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Princess Peach plucking a vegetable from Super Mario USA.
Peach pulling on a tuft of grass in Super Mario Bros. 2

Grass in the Super Mario franchise is an object which first appears as a gameplay mechanic in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and Super Mario Bros. 2. In this appearance and others, characters can pull up the grass to obtain and use various items.


Super Mario series[edit]

Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario and company can pull on tall blades of red grass (black in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic) emerging from the ground by pressing B Button. While this often pulls out a vegetable, it can also pull out several other objects: Magical Potions, bombs, Bob-Ombs, Turtle Shells, Stop Watches, coins (in Subspace only), or Rockets. Super Mario Advance also adds Heart Radishes and large turnips called Giant Vegetables, which take longer to pull out. They work just like their normal-sized counterparts, but can hit more enemies, due to their bigger size.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Grass returns in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 as an e-Reader exclusive feature: scanning the Blue Green Switch will activate grass patches with vegetables below them in the main game. They also appear by default in several World-e levels - namely Vegetable Volley, The ol' Switcheroo, A Sky-High Adventure, Ice Cubed, Ground Work and Treacherous Halls. The grass is colored green to match the vegetable leaves, and turnips are the only vegetables to appear; they are found in both their unripe and ripe forms, as well as the giant turnip that was introduced in Super Mario Advance. Some grass patches are "fake roots"[1] that also hide single coins, five coins, 1-Up Mushrooms, or even e-Coins or Poison Mushrooms, or Monty Moles (in Ground Work only).

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

SmashWiki article: Grass (item)
Grass in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
A tuft of grass in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In the Super Smash Bros. games, grass tufts first appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee as 2D background decorations in Mushroom Kingdom II, using their appearance from Super Mario Bros. 2. Peach also has an attack, the Vegetable, that acts as her down special and mimics the function of grass in previous appearances to pull up vegetables from the ground.

Grass later appears as an actual item in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. When a player pulls on blades of grass emerging from the floor of the stage, any random item that can normally spawn will be plucked into the player's hands, with status or recovery items activating immediately upon being plucked.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, grass returns as an item and also reappears on the Mushroom Kingdom II stage, with their design now more similar to Super Mario All-Stars.

Mario Golf series[edit]

Grass also has an important role in the Mario Golf series, where it acts as the lie of the ball, and determines the size of the impact bar. It comes in the form of the Fairway, Fast Fairway, Rough, Heavy Rough and the Green. Grass also serves a purpose in Mario Tennis games as a court with fast speed and low bounce.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Wii U:
Grass's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Category: Item
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Appears in:
NES Super Mario Bros. 2 (10/1988)
(Applies only to the Wii U version) Trophy Box: -
How to unlock:
This special grass first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2, where plucking it revealed hidden items. It works exactly the same way in Smash Bros.—if you pluck the grass, maybe you'll find a game-changing object! If only cleaning an unkempt lawn would reveal such neat things... (American English)
A patch of overgrown grass with an item buried underneath. Grass like this grew all over the place in Super Mario Bros. 2, and Mario and co. could pull it up to get all kinds of handy items for their quest. It works the same way in this game: pull it up to get an item. Who knows what it'll be? (British English)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese [2]


Dutch Graspol
French Herbe
German Grasbüschel
Tuft of Gras
Italian Erba
Ciuffo d'erba[3][4][5]
Tuft of grass
Portuguese Erva
Russian Трава

Spanish Hierba

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 117. "BLOCK-ROCKIN' BEETS! Ever wished you could relive Super Mario 2 in the entire main world of Super Mario Bros. 3? Then switch this e-Switch, my plump plumber friend! This crazy device adds a selection of turnips to each and every level. Not only that, but these come in small, medium (as shown in the screen above), and large sizes, as well as fake roots that explode with Coins or Poison Mushrooms that take your Super Mario powers away! Replay the game using turnips to knock down enemies and prizes for more fun that ever."
  2. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet. Pages 20 and 26.
  3. ^ NES Remix 2, Remix 1 level 10-1, "Scopri cosa c'è sotto i 2 ciuffi d'erba!"
  4. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian manual. Page 36.
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual. Page 10.