Heavy Zed

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Heavy Zed
Artwork of a Heavy Zed from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Owl (species)

Heavy Zeds,[1] also referred to as simply Owls,[2] are birds that appear in the Tree Zone of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. They are large owls that are usually seen asleep. Their name is a play on the phrase "heavy sleeper" and "zed", the British English pronunciation of the letter Z, which is commonly used to denote snoring.


Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

Heavy Zeds can be used as platforms. When Mario approaches a Heavy Zed, it wakes up, and he can then stand on top of it to be carried to another area. A similar role is served by other owls in later games, such as Hoot from Super Mario 64 and the owls from Wario Land II and Wario Land 3.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

A singular Heavy Zed appears in volumes 7 and 10 of Super Mario-kun. While fighting a Battle Beetle, Mario avoids its punch which hits a branch from which a sleeping Heavy Zed falls, without waking up, squashing the Battle Beetle. While keeping it awake, Mario and Carrot fly on its back to reach the Big Bird's nest. Later, seeing them in difficulty, the Heavy Zed brings a bonus bell and, by hitting it, summons a Fire Flower from the Mario Catcher minigame. With the flower, Mario beats the Big Bird and the three then look for the Golden Coin inside the Big Bird's eggs. The Heavy Zed finds it, but falls asleep. In volume 10, after Mario manages to break Wario's hypnosis on the Mario Land inhabitants, Luigi collects the inhabitants and, riding the Heavy Zed, they reach Mario in time to cheer for him as an audience during the final battle.

Profiles and statistics[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.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく フライぞく
性格せいかく 親切しんせつ
登場とうじょうゲーム ランド2

Heavy Zed
Tribe: Fly clan
Disposition: Kind
Game appearances: Land 2
He's one of the few people on Mario's side.
Mr. Owl looks a little sleepy. He is a very big character, which makes one nervous when meeting him for the first time, but he is not an enemy. He is a kind character who carries Mario on his head.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グー[4][3]
From「ぐうぐう」(gūgū, Japanese onomatopoeia for snoring sound); shared with the Wario Land II owl
French Zed l'Assoupi[5] The Dozing Zed
German Müder Zed Tired Zed
Italian Heavy Zed[6]
Ciccio Zed[7]
Heavy/Fat Zed
Spanish Heavy Zed -


  1. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins English instruction booklet, page 14.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #5, page 56.
  3. ^ a b Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 66.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka Japanese instruction booklet, page 17.
  5. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins European instruction booklet (French part), page 58.
  6. ^ Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Italian booklet, pag. 14
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 77
  8. ^ Club Nintendo (Italy) Numero 1 - 1993, page 22.