Red Bones

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The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Red Bones
Location(s) Hooktail Castle, Palace of Shadow
Max HP 5
Attack 3
Defense 1
Moves Bone Throw (3), Multibone (1x3) Build (Summons Dull Bones), Shake (N/A), Get Up (+5HP)
Items Dried Shroom (drop only), Honey Syrup (drop only)
Coins 3
Log This ugly, red Dull Bones is stronger than a normal Dull Bones. Even if its HP drops to 0, it can come back to life.
Misc. stats
Level 14
Exp. points 0
Sleep? 0%
Dizzy? 40%
Confuse? 40%
Tiny? 90%
Burn? 90%
Freeze? 80%
Stop? 85%
Soft? 90%
Fright? 0%
Gale Force? 80%
KO? 0%

That's a Red Bones! A little TOO red, I think. No fashion sense, y'know? Max HP is 5, Attack is 3, and Defense is 1. Unlike your average Dull Bones, even if you pound it to O[sic] HP and it crumbles... It totally might revive! Like a zombie! My advice is to get rid of all the Dull Bones, then attack the Red Bones. Oh, and one more thing! Once its friends start to fall, it may create some more!

“You'll go no farther, and from this moment on... You'll be nothing but bones!”
Red Bones, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Red Bones are stronger than Dull Bones but not as strong as Dry Bones. They act the same as others in the Bones family, except Red Bones seem to summon Dull Bones more often. They are the only ones with blue eyes, and they seem to be able to command Dull Bones. They only appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where they are present only in Hooktail Castle and a certain puzzle in the Palace of Shadow's Riddle Tower, although the tattle of a Red Bones can be found in Frankly's trash can after Chapter 1.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラッディホネノコ
Buraddi Honenoko
Bloody Dull Bones (「ホネノコ」 Honenoko being the Japanese name for Dull Bones)
Spanish Koopa Esqueleto Rojo Red Skeleton Koopa
French Skelécarlate Pun on "squelette" (skeleton) and "écarlate" (scarlet)
German Roter Knochen-Koopa Red Bone Koopa
Italian Kooposso Rosso Red Dull Bones


  • In the trailer to Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, several scenes involving Red Bones were present, including one where he is selected in battle. This particular scene reveals that Red Bones was known as Red Koopa Skeleton in one of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door's early versions.
  • In the French version of Paper Mario: the Thousand-Year Door, Goombella remarks that the Red Bones in Hooktail's Castle is a "bloody skeleton". This is a reference to the enemy's Japanese name, Bloody Dull Bones.