Dark Bones

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This article is about the enemy from the Paper Mario series. For the playable character in Mario Super Sluggers, see Dry Bones § Mario Baseball series.
Not to be confused with Dark Dull Bones.
Dark Bones
Dark Bones
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Minecraft (Bedrock version) (2018)
Variant of Dry Bones
“Let those who would disturb her sleep fall into the depths of endless darkness...”
Dark Bones, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Dark Bones are enemies in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They are the most powerful type of Dry Bones. Instead of being pale gray with red shoes, they are indigo with purple shoes. Dark Bones are only found in the Palace of Shadow, where they are seen twice, once in a corridor and yet again in Riddle Tower. A certain Dark Bones's pre-battle speech seems to indicate that it has been ordered to keep the Shadow Queen from awakening.

In battle, Dark Bones behave like regular Dry Bones, having the same moves and stats except much higher HP. After being defeated in both areas they appear in, they cannot be fought again.

In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, the Wither Skeletons resemble Dark Bones.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Dark Bones
A Dark Bones from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Max HP 20 Attack 5 Defense 2 Location(s) Palace of Shadow
Sleep? 0% Dizzy? 20% Confuse? 20% Tiny? 80%
Stop? 65% Soft? 80% Burn? 100% Freeze? 60%
Fright? 0% Gale Force? 60% KO? 85% Moves Bone Throw (5), Multibone (3x3), Shake (N/A), Get Up (+20HP), Build (Summons Dry Bones)
Level 34 Exp. points 0 Coins 6 Items Fire Flower (drop only), Palace Key (drop only)
Log It's the baddest of the Bones bunch, so its HP is really high. When its HP get down to 0, it might rise again.
Tattle That's a Dark Bones. It's the baddest of the Bones gang. Max HP is 20, Attack is 5 and Defense is 0. When its HP goes down to 0, it collapses into a pile, but it'll eventually rise again. Fire and explosions will put a permanent end to it getting back up, though. Its HP is high so it's hard to take it down. Like any other Bones, it sometimes builds friends if it feels outnumbered. It's a tough enemy. You better take it and its buddies out all at once.

Field Tattle[edit]

Outside of battle, Goombella can use Tattle on Dark Bones only in Palace of Shadow before Mario examines it.

  • "Those are some weird-colored bones. Very suspicious! ...But I feel like I've seen something like them before. I guess we're not gonna get much farther without checking them out, are we?"



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラックカロン
Burakku Karon
Black Dry Bones, may allude to the Japanese name of Red Bones
French Skelangoisse Portmanteau of "squelette" (skeleton) and "angoisse" (dread)
German Geistertrocken Portmanteau of "geister" (ghosts) and "Knochentrocken (Dry Bones)
Italian Tartosso nero Black Dry Bones
Spanish (NOE) Koopa Esq. Negro[1] Black Skeleton Koopa; "esq." is the abbreviated form of "esqueleto" (skeleton)