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 WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)

A Dragon Coin is a large coin that first appears in Super Mario World. It has a picture of a Yoshi's head imprinted on it.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

A Dragon Coin in Super Mario World
Dragon Coin

In Super Mario World, there are at least five Dragon Coins littered around most levels (some levels, such as castles, Ghost Houses, and fortresses, have no Dragon Coins in the original SNES version). Collecting each one makes a unique sound effect, and it is also counted as one coin. The first four coins collected in the game give 1,000, 2,000, 4,000, and 8,000 points, respectively; collecting five of them awards the player an extra life. Yoshi's Wings can be used to access certain auto-scrolling Coin Heavens, where five Dragon Coins can be found.

On rare occasions, one may encounter six or more Dragon Coins in a single level; every Dragon Coin after the fifth will also award an extra life. In these 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, as it contains only one Dragon Coin in the SNES version of Super Mario World for unknown reasons.

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 the Game Boy Advance port of Super Mario World, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, Dragon Coins have a slightly bigger role. They now appear in levels that did not originally have them, and the number of Dragon Coins acquired is recorded on a menu. 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 Princess 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, a Dragon Coin is used to represent five KOs in the Modern version of Boxing.

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

In WarioWare: Get It Together!, Dragon Coins appear in the Super Mario World microgame. Collecting them is not necessary to complete the microgame and has no real effect on gameplay, although the "Dragon Coin Collection" mission requires the player to collect at least four Dragon Coins in all three levels while playing as Jimmy T.

Other appearances[edit]

Dragon Coins were originally going to appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they were going to be a currency along with regular coins for some of the Bonus Challenges.[1] They were possibly replaced by flowers. The sprite for them was completely removed from the Game Boy Advance port, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.


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 (Simplified) 龙币 (Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2)
Lóng Bì
龙金币 (WarioWare: Get It Together!)
Lóng Jīnbì
Dragon Coin
French Pièce Dragon Dragon Coin
German Drachen-Münze Dragon Coin
Italian Moneta del Drago[2]
Moneta drago
Dragon Coin
Portuguese (NOA) Moeda Dragão Dragon Coin
Spanish Moneda Dragón Dragon Coin


Sprite of a Coin, from Yoshi's Safari.


  1. ^ Proto:Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island/ys romX 0/Bonus Challenges. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Super Mario World Italian instruction booklet, page 7
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Advance v.4, page 18.
  4. ^ New Super Mario Bros.#Sound Effects. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved February 18, 2019.