F.L.U.D.D.

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Not to be confused with Pump.
F.L.U.D.D.
Artwork of F.L.U.D.D. in Super Mario Sunshine.
Artwork of F.L.U.D.D. from Super Mario Sunshine
Full name Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device
Species Robot
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Latest portrayal Kit Harris
“Power-up complete. Thank you for purchasing this item from Gadd Science, Incorporated. Preparing to register customer information. Scanning and classifying subject data...subject identified as Mario, resident of the Mushroom Kingdom. Data storage complete. I am FLUDD--a Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device. I hope to be of assistance.”
FLUDD, Super Mario Sunshine

The Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device, abbreviated and better known as FLUDD or F.L.U.D.D., is a multipurpose water pack from Super Mario Sunshine invented by Professor E. Gadd, indicated by the Gadd Science, Incorporated logo at the base of its nozzle exclusively during the cutscene at Pinna Park. However, this is the only time F.L.U.D.D. is shown to have it present. It features a water tank, two handles, and four interchangeable nozzles. In Super Mario Sunshine only, F.L.U.D.D. is also shown to have an artificial intelligence and is able to communicate with Mario and any other characters by speaking through the nozzle. F.L.U.D.D.'s name is a play on the word "flood," meaning "a large mass of water that often causes chaos in a public area."

History[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

F.L.U.D.D. introduces itself to Mario.
FLUDD introduces itself to Mario on the Delfino Airstrip at the beginning of Super Mario Sunshine.

In Super Mario Sunshine, FLUDD can be used by Mario to spray water at objects or enemies by pressing R Button. By doing this, Mario is able to perform a multitude of tasks, ranging from enhancing his acrobatics to cleaning goop off various surfaces. FLUDD can switch between the Squirt Nozzle and either the Hover, Rocket, or Turbo Nozzle (depending on which one Mario currently has equipped) with X Button. As the player continues to spray water with FLUDD, the amount of water in its tank gradually gets lower. When its tank is completely empty, the player must enter a body of water and hold the R Button button, or collect a Water Bottle, before any water can be sprayed again. Throughout the game, FLUDD also often gives the player advice on how best to complete a certain task or challenge via a HUD message, which varies depending on the situation.

Mario first encounters FLUDD on the ground of the Delfino Airstrip. When he walks over to FLUDD, it scans Mario and introduces itself to him before he puts it on; the player is then shown a tutorial video detailing how to use it. From this point on, Mario carries FLUDD around on his back and has access to it throughout the rest of the game. However, there are certain situations in the game when FLUDD is unavailable to the player. For example, it is taken by Shadow Mario every time Mario enters a secret level that has not been cleared at least once. It is also taken by Shadow Mario in Episode 3 of Pianta Village, though in this case, the mission involves finding a way around the burning goop that covers the entire village and retrieving FLUDD.

After Mario defeats both Bowser and Bowser Jr. in Corona Mountain at the end of the game, Mario and Princess Peach fall through the air and land on a small island on the west side of Delfino Plaza. After Mario regains consciousness from the fall, he notices FLUDD is not strapped to his back. When he locates FLUDD lying on the ground a few feet from him, it is shown to be damaged and malfunctioning (presumably as a result of Mario's ground-pounding various weak points on Bowser and Bowser Jr.'s hot tub, as when it reached three weak points destroyed, it began to stutter), asking Mario if "[it] was of assistance" before it shuts down completely in front of him, much to his despair. Shortly after, at Sirena Beach, several of the Toads accompanying Mario and Peach to the island present to them FLUDD, who has been fixed.

Mario fighting the Gatekeeper at the Boathouse
Mario using FLUDD to squirt water at a Gatekeeper

Several discrepancies occur in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars version of the game. In FLUDD's tutorial video, FLUDD simply says "button" instead of "R Button." This is because when the player uses normal controls, spraying is done by both R Button and ZR Button, and the subtitles have been changed to reflect this. Prior to version 1.1.0, the zoom-out effect when the player uses the Turbo Nozzle underwater was not adjusted to fit the new widescreen display.

