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Running Crabs are aggressive coconut crabs commonly found in various shoreline and sandy areas of Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland.[name reference needed]

Characteristics and Variations[]

Running Crab[]

The standard Running Crab is a dangerous foe early on in the game on Sunshine Seashore, aggressively chasing Tingle down and ganging up on him where possible. Despite this, they are still relatively weak and are easily dealt with when Tingle obtains a Bodyguard. Running Crabs yield Minced Meat and sometimes even drop Marine Gems.

Blue Running Crab[]

FPTRR Blue Running Crab Sprite Blue Running Crabs appear in Cape Treasure and Lon Lon Meadow. They are largely identical to their red cousins, but are somewhat stronger. The Ground Shell and Amethyst can be obtained from the blue variety.

Stealing Sand Crab[]

FPTRR Stealing Sand Crab Sprite There is only one Stealing Sand Crab in the game, found far later in the game in the Fairy Garden. Unlike those fought earlier, this enemy is cowardly and will flee Tingle. It has stolen the Blazing Herb, one of the five Herbs that Tingle must recover to restore the fountains. Despite the name, it has no apparent relation to Sand Crabs.


The name カケアシガニ (Kakeashigani) is a play on the Japanese words meaning "running fast" and ヤシガニ (Yashigani), meaning "coconut crab."

TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name
Running Crab Blue Running Crab Stealing Sand Crab
Japan Japanese カケアシガニ (Kakeashi Gani) アオカケアシガニ (Ao Kakeashi Gani) スナパクリガニ (Suna Pakuri Gani)