Poisoned Water

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Not to be confused with Dark Matter or Toxic Cloud.
Mario and Mega Wigglers above Poisoned Water.

Poisoned Water (sometimes Toxic Water, Poison Swamp and Poison Bog[1]) is a poisonous liquid found in some games. It is commonly purple or dark green, and in most appearances, coming into contact with it will cause the player to lose a life or inflict damage, similar to lava.


Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong swimming in Poison Pond.

In Donkey Kong Country, the level Poison Pond takes place in a green toxic pond. However, it is harmless to Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, just like water.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Lime green poisonous liquid.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, a poisonous liquid appears quickly rising in Toxic Tower. If Rattly, Squawks or Squitter stay in the toxic water for some seconds, they will lose health.

Also, in all three swamp levels, while the water is not shown as poisonous, Diddy and Dixie Kong nonetheless can not swim in it and instantly lose a life.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble[edit]

Kiddy Kong swimming in poisonous water.

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, Poisonous Water appears in Poisonous Pipeline. This time, the poison inverts the controls to move Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong. Jumping out of the poison, the apes instantly go back to normal controls.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Toxic Water in Noki Bay.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Poisoned Water appears in a secret area found within Delfino Plaza. In this area, Mario must ride on a leaf down the Toxic Water in order to collect eight Red Coins. Also worth noting is that in certain episodes of Bianco Hills, Ricco Harbor, and Noki Bay, the water is polluted and can still damage Mario.

New Super Mario Bros./New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Poisoned Water in New Super Mario Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Poisoned Water can be found throughout several stages, mostly in the forest worlds World 4 from the DS game and World 5 from the Wii game. In these games, it's purple and behaves the same way as a lava. Dorrie, Koopa Troopa, and Giant Wigglers are resistant to Poisoned Water.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario floating over poisoned water in Bubble Breeze Galaxy.

In Super Mario Galaxy, an enormous planet made of poison liquid that can kill Mario instantly is found in the Bubble Breeze Galaxy. It is also found in the Luigi planet from Toy Time Galaxy. An element similar to poison called Dark Matter appears in Bowser's Dark Matter Plant. In the sequel, the toxic water is found in Boo Moon Galaxy (in the Swamp Planet) and in Mario Squared Galaxy as well.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Poisoned water underneath grates.

In Super Mario 3D Land, World 2-2 and Special 6-3, both underground levels, contain Poisoned Water, which is purple once again.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Poisoned Water in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

The poisonous water reappears in New Super Mario Bros. 2, again in forest-themed levels. As a new trait, they can rise and drop in World 3-4. Porcupuffers are resistant to Toxic Water.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Poisoned water in Soda Jungle. Notice how the Wiggler is immune to damage.

Poisoned water returns in the game New Super Mario Bros. U, where pools of poisoned water surround Soda Jungle, having the same look. In the Prima guide, it is known as Poison Bog. Also appears in New Super Luigi U.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

The poisoned water in Super Mario 3D World.

The poisonous water makes its next appearance in Super Mario 3D World. Stages the water mainly appears in are Piranha Creeper Creek and Deep Jungle Drift. The water is purple again.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Poisoned water appears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team in Somnom Woods. Falling into it has the same result as the player falling onto spikes elsewhere in the game. Oddly, in this game it appears to be electrified.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Poisoned water returns in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with the same appearance as Super Mario 3D World.

Wario series[edit]

Wario World[edit]

Wario in Unithorn's Lair, near some poisonous water.

In Wario World, poisonous water appears in Unithorn's Lair. In this game, it will not damage Wario, but rather cause him to bounce around the room and lose coins while doing so. The poisonous water appears mostly translucent, but with a shining or bubbling surface.


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Prima Official Game Guide, page 124.