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This article is about the column from Super Mario World. For the boss who uses different Pillars in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, see Hoohooros. For information about other uses, see Column.
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2001)
A Pillar crushes Luigi in the Super Mario World manga by Kodansha.

The Pillars[1] are large, indestructible columns found in Super Mario World. These obstacles appear in #1 Iggy's Castle, Forest Fortress, and room 1 of Bowser's Castle, usually hidden in floors, ceilings, or walls. They move slowly for several seconds, revealing themselves, before suddenly smashing almost anything on their way. After several seconds later, Pillars move slowly back. If the player reaches the door at the end of rooms with Pillars, but does not enter it, the nearby Pillar will appear to be cut off by the wall.

A Pillar appears in the first volume in the Super Mario World arc of the Kodansha-published Mario manga. While Mario and Luigi are walking through Iggy Koopa's castle in an open room, Mario looks up and tries warning Luigi of a falling Pillar, but it crushes Luigi. Mario then has to toss a crushed Luigi through a window.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 木槌[2]
Wooden Mallet
German Holzhammer Wooden Hammer
Italian Pilastro di legno[3] Wooden Pillar


  1. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Pages 113 and 146.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section, page 60.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 60