Spike Top

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Not to be confused with Spiky Topman.
Spike Top
Spike Top in Super Mario Party
A Spike Top from Super Mario Party
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Variant of Buzzy Beetle
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“See this spike on my back? Without it, I'd just be an ordinary Buzzy Beetle!”
Spiky Joe, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Spike Tops are Buzzy Beetles named for the single spike on top of their red shells, making them resemble a Pickelhaube helmet. Due to their immunity to fire and the feature that makes it unsafe to jump on them, Spike Tops are among the more resilient enemies in the Super Mario franchise. Their defining trait is their ability to crawl along vertical and upside-down surfaces. Despite being a shelled enemy, in the platforming games, any effective method of attack will defeat them instantly instead of having them retreat into their shells.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

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Spike Tops are introduced in Super Mario World, where they are commonly found in Vanilla Dome and crawl around the walls and ceilings of caves. The player can bounce off of them safely with a Spin Jump or with Yoshi. Defeating them with a cape swing in caped form or by having Yoshi spit any other enemy that is not a Koopa Shell at them (possible in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 if Yoshi is ridden by Luigi) yields 100 points, while sand clouds from a Yoshi holding a Yellow Shell (or a Yellow Yoshi with any shell), shells thrown or spat out by Yoshi, and first contact with players rendered invincible by a star rewards 200 points. Spike Tops are distinct from Buzzy Beetles in that their eyes are less obscured and their shells are flatter. Though their artwork depicts them with four legs, their sprite depicts them with six, though this trait would be corrected in their subsequent appearances.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Spike Tops, depicted with their original six-legged sprites from Super Mario World, appear in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. Three appear near the end of the World-e level Ice Dungeon, walking around three floating octagonal platforms. Defeating them via tail whip from Raccoon Mario or Tanooki Mario, a stomp from the Tanooki's statue form, hammers thrown by Hammer Mario, and first contact with players rendered invincible by a Star would give out 100 points.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Fire Mario runs under several Spike Tops in a level in New Super Mario Bros.
Four Spike Tops in 5-2 in New Super Mario Bros.

Spike Tops return in New Super Mario Bros., with the same behavior from Super Mario World, albeit with their current design, that of a proper four-legged red-shelled Buzzy Beetle with a single spike. A Shell, Starman, or Mega Mushroom can defeat them, as can hitting a block one is on. They only appear in World 5-2, World 6-Tower2, and World 8-Tower.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

SpikeTop NSMBWii.png

Spike Tops also appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, mostly in World 2-3. They can be defeated by a Star, Shell, hitting a block from below with the Spike Top on top of it, or Ground Pounding the block with the Spike Top on the bottom. Additionally, Spike Tops can be frozen by ice balls and used as weapons against other enemies.

Through hacking methods, it is also shown that Yoshi can completely eat Spike Tops, as well as safely bounce off of them, a behavior that was later carried over to Super Mario Maker.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Spike Tops reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they act the same as in previous games. They can be defeated with the same methods from the previous games, in addition to swinging Raccoon Mario's tail near them. In the Prima guide, they are referred to as Red Spike Buzzy[1] (similar to the Red Spike Tops in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door). They appear in World 2-3, World 6-1 and World Flower-A.

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

Spike Tops reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. They behave exactly as in the previous games, and they may be eaten by any Baby Yoshi. However, they are invincible to Bubble Baby Yoshi bubbles. They appear in Stoneslide Tower, Thrilling Spine Coaster, Shifting-Floor Cave, and Rising Tides of Lava.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

A blue Spike Top from Super Mario Maker.
A blue Spike Top.
A blue Spike Top, in Super Mario Maker.

Spike Tops reappear in Super Mario Maker, its Nintendo 3DS version and Super Mario Maker 2, using the same behaviors as in previous games. They can be used in the four original styles, but are absent from Super Mario 3D World. They receive new sprites for their Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 appearances. A blue-shelled variant typically with cyan skin additionally appears, and crawls much faster than its red counterpart. Applying wings to one will have it fly in a straight line, similarly to a Para-Beetle, except it will cause damage if stood on without a Goomba's Shoe or Yoshi. If a Spike Top is crawling on a slope or a One-Way Wall, it can be defeated by stomping any area other than its back, given proper timing.

Nintendo Adventures Books[edit]

A swarm of Spike Tops appears to attack Mario and Yoshi in Dinosaur Dilemma of Nintendo Adventure Books, throwing themselves at the plumber and dinosaur as they are traveling through a desert. Depending on how the reader solves the accompanying puzzle, either Yoshi will eat all the Spike Tops, or one will succeed in knocking Mario out for several hours, allowing Bowser to easily conquer Dinosaur Island.

