Poisoned Water

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Not to be confused with Dark Matter or Toxic Cloud.
Mario and Big Wigglers above Poisoned Water

Poisoned Water (sometimes Toxic Water, Poison Swamp and Poison Bog[1]) is a poisonous liquid found in some games. It is commonly purple or dark green, and in most appearances, coming into contact with it will cause the player to lose a life or inflict damage, similar to lava.


Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong swimming in Poison Pond

In Donkey Kong Country, the level Poison Pond takes place in a green toxic pond. However, it is harmless to Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, just like water.

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

Lime green poisonous liquid.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, a poisonous liquid appears quickly rising in Toxic Tower. If Rattly, Squawks or Squitter stay in the toxic water for some seconds, they will lose health.

Also, in all three swamp levels, while the water is not shown as poisonous, Diddy and Dixie Kong nonetheless can not 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]

Toxic Water in Noki Bay

In Super Mario Sunshine, Poisoned Water appears in a secret area found within Delfino Plaza. In this area, Mario must ride on a leaf down the Toxic Water in order to collect eight Red Coins. In this instance, touching the water is instantly fatal. Also worth noting is that in certain episodes of Bianco Hills, Ricco Harbor, and Noki Bay, the water is polluted and can still damage Mario.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Poisoned Water in New Super Mario Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros., Poisoned Water can be found throughout several stages, mostly in the forest worlds World 4. In this game, it's purple and behaves the same way as lava. Dorrie and Koopa Troopas appear to be resistant to Poisoned Water.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario floating over poisoned water in Bubble Breeze Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, an enormous planet made of poison liquid that can kill Mario instantly is found in the Bubble Breeze Galaxy. It is also found in the Luigi planet from Toy Time Galaxy. An element similar to poison called Dark Matter appears in Bowser's Dark Matter Plant.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Poisoned Water in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Poisoned Water in Super Mario Galaxy 2

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, dark green-colored Poisoned Water is found in Boo Moon Galaxy (in the Sinking Swamp) and in Mario Squared Galaxy. Additionally, purple Poisoned Water is found in the Hungry Luma bonus planet in Cloudy Court Galaxy.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Poisoned water underneath grates

In Super Mario 3D Land, World 2-2 and Special 6-3, both underground levels, contain Poisoned Water, which is purple once again.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Poisoned Water in New Super Mario Bros. 2

The poisonous water 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 Toxic Water.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Poisoned water in Soda Jungle. Notice how the Wiggler is immune to damage.

Poisoned water returns in the game New Super Mario Bros. U, where pools of poisoned water surround Soda Jungle, having the same look. In the Prima guide, it is known as Poison Bog. Poison Water also appears in New Super Luigi U.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

The poisoned water in Super Mario 3D World

The poisonous water makes its next appearance in Super Mario 3D World. Stages the water mainly appears in are Piranha Creeper Creek and Deep Jungle Drift. The water is purple again.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Poisoned water 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 poisoned water.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A pit full of Poisoned Water in a building in the Sand Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey

Poisoned water appears in Super Mario Odyssey, where it can be found in the Sand Kingdom, the Lost Kingdom, and Bowser's Kingdom. Mario can safely ride Jaxi over poisoned water. 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 go away, which can reveal invisible coins. Poison Piranha Plants can spit poison, which will create puddles when it hits the ground.

Wario World[edit]

Wario in Unithorn's Lair, near some poisonous water

In Wario World, poisonous water 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 poisonous water appears mostly translucent, but with a shining or bubbling surface.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Poison Water 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]

Poison Water in Paper Mario: Color Splash

Poison Water 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 Water will change to normal water.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Poisoned water 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.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

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


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Prima Official Game Guide, page 124.