Red Bones

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Red Bones
Red Bones
Artwork of a Red Bones
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Variant of Dull Bones
“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 enemies in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They 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 summon Dull Bones more often. They are the only ones with blue eyes, and they are able to command Dull Bones. Only one appears in Hooktail Castle and another for 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. The Japanese name and their field tattle in the French version indicate that they are red due to being bloodstained.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Red Bones
A Red Bones from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Max HP 5 Attack 3 Defense 1 Location(s) Hooktail Castle, Palace of Shadow
Sleep? 0% Dizzy? 40% Confuse? 40% Tiny? 90%
Stop? 85% Soft? 90% Burn? 90% Freeze? 80%
Fright? 0% Gale Force? 80% KO? 0% Moves Bone Throw (3), Multibone (1x3) Build (Summons Dull Bones), Shake (N/A), Get Up (+5HP)
Level 14 Exp. points 0 Coins 3 Items Dried Shroom (drop only), Honey Syrup (drop only)
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.
Tattle 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!

Field Tattle[edit]

Outside of battle, Goombella can use Tattle on Red Bones only in Hooktail Castle before Mario examines it.

  • "What a creepy pile of bones. I mean, they're ALL creepy, but this one's SUPER-creepy! I don't really feel like taking a look at it, but if we don't, we'll never get farther..."


Names in other languages[edit]

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


  • 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.
  • Red Bones is the only enemy in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door that's fought more than once and can have its Tattle Log entry appear in Professor Frankly's trash can. The player can obtain Red Bones' Tattle Log entry after defeating it in Chapter 1, even though the player is forced to fight another Red Bones in the Tower of Riddles. This implies that the second Red Bones battle was added later in development.
  • Red Bones is the only enemy in the game to have a susceptibility to the Burn status ailment that is between 0% and 100%.