Mario Clash[edit]

In Mario Clash, Spike Tops are named Spike.[2][3] Introduced in the first level, they can be defeated by throwing a Turtle Shell at them.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

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In Paper Mario, Spike Tops appear as enemies in Mt. Lavalava. They are much more like Buzzy Beetles in that they can be flipped over, are resistant to fire and explosion attacks, and attack by Shell Tossing. Uniquely to this game, Spike Tops sport "angry" eyebrows, as well as having a yellow shell trim and nails. Spike Tops also appear in Toad Town Tunnels, but only in battle with Dark Koopas.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Spike Top from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Spike Tops usually have blue shells, though a red-shelled variant known as a Red Spike Top (also called an R. S. Buzzy, likely standing for "Red Spike Buzzy") also appears in Glitzville. The blue Spike Tops can be found in Creepy Steeple alongside Buzzy Beetles. Additionally, a winged variant called the Spiky Parabuzzy makes its debut in this game. Stomping it if the Spike Shield badge is equipped causes it to lose its wings and turns it into a Spike Top. All these species also make an appearance in the Pit of 100 Trials.

The American version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door mistakenly claims that the Defense stat for the red version of Spike Tops as being 5 instead of 4. This mistake was not present in the Japanese version and was corrected in the European version.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Blue-shelled Spike Tops make a reappearance in Super Paper Mario. Due to this game being more of a 2D or 3D side-scrolling adventure and not a turn-based RPG, they have the same attack patterns as in the 2D Super Mario games.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Spike Tops reappear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, this time with their original red coloration and eye color from Super Mario World and the New Super Mario Bros. series. Spike Tops appear in Rustle Burrow, Holey Thicket, Chomp Ruins and Rumble Volcano. Once again, they cannot be stomped on unless using an Iron Jump sticker or if they are crumpled. Using an normal Jump sticker will cost Mario 3 HP even a First Strike as a jump. They can retreat in their shells if Mario uses a Iron Jump sticker. Their only method of attack is going into their shell and ramming into Mario and if Mario does not block this attack, he will not only take full damage but there is also a small chance that he may get dizzy. Also, a sticker based on the Spike Tops' shell called the Spike Helmet can be used. In its artwork it shows that Spike Tops have a nervous face but in the game they have a mad face much like the Spinies do. In this game Spike Tops have much more HP like most enemies do. They are very common in Chomp Ruins since they fight in groups of 4 or 5.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Spike Top sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash.
Spike Top sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash

Spike Tops return in Paper Mario: Color Splash with the same appearance they had in the previous game. They are found in Redpepper Volcano and Redpepper Crater.

In battle, they can attack Mario by transforming into a shell and flying towards him. They can also retreat into their shell during their turn or if they are stomped on with an Iron Jump, after which they can be sent towards other enemies with another Iron Jump or a KO Hammer. Ally Spike Tops summoned via Enemy Cards use a Shell Shot attack, damaging all grounded enemies for 22 damage and making them dizzy. Both ally and enemy Spike Tops are immune to fire and jump attacks due to their shell.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Spike Top from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
An origami Spike Top

Spike Tops return in Paper Mario: The Origami King, sporting the same appearance as in Color Splash. This time, however, they have an origami variant that antagonizes Mario.

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Mario Family[edit]

A design of a Spike Top from Mario Family.
A Spike Top in Mario Family

A Spike Top is one of the sewing designs in Mario Family.

WarioWare series[edit]

Spike Top from the Mario Clash microgame Spike Top from the Mario Clash microgame
A Spike Top sprite in the Mario Clash microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (left) and WarioWare Gold (right)

Spike Tops only appear in two of 9-Volt's microgames. In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! and WarioWare Gold, Spike Tops appear as the enemy in level 1 of the Mario Clash microgame. In WarioWare: Get It Together! Spike Tops appear in level 2 of the Super Mario World microgame.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

A Mecha-Spike Top from Super Princess Peach.

In Super Princess Peach, Spike Tops return as "Mecha-Spike Tops"[4]. Despite this new name, the Spike Tops of Super Princess Peach do not appear to be mechanical, merely looking no different than Spike Tops of other games. Super Princess Peach also introduces an angry variety, the M. M-Spike Top, which can stretch out its spike to attack foes. They can only be defeated by using Rage or Poundbrella.

Mario Party series[edit]

Spike Tops only make a cameo appearance in two minigames within the Mario Party series. In Mario Party: Island Tour, Spike Top is among the constellations that can appear in Starring Artist. In Super Mario Party, it is possible for a Spike Top to be one of the guesses in Absent Minded.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

SmashWiki article: Spike Top

Spike Tops appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as enemies in Smash Run. They seem to look and behave as they do in the New Super Mario Bros. series. They slowly walk around a platform and each of its edges. They have low health and do not attack, but they deal damage to any player that comes into contact with them.

