Ground-Pound Switch

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A Ground-Pound Switch from Super Mario Galaxy
Mario on a Ground-Pound Switch in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2

A Ground-Pound Switch[1] (also spelled as Ground Pound Switch[2] and ground-pound switch[3][4]) is a type of switch first seen in Super Mario Galaxy. To use this item, Mario must ground pound it. Upon pressing this switch, a variety of things can happen, mainly making Star Bits or coins appear.

There are also timed Ground-Pound Switches, tree stumps which have similar effects, and gray Ground-Pound Switches that make walls fall down, making other areas accessible.

They are also shown again in Super Mario Galaxy 2, having the same functions like in the first game. There is also a new function for Ground-Pound Switches in this game. If Mario ground pounds one of the switches, the screen turns grayscale, and the environment and enemies on the respective planet slow down greatly. This new function appears in the Space Storm Galaxy, Clockwork Ruins Galaxy, and Stone Cyclone Galaxy, and is useful in avoiding stage hazards that would be impossible to dodge otherwise.

Ground-Pound Switches reappear in Super Mario Odyssey. One can be found on top of a skyscraper in the Metro Kingdom. Ground-pounding the switch causes a platform to temporarily appear, allowing access to another building. Four Ground-Pound Switches are also found around the Seaside Kingdom, each one guarded by a cage that can only be opened by collecting the Power Moon next to them. Ground-pounding these switches uncorks the Sparkle Water fountains to allow Mario to fight Mollusque-Lanceur.

According to the brochure for the Lost Kingdom, the symbol on Ground-Pound Switches originated there in ancient times.[5] Some enemies, such as Whomps, Mandibugs, Stairface Ogres, and Astro-Lanceurs have the same symbol on some part of their bodies. Hitting the symbol with a Ground Pound will defeat the creature. Meteorites also share the same symbol.

In the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Ground-Pound Switches reappear and are colored purple. Activating them either causes a Cat Shine and platforms leading to it to appear, or a battle arena to form around the switch that can only be disabled if every enemy within is defeated, which also spawns a Cat Shine. After Mario has collected the Cat Shine, the Ground-Pound Switch turns gray, and can then be pressed again to repeat the same challenge. However, the Cat Shine collected upon its completion will be transparent, and only gives Mario coins when collected.

A Ground-Pound Switch before and after being pressed
A Ground-Pound Switch before and after being pressed
A Ground-Pound Switch before and after being pressed

The following Cat Shines are collected after hitting Ground-Pound Switches:

  • Hurry! Jump High, Jump Fast! (switch located near the entrance to Pounce Bounce Isle)
  • Hurry! Watch Your Step! (switch located on a bridge near the entrance to Trickity Tower)
  • Hurry! Fly through the Frost! (switch located at the base of Crisp Climb Castle)
  • Cold Cove Combat (switch located on the small area of land below the entrance to Slipskate Slope)
  • Hurry! Hop behind the Wall! (switch located in the middle of some Donut Blocks in Risky Whisker Island)
  • Hurry! Hot Cross Run! (switch located near the entrance of Roiling Roller Isle)
  • Hurry! Steer the Switchboards! (switch located near the entrance of Mount Magmeow)
  • Footprint Free-for-All (switch located to the southwest of the Wasteland Giga Bell)
  • Surprise Prizefight (switch located on an island directly north of Mount Magmeow)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヒップドロップスイッチ[6]
Hippu Doroppu Suicchi
Hip Drop Switch
French interrupteur à charge au sol[7] Ground Pound Switch
German Stampfattacken-Schalter Ground Pound Switch
Italian Interruttore Schianto a Terra Ground Slam Switch
Spanish Interruptor de Salto Bomba[8] Ground Pound Switch


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 American instruction booklet, page 20.
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy American instruction booklet, page 18.
  3. ^ Super Mario Galaxy American instruction booklet, page 12.
  4. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 American instruction booklet, page 12.
  5. ^ Kingdom Brochures. The text reads "A Symbol from Ancient Times: Now seen all over the world, this starburst symbol is thought to have originated on these islands. But what does it communicate? The mystery may never be solved."
  6. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Japanese instruction booklet, page 21.
  7. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 American instruction booklet, page 34.
  8. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 American instruction booklet, page 64.