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 a very powerful lunar species of Clefts. Aside from the increase of power, they look and act nearly identically to normal Clefts.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, 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.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Merge-left.svg It has been suggested that this section be merged with Cleft. (discuss)

Moon Clefts, sometimes simply called Clefts in passing such as by Flint Cragley, appear 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. In the original Japanese script, these are considered normal Clefts, though the localization calls them Moon Clefts despite not being on the moon. A shadowy version, called Dark Cleft, appears in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.


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
Sprite of a Moon Cleft from Super Paper Mario. Max HP 5 Items Cake Mix
Attack 2 Location(s) Downtown of Crag (5-1), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Room 71)
Defense 4 Card Type Common
Score 500 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  
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Tattle That's a Moon Cleft, a rock-hard monster that's covered in spikes... Max HP is 5, Attack is 2, Defense is 2[sic]. 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...


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: The Thousand-Year Door)

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