Lucky Cat Mario

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Lucky Cat Mario
Golden Statue Mario.png
Used on Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Rosalina
Item needed Lucky Bell
Power(s) given Temporary invincibility, earn coins while falling
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Lucky Cat Mario[1], also known as Maneki-Neko Mario[2] or Golden Statue Mario[3], is a form of Cat Mario in Super Mario 3D World. The user transforms into this when a Ground Pound is performed after grabbing a Lucky Bell.

In this form, he is a golden maneki-neko statue holding a coin. Luigi's Lucky Cat form is slightly different; he is raising his left paw instead of his right, unlike everyone else. While similar to Tanooki Mario's Statue form, Mario is invincible, rather than merely invulnerable and ignored by enemies; he also earns Coins while falling in this form. Mario cannot remain in this form indefinitely; he reverts to Cat Mario either if the player stops the ground pound, or its 12-second time limit expires. Lucky Cat Mario can defeat almost all normally invincible enemies, such as Spike Bars, Fuzzies, Fuzzlers, and Rammerheads, and instantly defeat enemies that usually take multiple hits. However, it cannot defeat Ka-Thunks, Big Ant Troopers, or Charvaarghs.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese まねきネコマリオ[4]
Maneki-neko Mario
Maneki-neko Mario


  1. ^ The Cat Mario Show #12
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  3. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide, page 14.
  4. ^