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Model from Super Mario 64 DS
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Grindel

A Spindel[1] is a type of Grindel that appears in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. It is a cylindrical creature made of stone that continuously rolls over the same stretch of territory. Its name comes from "spindle," which is the part of a spinning wheel that holds the yarn that is being spun. A Spindel also resembles a giant cylinder with a thread of yarn spun around it but with a face. 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, Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario can hide to avoid being squished, though if one of them does get squished, he loses three wedges from his Power Meter.

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

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


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドングル
Portmanteau of「ドン」(don, onomatopoeia for colliding) and「グルグル」(guru-guru, onomatopoeia for spinning); also follows the format of「ドンカク」(Donkaku, "Grindel")

German Walzen-Walter
From walzen ("to roll") and the male given name "Walter"
Italian Spindel[2]


  1. ^ Pelland, Scott, and Dan Owsen (1996). Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 12.
  2. ^ 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 978-8893674362. Page 86.