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A Spindel from Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

A Spindel[1] 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.

Enemies with similar functions to Spindels, called Rhomps, appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Spindels as they appear in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS.
Spindels as they appear in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS.
Spindels as they appear in Super Mario 64 and 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.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

A Spindel in the pyramid in Super Mario-Kun.

A Spindel appears in volume 16 of the Super Mario-Kun manga. It tries squashing Mario and the Bob-omb Buddy accompanying him, but fails and crashes.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドングル
Portmanteau of「ドン」(don, colliding or thudding sound) and「グルグル」(guruguru, spinning or rolling noise)
German Walzen-Walter From Walze (barrel) and the name Walter
Italian Spindel[2] -


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, pages 12 & 71
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 86