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This article is about spiked monsters from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. For information about the similarly named porcupine enemies from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III, see Bristles.

“Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo! You're gonna be coleslaw, kid! And that ain't good!”
Bristle, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Max HP 2
Attack 1
Defense 4
Location(s) Shhwonk Fortress, Glitzville
Log A petrified, spine-covered monster that attacks by charging at you and is impervious to fire. If you approach, its spikes will pop out and poke you.
Items None
Moves Destruction (1)
That's a Bristle. ...Totally covered in spikes. They're so prickly! AND they're impervious to fire! Even trying to get close enough to whack it with a hammer is dangerous! Seriously, its spikes will totally pop out! So, since you can't Jump on it or use your Hammer... you'd better use an item!
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Bristles are spiked monsters made of rock and are found in the game Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Similar to Clefts, Bristles have spiked tops, high defense, an immunity to fire attacks, and can be flipped over by an earthquake or an explosion. Unlike Clefts, Bristles do not lose their top-spiked defense when flipped and are also immune to close-range attacks like Gulp and Mario's Hammer, as their large side-spikes pop out to protect against approachers (even when the Bristle is asleep).

Despite their copious defenses, Bristles have very low HP and are easily taken out with POW Blocks, Earth Quakes, Superguard, or Earth Tremor. Mario is also capable of simply hammering them should he have the Spike Shield badge equipped, though without Power Smash, Piercing Blow, or the Ultra Hammer it will do no damage.

Although Bristles have made no appearances outside of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, they were mentioned in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Before the Mario Bros. learned the Bros. Ball move, Young Toadsworth told his older self that he "looks like he has a Bristle in his britches".

Notable Bristles[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲダルマー
Modification of toge "spine" and daruma "untippable doll"
French Bouldepic Modified orthograph for "boule de pics" (ball of spikes)
German Dornhart Pun on "Dorn" (thorn) and "hart" (hard)
Italian Palla Spina Spiny Ball (spiny = spinata/spinosa)


  • Bristles are the only enemy in the game to have their defense higher than their HP.