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Prongo from Super Mario 3D Land
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)

Prongos[1] are enemies that appear in Super Mario 3D Land, named after the word prong. These enemies have a large, metallic blue box object with golden spikes sticking out along the sides and the top. The spikes have orange markings surrounding them. The metallic blue box covers the majority of their body, except their green feet and yellow underside. Prongos have small red eyes that peer through a hole in the metal box covering them.


Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Two Prongos about to jump on Mario
A Prongo

Prongos appear in later levels of normal worlds, but become common enemies in the Special World. When a Prongo spots Mario or Luigi, it will run after them. If the Prongo gets close enough, it will dive and try to headbump the player, similar to Headbonk Goombas from Super Paper Mario. If the Prongo misses, it will become stuck in the ground due to its spikes, leaving it open for attack. After a few seconds, the Prongo will free itself from the ground and continue its pursuit on the player.

Prongos cannot be defeated when they are upright, except with the use of a Super Star. Tail whips will flip a Prongo over, making it vulnerable to any attack.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ツノへい
Horned Soldier
Spanish Guardaespín Pun on guardia (guard) and espín (spike)
French Soldapointe Pun on "soldat" (soldier) and "pointe"
German Stachelrekrut Spike Recruit
Italian Soldaspino Portmanteau of "soldato" (soldier) and "spino" (spine).
Portuguese Soldado Espinho Spike Soldier
Korean 뿔뿔병
Horned Soldier



  1. ^ Super Mario 3D Land Prima eGuide, Enemies tab.