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A Grindel seen with Mario in Super Mario 64
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 64 DS (2004)
Variant of Thwomp
A Grindel in Super Mario 64.

Grindels are a type of Thwomps that debut in Super Mario 64. They appear as mummified Thwomps, with a pair of small round eyes and a grin on their faces. They only appear inside of the Pyramid of 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.

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. They move around to leave gaps, so that unaware players fall off into the lava.

Grindels appear once again in the Nintendo DS remake Super Mario 64 DS.

A similar creature is the Spindel, which is basically a cylindrical obstacle with the same appearance as the Grindel.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンカク
Portmanteau of don, colliding sound and shikaku, square.
German Mumien-Steinblock Mummy Thwomp