Elite Dry Bones

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Elite Dry Bones
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Variant of Dry Bones

The Elite Dry Bones is an enemy that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. It appears in Teehee Valley on the path to Popple's hideout, and is the stronger counterpart to the common Dry Bones found along Hoohoo Mountain. They share a similar appearance, with the addition of shells and a slightly purple tint all over their body.

In the original English version of the game, it was simply called Dry Bones; it was named differently in other languages, such as Garon in Japanese, which was also the name used by Prima Games.[1] The remake gives the Elite Dry Bones its current name.


Elite Dry Bones use the same head-tossing attack as their counterparts, dealing more damage and possibly poisoning the Mario Bros. if it connects. Its shell also reduces damage from any non-jump attacks to one; they can also use the Troopea's tackle attack, which can still be countered by jumping and used to deflect its shell back at other enemies.


Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Dry Bones (2)
TeeHeeValleyDryBones.gif HP 40 POW 120 (110-120) Defense 80 Speed 60 Experience 68 (70)
Fire Heal Thunder Critical Jump Normal Hammer Weak Coins 13 (8)
Stat Down? 100% Stun? 0% Burn? 0% Hand Weak Item Drop Ultra Mushroom – 16.13%
None – 0% (Max Mushroom - 32.26%)
Level           36 Location(s) Teehee Valley Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Elite Dry Bones
MLSSBMEliteDryBonesIdle.gif HP: 98 POW: 96 DEF: 78 SPEED: 54 Experience: 110
Fire: Heal Thunder: Heal Jump: Normal Hammer: Weak Coins: 20
Stat Down: 0% Dizzy: 0% Burn: 0% Speed down: 0% Item Drop: Refreshing Herb (26%)
Max Mushroom (15%)
Max Mushroom (40%)
Level:           29 Location(s): Teehee Valley

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガロン
Derived from "garagara", the sound of clattering.
Spanish Huesotes Augmentative of hueso (bone)
French Skelexo Pun on "exosquelette" (exoskeleton) and "Skelerex" (Dry Bones)
German Staubtrocken "Dry as Dust"
Italian Startosso From "Tartosso" (Dry Bones) and the suffix s-, used normally as endorsement
Chinese 干骨怪
Gāngǔ Guài
Dry Bone Monster


  1. ^ Stratton, Stephen, and Levi Buchanan. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 36.