Skeleton Bee

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Skeleton Bee
Artwork of a Skeleton Bee, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Variant of Bee (Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins)
Dry Bones

A Skeleton Bee[1] is an enemy in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins that appears in the Tree Zone level Honeybees, and like Bee and Būichi, it can only be found in this particular stage. The Skeleton Bee is tougher than their non-skeletal counterparts, as they can come back to life after Mario defeats it. Doing a Spin Jump or using a Star are the only ways to defeat them permanently. Also like their counterparts, they appear out of the hives in the background and move very slowly. In official artwork, they appear to have a normal, non-skeletal body and carry spears; however, in gameplay, the bottom half is able to be seen through as if they are completely composed of bones and don't carry spears at all. They are undead ancestors of Bees.[2]

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

  • Instruction booklet bio: This bee has become a skeleton. Even if Mario stomps on this boney bumblebee, it'll come back to life.[1]
  • Virtual Console manual: This bee has become a skeleton. Even if Mario stomps on this bony bumblebee, it'll come back to life.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 ゴースト族
性格 しつこい
登場ゲーム ランド2

Skeleton Bee
Tribe: Ghost clan
Disposition: Persistent
Game appearances: Land 2
Maybe it's just better to be able to step on it.
Ancestor of Bees (p. 167) and others. Their attack pattern is similar to that of Bees, but like ghosts, they quickly come back to life even if you jump on them. Spin Jumping is an effective way to defeat them.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bio: ビービーたちの先祖。踏むとつぶれ、しばらく動かなくなる。 (Ancestor of the Bees. When you step on it, it will crumple and stop moving for a while.)[3]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガイコツバチ[4]
Skeleton Bee

From the above, but with honorific suffix「御」(-go) attached
French Abeille-Squelette[6] Skeleton-Bee
German Knochen-Biene Bone Bee
Italian Skelape[7] Skeleton-bee
Spanish Abeja Ósea Bone Bee


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins English instruction booklet, page 13.
  2. ^ a b c Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 50.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Land 2 section, page 75.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka Japanese instruction booklet, page 16.
  5. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins), page 12.
  6. ^ European instruction manual of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, page 57.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 75