Spike Top

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Not to be confused with Spiky Topman.
Spike Top
The Spike Top.png
A Spike Top from New Super Mario Bros..
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Species origin Buzzy Beetle
Notable members
Torque
Spiky Joe
Tiny Spinies

Spike Tops are Buzzy Beetles with shells that are red and have a single spike projecting out of the top (hence the name), making them impossible to be jumped upon, while still being resistant to fire but are still able to be frozen, which makes them one of the most resilient enemies in the Mario series. Their defining trait is the adhesive quality of their feet, which allows them to crawl along vertical and upside-down surfaces. Despite being a shelled enemy, in the platforming games, any effective method of attack will defeat them instantly instead of having them retreat into their shells.

History

Super Mario series

Super Mario World

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Spike Top's debut appearance was in Super Mario World, where they would crawl around walls and ceilings of caves. They could only be destroyed by a Cape Feather, Shell, Starman, or by having Yoshi eat them. If Yoshi jumped on one, it wouldn't do anything to either Yoshi or the Spike Top. They are distinct from Buzzy Beetles in that their eyes are visible and their shells are flatter. Instead of having 4 legs like they do in all of their later appearances, in this game they have 6 legs.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

Spike Tops appear in the e-Reader levels of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, a Game Boy Advance remake of Super Mario Bros. 3. In the game they attack just like they did in Super Mario World.

New Super Mario Bros.

Several Spike Tops in 5-2 in New Super Mario Bros.

They return once again in New Super Mario Bros., with the same attack pattern from Super Mario World. A Shell, Starman, or Mega Mushroom could defeat them, as could hitting a block one is on. They only appear in World 5-2, World 6-Tower 2, and World 8-Tower.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

A marching Spike Top
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They also appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, mostly in World 2-3. They can be defeated by a Starman, Shell, hitting a block from below with the Spike Top on top of the block, or Ground Pounding the block with the Spike Top on the bottom. Additionally, Spike Tops can be frozen by ice balls, and used as weapons against other enemies.

Through hacking methods, it is also shown that Yoshi can completely eat Spike Tops, and safely jump on them (not affecting the Spike Top though) as well.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Spike Tops reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they act the same as in previous games. They can be defeated with the same methods in the previous games and also by swinging Raccoon Mario's tail near them. They are incorrectly referred to as "Red Spike Buzzy" (their name in the Paper Mario series) in Prima's strategy guide due to their similar appearances.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Spike Tops Reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. They behave exactly as in the previous games, and they may be eaten by any Baby Yoshi. However, they are invincible to Bubble Baby Yoshi bubbles.

Nintendo Adventures Books

A swarm of Spike Tops appear to attack Mario and Yoshi in Dinosaur Dilemma of the Nintendo Adventure Books, throwing themselves at the plumber and dinosaur as they are traveling through a desert. Depending on how the reader solves the accompanying puzzle, Yoshi will either eat all the Spike Tops, or one will succeed in knocking Mario out for several hours, allowing Bowser to easily conquer Dinosaur Island.

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario

In Paper Mario, Spike Tops appear as enemies in Mt. Lavalava. They are much more like Buzzy Beeltes in that they can be flipped over, are resistant to fire and explosion attacks, and attack by Shell Tossing.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the Spike Tops have blue shells instead of red and also appear alongside Red Spike Buzzies, a sub-species of Buzzy Beetles that strongly resemble the Spike Tops' original appearance.

Super Paper Mario

Blue-shelled Spike Tops make a reappearance in Super Paper Mario. Due to this game being more of a 2D or 3D side-scrolling adventure and not a turn-based RPG they have the same attack patterns as in the regular installments of the Super Mario series.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Spike Tops reappear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, this time having a red shell for the first time since the first game. Spike Tops appear in Rustle Burrow and Chomp Ruins. Once again, they cannot be stomped on unless using an Iron Jump sticker. They can retreat in their shells if Mario uses a Iron Jump sticker. Their only method of attack is going into their shell and ramming into Mario. Also, a sticker based on the Spike Tops' shell called the Spike Helmet can be used.

Super Princess Peach

In Super Princess Peach, a sub-species of Spike Top appears called the Mecha-Spike Top. Despite the name, the Mecha-Spike Tops don't look much different from a Spike Top apart from appearing more metal-like.

Official Profiles and Statistics

Paper Mario Enemy
Spike Top
SpikeTop PM.png
Max HP 4
Attack 3
Defense 4
Location(s) Mt. Lavalava


Moves Shell Toss (3), Get Up (Stops Being Flipped)
Tattle
This is Spike Top. Spike Tops have spikes on top. Duh!

They're tough, just like Buzzy Beetles, and fire attacks don't affect 'em at all. But their defense power drops if you can flip 'em over.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Spike Top
PaperSpikeTop.png
Max HP 5
Attack 3
Defense 4
Location(s) Creepy Steeple, Riverside Station, Pit of 100 Trials
Log This Buzzy has high defense and a pointy spike on its shell. You'll take damage if you stomp on it.
Items Slow Shroom
Moves Shell Toss (3), Get Up (Stops Being Flipped)
Tattle
That's a Spike Top. It's a Buzzy Beetle with a spike on its back. Like other Buzzies, fire and explosions have absolutely no effect on it. But, you can flip it over to drop its Defense to 0! I'm sure you know this already, but try not to jump on it. That spike hurts.
Bestiary
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Super Paper Mario Enemy
Spike Top
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Max HP 1
Attack 2
Defense 3
Location(s) Land of the Cragnons (Floro Caverns (5-3)), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Room 37)
Card Type Common
Card Description
A Buzzy Beetle that's spiked out and ready to go. Try to control your urge to stomp on it.
Tattle
This is a Spike Top. It's a Buzzy Beetle with...well, a spike on top of its shell... Max HP is 1, Attack is 2, and Defense is 3. Even flames won't scorch its hard shell... On top of that, it has a spike. What can we do about this prickly foe...? Throw something at it or use an item... That spike can cause a painful poke... I suggest you just leave it be...
List of Catch Cards
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Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy
Spike Top
SpiketopPMSS.png
Max HP 13
Attack 6
Defense 1
Location(s) Rustle Burrow, Holey Thicket, Chomp Ruins
Moves Shell Toss (6)

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲメット
Togemetto
Thorn Helmet (It is probably a combination of the Japanese names for Spiny [「トゲゾー」 Togezō] and Buzzy Beetle [「メット」 Metto]).
French Picos Pun on picot (needle, spike)
German Pickelkäfer Pick Beetle
Italian Punginella (most games)
Pungimatic (Super Princess Peach)
Combination of pungere (to sting) and nella (Buzzy Beetle)
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Korean 가시하잉바
Gasi Haingba
Thorn Fibre. it is probably a combination of the Korean names for Spiny and Buzzy Beetle.
Portuguese Pico A not-so common word for "spike".
Spanish Punzón Awl