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

Sprite of a Spike Top from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey.

Spike Tops make their debut in the Mario & Luigi series in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, as allies and enemies.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

トゲメット (JP) / Spike Top (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
種族しゅぞく カメ族 Tribe Turtle clan
性格せいかく がんこ Disposition Stubborn
登場とうじょうゲーム ワールド Game appearances World
壁づたいに歩いてくるぞ!

背中に1本大きなトゲを持ったカメ。踏みつぶせないし、段差があってもどんどん乗り越えてくる。ヨッシーかマントを持ってないときは、とび越えるしかない。[5]

They're walking along the wall!

A turtle with one big spike on its back. You can't step on it and it keeps climbing over the steps. If you don't have Yoshi or a Cape, you have to jump over them.

Mario Clash[edit]

  • Instruction Booklet bio: If you throw a shell at him, you can knock him off. He is the weakest of your enemies.[6]

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Spike Top
Battle idle animation of a Spike Top from Paper Mario Max HP 4 Attack 3 Defense 4 (standing), 0 (flipped)
Role Common Type Ground, Top-Spiky (standing), Ground (flipped) Level 17
Strong Fire, Explosion (standing), None (flipped) Weak None Moves Shell Toss (3), Stand Up
Sleep? 60%, -1 Dizzy? 75%, 1 Shock? 75%, 0
Shrink? 75%, 0 Stop? 90%, 0 Fright? 60% (standing); 0% (flipped)
Air Lift? 70% Hurricane? 65% Coins 1 + 2-3
Items Super Soda Run 18 Location(s) Mt. Lavalava, Toad Town Tunnels
Tattle This is Spike Top. Spike Tops have spikes on top. Duh! Max HP: 4, Attack Power: 3, Defense Power: 4 They're tough, just like Buzzy Beetles, and fire attacks don't affect 'em at all. But their defense power drops if you can flip 'em over.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Spike Top
Spike Top from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Max HP 5 Attack 3 Defense 4
Location(s) Creepy Steeple Role Common Level 17
Sleep? 75% Dizzy? 75% Confuse? 75%
Tiny? 90% Stop? 90% Soft? 95%
Burn? 0% Freeze? 75% Fright? 60%
Gale Force? 30% KO? 95% Moves Shell Toss (3), Get Up (Stops Being Flipped)
Exp. points 0 Coins 1 - 3 Items Slow Shroom
Tattle Log #:
32
Log This Buzzy has high defense and a pointy spike on its shell. You'll take damage if you stomp on it.
Tattle That's a Spike Top. It's a Buzzy Beetle with a spike on its back. Max HP is 5, Attack is 3, and Defense is 4. Like other Buzzies, fire and explosions have absolutely no effect on it. But, you can flip it over to drop its Defense to 0! I'm sure you know this already, but try not to jump on it. That spike hurts.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
R. S. Buzzy
Red Spike Top from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Max HP 5 Attack 3 Defense 4
Location(s) Glitz Pit Role Common Level 17
Sleep? 75% Dizzy? 75% Confuse? 75%
Tiny? 90% Stop? 90% Soft? 95%
Burn? 0% Freeze? 75% Fright? 60%
Gale Force? 30% KO? 95% Moves Shell Toss (3)
Exp. points 0 Coins 1 - 2 Items None
Tattle Log #:
35
Log The sturdiest of all the Buzzy Beetles, a Red Spike Top is impervious to fire and explosions. Plus, the spike on its back protects it from being flipped over.
Tattle That's a Red Spike Top. It's the most well protected of the Buzzy Beetle species. Max HP is 5, Attack is 3, and Defense is a whopping 4. Yup... This guy is HARD! It has really high Defense, and fire and explosions don't hurt it at all. If we can just find a way to flip it over, its underside has Defense of 0... And that spike... What a pain! There's gotta be a way to flip it over...

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario enemy
Spike Top
Sprite of a Spike Top from Super Paper Mario. Max HP 1 Role Common Location(s) Floro Caverns (5-3 and 5-4), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Room 37)
Attack 2 Card type Common
Defense 3 Items Card location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Score 300
Card description A Buzzy Beetle that's spiked out and ready to go. Try to control your urge to stomp on it.
  List of Catch Cards  
  17      18      19  
Tattle This is a Spike Top. It's a Buzzy Beetle with...well, a spike on top of its shell... Max HP is 1, Attack is 2, and Defense is 3. Even flames won't scorch its hard shell... On top of that, it has a spike. What can we do about this prickly foe...? Throw something at it or use an item... That spike can cause a painful poke... I suggest you just leave it be...

