Key Coin

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Key Coin
Key Coin SM3DW Prima.jpg

First appearance

Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Latest appearance

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

Key Coins[1] are a special type of coin that first appear in Super Mario 3D World in Sunshine Seaside. Five Key Coins have to be collected to turn a specific Warp Box (With Key) into a regular Warp Box, similar to how Mario has to collect five Star Chips in the Super Mario Galaxy games to make Launch Stars appear. A counter on top of the screen shows how many Key Coins have been collected and how many are left. Collecting a Key Coin gives the player 1000 points.

Key Coins are found again in the Wii U version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, where they are once again found in Clear Pipe Cruise.

In Super Mario Maker 2, Pink Coins take the form of pink-colored Key Coins in the Super Mario 3D World style. Additionally, Keys themselves resemble the one depicted on the sides of a Key Coin while in this style.

Key Coin Locations[edit]

Level Area
World 5-1: Sunshine Seaside Scattered all around the main beach.
World 6-1: Clear Pipe Cruise Towards the end of the level, a big Clear Pipe with many branches has 4 Key Coins, the fifth being at the beginning of it.
World 6-3: Hands-On Hall Outside the building, scattered all around the place.
World CastleWorldCastleIcon (SM3DW).png-5: Trick Trap Tower Found on the second tower. When the Key Coin at the top of the tower is collected, poison fog will fall through the tower.
World StarWorld Star-5:Super Block Land On the second floating island.
World StarWorld Star-6: Peepa's Fog Bog Scattered around the whole level.
World MushroomWorld Mushroom-2: Spiky Mount Beanpole The Key Coins are found on a new version of Mount Beanpole, the locked Warp Box is at the bottom of it.
World MushroomWorld Mushroom-5: Back to Hands-On Hall The Key Coins are found inside a building in a level similar to Hands-On-Hall.
World FlowerWorld Flower-12: Boss Blitz There are five bosses. The Warp Boxes warping the player to each one turns into a Key Coin after beating the boss.
World CrownCrownIcon.png-CrownIcon.pngCrown: Champion's Road All five Key Coins are found around many Ring Burners.


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キーコイン[2]
Kī Koin
Key Coin
Spanish Moneda llave Key Coin
Dutch Sleutelmunt Key Coin
German Schlüsselmünze Key Coin
Italian Moneta Chiave Key Coin


  1. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide, page 20.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D World section, page 232.