List of Pokey profiles and statistics

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Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet bio: It is a walking cactus. Its entire body, except for its head, is covered with thorns. Thorns will hurt you if you touch them.[1]

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: These characters can be quite a thorn on your side. You'll find them in desert areas.[2]

Super Mario World[edit]

  • Mario Mania: Aptly named, Pokey sidles slowly sideways, puncturing whatever he touches. Take him down a notch with a shell, or use Yoshi to eat him up.[3]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

  • Trading card description: "Watch out for these cactuslike enemies in the Good Egg and Dusty Dune Galaxies. These creatures typically have three to five body segments that Mario must destroy individually. The green Pokeys are easier to defeat--just jump on their heads. The red ones are more challenging -- Mario must star-spin into each body segment."

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

  • Trading card description: "Ouch! Pokeys are cactus-like creatures made up of prickly spikes. They have a strange habit of transforming from time to time. When they do, the spiny segments change to smooth oranges. This change allows Yoshi to eat this Pokey fruit salad. And when Yoshi devours a Pokey, an egg with a power-up will be hatched too!"

Card Number: 41

Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Notebook bio: "This spiky cactus will wobble its way toward you. Painful to touch, it can be defeated by a kicked shell."

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

  • Play Nintendo: "The iconic stacked cactus from multiple Super Mario games joins Super Mario Maker 2 for the first time. Players can even edit the height of each Pokey."[4]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 フラワー族
性格 陽気
登場ゲーム USA、ワールド

Tribe: Flower clan
Disposition: Cheerful
Game appearances: USA, World
Slowly but surely approaching cactus
A cactus monster that slowly approaches. It can be ridden in USA, but in the World it is an invincible character that cannot be hit by any attack. For some reason, it can be eaten by Yoshi.

Mario Clash[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: He shrinks if you hit his body with a shell. His weak point is his head.[6]

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Battle idle animation of a Pokey from Paper Mario Max HP 4 Attack 2 Defense 0 Type Ground, Spiky
Level 9 Strong None Weak None Moves Timber Attack (2), Body Shot (2), Head Dive (2), Unearth Friend (summons Pokey)
Sleep? 90%, 0 Dizzy? 90%, 0 Shock? 100%, 0 Shrink? 90%, 0
Stop? 100%, 0 Fright? 70% Air Lift? 90% Hurricane? 85%
Coins 1 + 0-1 Items Dried Fruit, Tasty Tonic Run 18 Location(s) Dry Dry Desert, Shy Guy's Toy Box
Tattle This is Pokey, an evil cactus. Pokeys attack by throwing parts of their bodies or by coming up close and falling on you. Max HP: 4, Attack Power: 2, Defense Power: 0 Be careful fighting them! It'll hurt if you jump on their spiky heads! They also have an annoying habit of calling in reinforcements. Let's beat 'em quickly!

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
PMTTYD Pokey.png Max HP 4 Attack 3 Defense 0 Location(s) Glitz Pit, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 11, 13-16, 18, 19)
Sleep? 95% Dizzy? 80% Confuse? 90% Tiny? 90%
Stop? 80% Soft? 95% Burn? 100% Freeze? 60%
Fright? 100% Gale Force? 90% KO? 100% Moves Slam (2), Body Throw (3), Pull (summons Pokey), Bonk (4 (uses it when it loses all its body segments))
Level 11 Exp. points 0 Coins 1 - 2 Items HP Drain, Earth Quake, Mr. Softener, Life Shroom, Tasty Tonic (drop only)
Log A cactus ghoul covered from head to base in nasty spines. It attacks by lobbing sections of itself at you, and can even call other Pokeys to fight alongside it.
Tattle That's a Pokey. It's a cactus ghoul that's got nasty spines all over its body. Max HP is 4, Attack is 3, and Defense is 0. Look at those spines… Those would TOTALLY hurt. If you stomp on it, you'll regret it. Pokeys attack by lobbing parts of their bodies and by charging at you… They can even call friends in for help, so be quick about taking them out.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario enemy
Pokey in Super Paper Mario. Max HP 6 Items
Attack 2 Location(s) Gap of Crag (5-2), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Room 42)
Defense 0 Card type Common
Score 500 Card location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Card description This cactus column wanders in the desert wasteland. When it attacks, it hurls parts of itself at you. Literally. Which is kind of sad, really.
  List of Catch Cards  
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Tattle That precarious cactus is a Pokey. It has a Max HP of 6. Attack is 2... Unlike other cacti, this one can move. Is it a plant or an animal? Nobody knows... This prickly beast will throw pieces of itself at you... It's very unpleasant... It's covered in spines, so you better not touch it or pick it up...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star enemy
Pokey (1)
Pokey PMSS.png Max HP 16 Location(s) Drybake Desert, Damp Oasis
Attack 6 Moves Topple (6, Crumpled)
Defense 0 Stickers Fire Flower

