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Pokeys are enemies that first appeared in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!. Although harmful at direct contact, they are passive to the player and only travel from one side of a platform to the other. Unlike Shy Guys, who display the same behavior, Pokeys are taller, which makes them more difficult to avoid in certain situations but also prevents them from getting into narrow passages. They are always composed of three segments, one of which is their head. In all of their appearances, Pokeys can be defeated when struck by a hammer.
Pokey toys feature spikes on their head instead of a flower, unlike actual Pokeys found in most games released prior to Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!. This design would be used for Pokeys starting with New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
Their second appearance is in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! where they begin showing up in Area 8-3 of Super Skywheel. If Pokeys come in contact with the transparent yellow Pokey Blocks, each segment will fill them in. They can be defeated if shot by a Mini in a cannon.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
They reappear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, where they are introduced in Level 5-3 of Dashing Desert and continue to appear in later worlds. Aside from Hammers and Cannon shots, Pokeys of this game can also be defeated by sliding down on them from a slope. While this is not shown in any of the game's pre-made courses, it can be tested in the level editor.
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