Moon Cleft

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This article is about the enemy from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. For the enemy mistakenly referred to as a Moon Cleft in the English localization of Super Paper Mario, see Cleft.
Moon Cleft
Moon Cleft.png
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Variant of Cleft

Moon Clefts are a very powerful lunar species of Clefts found in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Aside from the increase of power, they look and act nearly identically to normal Clefts. Moon Clefts are found during the portion of Chapter 7 that takes place on the moon. These Clefts have high statistics but are easy to beat when an explosion, such as 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. Their tattle also states them to simply be a basic Cleft found on the moon. They have the highest defense power in the game, alongside Chain Chomps and Elite Wizzerds.


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) Role Common Level 26
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)
Exp. points 0 Coins 1 - 4 Items Earth Quake, Mini Mr. Mini, Mushroom (drop only), Stopwatch, Super Shroom
Tattle Log #:
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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ツキノシンエモン
Tsuki no Shin'emon

Lunar Cleft

French Cleftlunair
Lunar Cleft
German Mond-Kirk
Moon Cleft
Italian Teschiolito lunare
Lunar Cleft
Spanish Cleft Lunar
Lunar Cleft


  • The respective internal file names for Moon Clefts and normal Clefts in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 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]


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