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
A Pokey in Paper Mario: Color Splash. HP 36 Type Spiny 3
A Pokey card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Strong None Weak None
Moves High Press Attack (5), Press Attack (5), Head Attack (5), Group Attack (5), Blowback Attack (12)
Location(s) Mustard Café
Quotes Usual: "POKE!" ~ "Watch out—I'm Pokey!" ~ "I'm sharp as a tack!" ~ "Pokey's the name. Poking's my game."
Enemy class
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 20 Red paint 0 Yellow paint 127 Blue paint 0 Orange paint 0 Green paint 0 Purple paint 0

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
An origami Pokey from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 28 Moves Location(s)
Type Spiked Flop (?), Group Flop (?), Flop Bop (14 × amount of Pokeys performing attack), Headbutt (8), Prickly Putt (7 × amount of segments) Scorching Sandpaper Desert, Scorching Sandpaper Minor, Scorching Sandpaper West, Scorching Sandpaper Far West, Scorching Sandpaper Far East
Item drops Mushroom
They wait in the sand to attack all who approach. They probably just need a hug, but…it's not advisable.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time enemy
Animated idle of a Pokey in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time HP 56 POW 66 Defense 55
Experience 36 Coins 10 Speed 54
Location(s) Gritzy Desert Battled by Anyone Item drop Green Shell – 12%
1-Up Super – 3%
Level           13 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese and European versions (if they differ from the original American release).

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam enemy
A Pokey in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 99 POW 85 (78) Defense 143 (130) Type Spiny Item drop Super Candy - 4%
LV 1 Character Card - 3%
Experience 88 (83) Coins 50 Speed 82 Weakness Jump, Fire Location(s) Doop Doop Dunes
Level           19 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: They may move slowly, but their HP is their pride. Watch out for the spines that cover their bodies! Weak against boomerang wielders.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: They may move slowly, but their HP is a point of pride. They have protective spikes on their bodies but are weak against boomerang attacks.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 頭部と複数の体を持つ。体を食ベても頭部が残っていれば生き残るが、頭部を食べると一擊で倒せる。タマゴの数を増やしたいときは、体を1つずつ食べよう。[7](It has a head and multiple bodies. If you eat the body, it will survive as long as its head remains, but if you eat its head, you can defeat it with a single blow. If you want to increase the number of eggs, eat the bodies one by one.)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy[edit]

Name Image American English Description British English Description
Pokey PokeyTrophy3DS.png Could easily be mistaken for a cactus, except for the eyes and the mouth, and the way they, stroll... around the desert with such careful balance. Check out the pretty flowers these guys are sporting in Super Mario Sunshine! Pokeys are a bit like cacti, except with eyes and mouths, and they're made up of prickly balls piled on top of each other. It doesn't exactly make for the most stable body, so they have to wiggle their way around really carefully. Also, the ones in Super Mario Sunshine have pretty flowers on their heads. Definitely worth a look!

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Super Mario World

Bio: 連なった長い体を持つ。ヨッシーで食べると、体が縮んでいく。[8] (It has a long body in a row. When eaten by Yoshi, its body shrinks.)

Super Mario Bros. 2

Bio: 頭部を持ち上げて取ると、取られた体に新たな頭ができる。[9] (When the head is lifted and removed, a new head is created on the body from which it was taken.)

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

  • Figure bio: "It's a Pokey figure. Each segment is detachable—even the head!"

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 50%/60%/70%/80%/100% chance of extra seconds (3) in timed stages."
  • Stage mode (Prior to version 2.3.0): "Grants 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% chance of extra seconds (3) in timed stages."
  • Versus mode: "Grants 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% chance your attacks will be 20% faster."

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Encyclopedia bio: "Cactus-like critters that like to pop up and surprise passersby."


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 26.
  2. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 12.
  3. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 52.
  4. ^ Super Mario Maker 2 Free DLC Updates Ver. 2.0.0. Play Nintendo. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  5. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 88.
  6. ^ Mario Clash English instruction booklet. Page 22.
  7. ^ 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 20Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P20.jpg.
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 55.
  9. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 67.