Moon Cleft

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Moon Cleft
Moon Cleft.png
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
Variant of Cleft
Dark Cleft

Moon Clefts are very powerful species of Clefts found in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, during Chapter 7 (that is to say on the Moon, as their name implies). These moon-dwelling enemies have high stats but are easy to beat when an explosion, preferably from Admiral Bobbery, flips them over, lowering their Defense down to 0. Like their relatives, they disguise themselves as rocks, but they reveal their true form when Mario comes close enough. Moon Clefts attack by charging at their opponents, and cannot be stomped because of their spikes. This enemy has colors similar to a normal Cleft from Paper Mario, whereas those are pale gray in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door in fitting with the color scheme of Boggly Woods. They also have the highest defense power in the game, alongside Chain Chomps and Elite Wizzerds.

They return in Super Paper Mario in Chapter 5-1, near Downtown of Crag. Their attack pattern remains the same: they charge at Mario and his allies as soon as they get close enough. They still have the same weakness, as Boomer can flip them over. Moon Clefts will occasionally drop a Cake Mix when they are defeated.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Moon Cleft
Moon Cleft.png Max HP 6 Attack 5 Defense 5 Location(s) The Moon, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 52, 55, 57)
Sleep? 30% Dizzy? 30% Confuse? 30% Tiny? 60%
Stop? 80% Soft? 100% Burn? 0% Freeze? 50%
Fright? 30% Gale Force? 20% KO? 95% Moves Charge (5)
Level 26 Exp. points 0 Coins 1 - 4 Items Earth Quake, Mini Mr. Mini, Mushroom (drop only), Stopwatch, Super Shroom
Log A Cleft living on the moon. Its Defense is high, but if you turn it over with an explosion, its Defense goes down to 0.
Tattle That's a Moon Cleft. It's your basic Cleft living on the moon. Max HP is 6, Attack is 5, and Defense is 5. Defense is high, as usual... and fire attacks don't work against it. If you can turn it over with an explosion, though, its Defense goes down to 0.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario Enemy
Moon Cleft
SPMMoonCleft.png Max HP 5 Attack 2 Defense 4 Location(s) Downtown of Crag (5-1), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Room 71)
Score 500 Items Cake Mix Card Type Common Card Location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP; Chapter 5-1: Found in a small 3D-accessible alcove below the canyon to the right of the first block puzzle.
Card Description It's an evil mineral that looks just like a rock. That is, until it's too late!
  List of Catch Cards  
  106      107      108  
Tattle That's a Moon Cleft, a rock-hard monster that's covered in spikes... Max HP is 5, Attack is 2, Defense is 4*. Flames won't scorch this foe... It might look like a stone at first, but it will move when you get up close... Set off an explosion near it to flip it over. Then it'll be vulnerable to attack...

*Incorrectly stated to have 2 defense in-game.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ツキノシンエモン
Tsuki no Shin'emon
Lunar Cleft (Paper Mario RPG)

Cleft (Super Paper Mario)
Spanish (NOE) Cleft Lunar Lunar Cleft
French (NOE) Cleftlunair Lunar Cleft
German Mond-Kirk Moon Cleft
Italian Teschiolito lunare Lunar Cleft
Korean 가시돌턱
Gasi Dolteok
Spike Stone Jaw


  • The respective internal file names for Moon Clefts and normal Clefts indicate that at some point in development, Moon Clefts were intended to be the "base" version of Cleft while the final game's normal Cleft was intended as a variant, explaining Moon Cleft's usage of the original coloration.[1] Furthermore, the Japanese script for Super Paper Mario considers the ones in that game normal Clefts.


  1. ^ c_sinemon and c_sinemon_w, respective file names for Moon Cleft and Cleft in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door