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Mario battling Thornies in Mario Clash.

Thorny[1] is a spiked turtle enemy in Mario Clash. They walk left and right on the stage, much like Shellcreepers. Mario can defeat them by throwing a Turtle Shell at them from their sides to stun them first. He can either hit them with a shell again or kick them to finish them off. If he hits them in the face, they change directions.

Official artwork

In their artwork, they resemble a dark green-skinned Spiny with a single row of three retractable spikes on their black shells. In the game, however, they look the same as Spikes, just with darker colors and two extra spikes.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ツノゾー[2]
A combination of「角」(tsuno, horned) and「トゲゾー」(Togezō, Spiny)


  1. ^ Mario Clash English instruction booklet, page 20.
  2. ^ Mario Clash Japanese instruction booklet, page 18.