SMS FLUDD Scans Mario.png
Super Mario 64 in the corner
SMS FLUDD Backwards Info.png
The list of titles that appears when FLUDD scans Mario. In the game, it is displayed backwards.

When FLUDD scans Mario, a little window in the bottom left corner shows short gameplay clips of boss battles in various games of the Super Mario franchise, namely Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, and Super Mario 64. After Bowser is beaten at the end of the game and FLUDD is looking at Mario, the window shows the Game Over screen from Mario Bros. In addition, in the bottom right corner, the titles of several other Super Mario games that Mario had been in up to and including that point are shown, though they are backwards with no spaces between the words, so they normally cannot be read by the player. The game titles as they are displayed when FLUDD scans Mario are as follows: MARIOBROS, SUPERMARIOBROS, SUPERMARIOBROS2, SUPERMARIOBROS3, SUPERMARIOWORLD, SUPERMARIOKIRT, SUPERMARIO64, MARIOKIRT64, and MARIOSUNSHINE ("KART" is misspelled as "KIRT" in the game titles for Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64, which is likely due to a mistranslation of the syllable in their Japanese titles). In the center left, the profile of Mario is shown in Japanese hiragana. The profile is as follows: きのこおうこくのまりお (Mario of the Mushroom Kingdom), しゅくてき くっぱ (Nemesis: Bowser), しょくぎょう はいかんこう (Occupation: Plumber), すきなたべもの すぱげってぃ(Favorite food: Spaghetti), すきなひと ひみつ(The person I love: Secret), きらいなもの どくきのこ(Dislikes: Poison Mushroom), たいじゅう ひみつ (Body weight: Secret), しんちょう ふめい (Height: Unknown), せんしょくたいのかず ふめい (Chromosome number: Unknown), おとうさんのなまえ しらない (Father's name: Do not know), おかあさんのなまえ しらない (Mother's name: Do not know).

Super Mario-kun[edit]

F.L.U.D.D. Page 72, volume 6 of Super Mario-kun.
FLUDD's appearance in Super Mario-kun

FLUDD also appears in the Super Mario Sunshine arc of Super Mario-kun. As with FLUDD in the games, it assists Mario, although it expresses more emotion and is more difficult to be with. It sprays Mario's face, causing him to yell at it, for example.

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Several FLUDD-like water pumps appear in Mario Power Tennis; these heads are used to clear away the goop that can accumulate in the Delfino Plaza Court. Also, in the minigame Tic-Tac-Glow, the player must use balls of water shot by several FLUDD pumps to clear away goop in a game of tic-tac-toe. A FLUDD pump also appears in another minigame, Chain-Chomp Challenge, when a Chain Chomp begins chasing a player. Its purpose is to calm the Chain Chomp down when it is enraged.

WarioWare series[edit]

In the WarioWare series, FLUDD makes a small appearance in the microgame Super Mario Sunshine of WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where Mario has to use FLUDD to put out a building fire. The same microgame later reappears in WarioWare Gold, where F.L.U.D.D. instead has to clean graffiti off the side of a building, more consistent with the theme of Super Mario Sunshine.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

SmashWiki article: F.L.U.D.D.
F.L.U.D.D. in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mario using F.L.U.D.D. in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

F.L.U.D.D. is the down special move of Mario since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while the Mario Tornado from Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee has been repurposed as Mario's down aerial move. When Mario uses the move, he puts F.L.U.D.D. on his back and douses his enemies with water. The attack does not damage opponents but instead pushes them. F.L.U.D.D. charges when the move is activated and shoots water when the button is pressed again, a longer charge resulting in a more powerful stream of water. F.L.U.D.D. stops charging when it is fully charged, allowing Mario to use it at a later time. Mario can also shield or roll to stop the charging. He can destroy projectiles with F.L.U.D.D., and the stream of water can be angled. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in addition to F.L.U.D.D. having a shorter charge time, its water stream's strength, speed, and range are each noticeably higher, and when spraying water, F.L.U.D.D.'s nozzle is next to Mario's head on the right-hand side, with Mario holding a handle with his left hand and holding the nozzle with his right hand. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, F.L.U.D.D. retains its improvements from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U but now with less ending lag and an even stronger water stream.

