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First appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)

Coalbits are small creatures made out of coal that appear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. They are fought in the Tunnel, where they assist Choombas in battle. Coalbits are usually found in groups of three in tandem with Choombas, but can sometimes be found in groups of five in later parts of the Tunnel.


Coalbits do not actually attack when fighting Bowser. Rather, they jump into the smokestack of the Choomba they are traveling with to power it up and allow it to attack multiple times in a row if Bowser does not inhale them quickly; they may also flee from battle. If Bowser inhales the Coalbits, Mario and Luigi must fight them inside his body.

To attack the Bros., the Coalbits line up in front of one of the Bros. and march towards him with their pincers in the air, forcing the Bro to jump over all of them at once. If there are too many in the battle for the brother to be able to jump, there will be breaks in the Coalbits' formation that the player must time their jumps between. This attack can poison one of the brothers in the remake. Strangely enough, though coal is flammable, Coalbits take no damage from the Fire Flower special attack or the Flame attack in the original game. They are also one of the very few enemies to be able to resist the dizzy status.


Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
Coalbit.gif HP 34 (51) POW 28 (70) DEF 42 (63) SPEED 46 (69) Coins 15 (23)
Level 10 Fire Immune Burn? Immune Battled by Anyone Location(s) Tunnel
Dizzy? Immune Stat Down? Normal KO? Normal Experience 30 Item Drop Super Mushroom - 10%
Hustle Socks - 30%
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
MLBISBJJCoalbit.png HP: 34 POW: 48 DEF: 60 SPEED: 46 Experience: 30
Fire: Weak Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 15
Burn: Immune Dizzy: Immune Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: Super Mushroom - 25%
Hustle Socks - 5%
Level:           10 Location(s): Tunnel

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コールアント
Kōru Anto
Coal Ant
Spanish (NOA) Minimita Pun of Mina (mine) and Termita (termite).
Spanish (NOE) Carbonormiga Pun on Carbón, meaning coal and Hormiga, meaning ant.
French Charbondibule Pun of "Charbon" (Coal) and "Mandibule" (Mandible)
German Kohlameise From Kohle (coal) and Ameise (ant), also a pun on Kohlmeise (Great Tit (Parus major))
Italian Formicarbone From "formica" (ant) and "carbone" (coal)