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Spiny Egg
Spiny Egg
Artwork of a Spiny Egg from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Variant of Koopa
Piranha Pod
Spike Ball

Spiny Eggs, originally known as Spiny's eggs,[1] are the projectiles thrown by Lakitus, and a form of the Spiny. Spiny Eggs are small, usually red balls covered in spikes. Once they touch the ground, they turn into normal Spinies. Despite its name, a Spiny Egg does not appear to be a typical egg at all; instead, it seems to simply be a Spiny rolled up into a ball. While in this state, they can be defeated when touched by invincible characters, burned by Fire Mario's fireballs, attacked by Raccoon Mario's or Tanooki Mario's Tail attack, etc.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros.[edit]

SMB Lakitu Throwing Spiny Sprites.gif

Spiny's eggs debuted in the original Super Mario Bros.. In this game, they are more oval-shaped than they are in later appearances. Spiny's eggs demonstrate their basic behaviors in this game--they are thrown directly down from where Lakitu threw them, and on contact with land, turn into Spinies. In the manual, Spiny's eggs are listed separately from Spinies themselves. Lakitu will always throw either one or two Spiny's eggs at a time, depending on what form Mario/Luigi is in: if Mario is Small, he will only throw one egg, but if Mario is Super/Fire, then he will throw two eggs (this corresponds to how many hits Mario must take before losing a life).

Notably, code leftover in the game suggests that Spiny's eggs were meant to move horizontally in the direction Lakitu was flying when he threw them, as well as bounce off of walls. Whether this was deliberately cut or unavailable due to a glitch is unknown.[2]

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Spiny's eggs look and act identical to their appearance in Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Spiny Egg from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario Bros. 3 included the return of the original red Spiny Egg, which is colored orange in the Super Mario All-Stars remake. In addition to the red Spiny Egg, a new green Spiny Egg was introduced, which slowly rolls along the ground chasing Mario and does not hatch. The Spiny Eggs in this game are spherical, as opposed to oval-shaped, which has continued to be their appearance even today.

Super Mario World[edit]

Sprite of a Spiny Egg

In Super Mario World, Spiny Eggs are notably colored orange in all releases of the game, since Spinies in Super Mario World are also orange. In addition, along with normal Lakitus, they can also be thrown by Fishin' Lakitus and Lakitus found within pipes. Like Spinies themselves, Spiny Eggs can be safely Spin Jumped on.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Spiny Egg from Super Mario 64

Spiny Eggs are again thrown by Lakitus in Super Mario 64. Much like the game's Spinies, they have yellow spikes, as opposed to white spikes. On Tiny-Huge Island, they can be thrown into the water, where they will sink and eventually disappear. They reappear in Super Mario 64 DS, following the same rules, in with their current design. If Yoshi eats a Spiny and spits it out, it will bounce around as an egg.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros., Spiny Eggs reappear, with a new property. If a normal Spiny touches water, it will tuck itself back into a Spiny Egg until it exits water. Spiny Eggs float on the surface of the water, and still damage Mario while in the water.

In addition to the standard Spiny eggs, Lakithunder is capable of throwing ricocheting Spiny Eggs that bounce around a few times before it loses momentum, at which point the Spiny Egg will hatch.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

A screenshot of World 2-5 in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Lakitu throwing Spinies.

Spiny Eggs reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, notably retaining their water floating ability from New Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

SMG2 Yoshi Star King Lakitu Battle.png

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Yoshi can turn Spinies back into Spiny Eggs by licking them. Yoshi can then proceed to swallow Spiny Eggs and spit them back out, which can be used as projectiles to hurt enemies or break glass containers. King Lakitu throws them as well during his boss fight, which can be eaten and spat out by Yoshi. Spiny Eggs are also one of the few objects that did not previously appear in Super Mario Galaxy.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

A Spiny Egg in New Super Mario Bros. 2
A Spiny Egg from New Super Mario Bros. 2

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, they reappear. If Mario touches a Gold Ring, Lakitu will throw coins, as opposed to Spiny Eggs, although there is an unusedMedia:Gold Spiny Egg.png golden Spiny Egg variant in the files.

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

Spiny Eggs once again reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, where they function as usual. In addition to these, a Piranha Plant-based relative, the Piranha Pod, makes its debut.

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

SMM SMB Spiny Egg.png

Spiny Eggs reappear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2. When a Spiny is placed in the Underwater level style, the Spiny turns back into a Spiny Egg and begins floating in place. If Mario hits a block while a Spiny Egg is above it, it turns back into a Spiny. In the Super Mario Bros. theme, Spinies have horizontal momentum, unlike in the original game. If a Spiny is given Wings, it will briefly turn into a Spiny Egg as it fires its Spikes, though this is purely visual. A winged Spiny will not retreat into a Spiny Egg if it is within water.

