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Spiked roller
A spiked roller in Spike's Lost City of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
A spiked roller, thrown by a Spike in Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest appearance Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022)

Spiked rollers[1] are spiky, cylindrical obstacles encountered in the Super Mario franchise. Typically, they roll forwards, and Mario has to jump over them to avoid taking damage. As of Super Mario 3D World, spiked rollers are chiefly thrown by Spike, who, prior to its first 3D platformer outing, had only thrown Spike Balls up until this point.


Super Mario series

Super Mario 3D Land

Special 3-4
Spiked rollers in Special 3-4 of Super Mario 3D Land

Spiked rollers mark their debut in Super Mario 3D Land. They automatically roll back and forth along the ground, though they are occasionally swung by chains, giving them vertical movement. If Mario or Luigi make contact with a spiked roller in their Statue forms, it breaks and releases several coins.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

A Spike Bar in World Castle-4 of Super Mario 3D World
Two spiked rollers rotating on an axis like Spike Bars in Boiling Blue Bully Belt.

Spiked rollers reappear in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. In Spike's Lost City, some spiked rollers roll perpetually on pendulum platforms. In Spooky Seasick Wreck and Gigantic Seasick Wreck, spiked rollers move gently back and forth with the swaying of the large boats. In Red-Hot Run, some spiked rollers move back and forth on their own, while the others rotate in the air as groups of four, around a fixed axis. In Boiling Blue Bully Belt and Broken Blue Bully Belt, groups of two or four spiked rollers rotate in the air around a fixed axis, either horizontally or vertically, similar to Spike Bars. In Footlight Lane, many individual spiked rollers roll around circular invisible platforms, in a portion of the level after the Checkpoint Flag. The last group of spiked rollers must be navigated to reach a Green Star Ring and collect the second Green Star of the level. In The Bowser Express and Champion's Road, several spiked rollers swing back and forth on chains.

Spikes attack by producing spiked rollers and throwing them forward, which roll down the path in front of them. All spiked roller varieties can be destroyed by characters if they assume an invincible state, which includes the Lucky Cat, Invincible, White Tanooki, or White Cat forms.

A Cat Spike in Bowser's Fury
A Cat Spike holding a spiked roller

In Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Cat Spikes throw spiked rollers identically to normal Spikes during the "So Close Yet So Far" mission of Trickity Tower. After this mission is completed, if Mario leaves the area and returns, the Cat Spikes will permanently disappear from the area.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Spiked rollers appear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports, once again thrown by Spike, although only in the level Windup Stairs.

Mario Party: Star Rush

In Mario Party: Star Rush, Spikes produce spiked rollers in Roller Revenge.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Beep-0 observing a giant spiked roller in Spooky Trails
A spiked roller in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

A spiked roller can be found at Underwater Village, a location in Spooky Trails from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It is stuck between some plants grown away from the main path. Beep-0 notes that whoever owned the spiked roller left the area quickly, claiming this to be "an ominous sign". The weapons Spike Strike and Big Spike are designed after spiked rollers, though their description refers to them as Skewers.

Mario Tennis Aces

In Mario Tennis Aces, Spike produces a spiked roller and uses it to hit the tennis ball in his Special Shot.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

In Paper Mario: The Origami King, some spiked rollers can be seen in the Spike's quarters alongside some Spike Balls in Bowser's Castle.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲローラー[2]
Toge Rōrā
Spiked Roller

Dutch Spijkerzuil (Mario Party: Star Rush)
Puntige roller (LEGO Super Mario)
Spike pillar (shared with Skewer)
Spiky roller
French Rouleau à piques[3]
German Stachelwalze
Spike Roller
Italian Rullo pungente
Pilastro Spino[4]
Prickly roller
Spike Pillar
Portuguese Rolo com espigões
Roller with spikes
Romanian Rolă cu țepi[5]
Reel with spikes
Russian Шипованными бревно
Shipovannnymi brevno
Spiked log

Spanish Rodillo con pinchos
Roller with spikes


  1. ^ Profile for Spike in Mario Party: Star Rush. "Spikes use their immense strength to hurl spiked rollers that are even bigger than they are!"
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook. Pages 186, 225, and 233.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Pages 225 and 233.
  5. ^ Set de extindere Provocarea de pe nor al Marelui Spike. (Romanian). Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived November 29, 2022, 22:09:52 UTC via Wayback Machine.)

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