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A Spindel is a type of Thwomp that appeared in Super Mario 64. It is a cylindrical creature made of stone that continuously rolls over the same stretch of territory. It is similar in appearance to Grindels. The name "Spindel" comes from the word spindle, which is the part of a spinning wheel that holds the yarn that is being spun. Spindel also resembles a giant cylinder with a thread of yarn spun around it, but with a face.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
A lone Spindel appears exclusively in the pyramid of Shifting Sand Land, where it can be found rolling back and forth in one section of the pyramid. There is a safe spot where Mario can hide to avoid being squished, though if he does get squished, he loses three sections of his Health Meter.
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