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.
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