Bony Beetle
A Bony Beetle from New Super Mario Bros. U.
First Game Super Mario World (1990)
Appearances Paper Mario
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
New Super Mario Bros. U
Located Ludwig von Koopa's castle; Bowser's Castle
Rumble Volcano
Leader Bowser
Related Buzzy Beetle
Dry Bones
Attacks Sticking their spikes out
Defeated by Cape Feather; Starman

Bony Beetles are skeleton version of Buzzy Beetle that first appears in Super Mario World. They later appear in Paper Mario, and then New Super Mario Bros. U.


Bony Beetle

A Bony Beetle from Super Mario World (top)
and from Paper Mario (bottom)

Super Mario World

Similar to Dry Bones and how they are skeletal Koopas, Bony Beetles are skeletal Buzzy Beetles. These enemies, found within Ludwig von Koopa's castle, are immune to fire-based attacks as well as possess the ability to unleash spikes at Mario or Luigi.

Paper Mario

In Paper Mario, Bony Beetles make a reappearance within the dark cave-like tunnels within the lower levels of Bowser's Castle. During battle, Bony Beetles bring out their spikes every time they are hit by a jump or hammer attack; the opposite if they already have their spikes out when hit.

Battle Statistics

Bony Beetle's Stats (Paper Mario)
Max HP 8
Attack 3
Defense 4
  • Shell Toss
  • Spikey Slam
Tattle Information It's a Bony Beetle. They're bony Buzzy Beetles. ...Hence the name. It's tough to damage 'em. When their spikes are out, their attack power is 5. When they retract their spikes, take the opportunity to flip 'em over. After that, beating 'em will be a breeze.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Bony Beetles return again in this game, except that they hide their spikes for a short period of time.then after a while they emerge from theit shell.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Bony Beetles only appear in the level Rumble Volcano. They attack Mario with the Shell Toss move. They will always act like spiked enemies even sticking out their spikes as soon Mario makes a Jump attack. They must be taken down with any non-Jump stickers.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

Bony Beetles also appear in the World-e of the Super Mario Advance 4 version of Super Mario Bros. 3, and they behave just as they did in Super Mario World.