Dry Bones

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Dry Bones
Dry Bones MKWii artwork.png
Mario Kart Wii artwork
Franchise Mario
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988, overall)
Mario Party 8 (2007, Wii software)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (2021, overall)
Mario Party 9 (2012, Wii software)
Variant of Koopa Troopa

Dry Bones is a skeletal counterpart of Koopa Troopa that appears in several Mario titles for the Wii. Dry Bones first appear in the Nintendo Entertainment System title Super Mario Bros. 3, and their first appearance in a Wii title is Mario Party 8.


Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 8[edit]

In Mario Party 8, Dry Bones is one of the playable characters. He is also a playable enemy along with Boo, who is his partner. Dry Bones is available from the start of Mario Party 8.

Mario Party 9[edit]

In Mario Party 9, instead of being a playable character, a Dry Bones is the mini-boss of Boo's Horror Castle. He is summoned by Bowser to aid King Boo in defeating Mario and the gang. The boss minigame Dry Bones is featured in is called Deck Dry Bones. Here, Dry Bones leaps from platform to platform. Players can damage him by picking cards that have the same pattern as the platform Dry Bones is on. Dry Bones cards also appear, selecting these cards will cause Dry Bones to attack the player that does so. Regular Dry Bones also appear in the minigame, Ruins Rumble, where they and the player's opponents must be defeated to win it. Dry Bones also appear in the minigame, Smash Compactor, where they raise the compactor after each round. During the introduction of this minigame, a Dry Bones may also appear on top of the compactor.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Dry Bones, once again, reappear as enemies. When stomped, they will collapse, but then soon rebuild themselves, like they normally do. Dry Bones attacks by throwing bones at the player. Here in Super Paper Mario, Dry Bones are encountered in The Underwhere and the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials. A sub-species of Dry Bones, Dull Bones and its new sub-species, the Dark Dull Bones also appear in the game. Dark Dull Bones are encountered in the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials, and are stronger than Dull Bones, much like how most other dark enemies appear to be stronger than their counterparts.

Mario Strikers Charged[edit]

In Mario Strikers Charged, Dry Bones are a playable sidekick. They have 10 points movement, 3 points passing, 3 points shooting and 10 points defense. While being classified as a defensive player, Dry Bones' strengths are speed and defense, meaning it can react quickly and run fast towards the ball. Its defense is Tackling opponents fiercely to knock them off for a short time. However, like the defensive captains, Dry Bones shows that he has bad passing skills and power as to kick the Football (it is really a soccer ball) immediately on its maximum power. Dry Bones' Skillshot is the Shocker. After charging the ball completely, Dry Bones electrifies the ball, making the rival's Goalkeeper or even another competitor unable to move and react briefly for another slot. When evading an opponent attack while having the ball, Dry Bones can turn around and disappear, making him also invincible, capable of passing hazardous obstacles, such as Power-Up items dropped on the field or dodging the Goalkeeper's moves. However, Dry Bones cannot use his capabilities to pass through an Electric Fence. If he does do so, Dry Bones will be electrocuted, causing him to lose control of the ball.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy, Dry Bones can only be found in the Dusty Dune Galaxy, Bowser's Dark Matter Plant, and the last Bowser galaxy in the game where the final fight takes place, Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. Dry Bones walk on two feet, even though they are quadruped (having four feet) in the game, unlike Koopas. At first, Dry Bones just walk around the planet they are inhabiting. However, when Mario/Luigi gets close to one, it will jump into the air after noticing them and will give chase. Dry Bones can be jumped on, Spun, or be knocked by a thrown Green Shell to destroy them for a couple seconds, however, they rebuild themselves shortly after. Dry Bones nearly cannot be defeated. The only way to defeat a Dry Bones in Super Mario Galaxy is by touching them while under the effects of the Rainbow Star, destroying them by luring them a Bullet Bill into them, or luring them into Quicksand or Lava. They give three Star Bits when defeated. However, if Mario or Luigi bump into a Dry Bones, they will lose on wedge of health from their Health Meter, causing the enemies to laugh, much like a Boo would.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Dry Bones appear as enemies of fortresses and castles (they appear in nearly every or every fortress and castle in the game). All they really do is walk back and forth on platforms. They are nearly invincible enemies. Dry Bones is invulnerable to fireballs from a Fire Flower. A Dry Bones can be frozen temporarily if Ice Mario (or another playable character) shoots an ice ball at them, trapping them into an Ice Block. The character can then defeat Dry Bones by throwing it at a wall. Alternatively, a Dry Bones can also be defeated if a character either touches the Dry Bones while under the effect of the Super Star, uses a POW Block, or throws a Koopa Shell at the Dry Bones. Jumping on Dry Bones does not defeat it but breaks it for a couple seconds, after which it rebuilds itself.

