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NSMBU Bramball Artwork.png
Artwork from New Super Luigi U
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance Mario Golf: Super Rush (version 4.0.0) (2021)

Bramballs[1][2] are enemies that appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The name is a play on the words "bramble" and "ball".


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A Bramball in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Bramballs only appear in World 5-3. They are orange Pokey-esque enemies with a permanent frown, brambles for legs, and yellow suction cup-like feet. Their sole attack is moving around a set path by flipping themselves around in a Slinky-style motion and planting their feet on flat surfaces. When they reach the end of a small piece of land or wall, they will flip the other way and continue moving. Touching the feet or arms of a Bramball will hurt the player.

Bramballs can be defeated by jumping on the ball in the center, freezing them as Ice Mario or Penguin Mario and Ground Pounding on them while frozen, hitting them with Fire Mario's fireballs, or a Star. Hitting them from underneath will release Coins and cause them to temporarily stop flipping over. Hitting them while launching out of a Pipe Cannon instantly defeats one and causes them to release twenty Coins. There are two types of Bramballs: ones that do not move their mouths and ones that do move their mouths. The ones that move their mouths are faster.

Pre-release, Bramballs were shown to have brown feet, instead of yellow.

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

Bramballs return in New Super Mario Bros. U, being the enemies of the titular Bramball Woods. In this appearance, their heads turn out completely orange and a leaf sprouts from it as the music beats, similar to regular Pokeys in newer appearances. If Mario hits the underside of a Bramball in this state, it will drop a large number of coins instead of just one. Tapping on one using Boost Mode would cause one to smile and turn the other way.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Bramballs return in New Super Luigi U, acting the exact same way as in previous titles. They are only found in Heart of Bramball Woods.

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

Bramballs reappear in Mario Golf: Super Rush in Shelltop Sanctuary and the Forest course of Target Golf. In Shelltop Sanctuary, four of them stand in a row on a waste area, while one stands on two elevated slabs of stone. If hit by a golf ball, the Bramballs will rotate their head all the way around.


New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

  • Trading Card description: "Bramballs are spiny-legged villains that move one giant step at a time. Their long legs and large size can make them a tricky baddie to bypass. If you sneak beneath them and jump, you may get some coins. The real point of vulnerability on a Bramball is its head section. Bopping them on the head can knock them right out of the competition."

Card Number: 37

LEGO Super Mario[edit]

  • Website Description: Bramballs are curious-looking characters with ball-shaped heads and 2 long, thorny brambles for legs (or are they arms?). If LEGO® Mario™ sees a Bramball flipping around in the Soda Jungle, he has to leap on its head to defeat it. Just make sure LEGO Mario doesn’t fall in the poison swamp!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イバラムシ[3]
Ibara Mushi
Bramble Bug
Chinese 荆棘虫 (Simplified)
荊棘蟲 (Traditional)
Jīngjí Chóng
Bramble Bug
French Alfronce From the French name "Alphonse" and "ronce" (bramble)
German Häcki From "hecke" (hedge)
Italian Pungipalla Portmanteau of "pungi" (sting) and "palla" (ball)
Korean 덩굴벌레
Deonggul Beolle
Vine Bug
Portuguese (NOE) Carambola Possibly from "bola" (ball) and the interjection "caramba", equivalent to "geez" in English. The word "carambola" also means "starfruit"
Russian Колючконога
Portmanteau of "колючий" (kolyuchiy, barbed) and "нога" (noga, leg)
Spanish (NOA) Zarzabola From "zarza" (bramble) and "bola" (ball).
Spanish (NOE) Espinarco From "espina" (spine) and "arco" (arc)


  1. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 15.
  2. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 30.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 144 and 209.