Like other special moves, F.L.U.D.D. has two custom variations in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U only. The first is Scalding F.L.U.D.D., which sprays a short-range stream of water that deals fiery damage to opponents. The second is High-Pressure F.L.U.D.D., which sprays a more powerful stream of water and has greater range but also pushes Mario back.

F.L.U.D.D. has appeared in the form of collectible items throughout the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a trophy can be obtained when it appears at random in one of the game's single-player modes, and it is placed in the Others section rather than in the Fighters Related section despite F.L.U.D.D. being a part of Mario's movesets. There is also a trophy of F.L.U.D.D. in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where it can be unlocked by clearing Crazy Orders as Mario in 20 or more turns. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, F.L.U.D.D. has its own Advanced-class support spirit that requires two support slots to use and grants immunity to sticky floors; this spirit can be purchased at Timmy and Tommy's shop for 1,000 SP at regular price.

Minecraft[edit]

In the Super Mario Mash-up pack of Minecraft, the Bucket item is replaced by F.L.U.D.D. It can thus be used to carry water, lava, milk, or Powder Snow. Additionally, one of the playable skins includes F.L.U.D.D. on Mario's back.

General information[edit]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Icons of the different nozzles (from left to right): the Squirt Nozzle, Hover Nozzle, Rocket Nozzle, and Turbo Nozzle
Icons of the different nozzles (from left to right): the Squirt Nozzle, Hover Nozzle, Rocket Nozzle, and Turbo Nozzle
Icons of the different nozzles (from left to right): the Squirt Nozzle, Hover Nozzle, Rocket Nozzle, and Turbo Nozzle
Icons of the different nozzles (from left to right): the Squirt Nozzle, Hover Nozzle, Rocket Nozzle, and Turbo Nozzle
Icons of the different nozzles (from left to right): the Squirt Nozzle, Hover Nozzle, Rocket Nozzle, and Turbo Nozzle

In Super Mario Sunshine, FLUDD is able to use a total of four different nozzles, only two of which can be equipped at one time. Upon the player starting the game, the Squirt Nozzle and the Hover Nozzle are equipped by default. The remaining two nozzles (the Rocket Nozzle and the Turbo Nozzle) can be equipped by breaking open various nozzle boxes located in Delfino Plaza and its surrounding areas (although not all nozzles can be found in certain levels). When the player equips either of the remaining nozzles, the Hover Nozzle is replaced by the new nozzle, as one of the equipped nozzles must always be the Squirt Nozzle; the next nozzle that is equipped replaces the previous nozzle. To change between nozzles equipped, the player must press the X Button button. Every nozzle is controlled with R Button.

During development of Super Mario Sunshine, FLUDD was planned to feature a water gun nozzle, but the idea was scrapped due to controversy in the United States at the time.[1]

