Dark Bristle

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The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Dark Bristle
PMTTYD Dark Bristle.png
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 is incredibly useful against these enemies. It will flip them over for two turns, dropping their Defense to 0 and making them utterly defenseless. Also, 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, as does the Star Power Earth Tremor. Clock Out is also a useful tool when facing Dark Bristles; when it's used they are unable to attack or extend spikes. If Mario uses Super Hammer/Ultra Hammer outside of battle, their spikes will not extend either.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Sombrépic Portmanteau of "sombre" (dark) and "pic" (spike)
German Schwarzer Dornhart Black Bristle
Italian Tetrapalla Spina The Italian name of Bristles + "tetra" (gloomy)