Shady Koopa

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The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Shady Koopa
A Shady Koopa as he appears in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Location(s) Glitz Pit, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 32-34, 37-39)
Max HP 8
Attack 3
Defense 1
Moves Shell Toss (3), Power Shell (When flipped) (6 to both characters), Get Up (Stops Being Flipped)
Items Earth Quake, Courage Shell, Super Shroom, Volt Shroom
Coins 1 - 3
Log When a Shady Koopa flips back up from its back, its Attack increases. Shady Koopas have a place of honor in the Koopa family tree because of this distinction.
Misc. stats
Level 17
Exp. points 0
Sleep? 85%
Dizzy? 80%
Confuse? 80%
Tiny? 90%
Burn? 100%
Freeze? 80%
Stop? 90%
Soft? 90%
Fright? 85%
Gale Force? 80%
KO? 95%

That's a Shady Koopa. It's yet another member of the Koopa family tree. Max HP is 8, Attack is 3, and Defense is 1. The difference between them and other Koopas? They can attack from their backs! And, when they flip back up, their Attack gets boosted and they go totally ape! …Wow! That's pretty tricky! No wonder they're called Shady Koopas, huh?


Shady Koopas are Koopa Troopas with a cyan shell and slightly darker skin coloration that appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They appear in the Glitz Pit and the Pit of 100 Trials.

Shellshock is a Shady Koopa that leads the Shellshockers, the seventh-ranked team in the Glitz Pit; his teammates are another Shady Koopa and a Shady Paratroopa.


Shady Koopas have an attack power of 3, and their primary offense is tucking into their shells and spinning at Mario much like other Koopas. They can also use their shell to attack even when flipped onto their back. Contrary to what Goombella's Tattle and the Tattle Log say, their attack does not increase when they get back up; however, their back-attack hits both Mario and his partner, and has twice the base power of their normal attack at 6. This is also the case with the dialogue and Tattle Log for the Shady Paratroopa.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウラノコ
Portmanteau of「裏」(ura, backside) and「ノコノコ」(Nokonoko, Koopa Troopa)
French Koopa Lenvers Pun on "Koopa" and "à l'envers" (upside-down)
German Schattenkoopa Shadow Koopa
Italian Antikoopa -
Spanish Antitroopa Combination of the prefix anti- and the word "Troopa" (from "Koopa Troopa")


  • If a Shady Koopa's Power Shell is Superguarded, it walks back to its battle position on its feet and then returns to being flipped.
  • Shady Koopas were planned to appear in Super Paper Mario, as they appear in the game's files and even have a unique shell attack that no other Koopas in the game possess.