Dark Lakitu

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The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Dark Lakitu
Enemy Name: Dark Lakitu
Location(s) Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 61, 64-66, 69)
Max HP 13
Attack 5
Defense 0
Moves Pipe Flip (5), Charge Up (ATK+5), Thunder Throw (10), Pipe Hatch (Summons Sky-Blue Spiny)
Items Thunder Rage, Shooting Star, Super Shroom, Volt Shroom
Coins 1 - 3
Log A Lakitu on a dark cloud. It throws pipes at you that sometimes hatch into Sky-Blue Spinies.
Level 26
Exp. points 1
Sleep? 60%
Dizzy? 95%
Confuse? 60%
Tiny? 85%
Burn? 100%
Freeze? 80%
Stop? 70%
Soft? 90%
Fright? 70%
Gale Force? 80%
KO? 50%

That's a Dark Lakitu. It rides a rain cloud. Max HP is 13, Attack is 5, and Defense is 0. It attacks by throwing pipes at you. If it's holding up a pipe when you jump on it, you'll get hurt. And sometimes the pipes it throws turn into Sky-Blue Spinies. Whoa! If you only attack the Spinies, you'll never win, so go after the Dark Lakitu!

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Dark Lakitus are stronger variants of normal Lakitus that appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They are not found in the main quest, but instead are found in the Pit of 100 Trials between floors 61-69. Unlike normal Lakitus, Dark Lakitus throw Sky-Blue Spinies instead of the normal Spinies. Compared to Lakitus, they are also darker in skin tone and have red shells. Dark Lakitus mark the second time a Lakitu has being depicted with a red shell; the first is Super Mario World and the third is the playable Lakitu in the Mario Kart series. It is implied in one of Goombella's tattles that it rides a rain cloud, although the cloud itself never demonstrates the ability.

In the English localization, it is mistakenly stated that Dark Lakitu's Sky-Blue Spinies hatch from "pipes" in Goombella's Tattle for both enemies. However, the supposed "pipes" which spawn Sky-Blue Spinies bear no resemblance to the conventional pipes of the Super Mario franchise and instead appear as regular blue Spiny Eggs. Their name is the result of a mistranslation: Spiny Eggs are referred to as「パイポ」(Paipo) in Japanese, which (like Lakitu's Japanese name) comes from a well-known Japanese folktale[1] but can also be interpreted (incorrectly, in this case) as an approximation of the English "pipe" into Japanese katakana. While「パイポ」(Paipo) was correctly rendered as "Spiny Egg" elsewhere in the English script of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door — namely, with regard to the standard species of Spiny fought in the game — the translation team seems to have overlooked the established convention with this variant, resulting in the "pipe" name.[2] This was fixed in the Nintendo Switch remake, which correctly refers to them as Spiny Eggs.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クモリジュゲム
Kumori Jugemu
Overcast Lakitu

French Lakifume
Pun on "Lakitu" and fumée ("smoke")
German Hyper-Lakitu
Hyper Lakitu
Italian Lakitu Nuvolo
Cloudy Lakitu
Spanish Lakitu Oscuro
Dark Lakitu


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. Translation Comparison: Names. Legends of Localization. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Clyde Mandelin (June 8, 2017). That One Time Lakitu Started Throwing Pipes. Legends of Localization. Retrieved November 5, 2017.