Spike Bass

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Spike Bass

A screenshot of Mario avoiding a Spike Bass in New Super Mario Bros.
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Similar entities
Boss Bass
Puffer Fish

A Spike Bass[1] is an enemy in New Super Mario Bros.. It resembles an oversized, dark red tadpole with a pale underbelly. Spike Bass also has beaming yellow eyes, sharp teeth and spikes all over its body.

Spike Bass only appear in two levels, World 2-A and World 3-C. In it, a Spike Bass jumps out of the water to try and attack Mario or Luigi. Boss Basses behave nearly the same way except Spike Basses do not try to swallow Mario or Luigi. Spike Bass can only jump up to a certain height, and from a height, Mario or Luigi can likely avoid taking damage from them. A Spike Bass can be defeated with a Fireball, a Koopa Shell, a Starman or a Mega Mushroom. After a few seconds, another Spike Bass returns to continue the pursuit. The boss Cheepskipper behaves similarly to a Spike Bass.

Spike Basses do not return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii or any later New Super Mario Bros. series installments. Their behavior of jumping out of the water was instead given to Porcupuffers.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イガプク[2]
Spike Cheep; based on「トゲプク」(Togepuku, Spiny Cheep-Cheep)
German Stachel-Barsch Sting Perch
Italian Spunzo Pesce[3] Spike Fish


  • Spike Bass's Japanese name has the same definition as Spiny Cheep Cheep, but the English name suggests a connection to Boss Bass instead.


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 12.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan bookMedia:NSMB Shogakukan enemy names.jpg
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 114