Dragon Coin

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Dragon Coin
Artwork of a Dragon Coin from Super Mario World
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Game & Watch Gallery 4 (2002)

A Dragon Coin (also known as a Yoshi Coin)[citation needed] is a large coin that first appears in Super Mario World. It has a picture of a Yoshi's head imprinted on it. Plessie Medals exclusively in the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury also resemble Dragon Coins.


A Dragon Coin in Super Mario World

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Dragon Coin

There are at least five Dragon Coins littered around most levels in Super Mario World (some levels, such as Castles, Ghost Houses, and Fortresses, have no Dragon Coins in the original SNES version). Collecting each one counts as one coin while it makes a unique sound effect from other coins. The first four coins collected in the game results in 1000, 2000, 4000, and 8000 points, respectively. Collecting five of them is the equivalent of collecting 100 Gold Coins, awarding an extra life for the player. On rare occasions, one may encounter six or more Dragon Coins in a single level; in these cases, every Dragon Coin after, including the fifth, awards an extra life. In these types of levels, going through a Warp Pipe to a new area causes all remaining Dragon Coins to disappear if Mario or Luigi has already collected at least five of them, making the remaining ones unobtainable. Chocolate Secret is unique, because it contains only one Dragon Coin in the SNES version of Super Mario World, for unknown reasons. Yoshi's Wings can be used to access certain auto-scrolling Coin Heavens where five Dragon Coins can be found.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Dragon Coins were originally going to appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, but they were most likely replaced by Smiley Flowers due to them being mechanically similar. The sprite for them were completely removed from the Game Boy Advance port, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

A Dragon Coin with Princess Peach's face, seen when all regular Dragon Coins are collected.

In Game Boy Advance port of Super Mario World, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, Dragon Coins have a slightly bigger role, having been added to levels that did not originally have them including Ghost Houses, Castles and Fortresses. The number of Dragon Coins acquired is recorded on a menu, and if the player collects them all, a cutscene will play showing all of the collected Dragon Coins falling from the sky and being stacked together. Afterwards, a giant Dragon Coin appears, and Yoshi eats it and lays a Yoshi's Egg, which hatches into a giant coin with Peach's face, resulting in all of the Dragon Coins in the game having Peach's face imprinted on them instead of Yoshi's.

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

In Game & Watch Gallery 4, getting five KOs in Boxing earns a Dragon Coin.


Super Mario World[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual description: "Collect five Dragon Coins in a course to earn an extra life."


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドラゴンコイン
Doragon Koin
Dragon Coin
Chinese 龙币
Lóng Bì
Dragon Coin
French Pièce Dragon Dragon Coin
German Drachen-Münze Dragon Coin
Italian Moneta del Drago[1]
Moneta drago
Dragon Coin
Portuguese (NOA) Moeda Dragão Dragon Coin
Spanish Moneda Dragón Dragon Coin


Sprite of a Coin, from Yoshi's Safari.


  1. ^ Super Mario World Italian instruction booklet, page 7
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Advance #4, page 18.
  3. ^ https://tcrf.net/New_Super_Mario_Bros.#Sound_Effects