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"Melon" redirects here. For information about the item that is referred to as a "melon" in Donkey Kong 64, see Watermelon.
Sprite of a Tasty Melon from Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Balloon icon of a Tasty Melon in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
First appearance Yoshi (1991)
Latest appearance Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022)

A Melon is a fruit that appears in many Super Mario games, where they are found in tropical regions, such as Yoshi's Island. Melons are usually depicted as honeydew melons.


Yoshi franchise[edit]


NES (left), Game Boy (right)
NES (left), Game Boy (right)
NES (left), Game Boy (right)

Melons first appear in Yoshi, where one is given after the player clears levels 10 and 11 of the B-Type game, rewarding the player with 500 points.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

“Lucky Fruit are yummy, but the "yummiest" of all fruit is melon.”
Blue Yoshi, Yoshi's Story manual
A melon from Yoshi's Story
Sprite of a Melon from Yoshi's Story

Melons appear in Yoshi's Story, where it is the Yoshis' fruit of choice. There are 30 of these in every level, all of which must be eaten without consuming any other fruit to achieve a perfect score with a melon background picture appearing at the end. Each melon also awards the Baby Yoshis a bonus 100 ♥s apiece. Some melons are uncovered by breaking ? Blocks, popping ? Bubbles, or ground-pounding certain spots that can be detected by sniffing.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Melons also appear in Yoshi Touch & Go, where they give Yoshi twenty eggs when one of them is eaten.

Paper Mario[edit]

PaperMario Items Melon.png
Paper Mario description A succulent, ripe melon. Restores 15 HP.

Melons also appear in Paper Mario, where the adult Yellow Yoshi in Yoshi's Village trades a Melon for one of Mario's food items, provided the item is a recipe from Tayce T.; the trade cannot be done when the Yoshi kids go missing until the Lava Piranha is defeated, making it easily missed if players do not talk to the adult Yellow Yoshi before and after these events. Melons are generally a cheaper alternative to Jammin' Jelly for Tayce T.'s Special Shakes, and can also be used to create a Yoshi Cookie when cooked with Cake Mix.

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat[edit]

In Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Hogs attack Donkey Kong by throwing a set of three melons at him consecutively. The player can clap while Donkey Kong is near a melon to punch or kick it back at the Hog and stun it. Hogs may also shroud a melon in electricity; this melon is thrown much faster and requires two claps - once to discharge the electricity, and again to hit it back as usual. Clapping near a Hog will cause it to throw melons.

A gigantic melon serves as a goal in the non-boss levels of the Melon Kingdom.

Mario Kart Arcade GP series[edit]

The Melon appears as one of Yoshi's special items in Mario Kart Arcade GP and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. It is a recovery item that removes all status conditions for the kart when used, such as square or burst tires or a Thunder Cloud, and provides a shield for approximately half a second. With good timing, the shield can block incoming items or the explosion of a Time Bomb.

In Mario Kart Arcade GP, there is a variant called the Melon+ that greatly increases the duration of the shield given.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast[edit]

Sprite of a Tasty Melon from Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

In Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, the Tasty Melon appear as a red balloon item. When used, it makes the player invincible, much like the Star from the Mario Kart series; when used by a Kong, the invincibility lasts longer. Unlike the Star, touching a player while invincible does not hurt them.

Mario Party 4[edit]

The Melon also appears in the Mario Party 4 Bowser minigame Fruits of Doom, where it is one of the fruits that players may give Bowser to eat.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, a Wiggler in Gloomy Woods that Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario fed previously will ask for a Melon, which is their favorite dessert. Elsewhere in the area is a Yellow Yoshi with a melon; he will only give it to the trio if they can beat him in a race. Once Wiggler is given the melon, he eats it and moves out of the way, allowing the trio to continue through Gloomy Woods.


Recipe Result of Cooked Item Game that Recipe is in
Apple + Melon Special Shake Paper Mario
Melon + Cake Mix Yoshi Cookie


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メロン
Chinese 甜瓜
French Melon -
Italian Melone Melon
Korean 멜론