Block (empty)

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Artwork of a Block from Super Mario 3D World.
This article is about the empty, unbreakable block known as Block. For information about blocks as a whole, see Block.
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An "empty" Block[1] is a type of block in the Mario franchise. Blocks usually appear when Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad or Blue Toad hit a ? Block, Brick Block with an item or coin, or a Coin Block, though they sometimes are naturally already in a "used" state. Blocks are usually square and brown with rounded edges and nails. In Super Mario World, Blocks have small, closed, angry eyes, but no nails; if the player hits a blue P-Switch, all Blocks turn into coins and vice versa for a short time. Blocks can only be broken by Mega Mario or stronger enemies, such as Broozers, King Bills, and Giant Bowser.

Giant Blocks also appear in Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, and New Super Mario Bros. U. In Super Mario 3D Land, Giant Blocks are usually found in hidden rooms accessed via Warp Pipes, and are often put together to form sculptures that create 3D illusions. Giant Blocks are found in Paper Mario: Color Splash, after hitting Giant ? Blocks or certain Giant Brick Blocks.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Bloque vacío (Super Mario 3D Land)
Bloque (Super Mario Galaxy)
Empty block


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy manual, page 18.