Poison (obstacle)

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Mario and Luigi above poison in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)

Poison[1][2] (also known as poisoned water,[3] a Poison Bog,[4][5] a Poisoned Bog,[6] or a poisonous bog[7]) is a liquid hazard, commonly purple in color, that mostly appears in the Super Mario franchise. In most appearances, coming into contact with it causes the player to instantly lose a life or inflicts damage, similarly to lava.


Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Poison Pond
Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong swimming in Poison Pond

In Donkey Kong Country, the level Poison Pond takes place in a green toxic pond, though it does not harm the Kongs.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Toxic Tower
Toxic waste in Toxic Tower
Main article: Toxic waste

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, a poisonous liquid appears quickly rising in Toxic Tower. If Rattly, Squawks or Squitter touch the liquid, they take damage until they lose a life. In all three swamp levels (Barrel Bayou, Krockhead Klamber, and Mudhole Marsh), while the water is not shown as poisonous, Diddy and Dixie Kong cannot swim in it and instantly lose a life.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

Kiddy Kong swimming in poisonous water

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, poisonous water appears in Poisonous Pipeline. This time, the poison inverts the left/right controls of Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong. Upon jumping out of the poison, the apes instantly go back to normal controls.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Lily Pad Ride
Poison in Lily Pad Ride

In Super Mario Sunshine, poison appears in a secret area found within Delfino Plaza. In this area, Mario must ride on a leaf down the poison in order to collect eight red coins. In this instance, touching the water is instantly fatal. Additionally, in certain episodes of Bianco Hills, Ricco Harbor, and Noki Bay, the water is polluted and can damage Mario.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

World 4-A
Poison in New Super Mario Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros., poison can be found throughout several stages, mainly in World 4. In this game, it is purple and behaves the same way as lava. Dorrie and Koopa Troopas appear to be resistant to poison.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

The first area of Bubble Breeze Galaxy
Mario floating over poison in Bubble Breeze Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, poison appears as an obstacle for a small variety of galaxies. Poison surrounds the Bubble Breeze Galaxy. Mario must navigate while in a bubble away from mines, as steering into one pops his bubble and drops him into the poison. In Toy Time Galaxy's mission Luigi's Purple Coins, Mario must carefully and cautiously collect a number of Purple Coins on a pixel Luigi-shaped planet made up of disappearing and rotating platforms, with green poison in between replacing the lava from the pixel Mario planet. It is possible to escape the poison with a well-timed spin, causing Mario to grab a ledge of a platform.

An element similar to poison known as dark matter appears in Bowser's Dark Matter Plant. Mario must be cautious as to not fall in, which would result in him disintegrating and losing a life.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, poison can be found throughout several stages, mostly in the World 5, the forest world. It retains its appearance from New Super Mario Bros. Koopa Troopas and Big Wigglers are resistant to poison.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, dark green-colored poison is found in Boo Moon Galaxy (in the Sinking Swamp) and in Mario Squared Galaxy.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Mario running
Poison underneath the grates in Super Mario 3D Land

In Super Mario 3D Land, World 2-2 and Special 6-3, both underground levels, contain poison.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Poison in New Super Mario Bros. 2

Poison reappears in New Super Mario Bros. 2, again in forest-themed levels. As a new trait, they can rise and drop in World 3-4. Porcupuffers are resistant to poison.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U
Poison in Soda Jungle in New Super Mario Bros. U

Poison returns in the game New Super Mario Bros. U, where pools of poison surround Soda Jungle, having the same look. Poison also appears in New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. As in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Big Wigglers are immune to the poison.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Poison in Super Mario 3D World

Poison makes its next appearance in Super Mario 3D World and its port. The stages in which the hazard mainly appears are Piranha Creeper Creek, Deep Jungle Drift, and their harder counterparts.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Poison returns once again in Super Mario Run, being introduced in the version 3.0.4 update for the game. It appears in the level Spike Bar Jungle of World Star. A new enemy called Poison Bubbles also appear, where they jump in and out of the poison.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A group of six Regional Coins in the Sand Kingdom.
A pit full of poison in a building in the Sand Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey
Poison waves in the Lake Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey

