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This article is about an item in Super Paper Mario. For the Game & Watch Gallery series minigame of the same name, see Helmet (Game & Watch). For the microgame from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, see Helmet (microgame). For the shells that Mario wears as helmets in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, see Spiny Shell (red) and Buzzy Shell.
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"A must-have item for any space explorer."
First appearance Super Paper Mario (2007)
Mario wearing a helmet in Super Mario Sunshine

The Helmet is an item in the game Super Paper Mario. When Mario, Peach and Bowser reach Outer Space, they are not able to breathe, and thus sets out on a quest to get something to solve this problem. While doing this, Mario and friends come across Pook, who gives them his Goldfish Bowl. After dumping out Pook's pet goldfish Captain Gills into the sewers, Mario and co. use it as their helmet in space. If the player refuses to put the helmet on enough times upon re-entering Chapter 4-1, they will get a Game Over.

A similar-looking helmet appears in Super Mario Sunshine. During certain missions in Noki Bay, Mario borrows a helmet from the Noki grandson (and, in one case, the Noki Elder himself). While equipped, it prolongs Mario's ability to stay underwater without returning to the surface to breathe. Though Mario's Health Meter runs out considerably slower when this helmet is used, he must still collect Coins to replenish it when it gets low.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘルメット
French Casque Helmet


  • If the player enters an asteroid in the background of a section of Chapter 4-1, they will still be wearing their space helmet, yet Bowser can breathe fire as if it were not there. In addition, Tippi will perch herself atop Mario's hat if he falls asleep due to inactivity, passing right through the helmet in order to do so. This can only be seen in this asteroid, as the heroes do not fall asleep while floating in space and Bowser cannot use his fire breath.
  • In early screenshots of the game, Mario was shown wearing his space helmet while exploring the Whoa Zone, despite the fact that it is not needed there in the final game.