| Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
| Dark Bones
| Max HP
|| Palace of Shadow
|| It's the baddest of the Bones bunch, so its HP is really high. When its HP get down to 0, it might rise again.
|| Palace Key
|| Bone Throw (5), Multibone (3x3), Shake (N/A), Get Up (+20HP), Build (Summons Dry Bones)
|That's a Dark Bones. It's the baddest of the Bones gang. Max HP is 20, Attack is 5 and Defense is 0. When its HP goes down to 0, it collapses into a pile, but it'll eventually rise again. Fire and explosions will put a permanent end to it getting back up, though. Its HP is high so it's hard to take it down. Like any other Bones, it sometimes builds friends if it feels outnumbered. It's a tough enemy. You better take it and its buddies out all at once.
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“Let those who would disturb her sleep fall into the depths of endless darkness...”
—Dark Bones, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Dark Bones are the most powerful type of Dull Bones. Instead of being a pale gray with red shoes, they are a bluish violet with purple shoes. Dark Bones are only found in the Palace of Shadow (where they are seen twice, once in a corridor and yet again in Riddle Tower) in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
It is unknown whether Dark Bones affiliate with Bowser or not, but they appear to be affiliated with the Shadow Queen. However, a certain Dark Bones's pre-battle speech seems to indicate that it has been ordered to keep the Shadow Queen from awakening.
Dark Bones also appears in Mario Super Sluggers as a playable character. In challenge mode, he kidnaps Dixie Kong and battles Mario and Co.
 Names in Other Languages
|Black Dry Bones
||Portmanteau of "squelette" (skeleton) and "angoisse" (dread)
||Portmanteau of "Geister" (Ghosts) and "Knochentrocken (German name of Dry Bones)
||Black Dry Bones
- The Red Dry Bones of Mario Superstar Baseball (which would more logically be assumed to be a Red Bones) would seem to be designed after Dark Bones, though it has a red, spiked shell and a horn on the end of its nose, similar to a Rex. It also wore red shoes and gloves making itself different from Dark Bones. It's worth noting that Dark Bones is a slightly more powerful hitter than the standard Dry Bones.
- Showstopper, the special move, can actually destroy the Dark Bones.