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This article is about the enemy. For the obstacle, see Spike Trap. For the character from the Wrecking Crew series and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, see Foreman Spike. For other uses, see Spike (disambiguation).
Artwork of a Spike from Mario Party 10
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021)
Latest portrayal Sanae Suzaki (2015-present)
Variant of Koopa
Mad Spike
Mega Spike
Paper Spike
Snow Spike
Stone Spike
Spike Ball
Notable members
Grubba / Macho Grubba
Paper Macho Spike Outlaw
Tubba Blubba
“Spike 'em, er...Spike!”
Bowser Jr., Mario Party 9

Spikes are frog-like Koopa enemies that throw spiked balls or rollers from within their mouths. They were designed by Hiroyuki Kimura at Nintendo,[1] and they first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3. Spikes have black Buzzy Beetle-like shells on their backs that are too small for them to enter. Up until New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they also commonly had alternately colored bellies indicated by the Yoshi's Story design to be the front of the shell. Whilst they primarily appear in antagonistic roles, they have also rarely appeared as background or playable characters.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3

Spike sprite from Super Mario Bros. 3

Spikes first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3 as enemies. They are found in one Water Land stage and many Ice Land stages, and they attack by pulling spiked balls out of their stomachs and throwing them at Mario or Luigi while wandering around. They can also fall off the edge like green Koopa Troopas. A single stomp defeats them. Despite their appearance, Spikes can be stomped even when they are holding their spiked balls above their heads. Their sprites are shown to not have hair while they are shown with blue hair in their Super Mario Bros. 3 artwork. Spikes can also be defeated by fireballs and hammers. The Water Land King also resembles a Spike while transformed in the NES version, though he is intended to be a kappa.

New Super Mario Bros.

Although no regular Spikes appear in New Super Mario Bros., a type of Spike called Snow Spike appears in World 5-1. Instead of throwing spiked balls, Snow Spikes throw snowballs that progressively get bigger.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

NSMBW Spike Render.png
Artwork of a Spike from New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Normal Spikes reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, along with Stone Spikes, a blue variety that uses spiked balls made of stone thrown directly downwards from the ledges on which they stand. This game marks the first appearance of their modern design, which would go on to be re-used in future games. Spikes can be defeated by a simple jump to the head, however, unlike in Super Mario Bros. 3, if the Spike is holding a spiked ball it will damage the player. They can also be defeated by fireballs, barrels, being frozen via the Ice Flower or the Penguin Suit power-ups, and sliding into them as Penguin Mario. In this game, Spikes stay at one spot instead of walking around, although they can turn directions. The green variation appears only in World 2-2. Unlike regular spiked balls which destroys blocks, the Spike's spiked balls cannot break blocks.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Spikes and Stone Spikes appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, where they act the same way they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In Spike's Spouting Sands, Spikes are mounted on Flying ? Blocks, which allows them to be defeated by hitting the blocks. Spikes jump whenever a "bah" is heard in the music.

Super Mario 3D World

Artwork of Spike holding a spiked roller from Super Mario 3D World

Spikes make their first appearance in a 3D Super Mario platformer game in Super Mario 3D World. Here, they appear in a few levels, such as Spike's Lost City and Hands-On Hall, and throw spiked rollers instead of balls.

Super Mario Run

Spikes return in Super Mario Run, though they only appear in the level Land of Spikes. They throw spiked balls like in previous games, except at slightly faster intervals and in a short upward arc.

Super Mario Maker 2

Spikes appear as enemies in version 2.0 of Super Mario Maker 2. Since they did not appear in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World, they were given new sprites for those styles. In the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 styles, the Spikes' Spike Balls fly horizontally after being thrown like in Super Mario Bros. 3, though they start being affected by gravity once they touch the ground; while in the Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Mario 3D World styles, they only roll along the ground. The Spiked Balls can also be Spin Jumped on and, in the latter two styles, act as weight on Seesaws. In snow-themed levels, Spikes throw snowballs instead (similar to Snow Spikes), which can be jumped on, picked up, and thrown. Mega Spikes can also be made by enlarging Spikes with Super Mushrooms.

Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.

A Spike walking alongside Mario, a Boomerang Bro, and a Para-Beetle in Super Mario Momotarō

In Super Mario Momotarō, a Spike is the last creature to join Mario on his mission to rescue Princess Peach. The Spike hopes to get his revenge against Bowser for destroying his home world. During the final battle he helps by knocking Ludwig von Koopa out with an exploding spiked ball. After the final battle, he joins Mario in returning the treasure Bowser had stolen to their rightful owners. He is most likely based off of the monkey from the Momotarō.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3

Spikes, known here as Mace Penguins[2], appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They only appear in BLIZZARD!!!, as well as Endless World of Yoshis in the remake.

