Mystery Box (item)

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Mystery Box
PaperMario Items Mystery.png Sprite of a Mystery from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Mystery Box SPM.png
Paper Mario description Who knows what it does... Take a chance to find out!
The Thousand-Year Door description Who knows what this does? Take a chance and find out!
Super Paper Mario description What does this do? Only one way to find out...

A Mystery Box is an item found in Paper Mario, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and Super Paper Mario.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

The first appearance of the Mystery Box in Paper Mario goes under the name Mystery?. When used in battle, a roulette will appear, containing the following items, that will be used right after the roulette stops on an item:

Mystery?s can also be used for cooking, yielding a Mistake half the time, and a randomly selected one of twenty-three recipes otherwise.

Throughout the game, Mystery?s can be found in the following locations:

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mystery is sold for three coins at Pungent's Great Tree Shop and the Sales Stall. One Mystery can also be found in a bush in near the bridge in Petal Meadows.

When used in battle, a Mystery has the effect of one of the following items:

If it is cooked by itself or with any other item, it makes a Mistake half the time, and otherwise a random one of twenty items, mostly cooking recipes.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Mystery Boxes appear under their current name in Super Paper Mario. When cooked, the outcome can be random, or more commonly, a Mistake. However, the set recipe is a Miracle Dinner. The Mystery Box can be bought in Flipside Arcade for five Flipside Tokens, at the Downtown of Crag for three coins, or carried by a Lakitu. Similar to Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a random item will appear which can be any item from a Catch Card to a Thunder Rage.

A Mystery Box can contain one of the following items:

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

While Mystery Boxes do not appear in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, another item known as a Secret Box with similar effects appears. Secret Boxes mimic a random badge effect, unlike Mystery Boxes, which mimic a random item.

Unused appearances[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

The Mystery Box was originally set to re-appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the Nintendo 3DS, as seen in early artwork, but is absent from the final game.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese なにがおこるかな[1]
Nani ga Okoru Ka Na
I Wonder What Will Happen
Chinese 神秘?
French Mystère? Mystery?
German Mysterium?
Surprise Box (Super Paper Mario)
Italian Chissà cos'è Who knows what it is
Korean 미스터리박스
Miseuteoli Bagseu
Mystery Box
Spanish Sorpresa Surprise


  1. ^ "Paper Mario: From Japanese to English". (June 17, 2013). The Mushroom Kingdom. Retrieved February 4, 2015.