Poison appears in Super Mario Odyssey, where it can be found in the Sand Kingdom, the Lost Kingdom, and Bowser's Kingdom. Poison also appears in several sub-areas in various kingdoms. In Regular Mode, touching it instantly depletes the Health Meter, but if the player uses Assist Mode, Mario will lose one wedge of health and float back in a bubble if he touches it. Mario can safely ride Jaxi over poison. In the Wooded Kingdom, puddles of poison can be found on the ground, and touching one of the puddles causes Mario to lose a section of his Health Meter. Throwing Cappy at a puddle will cause some of it to disappear, which can reveal invisible coins.

Spewart in Super Mario Odyssey
Spewart's poison attack

Poison Piranha Plants and Big Poison Piranha Plants can spit poison, which will create puddles when it hits the ground. Poison has a denser, more tar-like consistency in Super Mario Odyssey than in other titles. Spewart also spits out poison in his battles.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Poison appears as a course element in Super Mario Maker 2. It replaces the water in the forest theme when the course is set to nighttime. In the Super Mario Bros. style, poison is dark green, while it is purple in the other game styles. When Yoshi eats a poisoned Cheep Cheep, he can spit purple poison balls which function the same as fireballs, except that they cannot melt Frozen Coins. They also have a different sound effect when spat out.

In version 3.0.0 of Super Mario Maker 2, poison ponds were added as one of the three options of scenery in forest-themed Super Worlds.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Poison returns in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, where there is now a green variant featured in palace levels, as well as a dark blue variant in some levels in Fungi Mines. There are also poison bubbles of varying sizes that appear during certain Wonder Effects.

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Wario World[edit]

Unithorn's Lair in Shivering Mountains.
Wario in Unithorn's Lair near some poison

In Wario World, poison appears in Unithorn's Lair. In this game, it does not damage Wario, but rather cause him to bounce around the room and lose coins while doing so. The poison appears mostly translucent, but with a shining or bubbling surface.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Poison appears throughout World 3 in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. It is created by Gooper Blooper, and it will disappear once Gooper Blooper is defeated. Wiggler, Snifits, and Cheep Cheeps can stay in it without taking damage.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Plum Park from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Poison in Paper Mario: Color Splash

Poison appears in Plum Park in Paper Mario: Color Splash. The water was poisoned due to Petea Piranha poisoning it from inside a Teapot. Once Petea is defeated, the poison changes to normal water.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Poison appears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team in Somnom Woods. Falling into it has the same result as the player falling onto spikes elsewhere in the game. Oddly, in this game it appears to be electrified.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Screenshot of Yoshi's New Island.
Poison in Yoshi's New Island

Poison appears in Yoshi's New Island in the Red Yoshi Star section of Ground Pound Rebound.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Poison returns in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with the same appearance as Super Mario 3D World.


  • In Super Mario Galaxy, when Mario falls in poison water, his head rapidly shrinks to the point where it is inside his neck, and the neck itself is longer, being as long as Luigi's. This was made to avoid animation issues, as Mario's head is so big that he could not reach out with his hand without his head being visible.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lost Kingdom brochure from Super Mario Odyssey
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U manual, page 11.
  3. ^ Paper Mario: Sticker Star manual, page 9.
  4. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 23.
  5. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. Super Mario 3D World PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 96, 140, 141.
  6. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 125.
  7. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Channel. (January 18, 2013). New Super Mario Bros. U -- River Piranha Plants and 1-Ups in Seesaw Bridge description: "Find the spot containing a group of River Piranha Plants. Grab the shell of the Koopa Troopa walking above them and send it to the right. It will bounce off the wall and skim the surface of the poisonous bog to earn you two 1-Ups!" YouTube. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  8. ^ (August 3, 2016). Mario poison death animation. Supper Mario Broth. Retrieved January 24, 2020.