|First appearance||Super Mario 3D Land (2011)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)|
|Effect||Turns Mario into White Tanooki Mario (Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World) or White Raccoon Mario (New Super Mario Bros. 2)|
The Invincibility Leaf (also called Invincible Super Leaf or Gold Leaf) is a power-up that first appeared in Super Mario 3D Land. This power-up is an enhanced version of the Super Leaf, colored gold and white instead of the usual brown tones, giving the user the additional power of permanent invincibility in the level it is found in.
Super Mario 3D Land
In Super Mario 3D Land, its Assist Block only appears after Mario or Luigi loses five lives in a (skipped) normal world level (for example, by using a Warp Zone); it does not appear in the Special Worlds nor does it reappear in levels that have already been cleared, meaning Luigi can only obtain the Invincibility Leaf and the P-Wing if levels are skipped, and have yet to be cleared. Using the leaf will turn Mario into White Tanooki Mario, making him invincible for the entire level (though he cannot get extra lives). After completing a level with it, the player will revert back to the normal Tanooki form.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
The Invincibility Leaf returns in New Super Mario Bros. 2, but changes Mario into White Raccoon Mario instead of White Tanooki Mario. As White Raccoon Mario, the P-Meter fills up faster than as normal Raccoon Mario, and Mario has the ability to walk/run on water, like Mini Mario. The power-up will last for the entire level and will revert to normal Raccoon Mario/Luigi upon completion. White Raccoon Mario cannot be replaced by any other powered-up form, including Gold Mario and Mega Mario. However, Super Stars can still be used while the Invincibility Leaf is in effect. To obtain the secret exits and unlock hidden levels, the player must clear the level without using the Invincibility Leaf. It can also be used in Coin Rush mode, where Mario remains in White Raccoon form for the entire pack.
As with Super Mario 3D Land, its Assist Block only appears after Mario loses five consecutive lives in any given level, with the exception of the Cannon levels. However, the block will remain in the level until the player beats it without using it and it can return in a level, even if the level in question has been cleared.
Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
The Invincibility Leaf also appears in Super Mario 3D World, referred to as the Invincible Super Leaf on the website, as well as the Gold Leaf in the Prima game guide. It again turns players into the White Tanooki form. The Assist Block functions as it did in New Super Mario Bros. 2, but the number of lost lives needed to make it appear is based on the number of players: 6 for one player, 12 for two, 18 for three, and 24 for four. Furthermore, the Invincibility Leaf cannot be used in Champion's Road.
The Invincibility Leaf reprises its role in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. However, when compared to the new Invincibility Bell, the latter takes priority over it. This consequently makes this game the first to let the player hold the Invincibility Leaf in the item storage; completing the course or losing a life will convert it into a Super Leaf.
Super Mario 3D Land
- Electronic manual bio: "Turns you into Tanooki Mario with unlimited invincibility."
New Super Mario Bros. 2
- North American website bio: "Having a tough run? If you fall five times in a stage, a block appears to give you this leaf. White Raccoon Mario is invincible, and his P-Meter fills up lightning fast. That should do the trick!"
Super Mario 3D World
- North American website bio: "Get past tough levels with the help of a Tanooki power-up and invincibility to attacks."
Invincibility Leaf Assist Block (Super Mario 3D Land)
Invincibility Leaf Assist Block (New Super Mario Bros. 2)
Invincibility Leaf Assist Block (Super Mario 3D World)
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Onoverwinnelijkheidsblaadje||Unconquerability Leaf. The suffix -je denotes a diminutive.|
|French||Feuille d'invincibilité||Invincibility Leaf|
|Italian||Foglia Invincibile||Invincible Leaf|
|Portuguese (NOE)||Folha de Invencibilidade
Folha da Invencibilidade
|Spanish||Hoja de Invencibilidad||Invincibility Leaf|
- Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo.com. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
- Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide, page 15.