Dark Bones

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Not to be confused with Dark Dull Bones.
Dark Bones
Dark Bones
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (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.

Dark Bones returns in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers as a playable character and alternate team player of Dry Bones. In the former, he is called Red Dry Bones, and in the latter's challenge mode, he kidnaps Dixie Kong and battles Mario and Co. In these games, he wears red-tinted gloves and shoes, hence his name in the former. Unlike the other Dry Bones, he has a spike on his nose, as well has having several on the back of his shell.

In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft, the Wither Skeletons are reskinned to be Dark Bones.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Dark Bones
Dark Bones 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, possibly also a nod to Red Bones' name
French Skelangoisse Portmanteau of "squelette" (skeleton) and "angoisse" (dread)
German Geistertrocken Portmanteau of "Geister" (Ghosts) and "Knochentrocken (German name of Dry Bones)
Italian Tartosso Nero Black Dry Bones