Life Shroom

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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.
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

A Life Shroom 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 Shroom 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 Shroom 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 Shrooms are also found in ? Blocks later in the game. Life Shrooms can also be carried by an enemy in battle. When the enemy is defeated, the Life Shroom 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.

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.


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 Shroom Life Shroom Paper Mario
Strange Leaf + Super/Ultra/Life Shroom
Goomnut + Super/Ultra/Volt/Life Shroom
Mushroom + Koopa Leaf/Strange Leaf/Goomnut Volt Shroom (International)
Life Shroom (Japan)
Dried Pasta + Life Shroom Bland Meal
Iced Potato + Life Shroom
Fire Flower + Life Shroom
Egg + Life Shroom
Honey Syrup + Life Shroom Honey Super
Jammin' Jelly + Life Shroom Jelly Super
Maple Syrup + Life Shroom Maple Super
Ultra Shroom + Life Shroom Shroom Steak
Super Shroom + Life Shroom
Dried Shroom + Life Shroom
Cake Mix + Life Shroom Sweet Shroom
Dried Fruit + Life Shroom Volt Shroom
Mushroom + Life Shroom Shroom Steak Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Life Shroom Shroom Roast / Roast Shroom Dish Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario
Honey Syrup + Life Shroom Honey Super Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Jammin' Jelly + Life Shroom Jelly Super
Maple Syrup + Life Shroom Maple Super
Mystic Egg + Life Shroom Omelette Meal
Shroom Cake + Life Shroom Cake Mix
Dried Shroom + Life Shroom Shroom Steak
Super Shroom + Life Shroom
Ultra Shroom + Life Shroom
Golden Leaf + Life Shroom
Turtley Leaf + Life Shroom
Dried Bouquet + Life Shroom Space Food
Fresh Pasta Bunch + Life Shroom Zess Special
Mr. Softener + Life Shroom Dried Shroom
Point Swap + Life Shroom Super Shroom
Thunder Bolt + Life Shroom Volt Shroom
Thunder Rage + Life Shroom

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]
Jiùmìng Mógu
Life-saving Mushroom
French Champi-vie Life Mushroom
German Lebenspilz Life Mushroom
Italian Fungo SOS SOS Mushroom
Korean 응급버섯
Eung-geub Beoseos
Emergency Mushroom
Spanish (NOE) Seta Vital (Paper Mario and Thousand-Year Door)[3][4]
Champiñón Vital (Super Paper Mario)
Life/Vital Mushroom


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  • In the code for Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, there is an item that looks similar to the Life Shroom 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 Shroom 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)".