Yoshi's Story

A Gabon from Yoshi's Story
Sprite of a Gabon from Yoshi's Story

Spikes reappear, this time named Gabons, in Yoshi's Story in the level Jungle Hut on Page 4. They regurgitate bomb-like[3] spiked balls and roll them down hills. The Yoshis may eat them, but the Green Yoshi likes them best. Additionally, the boss Don Bongo bears some resemblance to one. Their name Gabon is a direct translation from Japanese, possibly due to the name being taken by another enemy in the same game, and also possibly, due to the jungle setting, a reference to the country of the same name. Their Yoshi's Story artwork is reused as a stamp in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.

Super Princess Peach

A Spike

Spikes reappear in Super Princess Peach, which also introduces the orange-haired, enraged Mad Spike.

Mario Party series

Mario Party 9

A giant Spike appears as a boss in Mario Party 9. It is the mid boss of the Magma Mine board, while the stage boss is Chain Chomp. The minigame it is fought in is Spike Strike. During the minigame, the Spike attacks the players by spitting giant Spiked Balls onto the paths leading to them. The players must attack it by quickly choosing a hammer to smack the Spiked Balls back at him.

Mario Party: Island Tour

In Mario Party: Island Tour, a Spike is one of the possible tiles to appear in Match Faker. Stone Spikes appear in Mad Ladders.

Mario Party 10

Spike appears in Mario Party 10 as an unlockable playable character. This is the first appearance of Spike as a playable character in the Super Mario franchise, and also the first game where Spike is not allied with the Koopa Troop. Spike is unlocked by purchasing "Hidden Character 2" in Toad's Room for 600 Mario Party Points, while Toadette is Hidden Character 1. Its voice in this game is the same as in Super Mario 3D World. Spike is also the only playable character in Mario Party 10 to not appear as a playable character in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

Mario Party: Star Rush

Spikes appear as nonplayable characters in Mario Party: Star Rush, and are only encountered in the minigame Roller Revenge. Here, they throw spiked rollers at players, and players who are hit by the rollers lose a life. When the minigame is over, Spike does his second place animation from Mario Party 10.

Super Mario Party

Spikes appear in Super Mario Party as non-playable characters. They can be found in the background of several different minigames.

Paper Mario series

Although no regular Spikes appear in Paper Mario or Super Paper Mario, Clubbas, a variation of Spikes that use spiked clubs as weapons and are often seen sleeping, appear instead. Characters known as Tubba Blubba and Grubba appear in Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, respectively.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Generic Spikes make their Paper Mario debut in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They only appear within the levels of World 2. They also have a lot of HP and they have the same HP yellow Pokeys and Snifits have. Spikes also fight in groups of two later and are aided by Paragoombas, Paratroopas, Swoops and Hammer Bros. Spikes will chase Mario and throw their Spike Balls instead of tossing them slightly and letting it roll. In battle, Spikes can hold a Spike Ball over their heads, making jump attacks ineffective until they throw the ball on their next turn. Spikes can also Ground Pound Mario but if the attack misses, it will bounce to the left. When defeated they occasionally drop a Spike Ball sticker. Snow Spikes from New Super Mario Bros. also appear in this game and sometimes drop a Snowball sticker. If a Spike ball is touched outside battle from a Spike, Mario loses 2 Heart Points.

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Spikes return in Paper Mario: Color Splash with the same appearance and behavior from the previous game. However, they do not hold the Spiked Balls during the entire battle this time around, but only when they attack. Also, the design of the Spiked Balls has changed, since the spikes were brown in Paper Mario: Sticker Star and are now white. Spikes appear in Kiwano Temple, The Golden Coliseum, and Sunset Express. Two Spikes assist Ludwig von Koopa in battle, and their Spiked Balls must be hit back at them as Raccoon Mario to defeat them. One appears as a member of the Shady Sledge Bro's gang in Dark Bloo Inn, and one also appears as an NPC on the Sunset Express. A Spike is the first-round opponent in Roshambo Temple #4.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

An Origami Spike

Spikes return in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Regular Spikes appear in the game as supporting characters, while origami Spikes and a Paper Macho Spike Outlaw appear as enemies. One particular Spike who is a part of the Canned-Food Par-tay Trio briefly accompanies Mario on Autumn Mountain to get to a canned food party hosted by a Sombrero Guy. In battle, this Spike attacks enemies with Up-Chuck, where he throws a spiked ball at enemies in a line dealing 25 damage. However, he may drop his spiked ball upon holding it up, resulting in the attack failing.

Mario Golf series

Mario Golf: World Tour

Spikes appear in Mario Golf: World Tour as NPC characters in the Castle Club game mode. Their name can also appear on the tournament scoreboard. A giant Spike also appears in Wiggler Park.

Mario Golf: Super Rush

In Mario Golf: Super Rush, Spikes first appear as NPCs in the Golf Adventure mode of the game. They are later found as obstacles in Spiky Palms. On the course, they throw Spike Balls to hurt the player.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

A Spike in the Retro Ramp-Up level of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Spikes return in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, throwing spiked balls like in their usual appearances (although they can throw spiked rollers in one level as well), and defeating them rewards three coins instead of one. They appear in Windup Stairs, Seesaw Sizzle, Retro Ramp-Up, and Trick-Track Hall, as well as the Nintendo Switch-exclusive Special Episode level Flip Panel Panic.

