Big Dry Bones

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Big Dry Bones
Artwork of Mega Dry Bones in Mario Party: Star Rush (later reused as Dry Bones' artwork for Super Mario Party)
Mega Dry Bones from Mario Party: Star Rush
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Variant of Dry Bones
Big Koopa Troopa

Big Dry Bones (also named Super Dry Bones[1] or Mega Dry Bones) are larger versions of Dry Bones that have appeared in all four of the New Super Mario Bros. games and some of the Mario Party games.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Big Dry Bones

Super Dry Bones debuted in New Super Mario Bros.; jumping on a Super Dry Bones merely stuns it for a second. While stunned, the enemy's head shakes and makes a noise. Super Dry Bones can only be dismantled with a Ground Pound; the collapsing noise they make when dismantled is low-pitched (similar to Dry Bowser). After about five seconds, the Super Dry Bones comes back together. Mini Mario cannot dismantle them.

Like their smaller species, they are immune to the powers of Fire Flowers.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Big Dry Bones appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are highly resilient to being frozen by ice balls, as they break free from the ice the instant they are frozen. They are also defeated upon touching lava.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Big Dry Bones in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Big Dry Bones appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, having the same function in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are found in some towers and castles, as well as World 6-A.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Big Dry Bones appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. However, they are no longer affected by lava. In a secret room in Iggy's Volcanic Castle, the player must bounce off some Big Dry Bones that are walking on lava to access a Star Coin.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Big Dry Bones also appear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario Maker 2. Players can enlarge a standard Dry Bones with a Super Mushroom, which ends with the creation of a Big Dry Bones. In these games, the player can attack Big Dry Bones the same way as in past titles. When riding a Yoshi, the player can cause a Big Dry Bones to crumble with a simple stomp.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Big Dry Bones also appear in Mario Party: Island Tour. They appear on the third and fourth Star Stages of the Star-Crossed Skyway board. They give out seven Mini Ztars.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

A Big Dry Bones, known as Mega Dry Bones, appears in Mario Party: Star Rush as a boss. In his minigame, Mega Dry Bones's Femur Fever, players need to Ground Pound the platform they are standing on to launch a cannonball at him. Each Ground Pound lights up one light out of three. If all three are filled, a cannonball is launched. If the Ground Pound is done at the peak of their jump, then two lights are lit up instead of just one. The more allies on a player's team, the faster they can launch cannonballs. Mega Dry Bones can also attack by throwing a bone that goes through each players' platforms in a straight line starting at either Player 4 or at Player 1. When Mega Dry Bones' health bar goes past the halfway mark, the bones he throws are now on fire and he attacks more frequently.


Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Image Name Bio
Mega Dry Bones as viewed in the Character Museum from Mario Party: Star Rush Mega Dry Bones
A Dry Bones that Kamek enlarged.
"He thinks it's funny to toss bones like they're boomerangs at Mario and co. His humor is a bit...dry."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 大カロン[2]
Dai Karon
Deka Karon
Big Dry Bones
French Méga Skelerex Mega Dry Bones
German Super-Knochentrocken Super Dry Bones
Italian Tartosso gigante (MP:IT)
Mega Tartosso (MP:SR)
Giant Dry Bones
Mega Dry Bones
Spanish (NOE) Gran Huesitos Big Dry Bones


  • Two Super Dry Bones appear in the World 1-Tower of New Super Mario Bros. near the boss door. However, the player cannot reach them.


  1. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 10.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 145, 195, 210.