The Skeleton Ape are the reanimated remains of a big primate, probably a gorilla. It walks around slowly, holding an exploding barrel over its head, and hurls it at the heroes when they are within range, then continues walking slowly barely attacking anymore.
The aid of a Skeleton Ape must be enlisted in order to gain entrance to the Abandoned Pit to the Catacomb. After hitting the switch inside the room in front of the topmost part of the big waterfall located in the Underground Caverns, a Skeleton Ape will appear, hurl a barrel and destroy the wooden bridge in there, followed by the message: "Something has appeared near to the wooden bridge". Backtracking will lead to the discovery of another Skeleton Ape who has appeared in a prior room. It must be lured into throwing its barrel onto the nearby bridge in order to destroy it. It's advisable to unequip any offensive familiars, which may otherwise kill the Skeleton Ape before he destroys the bridge.
Gaining dominance over the Skeleton Ape's soul grants Soma the Power Throw ability. While this soul alone doesn't appear to do anything, if the player uses it in conjunction with certain other souls, it will enhance Soma's throwing ability of that soul in one form or another, either by adding more damage, allowing to throw it faster, or throwing it at a larger distance.
If the player also equips the Puppet Master's soul, Substitute Puppet, the puppet will be thrown at a larger distance. Using this method is one of the alternative ways of reaching the other side of the flooded, spiked cavern in the Subterranean Hell.
|Enemy Data: Skeleton Ape|
|Image||Name - Game|
|'|| HP: 2|
| 1. Village|
|'|| HP: 1|| 1. Town, 2. Entrance|
|'|| HP: 1|| 2. Entrance|
|Animated ape skeleton. Hurls wooden barrels.|| Weak: Holy|
| Drop: Banana, TNT|| Outer Wall, Underground Caverns|
|'|| Level: 12|
| Common Drop: $25|
Rare Drop: Rock Leather
| Castle A: Skeleton Cave, Castle Treasury|
Castle B: Skeleton Cave, Luminous Cavern
|A skeletal corpse of an ape that is controlled by magic.|| Strong: Piercing, Dark|
Weak: Bashing, Fire, Holy
| Soul: Power Throw (4%)|| The Lost Village, Garden of Madness, Condemned Tower|
|Item Data: Skeleton Ape|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Creates pillar of flame [use]|| Projectile|
| Attrib: Fire|| ATT +60|| Find: Throughout castle ()|
Drop: Bomb Knight, Skeleton Ape
|Best when nearly rotten [use]|| Food (Fruit)|
| HP +7|| Drop: Skeleton Ape, Venus Man Trap (Saturn-only)|
| Gold + 25|| Rare Drop: Skeleton, White Dragon, Bomber Armor, Balloon|
Common Drop: Skeleton Blaze, Big Skeleton, Skeleton Flail, Skeleton Spear, Skeleton Ape, Big Balloon, Arabaki, Fleaman Armor
|Layered leather armor, hardened with wax.|| Body|
| DEF +20|| Rare Drop: Skeleton Ape|
|Throw a foe with incredible power.|| Enchanted Soul|
| Rarity: ***|
Drop: Skeleton Ape
- The Skeleton Ape is an homage to the video game character Donkey Kong, an anthropomorphic gorilla and main antagonist of the eponymous arcade game, Donkey Kong (Nintendo, 1981), and later a main protagonist in his own right via his own franchise. In the first stage of such game, Donkey Kong tries to prevent Jumpman from scaling a construction site by hurling barrels from the topmost floor.
- Coincidentally, a Skeleton Ape also appears in Mario & Luigi: SuperStar Saga in a minigame, although there it bore a closer resemblance to Donkey Kong himself.