Boulder

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This article is about actual Boulders that have appeared in various games. For the special move that was seen in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, see Boulder (move).
Boulders rolling around a planet in Super Mario Galaxy

Boulders are large rocks found throughout various Mario games, which usually serve as obstacles.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Boulders first appear in Super Mario World, where they are dug up by Diggin' Chucks.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, they are dug up by Gorontos, similar to the Diggin' Chucks.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A boulder rolling towards Mario in Hazy Maze Cave

They also appear in Super Mario 64 in Hazy Maze Cave. In one room, boulders endlessly roll down a slope and into a bottomless pit. If Mario attempts to climb the slope, the boulders deliberately try to home in on him, although they can be dodged. The level's sixth Power Star is entitled "Watch for Falling Rocks," and is located near the Boulders. In Super Mario 64 DS, Wario must instead punch several boulders, (or ram them upon growing with a Super Mushroom) to receive the Power Star.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy, boulders roll on open or closed circuits, coming out infinitely out of tunnels in the former case and falling into an abyss afterwards. If Mario touches them, he is knocked away and loses one wedge of his Health Meter. Boulders are semi-common obstacles that appear in several galaxies, including the Good Egg Galaxy and the Honeyhive Galaxy. They can be destroyed if Mario spins their weak spot, a circular red area. They can also be destroyed if Rainbow Mario collides with them, a Stretch Plant is knocked into them, or if the second player uses their Star Cursor to hold one in place, allowing a second boulder to collide with it, destroying both boulders. Upon destruction, boulders leave a large amount of Star Bits.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Boulders in Boulder Bowl Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Boulders reappear in the Boulder Bowl Galaxy, a galaxy which is appropriately centered around Boulders, as well as the Rock Mushroom. This time, the boulders can also be destroyed by Rock Mario. The boss of this galaxy, Rollodillo, attacks in the same way as a Boulder, and can only be defeated by using Rock Mario. Sorbetti, the boss of the Freezy Flake Galaxy, also uses a similar strategy during the boss battle.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

A boulder and a Blooper chasing Mario in World 3-5

Boulders make their next sidescroller appearance in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They appear in World 3-5, which is an underwater level. They are common obstacles here but they are also necessary to obtain several Star Coins as they are enclosed in blocks that cannot be broken by Mario. Boulders can be destroyed using a Super Star, an Invincibility Leaf, or a Gold Flower.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A boulder captured by Mario

Boulders appear again in Super Mario Odyssey. One appears in the Wooded Kingdom, taking the form of a large oblong rock that can be captured by Cappy and slowly moved to make way to an entrance. Many rolling boulders also appear during the platforming part where Mario captures Bowser in the Moon Kingdom as well as an optional area on the Darker Side of the Moon. These round boulders can be destroyed by ramming into them as a Chargin' Chuck or by clawing them as Bowser, although they do not produce any item.

Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

DK and Rambi wait for a boulder to fall in Mountain Mayhem.

Boulders are present as obstacles in Mountain Mayhem and Landslide Leap, two levels from Donkey Kong Land. They are infinitely generated by holes in the background wall and rain onto the platforms below. The Kongs will take damage if they are hit by a boulder. Rambi the Rhino is also damaged at contact with these hazards, making boulders completely indestructible.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

In Donkey Kong 64, Boulders appear as stationary obstacles, often appearing on various pads, which require them to be moved before the pads could be used. However, only Chunky Kong can lift them. Boulders also serve as weights, and are sometimes needed to keep various switches pressed down. In this game, they are dark green in color.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Boulders make their first Mario Kart appearance in Mario Kart 64, where they appear as obstacles in Choco Mountain.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Boulders return in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as obstacles in DK Mountain.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

In Mario Kart DS, Boulders appear again in Choco Mountain, which is a retro course in this game. Large pinballs similar to boulders appear in Waluigi Pinball.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Boulders reappear once more in Mario Kart Wii in DK Mountain, which appears as a retro course.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

In Mario Kart 7, Boulders make yet another appearance as obstacles in Rock Rock Mountain and Maka Wuhu towards the end of the track.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

A boulder on the Bowser's Castle course

Boulders appear in Mario Kart 8 and its enhanced port, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as an obstacle in Bowser's Castle. They resemble their Super Mario Galaxy counterparts in texture, but without the red jeweled side.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴロロ岩
Gororo iwa

iwa
Gororo is a Japanese word referring to a rolling object, while iwa is Japanese for rock.

Boulder (Super Mario Odyssey)
Spanish (NOA) Peñasco Boulder
Spanish (NOE) Roca Rock
French Rocher Rock
Dutch Rotsblok Rockblock
German Felsbrocken
Felsen
Boulder
Rock (Super Mario Odyssey)
Italian Masso Boulder
Russian Валун
Valoon
Boulder

Trivia[edit]

  • During the first part of the final Bowser battle in Super Mario Galaxy, one of Bowser's attacks involves surrounding himself with rock fragments and rolling around the planet much like a Boulder in an attempt to squash Mario. Bowser's head sticks out of the rock in the same area where the red spot would be on an actual Boulder. Mario must spin Bowser's head to break him out of his rock shell.
  • In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Rock Mushroom is introduced for the first time. When collected, this power-up allows Mario to transform into Rock Mario, taking the form of a round Boulder-like object, and roll into obstacles and enemies, much like Bowser did in Super Mario Galaxy's final battle. Mario's head sticks out of the rock where the red spot is normally on a regular boulder.