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Spiny Egg
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Artwork of a Spiny Egg from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Variant of Koopa
Piranha Pod

Spiny Eggs, originally known as Spiny's eggs[1], are the projectiles thrown by Lakitus. 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 would appear to not be an egg at all; 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 eggs debuted in the original Super Mario Bros.. In this game, they were of a more elongated shape than later appearances.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, they look and act identical to their appearance in Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

SMB3 SpinyEgg.gif

Super Mario Bros. 3 included the original red Spiny Egg, colored orange in the Super Mario All-Stars remake, and introduced a green Spiny Egg, which doesn't hatch, but slowly rolls along the ground chasing Mario. The Spiny Eggs in this game were spherical.

Super Mario World[edit]

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In Super Mario World, Spiny Eggs are colored orange, like the Spinies of that game. Along with normal Lakitus, they can be thrown by Fishin' Lakitus and Lakitus found within pipes.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Spiny Eggs are again thrown by Lakitus in Super Mario 64, where like the game's Spinies, they have yellow spikes. In Tiny-Huge Island, they can be thrown into the water, where they will sink and disappear. They reappear in the same capacity in Super Mario 64 DS, now using 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., it is revealed that a Spiny can turn back into a Spiny Egg at will when they touch water, and can float on the surface. However, they do not do this underwater in Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario 64. Lakithunder is capable of throwing ricocheting Spiny Eggs.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Lakitu throwing Spinies.

Spiny Eggs reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, acting the same as in previous games.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

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In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Yoshi can turn Spinies back to their original form, as well as 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, though he's large enough to only use one hand to do so. 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 from New Super Mario Bros. 2

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, they again appear. If Mario touches a Gold Ring, Lakitu will instead throw Coins.

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

Spiny Eggs once again reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, along with a Piranha Plant-based relative species.

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.

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

In Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen, Spiny Eggs appeared twice. The first time was a role as one of the enemies coming out of Mario's TV. The second time was when a Lakitu threw several Spiny Eggs at the trio but it missed then he used rain and a mirror which made them grew into Spinies.

DIC cartoons[edit]

Four Spiny Eggs from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

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]

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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 platforming games[edit]

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island, Yoshi's Woolly World + its remake and Yoshi's Crafted World, Spiny Eggs are thrown by Lakitus, Wall Lakitus, and Aqua Lakitus. In these games, they do not hatch. Instead, they explode, with the various Lakitus gaining a cross-hair to aim, similar to Yoshi with his Eggs. In Yoshi's Story, Lakitus instead throw rocks.

Tetris Attack[edit]


In Tetris Attack, a Lakitu is throwing down a Spiny Egg in a stage background.

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

While not Spiny Eggs per se, similar-looking Eggs are seen in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, where they instead hatch into Spikies, Spikesters, and Oerlikons. The former two are thrown by Lakitus, the latter are knocked down from the ceiling by a Corkpedite.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, Spinies could roll back into Spiny Eggs to attack. They appear in Flower Fields. Lakilester also uses Spiny Eggs in the attacks Spiny Flip and Spiny Surge, although they don't hatch.

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 on any turn to make themselves invulnerable. 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.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

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

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

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

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party Advance[edit]

In Mario Party Advance, Spiny Eggs appeared as obstacles in the mini-game Dreadmill.

Mario Party 7[edit]

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.

Mario Party 8[edit]

In Mario Party 8, they appeared in the mini-games Water Ski Spree, Winner or Dinner and Grabbin' Gold.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Spiny Eggs reappear in Mario Party: Island Tour, Lakitu throws them in the minigame, Pachinko Wizard to eliminate players, some of them appear in the minigame, Deck Hunt, where they reduces the player's coin count upon contact.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Spiny Eggs appear as they do in Super Mario Bros. as part of the Lakitu Assist Trophy.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the Lakitu Assist Trophy reappears, still using Super Mario Bros. graphics. The Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS-exclusive Smash Run features modern 3D Spiny Eggs thrown by Lakitu.

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.

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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パイポ
Toge Tama
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 (Yoshi Touch & Go)
Spanish (NOA) Huevo Picudo Pointy Egg
Spanish (NOE) Huevo Pinchón -
French Pic-Pic Pike-Pike
German Stachi-Ei Spiny Egg
Italian Uovo di Koopistrice
Uovo di Spiny (on Super Mario Bros.' manual)
Spiny Egg
Spiny Egg
Korean 가시돌이알
Gasidori Al
Chinese 刺蛋[3] (New Super Mario Bros.)
Cì Dàn
刺刺蛋[4] (New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe)
Cìcì Dàn
Spike Egg

Spike Egg


  1. ^ "He chases after Mario and drops Spiny's eggs on top of him." - Super Mario Bros. English instruction booklet, pg. 12
  2. ^ Scan of Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Shogakukan Guide Book.
  3. ^ Official video from Chinese website for New Super Mario Bros.. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  4. ^ https://www.nintendoswitch.com.cn/new_super_mario_bros_u_deluxe/pc/stage/index.html