Rock Block

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Rock Blocks (or rock blocks) are a variety of blocks found in various games. Their physical appearance and function change radically based on the series they appear in.


Mario & Wario[edit]

A large Rock Block from Mario & Wario.

Rock Blocks[1] are nearly identical to later appearances in Mario & Wario, being hit once to be cracked open.

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Rock Blocks near a Kaboomba in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Rock Blocks are found in many levels of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. In the Yoshi franchise, Rock Blocks are large blue blocks made of a durable type of rock, and can only be destroyed with Yoshi Eggs.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

The Rock Blocks from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island return in Yoshi's Island DS, and only Baby Donkey Kong can destroy them with eggs or a ground pound.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Rock Blocks appear in Yoshi's Story. They are roughly the same as in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, as they can only be destroyed by Yoshi Eggs. Golden Rock Blocks also appear in the game; they cannot be destroyed by any means.

Wario World[edit]

Wario between two Rock Blocks.

A different variety of Rock Blocks[2] appeared as obstacles that Wario encountered during the events of Wario World. They can be small or very large, but each has a weak point indicated by a cracked side with a bandage on it. Wario can break these blocks by punching or Ground Pounding the weak side. The blocks can also be destroyed by using a Piledriver, Wild Swing-Ding, or Mega Toss. In some areas, Rock Blocks can move upward and slam down like a Thwomp to squash Wario.

Super Mario series[edit]

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

Rock Blocks

Rock Blocks[3] reappear in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury as a gray variation of Big Blocks. They cannot be destroyed by the player on their own (except when under the effects of a Mega Mushroom), therefore, the player must make use of other means to break them, such as Bob-ombs, cannonballs, having them be hit by a Conkdor, among others.

In the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, throwing a Green Shell at a Rock Block destroys it.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Rock Blocks return in Super Mario Odyssey, retaining their appearance from Super Mario 3D World. However, they have different properties as Mario can now break them using his default abilities, such as a jump, ground pound, or Cappy toss. He can also destroy Rock Blocks whilst capturing an enemy such as an Uproot or Parabones. Rarely, Rock Blocks will contain items inside, such as coins or a Life-Up Heart.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

In Super Mario Maker 2, Hard Blocks take the form of Rock Blocks from Super Mario 3D World in the Super Mario 3D World level style.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Rock Blocks reappear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports, where they are identical to the Super Mario 3D World version.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Rock Blocks return in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, as obstacles that can be broken by the Trio Hammer move. They appear primarily in Doop Doop Dunes.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ひびブロック[4]
Hibi Burokku
Iwa Burokku
Rokku Burokku
Cracked Block

Rock Block

Rock Block
German Fels-Block Rock Block
Italian Blocco di Roccia[6]
Blocco Roccia[7]
Rock Block


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue #14, page 48, and Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #13, page 16.
  2. ^ Wario World instruction booklet, page 22 (British English) or page 24 (American English).
  3. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. Super Mario 3D World PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 19.
  4. ^ Mario & Wario instruction booklet, page 8.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D World section, page 234.
  6. ^ Wario World Italian manual, pag. 22
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 234