In Super Mario Maker 2, if water in the Jungle theme catches a Spiny, it will immobilize into a Spiny Egg, and remain in that form until it is no longer completely submerged. This occurs even if the water rises into a Spiny Egg, or if the water sinks to beneath a Spiny Egg.

Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen![edit]

In Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen!, Spiny's eggs appear twice. The first time is a role as one of the enemies coming out of Mario's television when he is playing Family Computer at the beginning of the film. The second time is when a Lakitu throws several Spiny's eggs at Mario, Luigi, and Kibidango, but it missed. He uses rain and a mirror to make them grow into big-sized Spinies.

DIC cartoons[edit]

Spiny Eggs
Four Spiny Eggs from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
A green Spiny Egg from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Spiny Eggs briefly appear in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Mario and the Red Baron Koopa", where they are entirely pink, and act more or less like they do in Super Mario Bros.. Later on, a single, green Spiny Egg is thrown by a Lakitu in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Life's Ruff". This Spiny Egg makes a small explosion upon hitting the ground and turning into a normal Spiny.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

Some Spiny Eggs, presumably transported to Dark Land by Wendy O. Koopa (who needs them for use in a potion), appear in Koopa Capers. While exploring a Fortress, Luigi finds a room filled with the eggs and some Ptooie, but he manages to evade them while wondering what they are doing in a dank fortress chamber, instead of being outside.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Yoshi's Safari[edit]

A Spiny Egg from Yoshi's Safari

In Yoshi's Safari, Spiny Eggs appear being dropped from the Lakitu miniboss both before and during its fight in Ghost Mansion, and again during its fight in Bowser's Castle. They are entirely orange in this game.

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its Game Boy Advance version, Spiny Eggs (referred to as "Needlenoses"[3]) are thrown by Lakitus, Wall Lakitus, and Aqua Lakitus. In these games, they do not hatch into Spinies, and instead explode, which can destroy soft rock. The point at which the various Lakitus are throwing Needlenoses is displayed via a crosshair reticle, similar to Yoshi's Egg reticle.

Spiny Eggs appear in both sequels, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island, functioning identically as in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. However, neither game features any Aqua Lakitu, so Spiny Eggs are thrown only by Lakitus and Wall Lakitus.

Tetris Attack[edit]


In Tetris Attack, a Spiny Egg makes a cameo appearance in Lakitu's background, where he is throwing one down.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

Spiny Eggs return in Yoshi's Woolly World and its remake, retaining their same behavior in Yoshi's New Island.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

In Yoshi's Crafted World, Spiny Eggs return, but only the Wall Lakitus return.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake, Spiny Eggs instead turn into Spikies, Spikesters, and Urspikes. The former two are thrown by Lakitus, while the latter are knocked down from the ceiling by a Stompillar.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, Spinies, which appear in Flower Fields, could roll back into Spiny Eggs to attack. Lakitu also throw Spiny Eggs as an attack. Lakilester also uses Spiny Eggs in the attacks Spiny Flip and Spiny Surge, as well as in his fight against Mario under his nickname "Spike".

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Spinies again attack by rolling into Spiny Eggs, and can now roll into eggs to make themselves invulnerable for a turn. They appear in the Glitz Pit. When Sky-Blue Spinies roll back into a Spiny Egg, they turn into "pipes," which are named as such due to mistranslation of the Japanese name, Paipo.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Spiny Eggs act as they do in Super Mario Bros. They are found in the Dotwood Tree, The Overthere, and the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials. They do not have a dark version, as they are absent from The Flopside Pit of 100 Trials

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Spiny Eggs appear only when being thrown by Lakitu in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and as such, only appear on the overworld. Lakitu will endlessly throw them, leading to an infinite supply of Spinies.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Spinies occasionally enter battle in Spiny Eggs.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Sharpeas appear as eggs when thrown by Lakipeas. Regular Spinies and Sharpeas appear as eggs in the remake during the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode whenever using their Spin to Win Special Skill.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, a Shroob-like version is dropped by Lakitufos and hatch into Spiny Shroopas, which also roll up into eggs to attack.

