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SSBU Spirit Lakitu & Spiny.png
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit image of a Lakitu and Spiny, depicting each character's artwork from New Super Mario Bros.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985, overall)
Itadaki Street DS (2007, Dragon Quest-related media)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (2021, overall)
Fortune Street (2011, Dragon Quest-related media)
Latest portrayal Tadd Morgan (2011-present)
Variant of Koopa

Lakitus are a type of Koopa from the Mario franchise. They often ride around in a cloud, in which they carry several Spiny Eggs with them and throw them at opponents upon sight. It appears alongside Dragon Quest characters in two of the Itadaki Street titles, Itadaki Street DS and Fortune Street, and Slime in Mario Sports Mix. Aside from this, a Lakitu makes a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a spirit, alongside a Spiny.


Itadaki Street series

Itadaki Street DS

Itadaki Street DS screenshot of the Chance Card that summons Lakitu

In Itadaki Street DS, drawing Chance Card #92 summons a Lakitu. It depicts a scene of Small Mario jumping at a Lakitu, directly reusing their appearance from Super Mario Bros.. When summoned, Lakitu proceeds to shut down spaces he passes or lands on for one turn.

Fortune Street

In Fortune Street, like the previous game, drawing Venture Card #92 summons Lakitu, though the card now depicts Lakitu's artwork from New Super Mario Bros.. When summoned, Lakitu travels along the board, forcing all shops it passes by to close for the day.

Mario Sports Mix

Lakitu in Mario Sports Mix, ready to drop a coin as a puck in a hockey match.

Lakitu appears in Mario Sports Mix where it is the referee of the basketball, hockey, and dodgeball matches. It drops the puck in hockey matches during a face-off, and throws the dodgeball or basketball in the air for basketball and dodgeball matches during a tip-off.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Lakitu and Spiny are paired together in an Advanced-class Grab-type primary spirit. When this spirit is equipped, the fighter's weight is reduced, making them faster but easier to launch. In World of Light, the spirit can be found in the Mysterious Dimension sub-world of the Dark Realm. The spirit battle has Iggy and eight tiny red Bowsers as opponents.

General information

Physical appearance

A Lakitu has small eyes and a small nose, wears thick goggles (or glasses), and are usually depicted with three small strands of hair. Lakitus have a ring pattern on their shells rather than the hexagon pattern featured on those of Koopa Troopas and Hammer Bros, and also do not wear any footwear, unlike other Koopas. Lakitu's artwork from New Super Mario Bros. is reused within Fortune Street, on its Venture Card, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a spirit (alongside Spiny, whose artwork is also reused from the game).


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
39 Lakitu & Spiny SSBU Spirit Lakitu & Spiny.png Super Mario Series Primary (3) Advanced Grab
Weight ↓
World of Light (Mysterious Dimension); Spirit Board Iggy, Tiny Bowser ×8
  • Defeat an army of fighters
Mushroom Kingdom Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジュゲム
Derived from a well-known Japanese folktale about a boy with a comically long name beginning with "Jugemu Jugemu"
Chinese (Simplified) 朱盖木
球盖姆 (since Mario Tennis Aces)
Transliteration of the Japanese name. In addition, 球 (qiú) means ball. 朱 (Zhū) is also a common surname.
Chinese (Traditional) 球蓋姆
Transliteration of the Japanese name. In addition, 球 (qiú) means ball.
Dutch Lakitu -
Finnish Lakitu -
French (American) Lakitou Lakitu
French (Europe) Lakitu -
German Lakitu -
Italian Lakitu -
Korean 김수한무
Derived from a story of a famous "strangely long name" in Korea, beginning with "Kim Suhanmu Keobugi wa Durumi" (Kim Never-ending-life Turtle and Crane)
Portuguese Lakitu -
Russian Лакиту
Spanish Lakitu -