Flying ? Block

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Flying ? Blocks[1], also known as Flying Prize Blocks[2], are ? Blocks with wings. They are one of the many blocks in the Mario franchise. These blocks fly around from left to right or from up and down. They also appear in different colors. Some colors include red and yellow.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Flying Prize Blocks first debut in Super Mario World. They appear in a few levels.

They may fly back and forth or fly left constantly. They may give Mario a Fire Flower, coin, or 1-Up Mushroom. It is also possible for a Flying Prize Block to give Mario a Cape Feather, a behavior that goes unused; a feather spawned from this block moves to the left after popping out, instead of to the right like with other blocks containing Feathers.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

A red Flying ? Block on the map.

Flying ? Blocks reappear in New Super Mario Bros. This time, red ones (also called Red Winged ? Blocks[3]) fly around the map to a level. If Mario selects any levels they are on, he can obtain a Fire Flower, 1-Up Mushroom, Mini Mushroom, Mega Mushroom, or a Blue Shell from the blocks. The yellow Flying ? Blocks also appear throughout levels, too.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Flying Question Block

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Flying ? Blocks make another appearance. This time, they function the same way as in New Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A Flying ? Block from Super Mario Galaxy 2

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Flying ? Blocks make chirping noises similar to a real-world bird, and neither they nor their immobile counterparts can be Ground Pounded. Additionally, if Flying ? Blocks are hit, they will vanish right away, instead of turning into a normal Block.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

They later return in Super Mario 3D Land, acting as they do in the 2D Super Mario games, and are found in several levels. This game also introduces Flying Coin Blocks, which do not lose their wings until they are emptied. In certain levels, it is required to ride on them to get a Star Medal.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

They appear again in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Now, they can appear as regular ? Blocks, and get wings to fly when are hit. They will fly forward in the level a bit before stopping and rising up in the sky. In certain levels, riding these kinds of Blocks can lead to secret areas.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

This blocks also appear in New Super Mario Bros. U with the same functions as in previous games.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]


Flying ? Blocks appear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2 if wings are applied to a ? Block.

Yoshi's Safari[edit]

Sprite of a Flying ? Block, from Yoshi's Safari.

Flying ? Blocks reappear in Yoshi's Safari, and can be shot at with the Super Scope to drop items. They appear throughout courses or after defeating mini-bosses, and come in two colors: yellow and dark green. Yellow variants carry Coins, Super Mushrooms, 1-Up Mushrooms, Fire Flowers, Big Coins and even Super Stars. Dark green variants appear after defeating mini-bosses and drop items used for boss battles such as Clocks, Nuts, Super Mushrooms and Super Stars.

Mario Party 9[edit]

A flying ? Block in Mario Party 9 has the ability to spin the middle of it.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Flying ? Blocks make their only appearance in an RPG in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. They appear in the background of several areas in the Dream World, and can be brought to the foreground by using the Sneeze Wind Luiginary Work, at which point they will become regular ? Blocks.


Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Dr. Mario World Twitter:
    • Red: "Huh? It looks like that box is flying! Apparently items will come out if you clear a stage and hit it... Oooh, I'm too excited! I can't wait to see what's inside!"[4]
    • Red: "An event where you can hit blocks and get cool rewards is now live! This time is special because the blocks will only appear for a short time, and staff tickets and diamonds have a higher chance of appearing. Cool, right?"[5]
    • Red: "So, that event where you hit blocks has started up again! This time it's a shorter version where blocks only show up for a limited time. Looks like staff tickets and diamonds sometimes appear too." [6]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 羽根ブロック[7]
Hane Burokku
Pata Burokku
Winged Block

From 「パタ」 (pata, an onomatopoeia for a flapping sound) and 「ブロック」 (burokku, block)
Chinese 啪嗒砖块[9]
Pādā Zhuānkuài
From "啪嗒" (pādā, an onomatopoeia for a flapping sound) and "砖块" (zhuānkuài, block)
German Fliegender ?-Block Flying ? Block
Italian Blocco ? alato Winged ? block
Russian Летающий золотой блок
Letayushchiy zolotoy blok
Flying golden block
Spanish Bloque ? alado Winged ? block


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet, page 13.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.4, page 20.
  3. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 128.
  4. ^ Dr. Mario World Twitter
  5. ^ Dr. Mario World Twitter
  6. ^ Dr. Mario World Twitter
  7. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section, page 61.
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 119, 151, 170, 186, 200, 216.
  9. ^