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Species Dragon/Robot
First appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (trophy cameo) (2014)
Fracktail, Super Paper Mario

Fracktail is a giant robotic dragon that is the first boss in the game Super Paper Mario, found in Yold Desert, at the end of Yold Ruins. It has spiral eyes and magenta skin, and it can burrow into the sand and go underground. It will surprise Mario and appear out of the ground, and then fly in the air. Fracktail slightly resembles a Chinese dragon, and is colored like Hooktail, his equivalent from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The repeating patterned segments of Fracktail's body, as well as its name are both references to a fractal, a geometric repetition of a pattern. He claims Mario has a Level 5 mustache.


Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario Enemy
SPM Fracktail Catch Card.png
Location(s) Yold Ruins (1-4)
Max HP ?? (9 hits)
Attack 1
Defense 0
Score 1000
Card Type Uncommon
Card Location(s) Card Shop; Map 10
Card Description
Fracktail valiantly guarded the Pure Heart inside Yold Ruins. That is, until Dimentio fried his processor.
That's Fracktail, the robotic guardian of the Pure Heart. It's quite enormous... Max HP is ??, Attack is 1. It can fly and swoop down with its big open mouth... But I think the antenna-like horn atop its head is its weak spot... I think you're going to need to use Thoreau to hit it...
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Fracktail before the battle

Fracktail is originally the robotic protector of the Pure Heart, who spends "thousands of years" (it is actually 1,500 years), protecting it from "lawless intruders." When he realizes that Mario is the hero meant to obtain the Pure Heart (after scanning his database, which made his eyes turn into the Internet connection symbol for the Wii Shop Channel), he was about to just let him pass. However, Count Bleck's minion, Dimentio blasts him with a spell, and causes him to short-circuit. Fracktail's system is corrupted and it starts speaking nonsense (for example, it says Mario's threat level is "jelly roll 1"), riffs on MS-DOS and Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me error messages, makes a reference to the The Legend of Zelda character Error (who stated "I AM ERROR"), and then yells "CTRL ALT DEL" (control, alt, delete). It then attacks Mario.

Dimentio electrocutes Fracktail

In order to defeat Fracktail, Mario must flip into 3D then jump on top of its long back when the robot glides low. The battle scene will then shift to the back of Fracktail's back as he flies. Players must then pick up a Frackle crawling around on its back using Thoreau and throw the Frackle at Fracktail's weak point which is its antenna. After taking three hits, Fracktail will perform an aerial loop. Mario must jump from the tail at the end of the loop back onto the head; failing to do so will result in falling to the ground and having to dodge Fracktail's attacks until the chance to jump onto its back arises again.

Mario battling Fracktail

Fracktail must be hit in its antenna nine times, and upon being defeated, its personality briefly returns to normal. It apologizes for its error in attacking Mario and pleads that he save the world, and then it explodes.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Fracktail's appearance in the Super Mario-Kun

Fracktail appears, having the same role in the Super Mario-Kun Super Paper Mario story arc in volume 37. It takes a more organic appearance than it does in the games. After Mario defeats it, it gives Mario the Pure Heart, and unlike the game, it does not explode.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Fracktail makes an appearance as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Excluding Bowser, he is the only Paper Mario series boss to have this distinction.

Related enemies[edit]

  • Frackle – The creatures that crawl along Fracktail's back. Mario must pick them up and toss them at Fracktail's antenna to defeat him.
  • Wracktail – A stronger, more violent version of Fracktail found at the bottom of the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Fracktail BrawlTrophy176.png Wii Super Paper Mario A giant, red, robotic dragon built to be the protector of a Pure Heart. Fracktail has a long body with little arms and wings, and he shoots out of the ground into the air to attack Mario. The only way to beat him is to first jump on his back. You can then pick up the Frackles on his back and score damage by throwing them at his weak point--the yellow antenna orb.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears In Description
Fracktail SSB4TrophyFracktail.png Wii Super Paper Mario (04/2007) A guardian robot created by an ancient civilization. Realizing that Mario is the hero foretold in the prophecy, he tries to hand over the Pure Heart gracefully...until Dimentio casts a spell through the antenna on his head that sends his programming berserk. That's right–the antenna is Fracktail's weak point!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ズンババ
Possible pun on ウンババ "unbaba" (Japanese name of Blargg). Puns involving "unbaba" has been used in all other Paper Mario series dragon names.
Spanish Dracofrac Draco is used to refer to dragons.
French Drakal Pun on "dragon" and fractale (fractal)
German Lohkost Pun on Lohe (blaze) and kost (food), sounds similar to Rohkost, which means raw vegetables, or the bug that is called a "locust".
Italian Dracker Pun on drago (dragon) and "hacker".
Russian Фрактиль
English name adopted to Russian speech.
Korean 진자잔