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The Frog Suit is a power-up that debuted in Super Mario Bros. 3. The Frog Suit transforms Mario or Luigi into Frog Mario or Frog Luigi. It grants Mario or Luigi the power to jump higher, swim faster, and resist water currents better, but they can only hop while on land. When Frog Mario or Frog Luigi is hit by an enemy, they revert back to Super Mario or Super Luigi.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Frog Suit first appears in Super Mario Bros. 3. It can be found inside Giant ? Blocks in certain bonus rooms, and can be obtained from Toad Houses from World 3 and beyond; a Toad House in a secret part of World 2 also has one. The suit, as stated above, lets Mario swim faster and better, jump higher, swim through water currents, and hop while on land.
The Frog Suit is a handy item to use in underwater levels. Without one, Mario and Luigi will sink underwater and can only swim up and/or left/right. Frog Suits allow them to remain stationary in the water, and swim in any direction. However, Frog Suits do not provide much help on dry land. When out of water, Frog Mario and Frog Luigi move very slowly, as they can only move by hopping (instead of running). On the positive side, Frog Suits do allow the Mario Brothers to jump higher than they can normally, and it is possible to run on dry land in Frog form if the player is carrying an object, like a Koopa Shell.
If Mario or Luigi defeats a Koopaling while in Frog form, the restored king will say, "Oh me, oh my! You've been transformed! Shall I change you back with this wand?"
Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
Although the power-up itself does not appear, Super Mario Maker features a Mystery Mushroom costume based on the Frog Suit for the Super Mario Bros. theme. In addition, in Super Mario Maker and at the start of Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, knocking on a Warp Door in the Super Mario Bros. 3 theme in Edit Mode may cause Weird Mario to appear in a Frog Suit.
Super Mario Maker 2
The Frog Suit was added to Super Mario Maker 2 in the version 3.0.0 update released on April 22, 2020, appearing as an item in the Super Mario Bros. 3 style. It allows the player to move more efficiently underwater, along with being able to run on the surface of water when holding an item along if the P-Meter is maxed-out. In the nighttime ground theme, Frog Suits jump back and forth, rather than jumping in a single direction. Since the nighttime castle theme makes players swim in the air, the Frog Suit accordingly grants the same mobility here as it does underwater.
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3
The Frog Suit also appears often in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.
In "Oh, Brother!", Luigi used a Frog Suit to swim through a flooded Pipe Maze in order to rescue Mario from Bowser and Kooky. In "Mush-Rumors", Mario and Luigi donned Frog Suits in an attempt to save Norman's family from the Koopas, but were unsuccessful in the end.
The most prominent appearance of the Frog Suit in the cartoon was in the episode "The Ugly Mermaid," because Mario, Luigi, the Princess and Toad were all using Frog Suits (and thus creating Frog Princess and Frog Toad), and they kept those suits through the whole episode.
In the beginning of "7 Continents for 7 Koopas," Mario and Luigi can be seen crossing a bridge wearing Frog Suits. They were planning to relax in the water with Princess Toadstool and Toad, when King Koopa attacked, thus starting the problems for the Mario Bros.
In "Super Koopa", Bowser had access to a Power Pendant that gave him the same powers that Mario and Luigi normally used, including a Frog Suit. Mario and Luigi later wore Frog Suits, which they used to leap away from Super Koopa's attacks.
Additionally, Luigi is seen wearing a Frog Suit during the show's introductory sequence, in which he rescues Toad from Bully and Big Mouth Koopa after they capture him while underwater. Artwork of Frog Luigi also appears on the cover of Shout! Factory's Complete Series DVD set.
One distinct feature of the Frog Suits in the show is that the eyes on the suit mimic those of its wearer.
Nintendo Comics System
Nintendo Adventure Books
Early on in the Nintendo Adventure Book Leaping Lizards, Luigi can acquire a Frog Suit, which he needs if he encounters a swarm of Bloopers in a body of water in Iggy Koopa's secret lab; the Frog Suit allows Luigi to deflect some Sleepy Ink they spray at him. In a later book, Unjust Desserts, Mario mentions he should have brought a Frog Suit while tumbling through some of the fluid in Yoshi's body.
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
After an approximate 20-year absence, the Frog Suit returns in Paper Mario: Sticker Star as a sticker that Mario can wear. For one turn, Mario becomes able to avoid enemies' attacks by jumping over them; his next attacks also become stronger. It was originally designed to act like the Multibounce Badge, but was ultimately replaced in that role by the Line Jump sticker.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
The Frog Suit returns as a card in Paper Mario: Color Splash, acting as it did in the previous game. However, Mario now becomes Frog Mario, his attack power remains the same, and he loses the form upon taking damage (this physically removes the Frog Suit, as in Super Mario Bros. 3) or winning, rather than when his turn is over.
In the Super Mario Mash-up of Minecraft, Iron Armor is replaced by the Frog Suit.
Super Mario Bros. 3
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