Spike Eel

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Spike Eel
A Spike Eel from Super Mario 3D Land
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Variant of Maw-Ray

Spike Eels[1] are enemies found in Super Mario 3D Land. They are magenta colored eels with purple spikes on their back and three big yellow spikes on their head, that slightly resemble hair. They have a big mouth, a white lip and a single sharp tooth.

A Spike Eel in World 7-1.

Spike Eels appear only in underwater tropical levels, notably in World 3-2, World 7-1 and Special 2-2. They stay in holes and swim in Mario's way, like Maw-Rays and Gringills. They take 15 hits to defeat with the Fire Flower or Boomerang Flower, but can be defeated in a single hit with invincibility or by transforming into Statue Mario and crushing them. They can also be attacked from the front or behind. Their tails are also spiked.

Although Spike Eels do not appear in Super Mario Odyssey, they appeared in concept artwork for the Seaside Kingdom.[2]

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 3D Land Utsubo Utsubo Romanization of「ウツボ」(moray eel)
Also the Japanese name of Maw-Ray, which otherwise usually goes by the internal filename "moray"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲトゲウオ[3]
Togetoge Uo
Portmanteau of「トゲトゲ」(togetoge, spiky) and「魚」(uo, fish)
Chinese 尖刺鱼[4]
Jiān Cì Yǘ
Sharp Spike Fish
German Dornenaal From "dornen" (thorn) and "aal" (eel)
Italian Anguillo Spino Spike Eel; anguillo come from anguilla (eel) with the male suffix -o
Portuguese Peixe-Espinho Spike-Fish
Spanish (NOE) Peciespino


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 14.
  2. ^ The Art of Super Mario Odyssey, page 228
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section, page 181.
  4. ^ https://www.ique.com/3ds/arej/screenshot/index.html