Fish Bone

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Fish Bone

Artwork of a Fishbone from New Super Mario Bros. U
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (2021)
Variant of Cheep Cheep
Jean de Fillet

Fish Bones[1][2][3][4] (alternatively spelled Fishbones (mainly in earlier appearances),[5][6] or also alternatively named Wet Bones)[7][8] are a skeleton variant of Cheep-Cheeps who debuted in Super Mario World, and subsequent later games as well.


Super Mario series

Super Mario World

Fishbones are found in the submerged Vanilla Fortress and the underwater room of Bowser's Castle. They are the only strictly aquatic dungeon enemies in the game, though terrestrial enemies are also found underwater in these levels. Their behavior is simple, traveling in straight lines across the screen in a jerky, darting motion, usually in small groups. Fishbones can be defeated by Cape Mario or Cape Luigi's spin attack, but only in the Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 release, and are otherwise invincible.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Fishbones appear in various water levels in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. When a Fishbone detects one of the characters, it will lock on to them (as their eyes turn red) then launch themselves in the direction of the character. If it misses, it will crash and break apart in a similar manner to that of Dry Bones. However, once they break apart, they are permanently defeated. They even break apart if they hit another Fishbone. But if the player jumps out of the water, the Fishbone will cease its rampage towards the player. In dark caverns, their eyes light up, although the illuminated area around them is much smaller than that provided by Bulbers and thus far less useful. They are referred to as Wet Bones in the Prima Games guide. A method for dodging a Fishbone is to walk on the floor of the water's level and then duck once spotted. The Fishbone's eyes will turn from red to green and no longer chase the player. Fishbones appear in the World 4 Castle and the World 5 Ghost House. Also, in the battle against Wendy O. Koopa in the World 4 Castle, various Fishbones can be seen swimming in a water tank in the background.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Fishbones reappear in various castles and fortresses in New Super Mario Bros. 2 where they keep their design from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They act like they did in previous installments.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Fish Bones reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, having the same role from previous installments. They appear in water levels.

Mario Kart series

Fish Bones make their first Mario Kart appearance in Mario Kart 7 and take their design from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are found in Wario Shipyard, where they swim in schools or sometimes alone. If any drivers collide into Fishbones, the former will be pushed back.

Fish Bones also appear in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the underwater section of Twisted Mansion. Unlike in Mario Kart 7, drivers cannot interact with them.

Super Mario World television series

Yoshi using a Fishbone to cut a log in the Super Mario World episode "The Wheel Thing".

Fishbones, though never referred to as such, made several small appearances in the Super Mario World cartoon.

A Fishbone first appeared in the episode "The Wheel Thing", where one is used by Yoshi to cut a log into wheels to be used in Mario's car factory. In "The Night Before Cave Christmas", both Mario and Oogtar use a Fishbone to cut-down several Christmas trees.

In "Rock TV" and "Mama Luigi", two extremely large Fishbones are shown to be decorations in Bowser's throne room.

Super Mario Adventures

In the Super Mario Adventures comic, Fishbones, along with several other creatures such as Urchins and Porcu-Puffers, are shown to act as guards/obstacles in the moat surrounding the Koopalings' tower.

Mario Bros. (Super Mario Advance)

Fishbones, known as "Fish Skeletons", are a useless item that Mario sometimes receives after being thrown in the trash can in the Mario Bros. battle mode of the Super Mario Advance series.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Fishbones make another appearance in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story during the battle with Junker. When Mario and Luigi manage to defeat a Junker Can, a Fishbone may attempt to attack the plumbers. It attacks by orbiting around one of the two and eventually ramming them, though it can be stopped by counterattacking with the hammer before it does.

Mario Party 9

The Mario Party debut for Fish Bones (not counting their cameo in Mario Party 4) is in Mario Party 9. They appear once again with their New Super Mario Bros. Wii appearance. Fish Bones only appear during the Blooper Beach Captain Event; when the player lands on an Unlucky Space on this part of the board, a group of Fish Bones attacks them and steals five of their ten Mini Stars.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Fish Bones make an appearance in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They appear in Jungle Rapids, leaping in the water and attempting to destroy the raft Mario uses to cross through the river. They can be removed using the hammer.

See also

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フィッシュボーン
French (American) Poissonos Pun on Poisson (fish) and Os (bone)
French (Europe) Ossec Drybone
Italian Skelopesce (Mario Games)
Pesce Lisca (Fishing AR minigame).
From the English "skeleton" and "pesce", meaning "fish".
"Pesce" means "fish" and "lisca", "fishbone".
Portuguese Espinhas (Brazil) Spines
Spanish Pezueso Pun on pez (fish) and hueso (bone). Literally "fishbone".


A Fishbone from the 3DS's Augmented Reality Games.


  1. ^ Nintendo 3DS Augmented Reality Games
  2. ^ As stated in the New Super Mario Bros. 2 Prima Guide
  3. ^ Mario Kart 7 Internal Filename
  4. ^ Mario Party 9 in-game name
  5. ^ Super Mario World in-game name
  6. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World Prima Guide
  7. ^ As stated in the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Prima Guide
  8. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii Internal Filename (PAL)

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