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This article is about the obstacle. For the move in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, see Grinder (move). For the monkey enemies formerly known as Grinders, see Ukiki.
"Garigari" redirects here. For the enemy from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat also known as "Garigari", see Gōrumondo.
A Grinder from the New Super Mario Bros. U style of Super Mario Maker
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)

A Grinder is a spinning circular saw blade that acts as a hazard in several Super Mario games.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

Grinders make their debut in Super Mario World (and reappears later in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2), and are found in some Fortresses and Castles. In this games, there are two types of Grinders: line-guided and non-line-guided. The line-guided variety travels along a dotted line while non-line-guided Grinders travel across the floor. The blades are rather large and cannot be jumped on, although they can be defeated by a Slope Slide (which displays a glitchy sprite). Mario or Luigi can also Spin Jump onto a Grinder, which lets them bounce off it without taking any damage. This obstacle first appears in Forest Fortress.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Slurples, Grinders, and a Mandibug in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy
Multiple buzz saws in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Grinders (referred to as "buzz saws" in the Prima guide) appear in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy and the Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy, where they cut through planks of wood and cause them to fall. When Mario traverses certain parts of a planet or comes close to a buzz saw, it starts moving and any enemy that touches it is defeated. Garigari Minis[1][2] also appear in the game, which are smaller versions that cut in curves rather than straight lines.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Grinders also appear in Super Mario 3D Land, behaving like they did in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They appear only in World 7-5, where they are the primary obstacles for the level.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Grinders appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they operate on tracks as they did in Super Mario World. They make clock ticking sound effects and can also jump vertically, if the tracks allow them to. Grinders are among the few obstacles in the game that cannot be destroyed by Gold Mario's fireballs, though it is possible to destroy a Grinder by touching it as White Raccoon Mario. They are extremely common throughout World 3-Castle, serving as the level's main obstacles. Grinders also appear in World Star-Castle, and the third level of the Impossible Pack. Big Grinders also appear in the game.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Grinders reappear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario Maker 2. Their appearance is larger and different than that of previous titles. Because Grinders did not appear in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, new sprites were made for those styles, and the New Super Mario Bros. 2 model is reused for the New Super Mario Bros. U style, though a bigger sprite was created for the Super Mario World style instead of reusing the original sprite. They also cannot be Spin Jumped on and are invincible, though they can be jumped on using Yoshi or a Goomba's Shoe. Grinders in this game remain floating in place instead of spinning right and left if not connected to a track.

The version 1.30 update allows the player to shake the Grinder, turning it into a Bumper. The Bumper will simply cause Mario to bounce off it, and nothing else. In Super Mario Maker 2 Bumpers are now separate objects.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Grinders appear as obstacles in Super Mario Run. They can be found staying in one spot, or moving on a track. Grinders appear in Cutting-Edge Spire and Make the Cut!.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Lift Castle
Two buzz saws in Lift Castle in Yoshi's Story

Buzz saws[3] reappear in Yoshi's Story. They are found abundantly in Mecha Castle and Lift Castle, and reappear in Magma Castle in tight spaces. Some buzz saws are permanently connected to walls and need to be jumped or crawled past.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Grinders also appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They are only found in Chomp Ruins where they will hurt Mario if he comes into contact with one.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

A Grinder appears as Bowser Jr.'s dash attack in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Grinders also appeared in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. They are found in Mount Brrr as obstacles in the Trio Drill sections. If the trio come into contact with one, they will be forced out of the dirt.

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

Grinders reappear in WarioWare: Get It Together! as obstacles in level 3 of the Super Mario World microgame.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガリガリ
ノコギリ[4] (Yoshi's Story)
Onomatopoeia for a crunching or scratching sound; also romanized as "Gari Gari" and shared with the Big Grinder


Chinese (simplified) 圆锯[7][dead link]
Yuán Jù
Round Saw

Chinese (traditional) 圓鋸
Yuán Jù
Round Saw

Dutch Grinder[6]
French Scie
Scie circulaire
Portmanteau of scie ("saw") and circulaire ("circular"), sounding exactly like the latter.
Circular saw
German Kreissäge
Buzz saw
Italian Sega circolare
Circular saw
Korean 쓱싹쓱싹
Onomatopoeia for sawing

Portuguese (NOE) Serrão[8]
Augmentative form of serra ("saw")
Russian Пила

Spanish Sierra


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (ObjectData/GarigariMini.arc)
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl); the equivalent string of "GarigariMini" (en_name) is「ガリガリミニ」(jp_name)
  3. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Nintendo Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 115-117, 119. Retrieved May 21, 2024.
  4. ^ 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 110-112, 122-123.
  5. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 French ending
  6. ^ Nintendo Nederland (December 17, 2015). Super Mario Maker - Nieuwe functies! (Wii U). YouTube. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  7. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Nintendo Portugal (December 17, 2015). Super Mario Maker - Novas funcionalidades! (Wii U). YouTube (European Portuguese). Retrieved January 11, 2021.