Flying ? Block

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Flying ? Block
Flying Prize Block
A Flying ? Block from Super Mario World
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)
“Where do these blocks come from, anyway? Life would be easier if they floated TO me instead of flying away...”
Red, Dr. Mario World official social media accounts

Flying ? Blocks,[1] also known as Winged ? Blocks[2] and originally known as Flying Prize Blocks,[3] are ? Blocks with wings. They are one of the many blocks in the Super Mario franchise. These blocks fly around from left to right or 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 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 Flying ? Block in New Super Mario Bros.
A red Flying ? Block

Flying ? Blocks reappear in New Super Mario Bros. This time, red ones (also called Red Winged ? Blocks[4]) 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. However, if Mario hits a checkpoint, dies in a level, and comes back to said level with a red Flying ? Block in it, there is a chance the block will not appear. The yellow Flying ? Blocks also appear throughout levels, too. In World 7-A Ghost House icon from the New Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo DS., Phantom Hands also point at Invisible Flying ? Blocks[5] (also called Invisible Winged ? Blocks,[6] though they lack wings).

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]

Flying ? 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. The player can still stand on this block and it will keep moving left, unlike the winged Hard Blocks. Thwomps, Bob-ombs, and Spike Balls (from version 2.0 in Super Mario Maker 2) are some enemies that can trigger the block, but the big versions of these enemies will destroy the block instead of activating it.

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]

In Mario Party 9, a Flying ? Block appears in Growing Up. Inside of it is a cylinder which displays the buttons the players must press.

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.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

In the second teaser posterMedia:The Super Mario Bros Movie teaser poster.jpg for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, a Flying ? Block can be seen in the skies above the Mushroom Kingdom.


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!"[7]
    • 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?"[8]
    • 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." [9]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 羽根ブロック[10]
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[12]
Pādā Zhuānkuài
From "啪嗒" (pādā, an onomatopoeia for a flapping sound) and "砖块" (zhuānkuài, "block")

French Blocs ? Volants
Flying ? Block
German Fliegender ?-Block
Flying ? Block
Italian Blocco ? alato
Blocco ? volante (New Super Mario Bros., red variant)
Winged ? block
Flying ? 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. ^ Knight, Michael. Nintendo DS Pocket Guide. Pages 61, 82, 88, 97.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.4. Page 20.
  4. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Page 128.
  5. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Pages 91 and 92.
  6. ^ Knight, Michael. Nintendo DS Pocket Guide. Page 84.
  7. ^ Drmarioworld_EN (November 22, 2019). Twitter. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Drmarioworld_EN (March 19, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  9. ^ Drmarioworld_EN (April 28, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section. Page 61.
  11. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook. Pages 119, 151, 170, 186, 200, 216.
  12. ^ New 超级马力欧兄弟. iQue. Retrieved December 28, 2019.