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Gameplay of Hexoskeleton in Mario Party DS
Appears in Mario Party DS
Type Boss mini-game
Music track Boss Battle
Music sample

Hexoskeleton is a Boss minigame against Dry Bones in Mario Party DS. Its name is a pun on "exoskeleton" (the armor-like external skeleton of insects, crustaceans and a few other kinds of animals) and "hex", a type of magic.


The player must defeat the Dry Bones by performing Ground Pounds onto the Magic Switch located on the edges of a huge platform in the shape of an octagon.

The flashing fire symbols on the map indicate what switches to hit and the order in which to ground-pound them. The player and the boss Dry Bones have a Health Meter. The player gets 5 lives and the Dry Bones has 3. When you ground-pound on the correct switch, the Dry Bones's health will be reduced. However, the Dry Bones can attack by dropping berries to reduce the player's health points, disabling some tiles, jumping around in an effort to squish the player and throwing bones. The player can use the littered berries to stun Dry Bones for a while.

When the Dry Bones has one heart remaining, it will throw more bones, and it will start to ground-pound to create a force that can hurt the player. After that, the Dry Bones starts chasing the player with normal ground-pounds. The big ground pound may leave a durian, and if the player guides the Dry Bones to it and the Dry Bones ground-pounds it, it will be stunned for a slightly longer time than a normal berry would stun it. However, after recovering from a stun, Dry Bones will start to ground-pound the arena again.

After three hits, the Dry Bones is frozen in its "taken damage" state while smoking from the magic blast, and then falls apart. The player wins and clears the board challenge on DK's Stone Statue.


  • +Control Pad – Move
  • A Button – Jump
  • B Button – Punch
  • A Button A Button – Hit Ground
  • L Button R Button – Move camera
  • X Button – Focus on foe

In-game text[edit]

  • Rules"Search for the fire icons that appear above the magic switches, then ground-pound them all to release a fiery blast at Dry Bones!"
  • Tips"Dry Bones will soon go nuts, throwing bones and berries. If you punch a berry, it'll fly at him and he'll be stunned. Use the time to hit a switch!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たいけつカロン
Taiketsu Karon
Dry Bones Showdown
French En Sort et en Os Spell and Bone (Pun with the expression En chair et en Os)
German Ein zäher Knochen A tough bone
Italian Tartossato Dry Bones'd
Korean 대결 와르르
Daegyeol Wareureu
Showdown Dry Bones
Spanish Huesitos calientes Hot Dry Bones