Dark Bristle

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The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Dark Bristle
Dark Bristle
Location(s) Pit of 100 Trials (Floors 81-89)
Max HP 8
Attack 8
Defense 4
Moves Destruction (8)
Items Super Shroom
Coins 2 - 4
Log An ancient creature made of rock. Its Defense is high. You can't jump on it because of its spikes, and you can't get close to it because of its spears.
Misc. stats
Level 34
Exp. points 1
Sleep? 20%
Dizzy? 20%
Confuse? 20%
Tiny? 50%
Burn? 0%
Freeze? 40%
Stop? 80%
Soft? 100%
Fright? 30%
Gale Force? 20%
KO? 30%

That's a Dark Bristle. It's an ancient creature made of rock. Max HP is 8, Attack is 8, and Defense is 4. You can't jump on it because of its spikes, and you can't approach due to its spears. AND its Defense is high. You'd better take it out with special attacks or items.


The Dark Bristle is a more powerful version of the Bristle fought in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Dark Bristles are only found in the Pit of 100 Trials, on levels 81-89.

The Quake Hammer badge, POW Blocks, and Earth Quakes will flip them over for two turns, dropping their Defense to 0.

If Mario is wearing the Spike Shield badge, they will not extend their spears to poke him if he readies his hammer. Being stomped with Spike Shield also works; however, unlike Koopa Troopas, this will not flip them over. If Mario uses Super or Ultra Hammer to land the first strike outside of battle, their spikes will not extend either.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヤミトゲダルマー
Yami Togedarumā
Dark Bristle
French Sombrépic Portmanteau of "sombre" (dark) and "pic" (spike)
German Schwarzer Dornhart Black Bristle
Italian Tetrapalla Spina The Italian name of Bristles + "tetra" (gloomy)
Spanish Bolapincho Oscuro Dark Spike Ball