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Not to be confused with Flip Panel (Chain-Link).
Mario approaching two grates

Grates[1] appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 as disc-shaped objects in Flipsville Galaxy that 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. Grates are featured during the mission Flip-Flopping in Flipsville. Moreover, grates play a major role in the battle with Glamdozer, where the player needs to use them and slam her 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 or Luigi is unable to use grates if 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
Japanese オモテウラ金網[2]
Omoteura Kanaami
Flip-Flop Wire Netting

German Klapp-Gitter
Folding Grid
Italian Grata duefacce[3]
Twosides grate


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine (May 23, 2010). Super Mario Galaxy 2: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Roseville: Random House Inc. ISBN 978-0-30746-907-6. Page 148, 150, 151, 153.
  2. ^ Sakai, Kazuya (Ambit), kikai, Akinori Sao, Junko Fukuda, Kunio Takayama, and Ko Nakahara (Shogakukan), editors. (October 19, 2015). 『スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック』. Tokyo: Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 169.
  3. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 169.