Iron Cleft

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Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Iron Cleft
Iron clefts.PNG
Max HP 6
Attack 4
Defense Special; immune to all attacks except Gulp
Location(s) Glitz Pit
Log No attacks can pierce the Defense of this hard, metallic Cleft. Are they impossible to defeat??? (For Green) Since this one is wearing green shoes, it must be the younger brother.
Items None
Moves Charge (4, resists counter, Piercing)
That's an Iron Cleft. That guy is SCARY. Period! What's WITH this book? It says no attack will work against Iron Clefts! It says nothing in the world is as hard as an Iron Cleft, so its Defense is impenetrable. If that's true, the only way to beat one is to whack it with the other one... Running away may not be a bad idea at this point.
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Iron Clefts are a powerful sub-species of Clefts found in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Iron Clefts are larger than normal Clefts and have a blue coloration. As their name implies, they are made of impenetrable metal. Even if Mario manages to have the Piercing Blow badge equipped, they still won't take damage, and a correctly-timed Superguard will not deal them any damage either.

The only known Iron Clefts are the Armored Harriers.

Varieties of Clefts[edit]

Names in other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイアンシンエモン
「アイアン」aian (iron) + the Japanese name of Cleft
French Cleft Acier Steel Cleft
German Stahl-Kirk Stahl (steel) + the German name of Cleft


  • Yoshi Kid's Gulp provides the only known way to defeat the Armored Harriers. It is effective even when one Iron Cleft remains. If Grubba (or Jolene) asked the player not to use any FP, or not to let the partner attack, that would make victory impossible for that particular match. It is unknown whether or not they can actually make these demands for this particular fight, but it's unlikely.
  • Since every character in the major league would have to beat the Armored Harriers in order to stay ranked above them, it is plausible that they have other weaknesses (or that the Major League fighters knew their main weakness).
    • It is also possible that the Red Spike Buzzies in the Glitz Pit kept them in their place. The Iron Clefts have an Attack of 4, while the Spike Tops have a Defense of 4 despite the fact that their attack pierces defense.