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This article is about the vine-like plants. For the Brother Bear with the same name, see Bramble (character).
Not to be confused with Bramball.
Brambles, as seen in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Brambles appear in the Super Mario franchise as spiked vine-like plants that most commonly have a role of being obstacles in the platforming games. Additionally, bramble-like vines appear as the stalks for many Piranha Plants, such as Naval Piranha, Spiny Piranha Plants, Prickly Piranha Plants, and Piranha Creepers.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

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

Brambles in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest are obstacles featured prominently in several levels and several bonus stages. The theme for bramble-based levels is referred to as "Stickerbush Symphony" by the official soundtrack and "Stickerbrush Symphony" by the Game Boy Advance remake. An arranged version called "Bramble Blast" is available as a CD in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Donkey Kong Country Returns / Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D[edit]

Brambles in Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS version appear in the level Crazy Cart.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Brambles in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port appear in the Lost Mangroves, where they are small, purple, and function like pits of spikes. Just like normal spikes, Cranky Kong can use his Cane Bounce to safely cross them. They have a bigger prominence later in the Bright Savannah level Bramble Scramble.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Brambles in Donkey Kong Land 2 have an identical role to their first appearance in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Brambles in Donkey Kong 64 appear only in Fungi Forest at night, and can be crossed only by Donkey Kong while in his Strong Kong form. A Kong Switch is concealed under a large bramble patch, which must be pressed to open a nearby locked barn door.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Mario and Goombario hovering over brambles with the help of a Bubble Plant's bubble, as seen in Flower Fields in Paper Mario.
Mario and Goombario hovering over brambles in Flower Fields in Paper Mario

Brambles serve as an obstacle in Paper Mario, appearing exclusively in Flower Fields. Mario will receive 1 HP of damage upon touching them, so the only ways to cross them are by riding a Bubble Plant's bubble, or Lakilester's cloud through his out-of-battle ability.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Mario going up on a Windmill in Down with Petey Piranha!
Brambles growing from the Big Windmill in Super Mario Sunshine.

Brambles in Super Mario Sunshine appear in the form of a few large red vines with green spots that twitch slightly. They only surround the Big Windmill in Bianco Hills whenever Petey Piranha is on top of it, but disappear after defeating him the first time.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Brambles in Gusty Garden Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy.

Brambles in Super Mario Galaxy are giant objects appearing in Gusty Garden Galaxy, and several of them grow on a ring-like planet with Pull Stars in the middle. Going to this planet is only optional, as a Launch Star is meant to shoot Mario through the ring, and only a well-timed catch from a Pull Star can get Mario into the planet. Brambles also appear in the same galaxy on the last planet before the battle with Major Burrows in the third mission.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Some Brambles in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Brambles in New Super Mario Bros. Wii grow over various paths on the map of World 5, before defeating Iggy Koopa in World 5-Castle, and the player characters cannot move through any path covered in brambles. Each time the player clears a level in World 5, the layout of the brambles changes, with some brambles disappearing while others relocate themselves. The same world introduces an enemy with bramble-like limbs, Bramball.

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat[edit]

Brambles in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat appear in Desert Oasis, and if Donkey Kong lands in one, he is damaged and launched back out.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Brambles in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time appear in the southwestern section of Gritzy Desert, and they can be crossed from the left wit a nearby cannon.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Brambles in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its remake appear in one section of Dimble Woods, where Luigi must travel in a withered Giant Sockop across a patch of them to reach a group of normal Sockops. The brambles must be crossed via narrow twisting platforms after defeating the Sockops.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Brambles in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team appear in Somnom Woods, and can be Side Drilled through. If Mario or Luigi touch them, they act like a wall, and the brambles slightly expand when passed through.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

Brambles in DK: Jungle Climber do not make giant mazes but still wildly grow in levels, and some constantly grow shorter and longer.

Mario Party series[edit]

Brambles make a minor appearance in Mario Party 9 in Toad Road. Multiple brambles appear in Mario Party 10 in Mushroom Park, where they can be seen behind the Tower and Fortress.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 荊棘