Gold Shell

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Not to be confused with Yellow Shell.
Gold Shell
Artwork of a Gold Shell from New Super Mario Bros. 2
Artwork of a Gold Shell from New Super Mario Bros. 2
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
“If you bring me the gold shell, it's an automatic A for you!”
Coach, Super Mario Galaxy

A Gold Shell (or gold shell) is a rare type of Koopa Shell. It first appears in Super Mario Galaxy, where it is the objective of some missions. In later games, it can give coins.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A Gold Shell in the Beach Bowl Galaxy
Bigmouth Galaxy
A Gold Shell in Bigmouth Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, the Gold Shell only appears in two missions: "Passing the Swim Test" and "Bigmouth's Gold Bait."

When the player arrives at the Beach Bowl Galaxy, they learn that the penguins' Coach gave his students a "swimming test" where the students have to find shells. He states that the penguin that finds a Gold Shell instantly gets an A. When the player dives underwater after speaking with Coach, they will see that a penguin has already found the sole Gold Shell. The player must swim up to the penguin, who, refuses to give up the shell. However, the player can take the Gold Shell from him by spinning, allowing them to take it back to Coach, who is so impressed that he gives Mario a "gold medal" (which is actually a Power Star), only to realize Mario is not one of his students. After Mario gets the Power Star, he will have to leave the Gold Shell behind.

In the Bigmouth Galaxy, the player finds a golden Treasure Chest that will only open if they bring back a Gold Shell. After swimming through a dangerous cavern in the darkness, the player must find the Gold Shell to bring back up, where it opens the chest, freeing the Captain of the Toad Brigade, who was trapped in the chest. He gives Mario a Power Star as a thanks for freeing him.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Gold Shell in New Super Mario Bros. 2

Gold Shells return in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they are now the golden versions of the average Koopa shells. They are much more common here, as Gold Shells appear when Mario passes a Gold Ring. When a Gold Koopa is stomped, they retreat into their golden shell, and if kicked it produces a trail of coins behind it.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Gold Shell in Super Mario 3D World
A Gold Shell in Super Mario 3D World

Gold Shells also appear in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury; once again, they are rare. They only appear in Koopa Troopa Cave, Sunshine Seaside, and Coin Express. They function similar to the ? Box and Gold Shells in New Super Mario Bros 2: the player gains coins for shell-dashing with these shells or throwing them; they give 30 coins before breaking. There is also no character color code for the shells.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

Gold Shell from Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.
Gold Shell from Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, Gold Shells act just like Black Shells, but instead of being thrown normally like a Green Shell, they home in on the driver in front of the player, like a Red Shell, exploding upon impact. Triple Gold Shells can be unlocked and used as an item as well.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's Egg[edit]


A shell that includes all ingredients of the above 4 shell types. It tastes dreadfully unpleasant, but its nutrition will maximize physical strength. Good medicine tastes bitter, as they say.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
German Goldpanzer Gold Shell
Italian Guscio d'Oro Gold Shell
Spanish Caparazón dorado Golden shell



  1. ^ a b 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ヨッシーのたまご」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's Egg), page 61.