Grab Block

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Mario holding a flashing Grab Block
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Grab Blocks,[1] also referred to as Blue Blocks,[2] 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 White Blocks. Once grabbed, a Grab Block can be kicked away to defeat enemies or reach distant Prize Blocks.

When Mario or Luigi holds a Grab Block, it starts 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[3]
Buruburu Burokku
Ao Burokku
Play on「ブルブル」(buruburu, shivering) and「クルクルブロック」(Kurukuru Burokku, Rotating Block); may also incorporate「ブルー」(burū, blue)

Blue Block
French Bloc à empoigner Block to grab
Italian Blocco da afferrare[5][6]
Mattoni da presa[7]
Grab Block/Block to grab
Bricks to grab
Portuguese Bloco de Apanhar Catch Block
Spanish Bloque arrojadizo[8] Throwable block


  1. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 22.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 51.
  3. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out)
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 45.
  5. ^ Super Mario World booklet; pag. 22
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 61
  7. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 booklet; pag. 109
  8. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Spanish instruction booklet.