Metal Cap

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Metal Cap
The Metal Mario Cap icon.
The "Metal Mario Cap" as it appears in Super Mario Odyssey
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Effect Turns Mario into Metal Mario
Mario wearing the Metal Cap
“Hidden inside the green block is the amazing Metal Cap. Wearing it, you won't catch fire or be hurt by enemy attacks. You don't even have to breathe while wearing it. The only problem: You can't swim in it.”
Hazy Maze Cave sign, Super Mario 64

The Metal Cap is an accessory that makes its debut in Super Mario 64. It is usually found in green blocks, which will become solid upon the player pressing the Metal Cap Switch in the Cavern of the Metal Cap. The Metal Cap turns Mario into Metal Mario, making him invulnerable and extremely heavy. Because of this, he can no longer make very high or long jumps, cannot swim, and will sink faster in quicksand. However, Metal Mario is also unaffected by toxic clouds and cannot drown. The effect lasts for 20 seconds.

If Mario gets another power when the Metal Cap is in effect, they will combine. This is possible in Dire, Dire Docks, where a green block is located directly beside a blue block, and in Wet-Dry World, where the player can drain the water in the downtown area and collect the Metal Cap, then jump down and collect the Vanish Cap. Collecting both will give Mario the powers of both his Vanish and Metal forms. An unused texture in the game shows a metallic version of the wings from the Wing Cap, suggesting that it would have been possible to combine the Wing Cap with the Metal Cap as well.[1]

In Super Mario 64 DS, the Metal Cap does not appear. Instead, Wario becomes Metal Wario when he grabs a Power Flower but still retains the same properties as Metal Mario, and the music associated with the Metal Cap is retained.

A similar item, the Metal Mushroom Orb from the Mario Party series, additionally transforms characters into metal forms.

The Metal Cap (referred to as the Metal Mario Cap) appears in Super Mario Odyssey as a cap that can be purchased from Crazy Cap stores, having a physical appearance similar to that of Super Mario 64. The cap becomes available after the player has collected 560 Power Moons, and it costs 1,000 coins. Aside from the ability to use the cap in conjunction with either the Mario 64 Outfit or the Metal Mario Outfit to enter a specific area in the Mushroom Kingdom, the cap is aesthetic and serves no other gameplay advantages.

Course locations[edit]


Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

  • Metal Mario Cap description: "A metal cap that seems somehow familiar..."

Super Mario 3D All-Stars[edit]

  • North American website bio: "Metal Mario can ram into foes to defeat them, and his heavy body will sink in the water."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メタルぼうし[2]
Metaru Bōshi
Metaru no Bōshi
Metaru Mario Bō

Metal Cap (Super Mario 64)

Metal Mario Cap (Super Mario Odyssey)
French Casquette de métal
Casquette métal (Super Mario 3D All-Stars)[3]
Metal Cap
Italian Cappello di Metallo
Cappello Armatura (Virtual Console)
Metal Cap
Armor Hat