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The Dried Shroom, previously known as the Wilt Shroom, is a recurring item in Mario role-playing games, notably the Paper Mario series. They are depicted as old, shriveled mushrooms that restore less health than their ripe counterparts.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Wilt Shrooms are one of three "dud prize" mushrooms, along with the even worse Rotten Mush and Moldy Mush. Along with the others, it can be obtained from either Grate Guy or Knife Guy as a "reward" when playing their respective games. It recovers 10 HP to an ally and cannot be used in battle.
Paper Mario series
In Paper Mario, Dried Shrooms are only sold in Dry Dry Outpost and by Rip Cheato. Their association with Dry Dry Outpost may be a reason for their rename. One Dried Shroom can also be found in a bush in Koopa Village, and black Li'l Oinks leave them behind as well. Although they heal only 1 HP, Dried Shrooms are required to be bought to visit Moustafa. However, the player must buy a Dried Shroom and then a Dusty Hammer at Dry Dry Outpost in that exact order, or it will not trigger the chain of events that allows the player to see Moustafa. It is also required to obtain the Red Jar, where Mario has to buy a Dusty Hammer, a Dried Pasta, another Dusty Hammer, and a Dried Shroom, in that exact order. Upon doing so, Little Mouser claims that buying those items in that order is part of an ancient will, and his part in fulfilling the will is giving Mario the Red Jar. When Mario eats a Dried Shroom in battle, he gags and sticks his tongue out in disgust.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Dried Shrooms are sold at Westside Goods in Rogueport for two Coins. Any mushroom becomes a Dried Shroom when cooked with a Mr. Softener. Mario has to buy a Dried Shroom and a Dizzy Dial to gain access to Don Pianta's headquarters. Also, Dried Shrooms sell for one coin everywhere except for Twilight Town, where they sell for four coins. The Puni Petuni is seen holding a Dried Shroom while waiting to be rescued from imprisonment by the X-Nauts, revealing to the other Puni's it was originally a regular Mushroom she had picked earlier to give to her brother Punio but it had dried out, turning into a Dried Shroom. After Punio and Mario rescues her and the other Puni from their cell, Petuni gives Punio the Dried Shroom, who eats and lies saying it tastes fine to cheer up Petuni.
After Mario defeats the Shadow Queen in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a mysterious treasure chest is found by Professor Frankly. If Mario chooses to come back to Rogueport after beating the game, the professor will find that it contained a measly Dried Shroom, which he, however, views as a precious scientific relic as it proved that ancient societies ate mushrooms.
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