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This article is about the status effect which means "power-up". For the power-ups that transform Mario into different forms in various Super Mario platformer games, see List of power-ups.
Mario and Luigi having the POW-Up status condition

POW-Up is a positive status condition that has appeared in several Super Mario RPGs. It stands for "Power-Up".


Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake, the Energizer and Yoshi-Ade items increase the user's attack power by 50%. The Party Energizer item has the same effect on the whole party. Geno can bestow this status to the party with his Geno Boost.

In the remake, the Flower Essence item from the Toad Assist move also raises attack power for one ally.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, Watt's ability, Turbo Charge can increase Mario's attack power by 1 for one to four turns. Red Magikoopas and Magikoopas can grant themselves or their allies increased attack by 1, Super Blooper can increase its attack by 2. Also, some enemies can charge their power like the Hyper Goombas and Hyper Clefts.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

PMTTYD POW-Up Battle Icon.png

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, several items and the Crystal Star power called Power Lift can raise attack power. The "Attack is boosted!" status is indicated by an angry face above Mario or his partner. The Huge status effect also boosts attack. Charging also boosts attack power for the next attack only; this is indicated by the affected character changing color repeatedly in a pulsing fashion. Enemies can have this status effect, also, by taking up a turn to charge.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

The icon for the POW-Up status effect in Paper Mario: Sticker Star

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, it acts like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Mario can obtain it with a Leaf sticker, and Sombrero Guys can give it to other enemies. Mario can also use the Boom Box to double his attack.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Battle Icon display for x2 Striking Power in Paper Mario: The Origami King.Battle Icon display for x1.5 Striking Power.Battle Icon display for angry enemies.

In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Mario can receive a x1.5 boost in striking power for one turn by lining up all enemies. If this happens without expending all moves, Mario's attack power is doubled instead, and, in turns when all the enemies are already lined up, due to all who would not be aligned being defeated, a special message saying, "Now! Finish them off! Attack power up!" appears. Passing over a x2 Striking Power panel while fighting a boss will also double Mario's attack power. Enemies also receive a boost in power when angry, indicated by a pink and red anger symbol.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Red Peppers boost attack power (and give the Heavy G status effect) in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its 3DS remake, giving more power to Mario and Luigi's attacks. In the original game, the status boosts POW by 50%, while in the remake it instead boosts base POW by 25% (stacking additively with other POW boosts). The status is indicated by a red burst with an arrow pointing up next to Mario and Luigi's HP.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

The brothers in POW-Up status in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Red Peppers appear again in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, although they affect both fighters currently active and do not give the Heavy G status. POW-Up is indicated by an expanding red circle around the character. Certain enemies can also raise their own attack power by becoming enraged (usually due to low HP), like Bullies.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

The POW-Up status effect also appears in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, with the same effects as the previous games. It can be received by Bowser if he inhales the meat seen during the second Midbus battle.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

POW-Up returns in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. By using a Gold-Guard Badge combo, Mario and Luigi can increase their attack power. This also affects enemies, which can be used by a Risk-Silver Badge combo.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

POW-Up returns in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. By using a POW-Up Battle Card, Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario can increase their attack power.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope[edit]

Turbocharge icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
“Damage bonus when attacking with Weapons or Movement abilities.”
Hero Info description, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

In Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope the Pow-Up status is called Empowered, and is a state in which damage for weapon and movement abilities is boosted. The Turbocharge ability from the Spark Starburst bestows this status on the user and any other allies within range for a single turn. Magikoopas and Midnite also use the Empowered ability (Misty Surge for the latter) for themselves and any enemies within range; their cooldowns lasting two turns.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ツヨツヨ (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)

French Augmentation habilité[1]
Puissance d'attaque doublée
Increase skill
Attack power doubled