Created By: Octagon8 on June 4, 2011 Last Edited By: Octagon8 on June 26, 2011
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Ballistic Bone

Bones used as projectiles.

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Bones flung as projectiles. Bone projectiles are extremely commonly thrown by skeletons. In most cases the launchers never run out of bones. Brings up the question whether the creatures use own bones, the bones of others, or just bone-like things they somehow create or summon. Usually Stock Femur Bones. A subtrope of Abnormal Ammo. Compare Bad with the Bone, Throwing Your Sword Always Works.

Examples of bone projectiles and their launchers:

Anime and Manga
  • Kimimaro from Naruto can use the bones in his body as weapons, including his fingertips as bullet like projectiles.

Comic Books
  • In the third X-Men movie, Marrow regrew bone spikes which she then used as thrown weapons. She typically is more of a Bad with the Bone fighter, but she throws them from time to time as well.
    • A very minor X-Men villain named Spyne also had the power to hurl regenerating bones from his skeleton.
    • * In re X3, there was some fellow who pursued Wolverine through the forest at one point. Some bone spikes were thrown during pursuit, and after that two others were used in melee combat, leaving a pair of holes in Wolverine's shirt.

Tabletop RPG
  • Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer #7 article "Villains Finish First!". One of the sample villains, Horror, could rip off one of his bony fingers and hurl it like a dart.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Early editions had a couple of magical bones usable as ranged weapons.
      • When thrown at an opponent, the Bone of Bruising continuously attacked, doing minor damage and distracting the opponent.
      • If the Bone of Turning was thrown at and hit an undead, it acted as a a turning attempt by a 15th level cleric/priest.
    • Module A4 In The Dungeons of The Slave Lords. The PCs could find a skull which could be thrown at opponents.
  • Stormbringer supplement Demon Magic, adventure "Sorcerer's Isle". More than 2,000 wraiths guard the pile of treasure in the cave. If the PCs use one of their hybzee demons to try to steal the treasure, the wraiths will throw bones at it to drive it away.

Live Action Movies

Video Games
  • Dry Bones from the Mario series do this in some games.
  • Castlevania skeletons.
  • The more advanced skeleton enemies of La-Mulana can throw these.
  • Some skull-type enemies of Cave Story shoot them. As well, you fight the True Final Boss of the game on a floor made of bones. In the first two parts of the fight, he frequently performs a Ground Pound which sends out a shock wave of bones capable of hurting you. In the third part of the fight, he drops flaming skulls on you.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Some Stalfos throw bones.
  • Egoboo has Bone Thrower Ulnas.
  • In the Clonk pack 'Metal and Magic', the mystic can launch these using power drawn from an animal skull.
  • Eternal Daughter skeletons.
  • Battle for Wesnoth's advanced skeleton archers shoot arrows made of their victims' bones.
  • Hydra Castle Labyrinth skeletons.
  • Pokémon: Cubone and Marowak.
  • In Dwarf Fortress, you can make ammunition out of bone.
  • Some necromancers in World of Warcraft have spells with a projectile that looks like a bone.
  • In Baroque you can find many items, a part being bones with different effect and throwing them by hand is option.
  • The roguelike Dungeon Crawl used to have a spell called Bone Shards that turned wielded skeletons into blasts of bone fragments. It's been removed now because the damage wasn't worth the trouble of getting and wielding a skeleton.
  • Gargoyles in Blood throw sharp bones when they aren't raking you with talons.
  • The Diablo 2 Necromancer class can, possibly among other spells, attack with a "Bonespear" and shoot teeth.
  • The skeletons in Nitemare 3D, presumably.

Web Original
  • SCP Foundation: SCP 154 is a pair of bracelets. When worn, they create an ethereal bow if the wearer is standing in a bow-holding pose. Pulling back and releasing the string fires the user's forearm bones as a projectile. They regenerate instantly, but it still hurts like hell.
Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • June 4, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Pokemon has Marowak and his Bonemerang