If a Spike is stunned using the pointer/touch screen as it is preparing to throw an obstacle, the object that has yet to leave its hands will be destroyed.

Certain Spikes, such as the ones in Trick Track Hall, cannot be defeated. The red turnips thrown by the 2nd player in the game's Co-op assist mode does not defeat them on the Nintendo Switch version. They can still be defeated using other methods such as spinning or using the Super Pickax.

Mario Tennis series

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Spikes make their Mario Tennis debut in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. Here, they appear in the crowd.

Mario Tennis Aces

A Spike from Mario Tennis Aces

Spikes make their second appearance in the Mario Tennis series in Mario Tennis Aces. While they appear as spectators like in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, a Spike also appears as a playable character, classified as a Powerful character. This Spike also appeared in the online tournament demo as an unlockable playable character, unlocked after 600 participation points were accumulated.

The Sure Shot Challenge (Beginner) level of the Adventure mode pits Mario against Spike in Piranha Plant Forest. If Mario is successful in the challenge, Spike gives Mario the Wooden Racket.

Alternate costumes can be unlocked for Spike by earning participation points in the April 2019 online tournament. A blue headband and blue wristband costume is unlocked at 300 points, a pink headband and pink wristband costume is unlocked at 1000 points, and a yellow headband and yellow wristband costume is unlocked at 2000 points.

Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Spikes appear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam as enemies during the second visit to Doop Doop Dunes and reside with their paper counterparts, Pokeys and Spinies. One Spike is also fought alongside a Paper Spike, a Hammer Bro and a Paper Hammer Bro as one of the Bowser Duo's last lines of defense in Neo Bowser Castle. In battle, Spikes may throw small spiked balls at all three bros at once which must be jumped over. It can also throw big spiked balls at one bro which must be hammered back, although only the last one will actually damage the Spike since the rest will ricochet off the next one thrown.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Sprite of a Spike from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Spikes appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, where they are enemies and recruitable allies found in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. They are ranged troopers, and attack by throwing Spike Balls at enemies. Their special skill, Throw the Fight, allows them to throw larger Spike Balls at enemies, dealing more damage.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

Spikes reappear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, as enemies and allies in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode. They are ranged troopers, and are strong against both variants of Koopa Troopas and Koopa Paratroopas.

Mario Sports Superstars

A Spike in the catcher position in the baseball mode of Mario Sports Superstars

Spikes, alongside Stone Spikes, make their playable debut in a Super Mario sports game as selectable teammates in Mario Sports Superstars, in the soccer and baseball modes of the game. They are classified as power type characters. A Mega Spike and Mega Stone Spike also appear as bosses in the Road to Superstar mode.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

A spiked roller in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Beep-0 conjectures that whoever had it must have left in a hurry.

Spikes do not appear during the events of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, but there are recurring background elements in Spooky Trails that allude to them, like Spiked Balls and spiked rollers. In addition, one of Luigi's Precision weapons, the Spike Strike, is based on a Spike.

Dr. Mario World

Spikes appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. Their stage mode effect increases the player's base score for every green virus that are eliminated, with the base score increase being greater at higher levels, starting from 50 points at the first level to 200 points at the maximum level. In versus mode, they have a chance to increase the speed that the user's attack meter fills, in which the amount of points is effectively reduced by 20%, rounded down to the nearest round number, and the chance of its activation is 10% at the first level and 50% at the maximum level. Spikes also appear in the overworld for World 2 when it is cleared. A Spike was featured as a patient during Season 3 of the Clinic Events.

Profiles and statistics

Main article: List of Spike profiles and statistics

Super Mario series

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

  • Trading Card description: "Save room for spike balls! Spikes have room in their stomachs for unlimited ammunition. They spew razor-tipper balls at you at any given time. You can kill them by bopping them on the head, but time your jumps carefully or you will get hit. Look out for the blue-colored Spikes—unlike their green counterparts, they spew rock spike balls, aiming downward."

Super Mario Run

  • Notebook bio: "This hardworking turtle has a very small shell. It spits out metal balls that it'll throw at its enemies."
  • Spike Statue: "Spikes may look all cute and innocent, but watch out when they hurl those spiked balls!"


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Spike.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガボン
Possibly from「がぶがぶ」(gabugabu, onomatopoeia for gobbling) and「坊」(bon, an affectionate term for boys)
Chinese 加邦
Transliteration of Japanese name
Dutch Spike -
French Spike
German Spike
Gabon[6] (Yoshi's Story)
Italian Spunzo Cognate with punta (spike) or pungere (to sting)
Korean 가봉
Transliteration of Japanese name
Portuguese Espigão Spike
Russian Спайк
Transcription of English name
Spanish (NOA) Escupicos
Pormanteau of escupir (to spit) and pico (spike)
Spanish (NOE) Spike -


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  2. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127.
  3. ^ Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. Kodansha vol. 41 - Super Mario 64: Yoshi's Story part 1. Page 7Media:YS Manga Enemies.jpg.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Deutsch and French instruction booklet, page 43.
  6. ^ Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater, page 18.