- 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.
|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
|Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy|
|Max HP||20||Attack||5||Defense||2||Location(s)||Palace of Shadow|
|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.|
- "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?"
The Tattle Log image for Dark Bones in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Names in other languages
|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||Black Skeleton Koopa; "esq." is the abbreviated form of "esqueleto" (skeleton)|
|Characters||3 Musty Fears • Bones • Dead Bones • Kāmenētā • Sphinx Zō|
|Species||Big Dry Bones • Dark Bones • Dark Dull Bones • Dry Bones • Dry Bones 5-Stack • Dull Bones • Elite Dry Bones • Paper Dry Bones • Parabones • Red Bones • Sad Dry Bones • Suppon no Karon • Vomer|
|Related items||Banisher • Dry Bones Dasher • Dry Bones Shell|