Grab Block

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Mario holding a flashing Grab Block
SMW Grabblock.gif

Grab Blocks[1] are dark-blue blocks resembling Rotating Blocks appearing in Super Mario World. As their name implies, Grab Blocks can be picked up and carried around by the player, similar to Super Mario Bros. 3's Ice Blocks. Once grabbed, a Grab Block can be kicked away to defeat enemies or reach distant ? Blocks.

When Mario or Luigi holds a Grab Block, it will start to flash different colors, disappearing after a few seconds. However, a minor glitch occurs if the player takes a Grab Block through a pipe, which causes it to last indefinitely. Yoshi can also eat Grab Blocks.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブルブルブロック[2]
Buruburu Burokku
Shivering Block; from buruburu, an onomatopoeia for freezing, and 「クルクルブロック」 (Kurukuru Burokku, Rotating Block).
French Bloc à empoigner Grab Block
Italian Blocco da afferrare[3][4]
Mattoni da presa[5]
Grab Block/Block to grab
Bricks to grab
Portuguese Bloco de Apanhar Catch Block
Spanish Bloque arrojadizo[6] Throwable block


  1. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 22.
  2. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)
  3. ^ Super Mario World booklet; pag. 22
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 61
  5. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 booklet; pag. 109
  6. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Spanish instruction booklet.