Shiny Tail

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“Strongly counters enemy attacks with a tail swipe. Has no effect against attacks from above.”
In-game description, Paper Mario: Sticker Star

A Shiny Tail is an item appearing in the later Paper Mario series. They appear as stickers in Paper Mario: Sticker Star and regular battle items in Paper Mario: The Origami King. They are shiny, stronger variants of regular Tails, and have the same method of attack or defense, depending on how they are used.

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Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

The Shiny Tail sticker as seen in-game
“A shiny tail that smacks onrushing enemies and straight-flying projectiles. When you connect, it feels gooood.”
Sticker Museum plaque, Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Shiny Tails first appear as stickers in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Much like regular Tails, they can only be purchased at Outlook Point. However, unlike regular Tails, they cost forty coins, double that of regular Tails, and may only be purchased after Whitecap Beach is cleared and the third Royal Sticker is acquired. They may also occasionally be collected by defeating Rocky Wrenches. Much like regular Tails, Shiny Tails are used for counterattacking rather than actually attacking, and may only be equipped during Mario's turn, allowing him to swing at certain approaching enemies to defeat or inflict damage on them.

Mario must bring a Shiny Tail, a regular Tail, or any kind of bat-type Thing to the final battle with Bowser, as he is required to deflect the Chain Chomp during the fight's fourth phase.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

A Shiny Tail as seen in-game
“A stronger Tail attack good for stronger enemies.”
In-game description, Paper Mario: The Origami King

Following their absence from Paper Mario: Color Splash, Shiny Tails reappear in the next sequel, Paper Mario: The Origami King. Much like regular Tails, they turn Mario into Raccoon Mario, are no longer used for counterattacking, and now act as regular battle items. Mario is able to use one to swing at a 2×2 enemy formation to inflict a minimum of thirty and a maximum of thirty-six damage. They may be purchased at Toad Town for a total of 720 coins. They are first seen in Shogun Studios.