Dry Bones Shell

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Dry Bones Shell
Dry Bones Shell icon in Super Mario Maker 2 (New Super Mario Bros. U style)
A Dry Bones Shell in the New Super Mario Bros. U style
First appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
Effect Allows hopping, floating across liquid hazards, ground pounding and temporary invulnerability.
“I'm thinking of changing the look of my room to something like this! Visitors have to get over the lava by floating in a Dry Bones Shell. Pretty hardcore, eh?”
Celebrity MC, Super Mario Maker 2

The Dry Bones Shell is an item in Super Mario Maker 2, available in the editor as an alternate object to Dry Bones. Unlike Buzzy Shells and Spiny Shells, Dry Bones Shells are upside down and cannot be worn on the head. Instead, they can be worn by Mario in a similar way to a Goomba's Shoe and are used to float across liquid hazards (including lava and poison), ground pound, and become invulnerable temporarily by turning into a pile of bones. Additionally, they can be kicked, though they break upon hitting a wall.

The Dry Bones Shell is the only possible means of Ground Pounding in the Super Mario World game style. Much like giant Goomba's Shoes, Ground Pounding with a Dry Bones Shell instantly defeats boss enemies, even Bowser, as if a Thwomp, a Muncher, or a solid object landed on top of them. The only enemies that cannot be defeated with a Dry Bones Shell are Thwomps, Munchers (both of which are instead treated as terrain), the Angry Sun, and Phantos produced from Cursed Keys (both of which still damage the player).

When a Dry Bones Shell is placed or kicked underwater, it floats towards the surface instead of sink down like other items; when worn, the player acts as if they grabbed an item: the player cannot use the jump buttons to swim, but they float towards the surface when not inputting any buttons, and can also manually float by pressing Up Button or sink by pressing Down Button.

In the story mode, Undodog gives Mario the job Swamp Escape by Shell!, which when completed gives Undodog a big Dry Bones Shell as a doghouse. Another job called Secret of the Dry Bones Shell focuses on the shell as well.

Even though there are Dry Bones in the Super Mario 3D World style, the Dry Bones Shell is not available in that game style.

In the climax of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Invincible Luigi briefly uses a Dry Bones Shell from a defeated Dry Bones as a shield.


Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

  • North American website bio: "Even lava doesn’t faze the Dry Bones Shell. Play dead for a sec and you’ll be temporarily invincible!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カロンこうら
Karon Kōra
Dry Bones Shell

Chinese (simplified) 碎龟壳
Suì Guīké
From "碎碎龟" (Suìsuìguī, Dry Bones) and "龟壳" (guīké, shell)

Chinese (traditional) 碎碎龜殼
Suìsuì Guīké
Pun on "碎碎龜" (Suìsuìguī, Dry Bones) and "龜殼" (guīké, shell)

Dutch Dry Bones-schild
Dry Bones Shell
French (NOA) Carapace de Skelex
Dry Bones Shell
French (NOE) Carapace de Skelerex
Dry Bones Shell
German Knochentrocken-Panzer
Dry Bones Shell
Italian Guscio di Tartosso
Dry Bones Shell
Korean 와르르등껍질
Wareureu Deungkkeopjil
Dry Bones Shell

Portuguese (NOE) Carapaça de Caverinha[1]
Dry Bones Shell
Russian Панцирь купы-скелета
Pantsir' kupy-skeleta
Dry Bones Shell

Spanish (NOA) Caparazón de huesitos
Dry Bones Shell
Spanish (NOE) Caparazón de Huesitos
Dry Bones Shell


  1. ^ Nintendo Portugal. (May 15, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 Direct - 15/05/2019. YouTube. Retrieved January 10, 2021.