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Pokey
Pokey, New Super Mario Bros. U
A Pokey from New Super Mario Bros. U.
First Game Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
Appearances Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario World
Super Mario 64
New Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Galaxy
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros. 2
New Super Mario Bros. U
Homeland Subcon
Mushroom Kingdom
Located Subcon
Dry Dry Desert
Leader Bowser
Tower Power Pokey
Subspecies Bramball
Cactus Jack
Dark Pokey
Needlenose
Poison Pokey
Pokey Mummy
Skellokey
Toothy
Affiliates Punkey the Pokey Prince
Attacks Touching Mario or Luigi.
Defeated by Yoshi licking him in.

Pokeys are cactus-like creatures that are commonly found throughout the Mario series as recurring enemies. Pokeys, like Shy Guys and Bob-ombs, originate from the non-Mario game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, which later became Super Mario Bros. 2.

Appearance

Pokeys are tall, yellow creatures with numerous green spikes festooning their bodies. They are made up of several round balls combined together to form a wiggly structure. The spikes around its body act as defense against predators. Well known for a having a flower growing on their head, it is commonly shown to be growing off to the side, with spikes prominently covering the top of their head.

Method of Attack

Pokeys are very slow but nonetheless, they try to chase Mario and attack him. If Mario touches one anywhere on its body, it will poke him with a spike and Mario will be hurt.

Appearances

Super Mario Bros. 2

Pokeys first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2. In this game, Pokeys were green and could be defeated by throwing objects at their body segments. This is one of the few games that jumping on their head does not injure the player.

Super Mario World

Pokeys reappeared in Super Mario World after their absence from Super Mario Bros. 3. This time, Pokeys were yellow and could not be defeated in the same way as in Super Mario Bros. 2. Throwing a Shell or Block at them would defeat them all at once. Mario and Luigi could also defeat a Pokey by sliding up or down a hill at the cactus. Another option was to defeat them with Yoshi, who could eat their body segments one at a time. The number of body segments present depends on if Mario has Yoshi or not. If he does, Pokeys have five body segments. Without Yoshi, Pokeys only have three segments so that Mario can jump over them. They only appear in a Special World level (Groovy) and Yoshi's Island 4 in a secret area.

Super Mario Sunshine

Pokeys reappear in Super Mario Sunshine in Bianco Hills. The come out of flowers around the area. They are similar to Pokey Sprouts, as they are smaller versions.

Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS

Pokeys appear in Super Mario 64 and are only found in the Shifting Sand Land level. Pokeys are defeated by having all of the sections of their body punched away by Mario until only the head remains. Once Mario punches the head, it will defeat the Pokey and leave behind a Blue Coin.

New Super Mario Bros.

Pokeys appear in New Super Mario Bros. with their Super Mario Sunshine appearance, although they only appear in World 2-1. In this game, a Pokey can only be defeated by shooting fireballs at its body segments, rolling over it with Shell Mario, or by crushing the cactus monster as Mega Mario. If they are hit in the head, they get defeated instantly. Without these power-ups, Mario must attempt to jump over the Pokeys. Some Pokeys have over ten body segments, requiring Mario to use special platforms to jump over these tall creatures.

The Mummipokey, an undead Pokey, appears as the boss of World 2.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Pokeys appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, although this time, they have spikes on their heads instead of a flower and remain in this appearance ever since, like in the predecessor, they only appear in one level, that level being World 2-5. In this game, Yoshi can eat them one section at a time, as in Super Mario World, but eating the head defeats them instantly. Fire Flowers again are effective, and the Ice Flower can freeze them. At every vocal "bah" in the music, Pokeys will turn into an alternate non-spiked form, making each body segment resemble an orange. Yoshi can eat an entire Pokey instantly in this form, and if he does so, he will lay an egg with a power-up insides, depending on how many segments the pokey had: 1-3 segments will give the player 3 coins, 4 segments will give the player a Super Mushroom, 5-6 segments give a Fire Flower, and 7 or more gives a 1-Up Mushroom. However, even in their non-spiked form, Mario still cannot safely jump on them, while Yoshi still bounces off them.

