Koopa Klaw (かみつき, Snapping Bite) is Bowser's side special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is a claw swipe that hits enemies farther away, but also causes Bowser to grab onto enemies very close to him.
Foes are able to use their attack buttons and wiggle their control sticks to escape Bowser's clutches quicker, but if they do not move at all, Bowser can bite the opponent up to eight times, doing 2-3% damage with each bite. The Koopa Klaw has the unique ability of allowing Bowser to grab onto an opponent in midair. If Bowser is holding someone in the move, they can be thrown in two directions: pressing forward on the control stick causes Bowser to slash the enemy upwards, while pressing backwards causes him to hurl the enemy backwards with a large amount of knockback. If he hits his enemies farther away, then his opponents will be sent upward with high vertical knockback. This special attack is shared by Giga Bowser.
Koopa Klaw has no true origin from the Mario universe. While Bowser does have claw and bite attacks in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario, the two are never combined into one attack nor paired with a grab. However, Koopa Klaw could be based on the first hit of Bowser's Drill Claw attack in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
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