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A Ground-Pound Switch (also spelled as Ground Pound Switch and ground-pound switch) 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. 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.
The following Cat Shines are collected after hitting Ground-Pound Switches:
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