Super Mario 3D Land

Pokeys are seen in desert or canyon areas in Super Mario 3D Land, where they usually appear in groups of two or five. They look as they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. To destroy them, Mario can hit them with a Super Star or use his Boomerang, Fire, or Tanooki forms to knock out one segment at a time; however, Mario can't jump on them without becoming Statue Mario because they are spiky.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Pokeys reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, behaving the same way as in the previous games, except they do not turn into their non-spiked fruit-like forms like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, since Yoshi does not appear in the game.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Pokeys reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. They are found in Perilous Pokey Cave and once again turn into their fruit segments. Pokeys have the ability to stand on the ceiling without falling off. Also, Mega Pokeys appear in Morton Koopa Jr.'s battle, who uses his hammer to knock segments into Mario's path.

Super Mario 3D World

No normal Pokeys appear in Super Mario 3D World. However, a variant known as Snow Pokeys appears instead.

Mario Kart series

In the Mario Kart series, these Pokeys reoccur a few times.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Pokeys only appear in one course. Dry Dry Desert. They are creatures which will cause you to slip out if you hit them.

Mario Kart DS

In Mario Kart DS the Pokeys also appear in the course Desert Hills doing the same thing to you. When you hit them, you get knocked over.

Mario Kart Wii

In Mario Kart Wii the Pokeys appear in the Dry Dry Ruins course and also in the retro course, Desert Hills, for the Nintendo DS. The effect on the character when hitting the Pokey is also the same as the previous two. Shells and Bob-ombs will defeat them temporarily.

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario

There are many Pokeys around in the deserts of Paper Mario. They follow Mario when they see him, and may prove a challenging adversary. Another species of Pokey, Mummy Pokey, appears in Tutankoopa's tomb.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Both types of Pokeys return in this game (Pokey Mummny's name is now changed to Poison Pokey). Aside from the Pit of 100 Trials, regular Pokeys are only seen in the Glitz Pit and Poison Pokeys are only seen at Riverside Station.

Super Paper Mario

Both Pokeys once again return in Super Paper Mario. Regular ones are found in the Gap of Craig and the Poison ones are found in Castle Bleck. They act the same by launching their body segments from its distance trying to damage Mario and company.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Regular Pokeys are seen in World 2 of Paper Mario: Sticker Star. An extreamly large version of a Pokey appears at the end as the World's main boss. This Pokey has a massive 300 HP and requires the Bat Thing sticker to easily take it down. There is also green Pokeys that appear on certain levels of World 2. The biggest difference they have from the regular yellow Pokeys is that the green Pokeys do not have spikes.

Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Pokeys live in the Gritzy Desert. They start out as Pokey Heads with pink flowers, but when engaged in battle, a Pokey grows additional body segments. In battle, a Pokey rams into a Mario brother to attack. The body segments can be knocked away with the Hammer. This makes the Pokey shorter (allowing the Mario Bros. to jump over it). The Pokey can also launch its body segments at the Mario Bros. To counter this attack, the Baby Bros. should hit the body segments with their Hammers. The Pokey jumps normally when hitting Mario and spins once when hitting Luigi. A Pokey can also spin its body and shoot spines at the Mario Bros. The Pokey spins the individual body part to the brother it will attack. The brothers have to jump to dodge them. In this game, only attacks to the head can damage a Pokey. Pokeys in this game use their Super Mario Sunshine appearance. The Skellokey, a new sub-species of Pokeys, also appears in the game.

Pokey's Stats
HP 56
POW 66
DEF 55
Speed 54
EXP 36
Coins 10

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Pokeys appear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in Doop Doop Dunes. While they don't initially appear on Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario's first visit, they begin to show up on their second visit. On their first visit, however, a Big Pokey appears as a boss alongside Paper Tower Power Pokey.

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