Freezing water

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Cold water
Mario skating on freezing water in the Freezeflame Galaxy while utilizing the Ice Flower
“BRRR! Frostbite Danger! Do not swim here. I'm serious. --The Penguin”
Sign in Snowman's Land, Super Mario 64

Freezing water,[1] originally called cold water,[2] is a type of water that is a hazard for Mario in several games, due to its low temperature.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

The cold water below Mario
“Snowman Mountain ahead. Keep out! And don't try the Triple Jump over the ice block shooter. If you fall into the freezing pond, your power decreases quickly, and you won't recover automatically. --The Snowman
Sign in Snowman's Land, Super Mario 64

In Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS, cold water appears in Snowman's Land in two forms. The first type of water cannot be touched at all, and any character who makes contact with it loses three wedges of health (or four and a half wedges if Mario, Luigi, or Wario has no cap) and bounces away, in a similar manner to lava. This water is found only in a large pool underneath the Chill Bully's platform, and in the Chief Chilly battle inside Chief Chilly Challenge in the remake. When pushed off, the Chill Bully will melt in the cold water and be defeated. In Super Mario 64 DS, Wario is able to withstand this cold water with his metal power-up. When walking on this water, he will move as if he is in quicksand.

The second type makes up the freezing pond and acts much like regular water; unlike in regular water, however, this water is so cold that the player will begin to lose a wedge of their Health Meter for every two seconds they are in it, and will not recover health automatically. If the player loses their last piece of health in the freezing pond, the drowning animation is still used. Also, the low health alarm will be heard when the player has one or two wedges left. In Super Mario 64, if mods are used to fill Cool, Cool Mountain and Wing Mario Over the Rainbow with water (due to their being "cold" courses and Mario's shivering in his idle animation in these courses), the water would be programmed to be freezing by default.[3]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

“The water here is cold! Really, really cold. Seriously! If you fall in, it's going to hurt!”
Sign in Freezeflame Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy

Freezing water also makes an appearance in Super Mario Galaxy in the Freezeflame Galaxy. Like regular water, it can be swum in; however, if Mario or Luigi stays in it for too long, they will lose one slice of their Health Meter. Therefore, to traverse it, an Ice Flower is required. When jumping into this water, the screen will "tingle" for a split-second.

There is an exploit that allows Mario or Luigi to traverse freezing water without using an Ice Flower or taking damage over time. Usually, Mario or Luigi cannot jump in water unless they are next to land. However, a second player utilizing the Star Pointer can make Mario or Luigi jump, even if they are in water. Jumping out of the freezing water cancels the internal timer for taking damage in freezing water. This means that if the second player makes Mario or Luigi jump consecutively within around 2 seconds of each jump, Mario or Luigi will safely be able to swim across freezing water.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

“Cold! So c-cold! Get out, quick!”
Cappy, Super Mario Odyssey

Freezing water can be found primarily throughout the Snow Kingdom, as well as a bonus area in the Sand Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey. Here, the same ticking sound that Bob-ombs make in more recent games plays when Mario is in it. If Mario swims in freezing water, the screen will gradually become covered with frost, and if he stays in too long, he will take damage. However, he can avoid taking damage from the freezing water by capturing one of the kingdom's purple Cheep Cheeps. Gushens can also travel safely across freezing water. One area of the Darker Side course also features a moving block of freezing water, through which Mario must swim in as little time as possible to avoid a set of Fuzzies.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Freezing water is also encountered in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, specifically throughout the level Seashore War. Jumping into it causes the Kongs to lose one heart upon contact.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 冷たい水[4]
Tsumetai Mizu
Cold Water
Italian Acqua ghiacciata
Lago Gelato[5] (Chill Bully's variant)
Acqua gelida (Super Mario Odyssey)
Chilly water
Frozen Lake
Frigid water


  1. ^ Knight, Michael. Nintendo DS Pocket Guide. Prima Games. Pages 300, 301, 305, 306.
  2. ^ Pelland, Scott and Dan Owsen. The Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Redmond: Nintendo of America, 1996. Page 90.
  3. ^ SwankyBox - Is it Possible to Beat Super Mario 64 if All Levels are Flooded with Water?
  4. ^ Kazuya Sakai (Ambit), kikai, Akinori Sao, Junko Fukuda, Kunio Takayama, and Ko Nakahara (Shogakukan) (ed.). Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros. (Japanese source). Tokyo: Shogakukan, 2015. p. 92. ISBN: 978-4-09-106569-8.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 92