Super Dry Bones, a rare variant of regular Dry Bones, also make an appearance. They behave just like Dry Bones only larger and having a deeper voice. Unlike Dry Bones, a Super Dry Bones must be Ground Pounded in order for it to break.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Dry Bones reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, and act similar as in Super Mario Galaxy. However, Dry Bones can no longer be dropped into Quicksand or Lava, the former of which does not make a returning appearance. Dry Bones cannot be entirely defeated, although they can still break apart for a few seconds by using a jump or spin attack on them. Dry Bones appear in Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla, Bowser's Lava Lair, Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet, Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker, Bowser's Galaxy Generator and in the Slipsand Galaxy.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Dry Bones appear as referees, although they do not assume this role in the Nintendo DS version.

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Dry Bones appear as rivals. Three of them are with Dry Bowser as the final rivals of Festival Mode in the event, Ice Hockey, on the last day. Dry Bowser is the goalie while the three Dry Bones are the field players. Also in Team Festival Mode, they appear without Dry Bowser in the event, Curling, and have four Dry Bones instead of three.

In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Dry Bones is the rival of Table Tennis in London Party, and late, in Dream Hurdles. When the player defeats it, they will win a sticker. Dry Bones is also one of the characters that can be spoken to.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Dry Bones have their own sticker and trophy. The Sticker is [Aura]-Attack +17 and is only usable by Lucario, despite Dry Bones being from the Mario franchise and not the Pokémon franchise.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

In Mario Kart Wii, Dry Bones is a small character. He can be unlocked by earning a 1st place gold trophy in Leaf Cup in 100cc. Because Dry Bones is a lightweight (small) character, he has a low top speed but good acceleration and and off-road ability. Each of the character's Karts (and probably Bikes) are colored in gray and black. Dry Bones gets a small acceleration and drift bonus, but its best bonus its Mini-Turbo. This enables Bikes and Karts used by small characters to perform slightly stronger Mini-Turbos after a drift with Dry Bones.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

In Mario Super Sluggers, Dry Bones is a playable character, along with Green Dry Bones, Blue Dry Bones and their variant Dark Bones. While they all resemble have different colors, these four Dry Bones have slightly different stats. They have the same abilities and hold their gloves/bats in the same hands. Dry Bones have good chemistry with Bowser, Koopa Troopa, and the Mii, depending on the color. They tend to have bad chemistry with Luigi.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

In Mario Sports Mix, Dry Bones appear on the stage, Ghoulish Galleon. They are sometimes hidden in boxes, and stun players who come in contact with them. Dry Bones are also usable as a shield.

List of Wii appearances[edit]

Title Year of release Role
Mario Party 8 2007 Playable character
Super Paper Mario 2007 Enemy
Mario Strikers Charged 2007 Playable character
Super Mario Galaxy 2007 Enemy
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 2007 Featured as referees
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Trophy and sticker cameo
Mario Super Sluggers 2008 Playable character
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games 2009 Rival
New Super Mario Bros. Wii 2009 Enemy
Super Mario Galaxy 2 2010 Enemy
Mario Sports Mix 2010 Course hazard
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games 2011 Rival
Mario Party 9 2012 Mid-boss


  • In Mario Super Sluggers, Dry Bones is the only team player with alternate colors, who pitches with its left hand.
  • Their ability to rebuild themselves has been occasionally borrowed by the Stalfos enemies of the The Legend of Zelda series.