Dull Bones

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Dull Bones
Artwork of Dull Bones from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Artwork of a Dull Bones for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
Variant of Dry Bones
Dark Dull Bones
Red Bones
Notable members
Dead Bones
“We're gonna take the skin off YOUR bones!”
Dead Bones, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Dull Bones are a yellowed variant of Dry Bones found in the Paper Mario series.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

The Dull Bones swarm in Hooktail Castle
The Dull Bones army

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Dull Bones are weaker than Dry Bones and appear commonly in Hooktail Castle, appearing among many identical lifeless piles. Dull Bones attack by throwing bones at Mario and his partners. Despite having very low HP, their defense power makes them slightly harder to defeat. Still, they are easily taken out by simply using the Hammer. Using a POW Block or Koops’s Power Shell is also very efficient, especially when there are many Dull Bones in battle. Unlike Dry Bones, they cannot reassemble once they are smashed. However, Dull Bones can construct other Dull Bones to help in the fight. A subtype of Dull Bones, the Red Bones, appears as a miniboss here and summons an enormous horde of Dull Bones to repel Mario, though these are not fought in the typical way and instead must be pushed through. Three of them later appear in the Glitz Pit called the Dead Bones. One is also in the Riddle Tower as the weakest Dry Bones-esque enemy, which must be defeated first. They also appear in the first ten floors of the Pit of 100 Trials. They are also potential members of the Audience, where they have the gimmick of only providing Star Power when appealing.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Dull Bones also appear in Super Paper Mario, where they are now stronger than Dry Bones and can be found in The Underwhere, Castle Bleck and in the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials. Unlike Dry Bones, Dull Bones can throw bones to attack. They are very weak against Bowser's Fire Breath. A shadowy version called the Dark Dull Bones appears in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.

Nintendo Monopoly[edit]

Several Dull Bones make a cameo appearance in the Nintendo Monopoly board game.

Unused appearances[edit]

Super Mario Strikers[edit]

Unused model of a Dull Bones medic in Super Mario Strikers
Unused Dull Bones model from Super Mario Strikers

In the game files for Super Mario Strikers, there is an unused model of a Dull Bones medic, which would have marked the enemy's first 3D appearance.[1]


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Dull Bones
A Dull Bones from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Max HP 1 Attack 2 Defense 1 Location(s) Hooktail Castle, Glitz Pit, Palace of Shadow, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 1, 4-6, 9)
Sleep? 0% Dizzy? 50% Confuse? 50% Tiny? 100%
Stop? 95% Soft? 95% Burn? 100% Freeze? 90%
Fright? 10% Gale Force? 90% KO? 50% Moves Bone Throw (2), Build (summons Dull Bones)
Level 9 Exp. points 0 Coins 1 Items Dried Shroom (drop only), Fire Flower, Fright Mask (drop only), Mushroom, POW Block (drop only)
Log A Koopa Troopa that became a skeleton. It throws bones to attack and builds buddies to help it fight.
Tattle That's a Dull Bones. Sort of a skeleton thing. It was a Koopa Troopa…once. Max HP is 1, Attack is 2, and Defense is 1. These creeps throw bones to attack. Oh, and they build reinforcements, too! Attacks that can strike multiple Dull Bones at once are the most effective.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario enemy
Dull Bones
Sprite of a Dull Bones from Super Paper Mario. Max HP 15 Items
Attack 4 Location(s) Underwhere Road (7-2), Castle Bleck Entry (8-1), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Room 62)
Defense 0 Card type Common
Score 800 Card location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Card description This undead Koopa walks around with a blank stare. It's not too psyched out about being dead. It mostly throws bones out of sheer spite.
  List of Catch Cards  
  26      27      28  
Tattle This is a Dull Bones. It's a lifeless Koopa that enjoys throwing bones... Max HP is 15 and Attack is 4. No matter how many times you stomp it, it will keep getting back up... I have heard that they are not too fond of fire, though...


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホネノコ
Portmanteau of「骨」(hone, bone) and「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, Koopa Troopa)
French Koopa Skelet From "Koopa" and "squelette" (skeleton)
German Knochen-Koopa Bone Koopa
Italian Kooposso Portmanteau of "Koopa" and "osso" (bone)
Korean 좀비와르르
Jombi Wareureu
Zombie Dry Bones
Spanish Koopa Esqueleto Sketeton Koopa


  1. ^ TCRF. Super Mario Strikers/Unused Models § Medic. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved November 24, 2022.