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DEF-Up is a positive status condition that has appeared in several Mario RPGs. It stands for "Defense-Up".


Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Green Peppers boost defense (and gives the Light G effect) in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, meaning enemy attacks will do less damage to Mario and Luigi. The status is indicated by a gray box with an arrow pointing up next to the Mario brother's HP.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Green Peppers appear again in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, although they both affect all fighters that are currently active, and no longer causes Light G. DEF-Up is indicated by an expanding green circle around the attacker.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

DEF-Up makes another appearance in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Green streaks flowing upward indicate the affected. Def Peps can give this status effect to other enemies. Bowser can gain this status by inhaling a Toothy's body segments and a Crawful's teeth.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

DEF-Up reappears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Green streaks flowing upward and green flashing indicate the affected.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

DEF-Up returns in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. By using a DEF-Up Battle Card, Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario can increase their defense.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, several items and the Crystal Star power called Power Lift can raise defense. The DEF-Up status is indicated by a gray diamond with an arrow pointing up above Mario or his partner. Enemies can also receive this status effect.