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Mario approaching two Grates

Grates[1] are disc-shaped objects that appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are featured during Flip-Flopping in Flipsville, a mission in Flipsville Galaxy, where they grant a connection between two different surfaces of a platform. Ground Pounding on a grate causes Mario or Luigi to flip to the other side of the platform, changing gravitation and allowing him to walk on that side. Simply falling off the platform does not switch the force of gravitation.

Grates are also helpful in defeating certain enemies. Pounding a grate while a Pupdozer walks over it is the only way to defeat the enemy. Moreover, grates play a major role in the battle with Glamdozer, where the player needs use them and slam the boss from underneath four times in order to defeat her. However, during battle, Glamdozer often shoots large blobs of lava that can fill in the grates temporarily, rendering them unusable during that period of time. However, Mario is unable to use grates if Chain Chomps are on the other side.

In the mission Flipsville's New Digs, all grates are replaced by dirt patches where the player must use the Spin Drill to switch the force of gravitation.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
German Klapp-Gitter Folding Grid


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2: Prima Official Game Guide, page 150.