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

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its remake, large golden Spiny Eggs are thrown by Glam Lakitus and Lakitu Kings, though they do not hatch. Regular Spinies once again turn into eggs in the remake's Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode when using their Hit 'em Up Special Skill.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Lakitus and Lakitus R attack by throwing Spiny Eggs at Mario. During the battle with Bowser Jr., the Bros. can throw Spiny Eggs at him if they take his Junior Clown Car.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, both normal and paper versions of Spinies roll into Spiny Eggs to attack.

Mario Party series[edit]

Wario getting flung away in Winner or Dinner from Mario Party 8
Spiny Eggs in the Mario Party 8 minigame Winner or Dinner

In the Mario Party series, Spiny Eggs sometimes appear as obstacles, mostly just in minigames. In Mario Party Advance, Spiny Eggs are obstacles in the mini-game Dreadmill. In Mario Party 7, Spiny Eggs appear in the Coinus Maximus event in Grand Canal. Here, Shy Guys throw both coins and Spiny Eggs to the player, which must be dodged to not lose any coins. In Mario Party 8, they appear as hazards in the mini-games Water Ski Spree, Winner or Dinner, and Grabbin' Gold, briefly stunning whoever touches them. In Mario Party: Island Tour, a Lakitu throws Spiny Eggs in the minigame Pachinko Wizard to eliminate players, and in the minigame Deck Hunt, Spiny Eggs reduce the player's coin count upon contact.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

In Super Princess Peach, they appear again. They are based off of their appearance in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, except they do not display a cursor when targeting Princess Peach. Despite Spinies also appearing in the game, the eggs still explode instead of turning into them.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Spiny Eggs appear as part of the Lakitu Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, reusing their exact sprites from Super Mario Bros. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS's Smash Run mode, the Spiny Eggs, as well as the Lakitu enemy, are modeled in 3D, unlike the Assist Trophy.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

Although Spiny Eggs are not allies in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, they do still make an appearance as the Spiny helper can be evolved into a helper called Lakitu and Spiny Egg through the use of Lakitu Coins. This helper can be evolved again into a helper called Lakitu’s and Spiny Eggs.


Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Instruction booklets
  • Japanese: トゲゾーのタマゴ、踏めない。[4](Spiny's egg, it cannot be stepped on.)
    • 200PTS.
  • English: Eggs of the turtle Spiny, pet of Lakitu. You can't destroy them by jumping on them.[5]
    • 200 PTS.

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Encyclopedia bio: Sharp spheres thrown by Lakitu. These are best to be avoided.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bio: ジュゲムの投げるトゲのついた玉。着地するとトゲゾーになる。[6](A spiked ball that Lakitu throws. When it lands, it becomes a Spiny.)


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Spiny Egg.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パイポ
トゲだま[7] (Yoshi Touch & Go)
Derived from a well-known Japanese folktale called Jugemu, about a boy with an absurdly long name beginning with "Jugemu", which is where Lakitu's name comes from; "Paipo" is one of the later parts of the name.

Spiny Ball
Chinese 刺蛋[8] (New Super Mario Bros.)
Cì Dàn
刺刺蛋[9] (New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe)
Cìcì Dàn
Spike Egg

Spike Egg
Finnish Lukinmuna Harvestman egg
French Pic-Pic
Les œufs de Spiny[10][11] (Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels)
German Stachi-Ei Spiny Egg
Italian Uovo di Koopistrice
Uovo di Spiny[12]
Uovo di Koopistrice verde[13] (Super Mario Bros. 3 green variant)
Spiny Egg
Spiny Egg
Green Spiny Egg
Korean 가시돌이알
Gasidori Al
Spiny Egg
Portuguese (NOA) Ovo com espinhos Egg with spikes
Spanish (NOA) Huevo Picudo Spiny Egg
Spanish (NOE) Huevo Pinchón Spiny Egg


  1. ^ "He chases after Mario and drops Spiny's eggs on top of him." - Super Mario Bros. English instruction booklet, page 12.
  2. ^ TCRF. Super Mario Bros.#Unused Spiny Egg Behavior. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide. Page 17. "Lakitus zip around on clouds while tossing Needlenoses at you."
  4. ^ 「スーパーマリオブラザーズ 取扱説明書」 (Super Mario Bros. Toriatsukai Setsumeisho), page 13.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet. Page 13.
  6. ^ 「スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), Super Mario Bros. section, page 55.
  7. ^ 「キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 17.
  8. ^ Official video from Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.nintendoswitch.com.cn/new_super_mario_bros_u_deluxe/pc/stage/index.html
  10. ^ Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, page 19
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros Encyclopedia , page 27
  12. ^ Italian Super Mario Bros. manual, page 13
  13. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; page 36