Clear Pipe

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Clear Pipe
Clear Pipe Artwork - Super Mario 3D World.png
Artwork of a Clear Pipe.
A transparent pipe.

First appearance

Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Latest appearance

Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)

Effect on player

Allows the player to travel distances inaccessible by a normal jump.

Clear Pipes[1] are pipes which make their debut in the Wii U game Super Mario 3D World. Like Warp Pipes, they are used for traveling distances too far for a normal jump to reach. Unlike Warp Pipes, however, Clear Pipes are transparent, and the player can change direction while in one. Additionally, the player automatically enters vertical Clear Pipes without having to press a button.

While traveling through Clear Pipes, the player cannot attack and is therefore vulnerable to any enemies inside them. Fuzzies and projectiles such as Fire Bro fireballs can travel through Clear Pipes. Such projectiles can be destroyed by Fire Flower fireballs or nearby red POW Blocks from outside the pipes. Coins, Green Stars, Mines and other objects can also be found either moving or stationary inside these pipes.

A cannon variety of Clear Pipes also appear. These Clear Pipes are similar to Launch Stars and Sling Stars from the Super Mario Galaxy games, as they launch the player to another part of the level. Some of these pipes require the player to manually press A Button to launch themselves out of the cannon.

All of the Worlds, with the exception of the special worlds, are connected through Clear Pipes. Once a Sprixie Princess is saved from the castle at the end of a World, she will construct a Clear Pipe leading to the next World.

Clear Pipes reappear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker acting the same as in Super Mario 3D World. Their cannon variety also reappears.

In Super Mario Maker 2, Clear Pipes appear as course elements for the Super Mario 3D World style. Like in the original game, Mario can shoot fireballs into them, and enemies such as Goombas and Koopa Troopas can travel through them as well.

The idea of Clear Pipes was thought of by the director of Super Mario 3D World, Koichi Hayashida, who wondered what Mario did in Warp Pipes.[2]


Super Mario 3D World[edit]

  • North American website bio: "Travel through these to find secret areas and move quickly through a course."

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

  • North American website bio: "These Clear Pipes can be placed in any shape you like. Be careful, though! Enemies will make use of them as well."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese とうめい土管
Tōmei Dokan
Transparent Pipe
Spanish tubería transparente transparent pipe
French tuyau transparent transparent pipe
Dutch Glazen buis[3] glass pipe
German Glasrohr / Glasröhre Glass Pipe
Italian Tubo Trasparente Transparent Tube
Portuguese cano transparente transparent pipe
Russian Стеклянная труба
Steklyannaya truba
Glass pipe
Korean 투명토관
Tumyeong Togwan
Transparent Pipe
Chinese 透明水管[4]
Tòumíng shuǐguǎn
Transparent Pipe


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Wii U Developer Direct - Super Mario 3D World @E3 2013. YouTube. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Nintendo Nederland. (May 15, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 Direct - 16 mei 2019. Youtube. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Nintendo HK. (May 17, 2019). 《Super Mario Maker 2 (超級瑪利歐創作家 2)》Direct 2019.5.16. YouTube. Retrieved May 21, 2019.