I Spy

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This article is about the badge from Paper Mario. For the microgame known as "I Spy" in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, see Busted! (WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!).
Not to be confused with Eye Spy.
I Spy
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First Appearance Paper Mario (2000
Paper Mario Description A sound and icon alert you to a nearby hidden panel.

I Spy is a badge in Paper Mario. It is rewarded by Rowf in Toad Town once his Calculator is returned to him after it gets stolen by Shy Guys and taken to the Shy Guy's Toy Box. If Mario is equipped with the badge, a ringing noise plays and a Star Piece icon appears whenever he is close to a hidden panel, which can be ground pounded (after obtaining the Super Boots) to get a Star Piece. The panels can be accessed without the badge, but there is no other way to detect them. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the badge doesn't appear, but instead, Ms. Mowz is able to sniff out if any "treasure" is located in the near vicinity, which includes hidden panels.

Merluvlee's prediction[edit]

  • "I see...an I Spy Badge. I see you handing something to a merchant who cannot open his shop without the tools of his trade. You find what was stolen from him and he gives you the Badge."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クルリンサーチ
kururin sāchi
Spanish Espía Spy
French (NOE) 007
German Spion Spy
Chinese 测星勋章
Cēxīng Xūnzhāng
Star Detection Badge