Warp Whistle

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Warp Whistle
SMB Mushroom World-Magic Whistle Art.PNG
Artwork of a Magic Whistle from Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World.
A small whistle with three holes.

First Appearance

Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)

“One toot on this whistle will send you to a far away land!”
Toad, Super Mario Bros. 3

A Warp Whistle,[1] sometimes called a Magic Whistle,[2] is a rare item from Super Mario Bros. 3. Using it sends Mario (or Luigi) to the Warp Zone. From here, he can skip up from the middle of a world to the start of a later world. Using it in World 1 will allow Mario to warp to World 2, 3, or 4. Using it in a world from 2 through 6 will allow him to warp to World 5, 6, or 7. Using it in World 7 or 8 will allow him to warp to World 8. If a second whistle is used while in the warp zone, then the player is taken directly to the World 8 Pipe.

There are only 3 whistles in the North American/European Super Mario Bros. 3 (Two in World 1 and one in World 2). In the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 3, there are 4 whistles, as there is a glitch where one is located in World 5-1.


World 1-3[edit]

Mario obtaining a Warp Whistle from a Toad House.

Obtained pressing the down button in the +Control Pad on a white block, and running behind a black scenery. Mario/Luigi will teleport to a Toad House with a single chest. That chest contains a whistle.

World 1-Fortress1-SMB3.pngFortress[edit]

A Warp Whistle in World 1-Fortress1-SMB3.pngFortress

Obtained by running so the P-Meter is full, and flying up to a secret platform, where there is a door. The players need to press up on the +Control Pad once they have gone as far as they can. They'll teleport to a small room, and a Warp Whistle in a treasure box is inside..

Note: Clearing World 1-Fortress this way will not open its locked door.

World 2-FireBro-Map-SMB3.png[edit]

A Warp Whistle in World 2-FireBro-Map-SMB3.png

Players must defeat the last Boomerang Bro. The players will then obtain a hammer, which must be used to break a block at the top right of the map screen, and go to a secret passage. In the passage, there is a Toad House, which contains three Frog Suits, and a Fire Bro. Defeating the Fire Bro awards the player a whistle.

World 5-1 (Japanese version only)[edit]

The chest containing the Warp Whistle in the wall.

In the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 3, there is a glitch in 5-1 which makes a random item appear at the end of the level. It can be done by flying above the stack of blocks at the end of the level. After that, behind the goal, the player will notice glitched graphics. By hitting it from far left corner, the player will either earn five extra lives or a Warp Whistle.

This glitch was removed from the American release, and both American and Japanese releases of Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 remakes, thus not allowing the player to obtain this Warp Whistle.

References in other media[edit]

  • Mystical Whistle, the name of a Sammer Guy in Super Paper Mario, is a reference to the Warp Whistle.
  • The song played by the Warp Whistle is from The Legend of Zelda series. It is based on the Recorder from the original game, complete with a whirlwind taking the player to another location.
  • In the 2006 version of Nintendo Monopoly, the Warp Whistle is a reference to the Coin Block "Advance to Go" card.
  • Another flute is found in the game Mario is Missing!, stolen from the Teatro Colon by Koopa Troopas. Luigi had to return it to the opera house.
  • During the climax of The Wizard, Haley tells Jimmy to seek out the Warp Whistle (which she refers to as the "Magic Flute") in the World 1 Fortress, which he succeeds in doing. However, Super Mario Bros. 3 was a game that the characters had never played before, making it unknown as to how Haley even knew of the Warp Whistle's existence.
  • Warp Whistle is the name of the 9th track on the debut album by the band FartBarf: "Dirty Power."
  • The Warp Whistle is mentioned by Mike Mictlan in the Doomtree song Final Boss
  • In an episode of Steven Universe, an item called the Warp Whistle is used to activate Warp panels.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フエ
Spanish Flauta Mágica Magic Flute
French Sifflet Magique Magic Whistle
German Zauberflöte Magic Flute
Italian Fischietto Whistle


  1. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 111.
  2. ^ Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklet, page 28.