Dark Lakitus are stronger variants of normal Lakitus. They are not found in the main quest, but instead are found in the Pit of 100 Trials between floors 61-69. Unlike normal Lakitus, Dark Lakitus throw Sky-Blue Spinies instead of the normal Spinies. Compared to Lakitus, they are also darker in skin tone and have red shells. It is implied in one of Goombella's tattles that it rides a rain cloud, although the cloud itself never demonstrates the ability.
In the English localization, it is mistakenly stated that Dark Lakitu's Sky-Blue Spinies hatch from "pipes" in Goombella's tattle for both enemies. However, the supposed "pipes" which spawn Sky-Blue Spinies bear no resemblance to the conventional pipes of the Mario series and instead appear as regular blue Spiny Eggs. Their name is the result of a mistranslation: Spinies are referred to as ｢パイポ｣ Paipo in Japanese, which comes from a well-known Japanese folktale but can also be interpreted (incorrectly, in this case) as an approximation of the English "pipe" into Japanese katakana. While ｢パイポ｣ Paipo was correctly rendered as "Spiny Egg" elsewhere in the English script of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - namely, with regard to the standard species of Spiny fought in the game - the translation team seems to have overlooked the established convention with this variant, resulting in the "pipe" name.