  • Squirt Nozzle – This is the basic nozzle, which allows Mario to spray water at objects or enemies. If the R Button button is held down lightly, Mario can run while squirting in the direction he is facing. If R Button is held all the way down, Mario stops and squirts in place while the player can use the analog stick to aim. In the Super Mario 3D All-Stars version, if the player is using a Joy-Con or a Nintendo Switch Pro-Controller, ZR Button squirts while running and R Button squirts in place, allowing aiming. This is the only nozzle that can also be used when in over-the-shoulder mode. This nozzle is equipped by default when the player starts the game or enters a level. When the player presses A Button before spraying with FLUDD, Mario can spray water in large range in front of him, making it easier to clean large range of enemies or goop. It should be noticed that the large-range spraying costs large amounts of water each time. When the player rotates Control Stick before spraying with FLUDD, Mario can do a spin attack that sprays water in all directions near him. The spin-spraying can be combined with A Button to perform a spinning spray jump.
  • Hover Nozzle – This nozzle allows Mario to hover in the air for about four seconds, with slowly increasing altitude while in effect. The Hover Nozzle is located inside blue nozzle boxes. Collecting a Blue Coin disables the Hover Nozzle temporarily. When Mario jumps off a Yoshi, FLUDD automatically has a full tank of water and is equipped with the Hover Nozzle, regardless of the conditions before Mario jumps on it.
  • Rocket Nozzle – This nozzle allows Mario to blast upwards on a stream of pressurized water after charging up for a brief period of time. He falls without hovering, though he does not take any falling damage. However, it cannot be used when Mario is in the water, so he has to jump from the water to perform the Rocket Nozzle in a water area. The Rocket Nozzle can be found inside red nozzle boxes and is unlocked in Delfino Plaza after the player gets 30 Shine Sprites.
  • Turbo Nozzle – This nozzle allows Mario to move quickly across land or water. Turning is more difficult when this nozzle is used on land than when it is used on water. It rapidly uses up a large amount of water when used on land. It also allows Mario to break through orange and green Turbo-bashable doors, which are otherwise immovable. The Turbo Nozzle can be found inside gray nozzle boxes and is unlocked in Delfino Plaza after the player gets 25 Shine Sprites.
  • Racket Nozzle – This nozzle appears only in Super Mario-kun. In it, Mario tells FLUDD that it should switch to the Rocket Nozzle. In the next panel, FLUDD's nozzle turns into a tennis racket, hitting a ball, and Mario compliments FLUDD for the return. Mario then yells at FLUDD for using the Racket Nozzle instead of the Rocket Nozzle.

Similar entities[edit]

Some games do not feature F.L.U.D.D. but still include objects based on it. The first instance of this is the Pump item in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Water Shooters, Fire Shooters, and Zap Nozzles all resemble F.L.U.D.D.'s head. In Mario Super Sluggers, a machine similar to F.L.U.D.D. appears as a cannon, or ball pitcher in modes such as Bob-omb Derby.

Portions of the Super Mario Power-Up Summer show at Universal Studios Japan featured F.L.U.D.D.-like water shooters being employed by the show's backup dancers to spray water into the audience. Replicas of F.L.U.D.D. are carried by some performers during the NO LIMIT! Summer Splash Parade.

Profiles[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophy
F.L.U.D.D.
BrawlTrophy185.png
Appears in:
GCN Super Mario Sunshine
How to unlock: Random
A multifunction water cannon invented by Professor Elvin Gadd that Mario totes like a backpack. Since F.L.U.D.D. is able to converse with Mario, it's believed to be equipped with some kind of artificial intelligence. With special nozzles, F.L.U.D.D. can be used like a jet pack to reach high places or for high-speed swimming.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Trophy
F.L.U.D.D.
F.L.U.D.D.'s trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Category: Fighter Related
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Appears in:
GCN Super Mario Sunshine (08/2002)
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Trophy Box: -
How to unlock:
Clear Crazy Orders after at least twenty turns while playing as Mario.
When Mario straps this fine accessory to his back, he takes to it like a fish to water! He can use F.L.U.D.D.'s high-powered water jets to blast himself high into the air or do a high-speed dash... Oh yeah, and he can defeat enemies and wash away graffiti. The built-in tutorial function makes anyone a pro F.L.U.D.D. user in just minutes! (American English)
When Mario straps this fine accessory to his back, he takes to it like a fish to water! He can use F.L.U.D.D.'s high-powered water jets to blast himself way up high or do a super high-speed dash – not to mention defeat enemies and wash away graffiti. Afraid it'll be hard to use? No worries – it has a tutorial function, too! (British English)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Spirit
#68 F.L.U.D.D.
Artwork of F.L.U.D.D. in Super Mario Sunshine. Series/game Super Mario Series
Type Support
Slots 2
Class Advanced
Strength / effect(s) Sticky-Floor Immunity
How to obtain Timmy and Tommy's

