Heavy Zed

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Heavy Zed
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First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)

Heavy Zeds[1], also referred to as simply Owls[2], are owls found in the Tree Zone of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. They can be used as platforms to reach high places. When Mario approaches one, he will wake up, and then and only then can he use one as a ride. The top of the owl's head is flat, making him an ideal platform for Mario to stand on while being flown to a higher area.

Heavy Zeds' name comes from the common image in cartoon iconography of someone sleeping with a trail of Zs next to them, and "heavy sleeper", meaning one who sleeps soundly and is hard to wake up. Also, since they are large enough for Mario to stand on, the "heavy" part of their name could be a reference to their weight. "Zed" is also the British English pronunciation of the letter Z.

Official profiles[edit]

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

  • Virtual Console Manual: "This isn't really an enemy; it's a sleeping owl. If Mario climbs onto this owl's head, it'll wake up and give Mario a ride. Heavy Zed has other friends that will give Mario a ride, too."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グー[3]
From 「ぐうぐう」gūgū, an onomatopoeia for a snoring sound
Spanish Heavy Zed -
French Zed l'Assoupi[4] The Dozing Zed
German Müder Zed[citation needed] Tired Zed


  • Heavy Zed, the Owls from Wario Land II and 3, and Hoot from Super Mario 64 are all very similar in that each one of them is a sleeping owl that flies the player to otherwise unreachable places when awoken.


  1. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6 Gold Coins English instruction booklet, page 14.
  2. ^ https://archive.org/stream/Nintendo_Magazine_System_05_1993-08_Trielle_AU#page/n55/mode/2up
  3. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka Japanese instruction booklet, page 17.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins European instruction booklet (French part), page 58.