    Also Kimmimaro from Naruto. He can use the bones in his body as weapons, including his fingertips as bullet like projectiles.
  • June 4, 2011
    Ekuran
    Perhaps you can expand this to "bone weapons" in general?
  • June 4, 2011
    PkMARIO
  • June 4, 2011
    Octagon8
    Yes, it's related to Bad With The Bone (and that trope is what Ekuran is looking for), but Bad With The Bone seems to be more about bones being wielded than about bones launched like bullets, arrows or rocks.
  • June 4, 2011
    KTera
    In Dwarf Fortress, you can make ammunition out of bone.
  • June 4, 2011
    Ekuran
    ^^/^^^ Ah. Never mind then.
  • June 5, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer #7 article "Villains Finish First!". One of the sample villains, Horror, could rip off one of his bony fingers and hurl it like a dart.
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Early editions had a couple of magical bones usable as ranged weapons.
        • When thrown at an opponent, the Bone of Bruising continuously attacked, doing minor damage and distracting the opponent.
        • If the Bone of Turning was thrown at and hit an undead, it acted as a a turning attempt by a 15th level cleric/priest.
      • Module A4 In The Dungeons of The Slave Lords. The PCs could find a skull which could be thrown at opponents.
    • Stormbringer supplement Demon Magic, adventure "Sorcerer's Isle". More than 2,000 wraiths guard the pile of treasure in the cave. If the PCs use one of their hybzee demons to try to steal the treasure, the wraiths will throw bones at it to drive it away.
  • June 5, 2011
    WackyPancake
    Dry Bones from the Mario series do this in some games (Not all though).
  • June 6, 2011
    c0ry
    I believe that in the third X Men movie, there was a mutant who regrew bone spikes which he then used as thrown weapons.
  • June 6, 2011
    KZN02
  • June 7, 2011
    Octagon8
    @Ekuran: Please don't edit non-abandoned drafts... there is no checkout function for YKTT Ws, and a while ago, an edit of mine was overriden by yours and what I inserted was lost.
  • June 7, 2011
    Nomic
    Some necromancers in World Of Warcraft have spells with a projectile that looks like a bone.
  • June 7, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^^^That mutant would be Marrow, who is present in the comics as well. She typically is more of a Bad With The Bone fighter, but I'm sure she throws them from time to time as well.
  • June 7, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    ^^^^^In re X3, wasn't that the fellow who pursued Wolverine through the forest at one point? Some bone spikes were thrown during pursuit, and after that two others were used in melee combat, leaving a pair of holes in Wolverine's shirt.
  • June 7, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
  • June 7, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Some installments in the Super Mario series have Dry Bones use bone projectiles
  • June 7, 2011
    kyeo
    2001, no?
  • June 8, 2011
    Rolf
    didnt nuruto have this with one charactor that can grow bones and shoot em?
  • June 8, 2011
    Octagon8
    Was mentioned in the first comment and is already there:
    • Kimimaro from Naruto can use the bones in his body as weapons, including his fingertips as bullet like projectiles.
    @kyeo: What do you mean by this?
  • June 8, 2011
    Prfnoff
    It seems to me that this ought to be lumped with Bad With The Bone.
  • June 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Guessing keyo is referencing this.
  • June 8, 2011
    Rolf
    Ahh missed it. thanks
  • June 9, 2011
    Octagon8
    @Prfnoff: Bad With The Bone seems to be only about bones being wielded as weapons, while this is more about bones inexplicably being launched like bullets (primarily in Platform Games)... some examples (Kimimaro, the pokemon, Wesnoth, WoW) probably belong to Bad With The Bone instead of this.
  • June 15, 2011
    ThePocket
    The skeletons in Nitemare 3D... I think. (There were no sprites for their projectiles, but they weren't wielding anything else, so I think it's safe to assume.)
  • June 15, 2011
    Grug
  • June 16, 2011
    Flioro
    Was there an SCP with this ability?
  • June 16, 2011
    MetaFour
    • Cave Story: You fight the True Final Boss of the game on a floor made of bones. In the first two parts of the fight, he frequently performs a Ground Pound which sends out a shock wave of bones capable of hurting you. In the third part of the fight, he drops flaming skulls on you.
  • June 16, 2011
    Octagon8
    I mentioned this already, but thank you much for adding detail to it.
  • June 17, 2011
    DerScotten
    The Necromancer from Diablo II can shoot teeth. I forget if he has other bone projectiles.
  • June 21, 2011
    Ninjat126
    SCP 154 is a pair of bracelets. When worn, they create an ethereal bow if the wearer is standing in a bow-holding pose.

    Pulling back and releasing the string fires the user's forearm bones as a projectile.

    They regenerate instantly, but it still hurts like hell.
  • June 22, 2011
    hawthorn
    The roguelike Dungeon Crawl used to have a spell called Bone Shards that turned wielded skeletons into blasts of bone fragments. It's been removed now because the damage wasn't worth the trouble of getting and wielding a skeleton.
  • June 24, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    • A very minor X-Men villain named Spyne also had the power to hurl regenerating bones from his skeleton.
  • June 26, 2011
    WackyPancake
    It has five hats now, should we launch it?
  • June 26, 2011
    aurora369
    Gargoyles in Blood throw sharp bones when they aren't raking you with talons.
  • June 26, 2011
    Octagon8
    Thanks for the hats, guys; gotta rewrite the unconfirmed examples and launch now.
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