Ice Ball (obstacle)

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Ice Ball
ice ice baby, ice ball maybe
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)
Latest appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Variant of Spike Ball
Giant Spiked Ball (Big Ice Ball)

Ice Balls[1] are Spike Ball-like obstacles commonly encountered in snowy settings.


New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Ice Balls and Big Ice Balls[2] appear exclusively in World 4-1. They behave identically to normal spiked balls and large spiked balls, respectively, but fit within the snow theme. They can only be destroyed by Gold Mario and Silver Luigi.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Skowl, the Startling uses similar obstacles during the first phase of his battle, consistently referred to in the game's Prima guide as chunks of ice.[3] While flying above one end of the main platform, Skowl creates spiked chunks of ice and throws them at the other end. Upon landing, they start rolling slowly across the platform. They are indestructible and can damage the Kongs on contact, but can be safely bounced on with Cranky Kong's cane.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

Ice Balls are summoned by Snifberg the Unfeeling in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World. They roll down towards the Yoshi, damaging him upon contact. They cannot be destroyed.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 氷の玉[4]
Kōri no Tama
Ice Ball


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. 2 internal filename (ice_ball.bcres/ice_ball)
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. 2 internal filename (ice_ball.bcres/ice_ballBig)
  3. ^ "During the battle’s first phase, Skowl, the Startling also attacks by throwing spiked chunks of ice. During this attack, Skowl throws each chunk of ice to the far side of the room. Move to the center of the main platform, then jump over each chunk of ice as it rolls toward you. […] During this phase of the battle, Skowl also utilizes his ice attack. Move to the center of the platform when Skowl initiates this attack, then jump over each chunk of ice as it approaches." – von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier (February 21, 2014). Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Walkthrough" tab, "Stage 2-Boss: Mountaintop Tussle" subtab. Roseville: Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-804-16252-4.
  4. ^ Sakai, Kazuya (Ambit) et al. (October 19, 2015). Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. 2 section. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 200.