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This article is about the real world species. For other uses, see Jellyfish (disambiguation).
Model of a green jellyfish from Super Mario Sunshine.
Model from Super Mario Sunshine
First appearance Mario & Wario (1993)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Derived subjects

Jellyfish in the Super Mario franchise are aquatic creatures that commonly appear as enemies. Their appearance is slightly distinct in almost every game they appear in, but always retain the usual traits of real life jellyfish, such as tentacles and globe-shaped bells. Jellyfish also serve as basis for other creatures found in the Super Mario games, including Jelectros from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Jellybeams from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.


Mario & Wario[edit]

In Mario & Wario, Wario uses a jellyfish on LEVEL6: Pukupuku Kai to obscure Mario's view.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Jellyfish make a minor appearance in Super Mario Sunshine, where Nokis are seen riding them in the episode The Red Coin Fish. They are harmless, as bumping into them does not hurt Mario.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, exploring the gloomy Amiss Abyss while being surrounded by dangerous jellyfish.
Jellyfish that light up a tenebrous tunnel in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port, jellyfish[1] appear as common enemies in the water levels of Sea Breeze Cove. Their movement path may vary from individual to individual; some simply swim in a straight line up and down, while other revolve around a certain spot. Jellyfish charge up some momentum before moving in a set direction. Like the Jelly Fish in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, they are electrically charged and can damage the Kongs on contact. They can only be defeated with a nearby Kong POW. These enemies glow softly and are clearly visible in the dark, as seen in Amiss Abyss, a level which marks their first encounter with the Kongs in the game.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピッカリン[2] (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze)
Derived from「ピカり」(pikari, a Japanese term meaning "with a flash")


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 13.
  2. ^ 「ドンキーコングトロピカルフリーズ任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 17Media:DKTF Shogakukan P17.jpg.