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Unagi, is an eel species found in the Mario series. Unagi is found initially in Jolly Roger Bay, the third level of Super Mario 64. While it is impossible to defeat the Unagi, it is needed to obtain two stars from Jolly Roger Bay.

Touching Unagi will deduct three points of Mario's HP.


Physical description

They are maroon-ish red-violet with yellow stripes on its back fin.

Super Mario series

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

A Unagi named Unagi the Eel, appears in Super Mario 64 and its remake Super Mario 64 DS. He is seen resting inside the sunken ship in Jolly Roger Bay. When Mario approaches him, he swims out of the ship allowing Mario to access and get the Power Star inside.

In the next mission Unagi is seen residing in a hole on the ocean wall, Mario can lure him out by going near. The Star is on Unagi's tail. Mario can get it my making contact with the Star.

In later missions, Unagi simply circles the drop off.

New Super Mario Bros.

Several Unagis found in World 8-3.

They later appear in New Super Mario Bros. in underwater levels as regular enemies. They are found in 4-3 and World 8-3. They mainly attack by poking their heads out of the holes they're resting in and trying to bite Mario (or Luigi). Some also swim along the path. Unagi can be defeated with a Mega Mushroom and a Super Star. There is also a larger version called the Mega Unagi.

Super Mario Odyssey

Although Unagis don't appear in Super Mario Odyssey, a similar variation called the Maw-Ray does. They attack by swimming out of holes.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart Wii

Several Unagis reappear in Mario Kart Wii, where they can be seen while traveling through the underwater tunnel in Koopa Cape, poking their heads out of the Pipes underwater. A closer one can be seen swimming outside of Chain Chomp Wheel.

Mario Kart 7

They also reappear again in Mario Kart 7, making a cameo in the underwater zones of Daisy Cruiser and Koopa Cape.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, they make a small appearance in the underwater parts of the race track Tropical Coast.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

A single one appears in an underwater section of the Mario Kart 8's track Dolphin Shoals, where players race along its body for a short section and can perform Tricks from its undulating body. It returns in the enhanced Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


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