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Ishnail from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Species Koopa Troopa-like snail
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
“You want somethin', chump? This is the fortress of the Robbo Thieves. You lost?”
Ishnail, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Ishnail is a snail-like creature who is the leader of the Robbo Thieves and the rival of Don Pianta in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. His name is a play on Ishmael and "snail". He is the second Paper Mario character whose name is a reference to Ishmael, the first being Fishmael from Paper Mario.

Ishnail's base of operations can be found on the east side of Rogueport. Under his influence, the east side is far less secure than the West. It is unkempt, dirty, and serves as a hiding place for many bandits. His guard Gus even demands money for entering the further part of the east side. The west side is, on the contrary, rather secure and clean.

For 64 coins (a reference to the Nintendo 64), Ishnail informs Mario that he needs to buy a Dried Shroom, followed by a Dizzy Dial, in Peeka's shop, a secret sign known only to friends of Don Pianta. He then tells Mario to answer "Yellow" when asked what his favorite color is. It is possible to avoid paying Ishnail if the player knows these instructions.


  • "That's Ishnail, leader of the thief band called the Robbos. He REALLY hates Don Pianta. I guess that's to be expected, since they're bitter rivals and everything. He's got some issues about money, but he's OK otherwise. Who knew?"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スネイル
French Limaçon From "limace" (slug) and the geometric curve known as a limaçon which is also known as "Pascal's Snail"
German Mollusky Diminutive form of "mollusk"
Italian Al Lumacone Pun on "lumacone" (big slug) and "Al Capone"
Spanish Al Malone Portmanteau of "malo" (bad) and "Al Capone", may also be a play on "abalone"