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Sprite of a Toothy from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)
Variant of Pokey
Mario about to Hammer a Toothy.
Mario about to hammer a Toothy

Toothies are Pokeys made entirely out of teeth that are found in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. These enemies are encountered in Plack Beach. They attack by charging at the player one to three times. If they have no body, they summon a Blue Virus with a spear in their mouth and have it charge at the player. If Bowser is in a battle with a Toothy, the virus will jump en route. He simply has to use his punch on the Blue Virus in midair when it come close to him. If Mario and Luigi are in a battle with a Toothy, its charge attack is deflected with the hammer. If it spits out a Blue Virus, the virus will either stay idle or hop. If it stays idle the Mario Bros. must jump, but if it hops as it pulls its spear out, Mario and Luigi must not jump. In addition getting hit could result in getting the Poison status effect. Toothies can also rebuild their bodies. Dealing damage to their bodies does not cause damage, however dealing damage to the head will. With one Hammer swing or Bowser's punch, the player can wipe out the entire body, leaving the head stuck in the ground. If Bowser inhales the teeth that make up Toothy's body, he can increase his defense and also make the Toothy vulnerable, as it can no longer rebuild its body. Bowser's flame will not do any damage or take out a Toothy's body.

Bowser can use the Vacuum Block to inhale a Blitty from a Toothy after visiting Broque Monsieur's shop for the first time.

Toothies reappear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, where they also appear in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode as enemies. They are melee troopers, and are weak to boomerang attacks from Boomerang Bros. and Wendy. In the Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story mode of the game, they take 0 damage upon getting hit with a First Strike on either using Bowser's punch or the Bros.' hammers, as the strike will be redirected towards their body. Bowser's flame now makes them take normal damage rather than 0 (aside from the First Strike itself).

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story enemy
Toothy HP 27 (41) POW 30 (75) DEF 42 (63) SPEED 12 (18) Coins 5 (8)
Level 10 Fire Normal Burn? Normal Battled by Anyone Location(s) Plack Beach
Dizzy? Normal Stat down? Normal KO? Normal Experience 18 Item drop Hot Drumstick - 30%
TNT Drumstick - 20%
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.

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

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey enemy
Sprite of a Toothy from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey HP: 24 POW: 52 DEF: 18 SPEED: 12 Experience: 18
Fire: Normal Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Anyone Coins: 5
Burn: 1x Dizzy: 1x Stat down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item drop: Hot Drumstick - 30%
Fiery Drumstick - 20%
Level:           2 Location(s): Plack Beach
  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: They bear a strong resemblance to Pokeys and share their weakness to boomerang attacks.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハガサンボン
Pun on「歯が3本」(ha ga san-bon, three pieces of teeth) and「サンボ」(Sanbo, Pokey)
French (NOA) Totémail Possibly a portmanteau of "totem" and "émail" (enamel)
French (NOE) Pokenotte From "Pokey" and "quenotte" (tooth)
German Karies-Pokey Caries Pokey
Italian Dentabruco From "dente" (tooth) and "Marghibruco" (Pokey's Italian name)
Spanish (NOA) Dentudo Toothy
Spanish (NOE) Trimuelito From "tri-" (a prefix for "three") and diminutive of "muela" (tooth)


  • If Bowser uses Shy Guy Squad, Magikoopa Mob, or Broggy Bonker on a Toothy if it still has its body or if Bowser uses a First Strike (in the original game only), the Toothy will take normal damage, and not 0.
  • Outside of battle, Toothies can charge into Bowser to engage a battle while Toothies can spit a virus to chase Mario and Luigi temporarily before disappearing. The virus can be whacked with a hammer to prevent a battle from starting. Other methods will start a battle.
  • In the remake, Toothies are the only big enemies that still attack Mario & Luigi in the overworld.