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star enemy
Spike Top
Spike Top PMSS.png Max HP 13 Role Common Location(s) Rustle Burrow, Holey Thicket, Chomp Ruins, Rumble Volcano, Bowser's Sky Castle
Attack 6 Stickers N/A
Defense 1 Moves Shell Toss (6)

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
Spike Top
Spike Top sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash. HP 22 Type Spiny, Shelled Role Common Card
Strong Jump, Fire Weak POW Block Card drop rate 5
A Spike Top card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Moves Attack (16), Shell Retreat (acts as if stomped on), Stomped-on Attack (32), Line Attack (16), Group Attack (16), Blowback Attack (16)
Location(s) Redpepper Volcano, Redpepper Crater
Quotes Usual: "Look who grew a spike!" ~ "I'm basically invincible!" ~ "Only got one spike. Only need one." ~ "Jumps welcome."
Shell: "It's cozy in here..." ~ "I'm a shell of my former self..."
Flipped: "Well, this is awkward..." ~ "Don't threaten me!"
Enemy class
ENEMY_RANDAM_1_5
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 10 Red paint 39 Yellow paint 10 Blue paint 0 Orange paint 0 Green paint 0 Purple paint 0

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Spike Top
An origami Spike Top from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 34 Moves Location(s)
Type Spiked, Shelled Shell Shot (?), Group Shell Shot (?), Skewer (?) Ice Vellumental Mountain, Shangri-Spa
Role Common
Item drops Mushroom
Notable for their large spike. They're not fun to step on, so do yourself a favor and pull out the ol' hammer.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

  • Trading Card description: "These tough-shelled enemies get right to the point. Spike Tops tend to quietly creep around on the walls. They have an indestructible shell with a fierce spike jutting out of the middle. Don't try to jump on Spike Tops, their shell is lethal and un-stompable. However, you can knock them out with star power or a powerful ground-pound."

Card Number: 32

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Trophy
Spike Top
SpikeTopTrophy3DS.png
Category: Enemy
How to unlock:
Random
These turtles come from the Super Mario series and have one big spike on their backs. Their eyes glow from beneath the edge of their shells, watching you as they approach. In Smash Run, they crawl along walls, floors, and the ceiling. They aren't bothered by projectiles, so you'll have to find other ways to defeat them. (American English)
With a massive spike on its back, glowing little eyes peering out from under its shell, and the way it walks along walls and ceilings, this turtle foe from the Super Mario series is pretty creepy. In Smash Run, just touching it will hurt you, and its shell protects it from projectiles. You'll either have to attack it directly or throw it. (British English)

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

  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: Their backs are well protected by sharp spikes and a solid shell. Try to dispel their spike attacks as much as possible.

Gallery[edit]

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

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲメット
Togemetto
From「棘」(toge, "spike") and「メット」(Metto, "Buzzy Beetle"); officially romanized as "Togemet". May also reference「トゲゾー」(Togezō, "Spiny").

Chinese (simplified) 刺壳甲虫[7]
Cì Ké Jiǎchóng
尖刺钢盔龟 (since Super Mario Maker 2)
Jiāncì Gāngkuīguī
Spiky-shelled Beetle

Sharp Point Buzzy Beetle


Chinese (traditional) 尖刺鋼盔龜
Jiāncì Gāngkuīguī
Sharp Point Buzzy Beetle

Dutch Spike Top
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French Picos
From picot ("li'l spike") and slang suffix -os
German Pickelkäfer
Pickel-Käfer
Pointed Buzzy Beetle
Italian Punginella
Pungimatic(Super Princess Peach)
Spunzo Top[8]
Portmanteau of pungi ("sting") and Nella ("Buzzy Beetle")
Spike Top-matic
Spike Top
Korean 가시하잉바
Gasi Haingba
Spike Buzzy Beetle

Portuguese (NOE) Pico
Spike
Russian Пикожук
Pikozhuk
Portmanteau of пика (pika, "sting") and Каскожук (Kaskozhuk, "Buzzy Beetle")

Spanish Punzón
Meaning "awl"; also likely a pun on Pinchón ("Spiny") and punzante ("stinging") or punzar ("to prick")

References[edit]

  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick. New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 29.
  2. ^ Mario Clash English back cover.
  3. ^ Mario Clash English instruction booklet, page 20.
  4. ^ Super Princess Peach Glossary
  5. ^ 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 125.
  6. ^ Mario Clash English instruction booklet. Page 20.
  7. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba (Simplified Chinese). Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  8. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii - Album ufficiale, pag. 11