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Mario swimming between two Skewers in Turtle Zone. These Skewers do not appear in Easy Mode.
Lances in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

Lances[1] are blade obstacles that rest in one place, usually along the ceiling, thrusting up and down in a set rhythm. They usually are deployed in narrow places with not much room for evasion to ensure difficulty for the player to progress. Functionally, they are comparable to Skewers, albeit much smaller than they usually are.


Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, lances appear in Turtle Zone, looking like a simple long, thin knife. There are less of them in Easy Mode.

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3[edit]

Jet Wario, approaching lances

In Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, lances appear in Syrup Castle. They appear as low-hanging, axe-like blades that constantly jiggle up and down, though their collision remains approximately block-sized. Small Wario can simply walk underneath them, but if larger, Wario will have to crouch and crawl underneath them. Jet Wario can also fly through them if launched on the floor.

Wario Land II[edit]

Wario evading lances on a Conveyor Belt.
Wario, evading lances

Lances are encountered in several levels of Wario Land II. They are composed of a blade resembling the version of the lance from the previous game, but are attached to a metal pole with some wire wrapped around it, and produce an alarming sound when moving. While the edged part of the lance itself can hurt Wario and throw him backward, the pole is harmless and can be passed without taking damage. Some lances even have Conveyor Belts underneath them.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヤリ[2][3]
Italian Lancia[4] Spear


  1. ^ Dark Horse Books. Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years. Page 78.
  2. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins), page 83.
  3. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ワリオランド2 盗まれた財宝」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Wario Land 2: Nusumareta Zaihō), page 36.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 78