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Dry Bones
Dry Bones Art (Mario Kart Wii)

Dry Bones's artwork from Mario Kart Wii.
Series Mario
Species Koopa
First game Super Mario Bros. 3
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto
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Dry Bones is an enemy species in the Mario video game series, first appearing in Super Mario Bros. 3 where it, like Koopa Troopas, walked on all four legs. Is the only invincible enemy. In later appearances they and their alive counterparts would start to walk on two legs starting with Super Mario World for the SNES.

Like most enemies in the series, the species' appearance developed dramatically over time. Their current appearance is similar to that of the one found in the template to the right, though in Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii they once again walked on all fours (as did Koopas).

As their appearance suggests, they are undead versions of Koopas. Once they've been jumped on, they'll topple, though will soon enough regenerate. They also appear in New Super Mario Bros. and appeared as a playable character for Mario Party 8. He is also a boss for Mario Party 9. The minigame he appears in is Deck Dry Bones.

They also have a variant called Super Dry Bones.


Dry Bones has appeared in many of the primary platformers and spin-offs, such as the Mario Party series. As aforementioned, they first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES, and later appeared in Super Mario World. Sadly, they didn't make it in Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine, though did in New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Galaxy. In the former game of the two, a super-sized version of the species appeared, though were basically not too challenging to dodge. So far, they've appeared in every RPG to date including -


Dry Bones are capable of rebuilding their own body after being defeated, and this outstanding process will take place only a few seconds after being stomped on. There are ways to ultimately defeat them for good, and can be done by using magic or by plowing into them while in possession of a star.

Recent games confirm that Dry Bones able to play some sports, including baseball and racing in the video games Mario Superstar Baseball (and its sequel), Mario Kart DS, and Mario Kart Wii, where in the latter two games he appeared as an unlockable character. In Mario Party series, Dry Bones was a playable character in Mario Party 7 and 8, and in Mario Party DS as the boss of DK's Statue Stone. He and the player face off in the minigame Hexoskeleton. Dry Bones was defeated by the player gound-pounding on magic hexes in order of the fireball appear on one after the next. Then Dry Bones broke into pieces and then the player moves on to Kamek's Libary.


As a deceased Koopa, it is obviously a member of the Koopa family. In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, there are three more subspecies of Dry Bones, excluding Dry Bones itself. They are Dull Bones, Red Bones, and Dark Bones. According to The Thousand-Year Door, they tend to make as many friends as possible so that they'll become victorious during a battle. However, this basically doesn't work out for them once Mario and friends enter the fray.

Television shows

Dry Bones appeared in both the Adventure of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World television show as a recurring enemy species. They were servants of Bowser and, as in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES, walked on all four legs.

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