Super Mario 3D All-Stars[edit]

  • Nintendo's official social media accounts:
    Ridding the island of goop ✔
    Getting Mario to distant places ✔
    Washing away the opposition ✔
    Ensuring everyone spells "Piranha" correctly ❌
    F.L.U.D.D. can (nearly) do it all in Super Mario Sunshine!
    [2][3]

List of appearances[edit]

# Title Role Release date Format

1 Super Mario Sunshine Playable / item 2002 Nintendo GameCube
2 Mario Power Tennis Non-playable 2004 Nintendo GameCube
3 WarioWare: Smooth Moves Cameo 2006 Wii
4 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Part of Mario's moveset 2008 Wii
5 New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Non-playable 2009 Wii
6 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Part of Mario's moveset 2014 Nintendo 3DS
7 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Part of Mario's moveset 2014 Wii U
8 Minecraft: Wii U Edition Item in the Super Mario Mash-up 2016 Wii U
9 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Item in the Super Mario Mash-up 2017 Nintendo Switch
10 Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition Item in the Super Mario Mash-up 2018 New Nintendo 3DS
11 Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Item in the Super Mario Mash-up 2018 Nintendo Switch
12 WarioWare Gold Cameo 2018 Nintendo 3DS
13 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Part of Mario's moveset 2018 Nintendo Switch
14 Super Mario 3D All-Stars Playable / item 2020 Nintendo Switch

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:F.L.U.D.D.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポンプ
Ponpu
Pump
(subtitles; spoken as "FLUDD––a Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device")

Chinese 水泵
Shuǐbèng
Pump

French J.E.T.
Jerrycan Expérimental Transformable (Convertible Experimental Jerrycan)
German DRECKWEG 08/17
DRECKWEG 08/17. Dreck is German for "dirt", weg is German for "gone" and "08/17" is a pun on "08/15", a German idiom referring to something mediocre, which in turn is derived from the Maxim MG 08. The name alludes to the "Schreckweg 08/16", the German name of the Poltergust 3000 in Luigi's Mansion.
Italian SPLAC 3000
Sistema Propulsivo di Lancio Idrico Combinato (Combined Water Launch Propulsive Device) 3000
Korean 펌프
Peompeu
Pump

Russian ЛИВВ
LIVV
Pun on the verb лить (lit'), which means "to pour".

Spanish (NOA) F.L.U.D.D.
Fuente de Líquido Ultra-Dispersante Direccionable (Operable Ultra-Dispersant Liquid Fountain)
Spanish (NOE) A.C.U.A.C.
Aparato de Chorro Ultra-Atómico Combinado (Ultra-Atomic Multi-Squirt Device). The name is a portmanteau of aqua ("water" in Latin) and «cuac» («quack» in English), the onomatopoeia of the quacking duck and the sound F.L.U.D.D. makes when trying to spray water with its tank empty.

Nozzles[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノズル
Nozuru
Nozzle

French Buses
Nozzles
German Düse
Nozzle
Italian Spruzzo
Sprinkle
Spanish (NOE) Accesorio
Accessory

Squirt Nozzle[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ノーマルノズル
Nōmaru Nozuru
Normal Nozzle

French Buse d'Arrosage
Watering Nozzle
German Spritz-Düse
Spray Nozzle
Italian Spruzzatore
Squirter/Splasher
Spanish (NOE) Lanzachorros
Squirter (Nozzle)

References[edit]

  1. ^ N-Sider transcription (May 2005) of an August 2002 Nintendo Online Magazine interview with the developers
  2. ^ NintendoEurope (October 15, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved June 15, 2023. (ScreenshotMedia:Twitter NintendoEurope 2020-10-15 screenshot.png.) (Archived October 15, 2020, 15:08:10 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  3. ^ NintendoAUNZ (October 19, 2020). Facebook. Retrieved June 15, 2023. (ScreenshotMedia:Facebook NintendoAUNZ 2020-10-19 screenshot.png.)