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A Grindel seen with Mario in Super Mario 64 DS
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Thwomp

Grindels are enemies that debut in Super Mario 64. They appear as mummified Thwomps, each with a pair of small round eyes and a grin on its face (hence the name). Compared to Thwomps in the same game, they are a more perfect cube shape and appear to be made of a darker, metallic stone under their wraps.

A similar creature is the Spindel, which looks very similar to the Grindel but is instead cylindrical.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

A Grindel about to squash Mario.
A Grindel in Super Mario 64

In Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS remake, Super Mario 64 DS, Grindels appear only inside the pyramid in the level Shifting Sand Land. They attack in the same way as a Thwomp, floating up in the air vertically and falling over the ground, squashing anybody below them. Grindels can also move horizontally by jumping back and forth. In the remake, they have whiter teeth.

Mario Party 2

Lava Tile Isle
Grindels are present as Mario, Peach, Wario, and Yoshi battle in Lava Tile Isle.

Grindels also appear in Mario Party 2 in the minigame Lava Tile Isle. Here, seven Grindels form a platform over a pool of lava. Before they change positions, they slowly shake. When they do move, they leave gaps between them (characters do not remain on Grindels when they move), and characters may fall into the lava.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンカク
Portmanteau of「ドン」(don, Japanese onomatopoeic word for colliding sound) and「四角」(shikaku, square)
German Mumien-Steinblock Mummy Thwomp
Italian Grindel[1] -