Spike Top is an enemy first appearing in Super Mario World and appeared in New Super Mario Bros., Super Princess Peach, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. These Buzzy Beetle variants grip the surface of blocks and march across a series of blocks, with a spike atop their heads to injure Mario. They cannot be defeated by a fireball, which can usually exterminate an enemy, but they can be knocked off the stage if Mario knocks the block the Spike Top is above.


Super Mario World

Spike Tops debuted in cave areas in Super Mario World. Yoshi can eat them. They climb up walls and often come in groups. If they are jumped on, Mario will take damage.

New Super Mario Bros.

They appeared in New Super Mario Bros. acting like they did in Super Mario World. Some would climb on brick blocks, and if the player hit the block they would be defeated.

New Super Mario Bros Wii.

They reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and act just as they did in the previous games.

Paper Mario series

Spike Tops in the Paper Mario series vary in appearance. In Paper Mario, Spike Tops are red, while in later Paper Mario games, they are blue. A para-version of the Spike Top is featured in the later Paper Mario games as well. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a group of red Spike Tops appear as a fighting group in the Glitz Pit.

Super Mario Maker


In Super Mario Maker, the blue Spike Top returns, but only if you grab the item/enemy of the Red Spike Top and shake it. This will give the normal Spike Top a blue color and boost its speed. This is the same with Super Mario Maker 2, just press the normal Spike Top for a while to change it.



  • In the early Paper Mario series, Spike Tops had blue shells instead of red. However, there are other related species of Spike Tops named Red Spike Tops.