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Spindel from Super Mario 64 DS.
First Appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest Appearance Super Mario 64 DS (2004)
Parent Species Thwomp
Related Species

A Spindel[1] is a type of Thwomp that appeared in Super Mario 64. It is a cylindrical creature made of stone that continuously rolls over the same stretch of territory. The name "Spindel" comes from the word spindle, which is the part of a spinning wheel that holds the yarn that is being spun. Spindel also resembles a giant cylinder with a thread of yarn spun around it, but with a face. It may be a precusor to the Rhomps that appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, as Rhomps are alive and Spindel is mummified like the Grindels.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Spindel as it appears in Super Mario 64

A lone Spindel appears exclusively in the pyramid of Shifting Sand Land, where it can be found rolling back and forth in one section of the pyramid. There is a safe spot where Mario can hide to avoid being squished.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Spindel in the pyramid in Super Mario-Kun.

A Spindel appears in volume 16 of the Super Mario-Kun manga. It tries squashing Mario and the Bob-omb Buddy accompanying him, but fails and crashes.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドングル
Portmanteau of the onomatopoeas words don (a colliding sound) and guruguru (rolling/spinning/turning/etc.)
German Walzen-Walter From Walze (barrel) and the name Walter


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pages 12 & 71