Skull Box

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Skull Box
A Skull Box, firing a Torpedo Ted
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Mario Party 10 (2015)
Parent species Bill Blaster
Derived species
Red Skull Box

Skull Boxes are black artillery that first appeared in Super Mario World. Gloved hands from the Skull Boxes release Torpedo Teds at Mario.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Skull Boxes first appeared in Super Mario World in only one level, Soda Lake, where they fire Torpedo Teds that are invincible to all available forms of attack, making the level tricky to traverse.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Torpedo Teds chasing after Mario and torpedo tubes in the background in Super Mario Galaxy.

Skull Boxes (referred to as torpedo tubes by Prima Games[1][2]) also appear in Super Mario Galaxy, where they sport a different design. They are most often found in the water, and now can be destroyed by leading a Torpedo Ted right back at them.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U[edit]

Skull Boxes and the Torpedo Teds in Larry's Torpedo Castle

Skull Boxes, as well as the Torpedo Teds, return in the Wii U game, New Super Mario Bros. U. They behave and look exactly as they do in Super Mario World, and appear in Larry's Torpedo Castle; they are once again invincible. Targeting Teds and Red Skull Boxes debut in The Mighty Cannonship level, being both obstacles and weapons that appear in the fight with Bowser Jr. While Torpedo Teds reappear in New Super Luigi U, the Skull Boxes do not.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Skull Boxes return alongside the Torpedo Teds in the game Super Princess Peach, where they are invincible.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Skull Boxes reappear in Mario Party 10 in the minigame Blooper Blast-Off launching Torpedo Teds.


  • In Super Mario World, the gloves have four fingers. In New Super Mario Bros. U, they have five fingers.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トーピード発射台[3][4]
Tōpīdo Hasshadai
Torpedo Launcher


  1. ^ "The warp pipe is encased in a steel-and-glass cage. Fortunately, there is a Bullet Bill torpedo tube nearby." Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 157.
  2. ^ "A massive weight hangs from the tower’s bottom. This holds the tower in place. Mario must somehow remove the weight. There is a torpedo tube in the side of the sea bowl. Swim over to it to catch the eyes of a Bullet Bill as it blasts into the water. Then, swim toward the weight with the Bullet Bill in tow. Quickly paddle to the weight’s other side so the Bullet Bill crashes into it. The explosion drops the weight, allowing several floating devices to rise. Now Mario can climb to the tower’s top." Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 158.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section, page 61.
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. U section, page 216.