Life Mushroom (Paper Mario series)

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This article is about the item that appears in the Paper Mario series. For the item from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, see Life Mushroom.
Life Shroom
PaperMario Items LifeShroom.png Life Shroom TTYD.png A Life Shroom in Super Paper Mario. Icon of an item from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch)
Paper Mario description A life-giving Mushroom. Restores 10 HP when Mario's HP hits 0.
The Thousand-Year Door description Restores 10 HP when Mario or his partner falls.
Super Paper Mario description Automatically restores 5 HP if you fall in battle.
“I've been ailing a bit lately. I'd like to get a Life Shroom, you know, to have on hand just in case of an emergency.”
Koopa Koot, Paper Mario
Mario and Goombario obtaining the Life Shroom in the library of Peach's Castle during Chapter 8

A Life Mushroom, referred to as a Life Shroom prior to the Nintendo Switch remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, is an item found in the Paper Mario series. Whenever Mario (or his partner in The Thousand-Year Door) is defeated in battle, the Life Mushroom will revive the character and return ten HP to them. If both Mario and his partner lose all of their HP at the same time, both will be revived to ten HP, but only one Life Mushroom will be used.

In Paper Mario, Life Shrooms can be found throughout the world, purchased, and cooked by Tayce T. In addition to their primary usage, they serve as an ingredient in several recipes and can be given to Koopa Koot in exchange for 1 coin and the Gold Credit. They can be obtained in the following locations:

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the item can be bought for forty coins at the Twilight Shop in Twilight Town and for fifty coins at Westside Goods in Rogueport. One can be found in Hooktail Castle, Twilight Trail and the Palace of Shadow. At shops within the game, they are given away as a shopping prize when the player reaches one-hundred and fifty points. Life Mushrooms are also found in ? Blocks later in the game. Life Mushrooms can also be carried by an enemy in battle. When the enemy is defeated, the Life Mushroom revives the enemy just as it would Mario or his partner; however, it then has a high chance of being dropped after the battle is over. Ms. Mowz can also use Kiss Thief to steal the item in battle. In this game, it is not possible to save this item just for Mario's use; partners automatically use it if their life is depleted, no matter what. The Puni Elder also demands one of these as an emergency ration in the Trouble Center. In the Nintendo Switch remake, Life Mushrooms can also be bought from a Toad in Pirate's Grotto for 40 coins after defeating Cortez.

They reappear in Super Paper Mario, but only recover five HP when Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser or Luigi falls. They can be used at any time to restore five HP and/or cure Poison. They may drop from Fuzzies.


Main article: List of Tayce T. recipes, List of Zess T. recipes, List of Saffron and Dyllis recipes
Recipe Result of Cooked Item Game that Recipe is in
Koopa Leaf + Super/Ultra/Volt/Life Mushroom Life Shroom Paper Mario
Strange Leaf + Super/Ultra/Life Mushroom
Goomnut + Super/Ultra/Volt/Life Mushroom
Mushroom + Koopa Leaf/Strange Leaf/Goomnut Volt Mushroom (International)
Life Mushroom (Japan)
Dried Pasta + Life Mushroom Bland Meal
Iced Potato + Life Mushroom
Fire Flower + Life Mushroom
Egg + Life Mushroom
Honey Syrup + Life Mushroom Honey Super
Jammin' Jelly + Life Mushroom Jelly Super
Maple Syrup + Life Mushroom Maple Super
Ultra Mushroom + Life Mushroom Mushroom Steak
Super Mushroom + Life Mushroom
Dried Mushroom + Life Mushroom
Cake Mix + Life Mushroom Sweet Shroom
Dried Fruit + Life Mushroom Volt Mushroom
Mushroom + Life Mushroom Mushroom Steak Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Life Mushroom Mushroom Roast Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario
Honey Syrup + Life Mushroom Honey Super Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Jammin' Jelly + Life Mushroom Jelly Super
Maple Syrup + Life Mushroom Maple Super
Mystic Egg + Life Mushroom Omelette Meal
Mushroom Cake + Life Mushroom Cake Mix
Dried Mushroom + Life Mushroom Mushroom Steak
Super Mushroom + Life Mushroom
Ultra Mushroom + Life Mushroom
Golden Leaf + Life Mushroom
Turtley Leaf + Life Mushroom
Dried Bouquet + Life Mushroom Space Food
Fresh Pasta Bunch + Life Mushroom Zess Special
Mr. Softener + Life Mushroom Dried Mushroom
Point Swap + Life Mushroom Super Mushroom
Thunder Bolt + Life Mushroom Volt Mushroom
Thunder Rage + Life Mushroom

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese きんきゅうキノコ[1]
Kinkyū Kinoko
Emergency Mushroom

Chinese 救命蘑菇[2] (Paper Mario)
Jiùmìng Mógu
Life-saving Mushroom

Chinese (simplified) 紧急蘑菇 (The Thousand-Year Door remake)
Jǐnjí Mógū
Emergency Mushroom

Chinese (traditional) 緊急蘑菇 (The Thousand-Year Door remake)
Jǐnjí Mógū
Emergency Mushroom

Dutch Levenspaddenstoel
Literal translation of life mushroom
French Champi-vie
Life Mushroom
German Lebenspilz
Life Mushroom
Italian Fungo SOS
SOS Mushroom
Korean 응급버섯
Eunggeup Beoseot
Emergency Mushroom

Spanish (NOA) Champiñón vital
Life/Vital mushroom
Spanish (NOE) Champiñón vital (Super Paper Mario and The Thousand-Year Door remake)
Seta Vital (Paper Mario and The Thousand-Year Door)[3][4]
Life/Vital mushroom
Life/Vital Mushroom


The unobtainable DUMMY item has an icon similar to a Life Mushroom.
  • In the code for Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, there is an item that looks similar to the Life Mushroom named DUMMY. If used while inside Bowser, Mario or Luigi will throw it into the air, where it explodes and restores 60 HP to Bowser. This item was most likely scrapped from the game because only the Stone Blooper can damage Bowser while in his body. It can only be obtained by hacking.
  • The Official Nintendo Player's Guide for Paper Mario states on page 124 that a Life Mushroom can be made by cooking a Mushroom with a Goomnut, Koopa Leaf, or Strange Leaf, which is only true for the Japanese version of the game.


  1. ^ "Paper Mario: From Japanese to English". (June 17, 2013). The Mushroom Kingdom. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  2. ^ From iQue's localization of Paper Mario: (105:25)
  3. ^ "#16 LA MANSIÓN Boo!".
  4. ^ "20 - Paper Mario: La Puerta Milenaria (GC)".