Skeletal Fish Guard

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Skeletal Fish Guard
Rendered model of the Kobone enemy in Super Mario Galaxy.
Skeletal Fish Guard model in Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Fish Bone
Torpedo Ted
Notable members

Skeletal Fish Guards[1] are metallic-looking fish that appear in Super Mario Galaxy. They only appear in the Bonefin Galaxy during the boss battle with Kingfin. They have glowing red eyes, spinning, propeller-like fins, and attack in a way that is very similar to Torpedo Teds: by homing in on the player and striking them to cause damage. They can be destroyed by being led to the surface. After the player has used a Green Shell or a Red Shell to damage Kingfin, it will summon guards to attack Mario. When the player has hit Kingfin two more times, he will summon more guards, which will disappear after the battle has finished.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii onwards, Fish Bone was reintroduced with basic homing abilities that may be based on this enemy.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コボーネ[2]
From「小」(ko, small) and the English word "bone" with Japanese name ending「ね」(-ne) appended, possibly to invoke「骨」(hone, bone)
German Mini-Skeletthai Mini Skeleton Shark
Italian Skelopesce From "scheletro" (skeleton) and "pesce" (fish)


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy internal filename (SkeletalFishGuard)
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy section, page 127.