Sky-Blue Spiny

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The Thousand-Year Door enemy
S. Blue Spiny
Location(s) Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 61, 64-66, 69)
Max HP 6
Attack 6
Defense 4
Moves Spikeball Shot (6), Ball Up (Raises Defense to ???), Charge Up (ATK+6), Superball Shot (12)
Items None
Coins 0 - 1
Log Spawned from a pipe thrown by Dark Lakitu, it will charge at you. When it's balled up, your attacks won't work.
Misc. stats
Level 22
Exp. points 0
Sleep? 60%
Dizzy? 60%
Confuse? 60%
Tiny? 85%
Burn? 100%
Freeze? 50%
Stop? 70%
Soft? 90%
Fright? 80%
Gale Force? 10%
KO? 50%

That's a Sky-Blue Spiny. It appeared from a pipe thrown by the Dark Lakitu. Max HP is 6, Attack is 6, and Defense is 4. It'll totally charge at you! Sometimes it balls up to defend and store energy for an attack. If you can, beat it and any buddies it may have with a special attack.


Sky-Blue Spinies (or S. Blue Spinies) are variants of Spinies that are found only deep underground, in the Pit of 100 Trials of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. They are thrown by Dark Lakitus and can be found on floors 61-70 of the dungeon. They are stronger than normal Spinies and can charge. They can sometimes curl up and hide in their shell, making them impervious to any attack, even those that bypass defense.

They highly resemble Spinies, except instead of red, their shells are blue similar to the Spiny Shells in the Mario Kart series. Additionally, their skin is slightly darker like the Dark Lakitus that throw them. This gives them a resemblance to Buzzy Beetles, so much so that the German version of the game refers to them as "Käfer-Stachis", meaning "Buzzy Beetle Spinies". However, they lack the usual qualities of Buzzy Beetles, such as resilience to fire.

In the English version of the game, it is mistakenly stated that Dark Lakitu's Sky-Blue Spinies hatch from "pipes" in Goombella's Tattle for both enemies. However, the supposed "pipes" which spawn Sky-Blue Spinies are actually regular blue Spiny Eggs. Their name is the result of a mistranslation: Spiny Eggs are referred to as 「パイポ」 Paipo in Japanese, which comes from a well-known Japanese folktale[1] but can also be interpreted (incorrectly, in this case) as an approximation of the English word "pipe" into Japanese katakana. Despite this mistranslation, 「パイポ」 Paipo is correctly translated as "Spiny Egg" elsewhere in the English text of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, namely with regard to the standard species of Spiny fought in the game.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ソライロトゲゾー
Sorairo Togezō
Sky Blue Spiny
French Hériss Bleu Pun on hérissé ("bristly"); bleu means "blue".
German Käfer-Stachi Buzzy Beetle Spiny
Italian Mini Koopistrice Mini Spiny
Spanish (NOE) Pinchón Celeste Sky-Blue Spiny


  1. ^ "Super Mario Bros.: Names." Legends of Localization. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "That One Time Lakitu Started Throwing Pipes." Legends of Localization. Retrieved November 5, 2017.