Magical Potion

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Magical Potion
Magical Potion artwork from Super Mario Advance
Artwork from Super Mario Advance
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (cameo) (2023)
Effect Create doors that lead to Subspace.

Magical Potions,[1] also called Magic Potions[2][3][4][5] or simply Potions,[6] are items that Mario and his friends discover in the land of Subcon during the events of Super Mario Bros. 2, resembling a flask with a bubbling liquid inside. They replaced the Magic Lamps from Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Mario lifting a Magical Potion that leads to Subspace in World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. 2
Mario finding a Magical Potion

In Super Mario Bros. 2, when picked up and thrown to the ground, a Magical Potion allows Mario and friends to enter Subspace through a temporary door, where they can find coins (under untouched grass tufts) and Mushrooms. Also, within Subspace, certain jars will act like a Warp Zone, allowing Mario to warp to a later World. Magical Potions cannot create doors within a jar, over another door, or on unstable surfaces like quicksand. In Super Mario Advance, after finishing the game, one can find Yoshi Eggs during the Yoshi Challenge.

BS Super Mario USA[edit]

In the sequel, BS Super Mario USA, the Magical Potions are necessary to find Wart in one of Subspace's jars as he is always hidden in these dimensions.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, King Koopa sometimes pulls out a Magical Potion at the end of an episode, usually when he is outmatched by Mario's group, in episodes such as "Bad Rap" and "Mario Meets Koop-zilla" and throws it, creating a Warp Zone for him to escape. The episode "Princess, I Shrunk the Mario Brothers" introduces two types of potions called the Magic Shrink Potion and Magic Growing Potion.

List of episodes featuring Magical Potions[edit]

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Magical Potion. Page 38, volume 8 of Super Mario-kun.

The Magical Potion has made a brief appearance in Super Mario-Kun in volume 8. Here, Luigi attempts to give it to Mario to aid him in defeating Tryclyde.

Toad has also used the Magical Potion in a fight with Wart. He enters the door the potion creates and then gives powerups to aid Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi during the fight, including Super Leaves, P-Wings, and Frog Suits.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Doors to Doom, when Mario and Luigi escape a stampede of Ninjis by jumping off a cliff while using a parasol to safely float down, they decide to escape by revealing a bottle of Magic Potion from a tuft of grass. However, this particular bottle of potion creates a door which has a lock displaying a shoelace puzzle on it. Mario and Luigi must solve the puzzle and push the correct button in order to escape the area; pushing the incorrect button makes the door lead them to an encounter where they get shot point-blank by a Shy Guy riding an Autobomb, leading to a Game Over.

Official profiles[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: "Throw one of these to make a door appear, then pass through one of these doors to get to Sub-space."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 魔法
Mahō no Kusuri
Magic Potion

Chinese 魔法瓶[14]
Mófǎ Píng
Magic Bottle

French Potion Magique
Magic Potion
German Zaubertrank
Magical Potion
Italian Pozione magica[7][8][9][10][11][12]
Pozione Magica[13]
Magic potion
Magic Potion


  1. ^ Super Mario All-Stars instruction booklet, page 21.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 20.
  3. ^ Nintendo PlayChoice-10 Super Mario Bros. 2 instructions
  4. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 1, page 10.
  5. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide. Page 88.
  6. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide. Pages 94, 95, 99.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Italian manual, pag. 20
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Italian e-manual, pag. 6
  9. ^ Super Mario Advance European manual, pag. 111
  10. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian manual, pag. 32
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 10
  12. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 70
  13. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Italian manual, pag. 21
  14. ^ iQue's promotional demo play videos of Super Mario Advance and Wario Land 4. Retrieved February 9, 2020.