here, along with the Shlurps' Catch Card. Swoopers are also found in the line-of-coins trap in Merlee's Mansion as well as a room in Merlees basement.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
|Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy|
|Location(s)||Drybake Desert, Yoshi Sphinx, Sandshifter Ruins, Bowser's Sky Castle|
Swoopers re-appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, for the Nintendo 3DS. In this game, they are referred to as Swoops in the European version. They appear in the first section of Drybake Desert, inside the Yoshi Sphinx, and during Sandshifter Ruins. They look just like their previous incarnations in the past Paper Mario games. In battle, they will always be in mid-air and never hang from the ceiling. They attack by swooping down at Mario. Swoopers also make an appearance in the final battle, where they are summoned by Bowser.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
|Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy|
|Location(s)||Indigo Underground, Kiwano Temple, Vortex Island|
|Moves||Low Attack (4), High Attack (8), Group Attack (6), Blowback Attack (12)|
Swoops are once more fought as normal enemies in Paper Mario: Color Splash. They fight almost exactly the same as they do in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They can also be fought in stacks, similarily to how they are fought in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
|Paper Mario: The Origami King Enemy|
|Location(s)||Graffiti Underground, Earth Vellumental Temple, Water Vellumental Shrine|
|Moves||Battering Ram (?), Big Battering Ram (?), Assault & Battery (?), Bombs Away (?)|
Origami Swoops appear in the game Paper Mario: The Origami King they behave similarly to a standard Swooper and are fought pretty early in the game. As they can fly, hammers won't work on a Swooper.
Mario Kart DS
Swoopers appear first in Mario Kart DS, in the track Banshee Boardwalk, a racecourse once appearing in Mario Kart 64. In the game, Swoopers appear in large flocks that fly in the opposite direction that all racers go. Though they are not a real hazard, Swoopers can get in the way of any incoming karts, slowing them down.
Mario Kart Wii
Swoopers also appear in Mario Kart Wii and act in the same way as seen in DS. They only appear in the courses Wario's Gold Mine and Dry Dry Ruins. Additionally, players can wipe out these bats by using certain items such as Shells, or under the power of a star.
Mario Kart 7
Swoopers re-appear in Mario Kart 7 in the course Rock Rock Mountain. In British English releases, they are named Swoop. They behave the same way as in previous titles slowing down racers. There is also a glider both named after and resembling them.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
This time the Swoopers were not on the roof, but flying around. They only appeared in a boss fight against Donkey Kong trying to attack the Mini Marios. The Swoopers' artwork can be seen during the credits.
Mario Party series
Mario Party 8
Swoopers make their first appearance in the Mario Party series as a cameo in Mario Party 8: they appear on the wrapper of the Vampire Candy. The Swoopers appearing on the wrapper are blue, making them look like the Super Mario 64 and Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 versions of Swoopers.
Mario Party 9
Swoopers also have a minor appearance in Mario Party 9, flying around Boo's Horror Castle board. In the minigame Chain Event, several Swoopers can be seen in the background as the player slides down the chain.
Names in other languages
|Onomatopoeia for rustling|
From pipistrello (bat)
|Spanish (Americas)||Vampílago||Portmanteau of vampiro (vampire) and murciélago (bat)|