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Ice Flowers are a power-up item in the Mario franchise. When obtained, Mario becomes Ice Mario and can throw out Ice Balls from his hands that can freeze many enemies during gameplay. Ice Flowers first appeared in games as a Bros. Item in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and later in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U, along with other games in the franchise where it has the same function. However, in Super Mario Galaxy, Mario or Luigi gain a different ice form when it is collected. They are the icy counterparts of Fire Flowers.
Thirteen years prior to its first game appearance, the Ice Flower appears in volume 5 of Super Mario-kun, where it is a power-up the Star World stars are working on, by the time Bowser 3 conquers their labs. Mario's Star companion uses the Ice Flower to save Mario, Luigi and Yoshi from two Firesnakes.
The Ice Flower reappears in volume 36, which is adapted from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. It becomes Baby Luigi's primary form of offense. After the Commander Shroob destroys the snowman Baby Luigi had built, Baby Luigi pulls out an Ice Flower from the snowman's remains and defeats the Commander Shroob and his Support Shroobs, while accidentally freezing his other three allies. He then uses a Fire Flower to melt them, scorching Mario in the process.
Baby Luigi then later uses the Ice Flower against Mario, after the four characters were provoked by a Tanoomba masquerading as them.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, the effects of an Ice Flower are similar to a Bro Flower, but they allow Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to shoot iceballs instead of fireballs. Ice Flowers can randomly lower the enemies' Power, Defense, and/or Speed. Ice Flowers can also do extra damage to fire enemies, such as Blazing Shroobs, but they also do extra damage to Shroob enemies and bosses (with the exception of Princess Shroob), and to Bowser and Baby Bowser.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy
Ice Flowers reappear in Super Mario Galaxy, specifically in the Beach Bowl Galaxy, the Freezeflame Galaxy, and the Deep Dark Galaxy. As of this game, the outermost and middle rings of the flower's head are now blue and cyan, respectively, while the rest are the same colors as the Fire Flower. Ice Flowers turn Mario into Ice Mario, which lets him cross water and lava by creating hexagonal platforms of ice wherever he steps on either surface. Additionally, instead of running, Mario can skate about the level, increasing his speed. The music accompanying the ability (which is the Fire Flower's theme played in higher notes) speeds up until the Ice Flower's effect ends, in effect serving as a timer.
Beach Bowl Galaxy
The Ice Flower only appears in the secret star. The mission has the player collect a ? Coin, which spawns an Ice Flower. Upon grabbing it, the player then must quickly Wall Jump up a series of waterfalls to get to the top of the island, where they must make a Cataquack follow them to the star's location, then have it hurl them into the star.
In The Frozen Peak of Baron Brrr, the player must use the power-up to jump on a series of fountains leading them to the boss arena, and then defeat Baron Brrr, who requires three spins to beat instead of one, unlike a Lil' Brr. Then, in Hot and Cold Collide, the flower is used at the end of the level to cross lava platforms to get to the star. An Ice Flower is also essential in the purple coin mission Purple Coins on the Summit, as it is used in the same fashion as in the Baron Brrr mission.
Deep Dark Galaxy
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Ice Flowers reappear once more in New Super Mario Bros. Wii with the same look from Super Mario Galaxy. Unlike in Super Mario Galaxy, however, they function as they did in their debut game, allowing Mario, Luigi, Blue Toad and Yellow Toad to launch Ice Balls that can briefly freeze enemies and freeze large enemies for a second. They are often found in Towers and Castles. Yoshis can grab an Ice Ball thrown by another player or an Ice Bro and spit it out as a bigger projectile.
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Ice Flowers reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, retaining their behavior from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They are mainly featured in the level Frozen Fuzzies. In the level, the player can use it to throw iceballs to freeze Fuzzies, which will allow the player to ride on them to access other areas.
Mario Party series
Mario Party 9
Mario Party: Star Rush
Mario Tennis Open
In Mario Tennis Open, Ice Flowers appear as the Ice Flower Cup emblem and its trophy, which has a different design. A tennis racket, uniform, wrist bands, and shoes are designed based on this item and are available for Miis to use.
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Ice Flowers appear as stickers in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. When used, Mario transforms into Ice Mario and hurls Ice Balls at any ground or low-altitude enemies, freezing them. If the attack depletes their HP, they shatter. Shiny and Flashy variants, which inflict more damage to enemies, also appear.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Ice Flowers return in Paper Mario: Color Splash taking the form of a card and keeping their appearance from the previous game. They come in normal and big variations, and are found since the very beginning of the game, first appearing in Ruddy Road. This time, if the enemy's color (or HP) depletes to 0, they will be covered in a ice cube before being shattered into pieces.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
Mario Golf series
Mario Golf: World Tour
In Mario Golf: World Tour, Ice Flowers appear for item shots. They let the ball freeze terrain wherever it bounces (like in Super Mario Galaxy), letting players bypass water hazards. A golf ball and set of golf clubs are designed based on this item, and are available for use by Miis.
Mario Golf: Super Rush
In Mario Golf: Super Rush, Luigi uses the Ice Flower and transforms himself into Ice Luigi as part of his Special Shot. When the ball hits the ground, it will cause an impact that freezes all nearby balls and the ground. His Special Dash also transforms him and allows him to skate faster and leave a trail of ice behind, reminiscent of Super Mario Galaxy's version. The ice from Luigi's Special Shot and Special Dash will make other players slip when walked on. Although Ice Flowers themselves do not appear in Battle Golf, during the Ice Rush event, it freezes the ground for 30 seconds once the event starts.
Mario Kart series
In Mario Kart Tour, the Ice Flower represents the special skill of Light-blue Toad (Pit Crew), Light-blue Shy Guy, Ice Bro, Blue Koopa (Freerunning), Penguin Luigi, Penguin Mario, Penguin Toadette, Ice Mario, and Rosalina (Aurora). When deployed, ice balls orbit the player's kart and it lets the user throw three ice balls which freeze opponents solid for a few seconds. Frozen opponents will slowly slide down the track in a straight line. When Ice Flower+ is active, a fourth ice ball is added, allowing the player to use four ice balls as opposed to just three.
While under the effect of an Ice Flower, the player can break out if they manage to enter a Frenzy. The effect of the Ice Flower can also be advantageous as it makes the player immune to other hazards such as Star Thwomps, Lightning, Spiny Shells, Super Horns, Super Bells, and Bullet Bills.
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
Ice Flowers appear in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition as Transformation items that allow the player to transform certain types of enemies into stronger forms. Ice Flowers can be obtained by opening ? Blocks, defeating Ice Bros. with a 10+ combo attack, or by winning them in the Lucky ? Blocks game at Toad Houses.
Transforming enemies into stronger forms require a certain amount of Ice Flowers. Transforming Hammer Bros. into Ice Bros requires five Ice Flowers. Cheep Cheeps require four to transform into Big Cheep Cheeps, and can be transformed even further with six more to transform into Cheep Chomps.
With the game's digital update to version 2.0, four teammates can transform into stronger forms with six Ice Flowers: Green Magikoopa can transform into Green/Blue Magikoopas; Blue Magikoopa can transform into Blue Magikoopas; Wendy O. Koopa can transform into "Wendy & Green Koopa Troopa"; and Roy Koopa can transform into "Roy & Cheep Cheep".
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Paper Mario: The Origami King
Mario Kart Tour
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