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This article is about the group of enemies in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. For the organization they work for, see X-Nauts (organization).
The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
PMTTYD X-Naut Sprite.png
Location(s) The Great Tree, X-Naut Fortress
Max HP 4
Attack 3
Defense 0
Moves Ground Pound (3), Tackle (3), Potion (Huge)
Items Dizzy Dial, Fire Flower, Honey Syrup (drop only), Maple Syrup (drop only), POW Block (drop only), Stopwatch, Super Shroom, Volt Shroom (drop only), HP Plus
Coins 1 - 2
Log A foot soldier that uses potions and attacks by ramming. This X-Naut is the lowest of Grodus's underlings.
Misc. stats
Level 13
Exp. points 0
Sleep? 90%
Dizzy? 90%
Confuse? 90%
Tiny? 95%
Burn? 100%
Freeze? 80%
Stop? 90%
Soft? 95%
Fright? 100%
Gale Force? 80%
KO? 95%

That's an X-Naut. Says here it's classified as an "enemy combatant." That description stinks... You think it means they're just low-level foot soldiers? Max HP is 4, Attack is 3, and Defense is 0. They drink these potions that make them all big and burly...then they attack! One's easy, but if there's two or more, better watch out! Use special moves and items!

“You rang, dude? I mean, sir? You rang, Sir Grodus, dude? Grodus? Sir Grodus, sir?”
X-Naut, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

X-Nauts (originally known as Boomer Gangers[1]) are soldiers that work for Sir Grodus and Lord Crump of the X-Nauts; they all appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The name X-Naut could be a reference to the game of noughts and crosses, also known as tic-tac-toe. They are short and individually weak, but rush to defend their leader, Lord Crump, if he is threatened. It is unknown what is behind their uniform, as they do not show their true appearance, just like a Shy Guy.

In battle, they attack by charging into Mario or jumping on top of him. They can also use potions to heal each other or make themselves huge; increasing their Attack. They also appear in Bowser's platforming levels, where they attack by charging at Bowser if they spot him.

Several X-Nauts were encountered in the Great Tree as they and Crump searched for the Emerald Star. The surviving X-Nauts were forced to retreat when Crump was defeated. During the boss battle with Lord Crump in Keelhaul Key, a platoon of X-Nauts helped him. Also, some were encountered in the X-Naut Fortress, including X-Naut PhD's and Elite X-Nauts. At least four X-Nauts aside from Crump survived, and are shown in the ending sequence: A regular X-Naut soldier, an X-Naut PhD, and two Elite X-Nauts.

An X-Naut uniform.

A large army of X-Nauts (exceeding any count of X-Nauts seen in the Great Tree or X-Naut Fortress) is often summoned by Lord Crump. When Mario defeated Crump the first time, he summoned the X-Nauts (which included a regular X-Naut named Johnson) to attack Mario, but they accidentally attacked Crump instead while Mario and Goombella escaped. Later, on Keelhaul Key, Crump brought the army of X-Nauts with him on a battleship to attack Mario and take the Sapphire Star back from him. They fought against the Toads and Cortez's Embers, and eventually Crump called them in to assist him in the fight against Mario, but when Crump was defeated, he and the army retreated. Shortly afterward, when Crump encountered Bowser and Kammy Koopa in Twilight Town, Crump summoned the army of X-Nauts again. Bowser and Kammy retaliated by summoning various members of the Koopa Troop (Hammer Bros., Koopatrols, and Magikoopas). Crump threw a Superbombomb at them, but as it was broken it didn't work. Bowser set it off with his fiery breath, destroying both armies (though Bowser, Kammy, and Crump survived).

In recent years, X-Nauts have (according to Super Paper Mario) been featured in two sci-fi TV shows: Starship X-Naut and The Grodus Chronicles (the latter of which is only known to have featured one X-Naut whose lover had dumped him). There have been many seasons of Starship X-Naut, and the show is a favorite of geeks such as Francis. Apparently, he favors people who would dump somebody over a conversation about the propulsion system of the X-Nauts' spaceship on the show. An X-Naut made a cameo appearance on the Nintendo Monopoly board.

Varieties of X-Nauts[edit]

  • X-Naut troopers are the lesser X-Nauts, also the weakest. These types of X-Nauts are field troops and the lowest of Grodus' underlings. When led by high-ranking commanders, such as Lord Crump, they can use more attacks.
  • Elite X-Nauts
  • X-Naut PhDs

Notable X-Nauts[edit]

X-Naut platoon stats[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
X-Naut platoon
PMTTYD X-Naut Platoon.png Max HP 6 (first round), 10 (second round) Attack 5 (Decreases as HP is lost) Defense 0 Location(s) Keelhaul Key
Sleep? 0% Dizzy? 0% Confuse? 0% Tiny? 0%
Stop? 0% Soft? 0% Burn? 0% Freeze? 0%
Fright? 0% Gale Force? 0% KO? 0% Moves Team Body Slam (5), Individual Fall (1x5), Ceiling Forks (4, both characters), Combined Roll (5, both characters)
Level 0 Exp. points 0 Coins N/A Items None
Log N/A
Tattle That's an X-Naut platoon. Crump commands them all. Where'd they come from? Their Max HP depends on their condition, but Attack is 5 and Defense is 0. They're gonna come at us with coordinated group maneuvers, I'm sure. ...But they're pretty wimpy, so we should be able to handle it, don'tcha think?

Similar to a Fuzzy Horde, Goombella can use Tattle on the X-Naut platoon, but it will not be recorded in her Tattle Log, instead using the same entry as an ordinary X-Naut in this case.

Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese ぐんだんいん
Spanish Soldado X Soldier X
French Cruxitroufion Portmanteau of "cruxi-" (a prefix referring to a cross) and "troufion" (low-ranked soldier)
German Fußsoldat Foot soldier
Italian Executore X-ecutioner

X-Naut platoon[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese たいぐんぐんだんいん
Taigun Gundan'in
Trooper Horde
Spanish (NOE) Ejército X X Army
French Mégatroupe Mega Troop (from "Mégacruxis")
German Soldateska Band of Soldiers
Italian Forze Incrociate X-Nauts Forces ("Incrociate" is the organization's Italian name)


  • Due to the lack of voice acting in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the pronunciation of "X-Naut" is unknown. It may be pronounced like the letter "X", which is supported by Goombella's tattles using the article "an". However, it can also be pronounced "cross", as suggested by Goombella's tattle on X-Yux. If it is indeed pronounced "cross," it may be a play on noughts and crosses, an alternative name for tic-tac-toe.
  • In Super Paper Mario, there is a Sammer Guy by the name of Laughing X-Naut.