Metal Box

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Not to be confused with metal block.
"Green Block" redirects here. For information about green-colored ! Blocks, see ! Block.
Metal Box
Artwork of the Metal Box from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
The Metal Box from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

The Metal Box (or green block) is a ! Block appearing in Super Mario 64. By breaking it, Mario is able to get the Metal Cap. The Cap Switch needed to turn on the Metal Boxes is located in the Cavern of the Metal Cap, a secret area inside Hazy Maze Cave.

The Metal Box also appears as an item in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and returns in all subsequent installments in the Super Smash Bros. series. Much like in Super Mario 64, this item causes characters to become coated in metal for a short period of time. Unlike in Super Mario 64, they have to simply grab the box to become metal, as opposed to jumping under it and causing the Metal Cap to emerge from it. They become heavier and fall faster, making it harder to directly KO them by blasting them away, but making it harder for them get back on the stage. Getting hit will cause the duration of the power-up to shorten. The Super Smash Bros. characters/forms Giga Bowser, Wario-Man, Mega Lucario, and Giga Mac are completely unaffected by Metal Boxes. Also, when a character becomes metal, their voice, for unknown reasons, is removed.

From Super Smash Bros. Melee onward until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, each game of the Super Smash Bros. series has a trophy of the Metal Box. Interestingly, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the trophy states the Metal Box appears in Super Mario 64 DS, but that game replaced the colored caps with multiple characters and their Power Flowers are all found in red ? Blocks.

The name "Metal Box" is unique to the Super Smash Bros. series.

Trophy information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Metal Box Metal Box Super Mario 64
First spotted in Super Mario 64, the Metal Box holds the power to turn your character briefly into heavy metal. Your mass is exponentially greater while metallic, making it difficult for others to throw you. Be careful though: not only will you move a bit slower, but you'll also fall much more quickly than you ordinarily would.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Metal Box BrawlTrophy496.png N64 Super Mario 64 A green box that transforms whoever attacks it into metal. In metal form, you're a lot heavier than normal, so middling and even strong attacks don't move you too much, and standard attacks won't even make you flinch. The time you spend in metal form decreases with the damage you take. In Super Mario 64, the weight of the metal form allowed you to walk underwater.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in American English description British English description
Metal Box MetalBoxTrophy3DS.png Metal Box's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U N64 Super Mario 64 (09/1996)
DS Super Mario 64 DS (11/2004)
This green box will make you the ultimate defensive character, turning you into solid metal for a short time. You won't flinch from enemy attacks, even in midair, and it is much harder to launch you. On the other hand, you fall like a brick. Getting hit will reduce the duration of this item. Whack this box to turn into a metal you! You won't flinch when attacked - even in mid-air - and you'll be harder to launch. Now, the downsides: you'll move slower, fall faster, and recovering when you fall off a stage will be a nightmare. Also, it's only temporary, or lasts until you've taken a certain amount of damage.

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.


Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese のブロック[1]
Midori no Burokku
Midori Burokku
Green Block
Chinese (Simplified) 绿色砖块
Lǜsè Zhuānkuài
Green Block
Chinese (Traditional) 綠色磚塊
Lǜsè Zhuānkuài
Green Block
French Boîte de Métal Metal Box
German Grüne !-Box Green ! Box
Italian Blocco verde[2](Super Mario 64)
Scatola ![3] (Super Smash Bros. series)
Green Block
! Box
Korean 초록 블록
Chorok Beulok
Green Block
Russian Металлический блок
Metallicheskiy blok
Metallic block
Spanish (NOA) Bloque de Metal Metal Block
Spanish (NOE) Bloque Verde Green Block


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  2. ^ Super Mario 64 Italian instruction booklet, page 38.
  3. ^ Latel (May 3, 2018). Year of Smash 25 [Super Smash Bros. Brawl]. YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2020.