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This article is about generic butterflies sometimes seen in the Mario franchise. For the microgame from WarioWare: D.I.Y., see Butterflies (microgame).
Mario, a human player against CPU players in Butterfly Blitz from Mario Party 4
Butterflies appearing in Butterfly Blitz, a minigame from Mario Party 4
First appearance Super Mario Bros. Print World (1991)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
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Butterflies are real-world insects that appear in many games of the Mario franchise. They usually do so in groups, often simply as a background element, such as in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Flutters and other species from the Mario franchise are based on butterflies.


Super Mario Bros. Print World[edit]

Butterflies in a page border from Super Mario Bros. Print World

Butterflies first appear in Super Mario Bros. Print World as one of the selectable borders.

Super Mario series[edit]

Mario with two Butterflies in Super Mario 64.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, there are a few stages (as well as outside Peach's Castle) where butterflies fly around. They appear in groups of three and have two variations: In the first variation one butterfly turns into a 1-Up Mushroom upon being hit by Mario and the other two don't transform into anything. In the second variation one butterfly turns into a 1-Up Mushroom and the other two transform into bombs similar to a Keronpa Ball or Big Steely and chase Mario until hitting him or something else. In either situation, it explodes. [1] [2] Exploding butterflies can only be found on Tall, Tall Mountain and Tiny-Huge Island. In this game, butterflies are violet with white spots on their wings.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

In Super Mario Sunshine, Yoshi can eat certain types of butterflies to get different items. Yellow Butterflies yield regular coins, blue Butterflies yield Blue Coins, and green Butterflies yield 1-Up Mushrooms. In this game, butterflies are usually found fluttering around in groups, and are rarely by themselves like in Super Mario 64.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy, butterflies are seen throughout various Galaxies. Even though they are used mainly for decoration, the player can collect a single Star Bit per butterfly by pointing the Star Cursor at the butterfly and moving the cursor around while still touching it, although this does not work while Mario or Luigi are on the Comet Observatory. If Mario or Luigi sleeps near butterflies, they will sit on Mario or Luigi's head.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, a number of shimmering golden butterflies appear on the Starting Planet in the Sky Station Galaxy (three also appear on the Peewee Geo Planet later in the galaxy), but only while Co-Star Mode is active. The player can use the Co-Star Luma to spin the butterflies in the same way as they would any other object. When spun, each butterfly releases three Star Bits each, after which they disappear. They also disappear the second that Co-Star mode is deactivated, though when it is used again, they return. If spun by the Co-Star Luma, they are gone for good. These golden butterflies also appear on the Earth Planet, the Yoshi Tower Planet, the Fossil Planet, the Solar System Planet, and the Cone Planet in the Yoshi Star Galaxy. A different variety of butterfly also appears on the Stone Mountains Planet in the Fluffy Bluff Galaxy. These particular butterflies are purple which are present for decoration only.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Mario hunting down the glowing butterfly

The Lost Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey is home to a large number of multicolored butterflies, which are mostly found in colonies that will slightly scatter when Mario invades them. Apart from the ornamental butterflies, there is also a considerably larger, glowing butterfly that holds a Power Moon. It is always found east from Rocky Mountain Summit, resting on the edge of a narrow cliff jut. It will fly away if Mario comes close to it, returning to the same spot after Mario leaves. The Power Moon can only be obtained by throwing Cappy at the butterfly. There are also butterflies that resemble large whites and swallowtails in the Wooded and Mushroom Kingdoms, respectively.

Mario Party 4[edit]

Butterflies serve as points in the Mario Party 4 minigame Butterfly Blitz. There are three kinds of butterflies that give players points; yellow butterflies are worth one point, red butterflies are worth two points, and blue butterflies are worth three points.


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ちょう / チョウ
Dutch Vlinder Butterfly
French Papillon Butterfly
German Schmetterling Butterfly
Italian Farfalla Butterfly
Polish Motyl Butterfly
Portuguese Borboleta Butterfly
Spanish Mariposa Butterfly