Big Dry Bones

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

Big Dry Bones (originally known as Super Dry Bones[1] and also known as Mega Dry Bones) are larger versions of Dry Bones that appear in some games of the Super Mario franchise. They first appear in New Super Mario Bros.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. series[edit]

Big Dry Bones
A Super Dry Bones in World 5-A Castle icon from the Nintendo DS game, New Super Mario Bros.. of New Super Mario Bros.

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, nor are Big Dry Bones affected by a Fire Flower's fireballs.

Big Dry Bones appear in all of the game's sequels. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Big Dry Bones 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. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros., they now make a rattling sound when jumped on as opposed to the sound that normally plays when stomping on an enemy. In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Big Dry Bones behave identically as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and they appear in some towers and castles, as well as World 6-A. In New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Big Dry Bones act behave identically, but 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 series[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.

List of appearances[edit]

Title Role Release date System/format
New Super Mario Bros. Enemy 2006 Nintendo DS
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Enemy 2009 Wii
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Enemy 2012 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Enemy 2012 Wii U
New Super Luigi U Enemy 2013 Wii U
Mario Party: Island Tour Non-playable character 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker Enemy 2015 Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush Boss 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Enemy 2017 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario Maker 2 Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch


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.