Champ's Belt

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Champ's Belt
Sprite of the Champ's Belt in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Icon of an item from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch)
"The champ's belt you earned when you beat Rawk Hawk."
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
“Well, you finally did it, son! Today's yer first day as the new champ! Here's yer belt!”
Grubba, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Rawk Hawk and the Champ's Belt

The Champ's Belt is a special item featured in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Mario receives this belt after he defeats Rawk Hawk in the Glitz Pit, becoming the arena's new champion. The Champ's Belt has a fake Gold Star implanted in the middle of it. Mario, however, cannot wear the belt.

When Mario first arrives at the Glitz Pit and watches Rawk Hawk defeat the Koopinator, he and his partner see Rawk Hawk showing off the belt. When they arrive back at the lobby, they are astonished to see the Gold Star attached to a belt. Mario vows to make it up to the champion and fight for the star (or to steal it, but it all comes out to the same conclusion). Mario then finds out that it is not the Gold Star on the belt at all after meeting Rawk Hawk in person, and that he still has a big mystery to solve before he finds the real one. Unfortunately, when Mario and Yoshi discovers this, Rawk Hawk misinterprets the fake mention as referring to his belt, which in turn hints that he is not a good fighter. Mario is given the belt after defeating Rawk Hawk. However, after finding the real Gold Star, he returns the belt.

In Bowser's event after Chapter 6, Bowser and Kammy Koopa find the belt in Rawk Hawk's secret training room, apparently somewhere in the Rogueport Underground. Bowser believes that it is the real Crystal Star, but it is smashed after Rawk Hawk attempts to attack Bowser and Kammy.

Much like real-world championship belts, not only can Mario lose the Champ's Belt by either being defeated by or forfeiting to Rawk Hawk, but he can subsequently reclaim it by defeating the Koopinator to re-establish his number one rank and then defeating Rawk Hawk. This trait is further accentuated by the fans attending the fights, who will respond to Mario with dialogue acknowledging his status as either the current champion or as a former champion.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チャンピオンベルト
Chanpion Beruto
Champion Belt

Chinese (simplified) 冠军腰带
Guànjūn Yāodài
Champion Belt

Chinese (traditional) 冠軍腰帶
Guànjūn Yāodài
Champion Belt

French Ceinture du champion
Champion's belt
German Meistergurt
Master belt
Italian Cintura Oolong
Glitzville Belt
Korean 챔피언벨트
Chaempieon Belteu
Champion Belt

Spanish Cinturón de Campeón
Champion's Belt