Spin Drill

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Not to be confused with Drill Spin, Skipdrill, Drill Mushroom, or Drill Mario.
“Well, well... What do we have here? A Spin Drill, huh? That's for digging?!”
Lubba, Super Mario Galaxy 2
Artwork of the  Spin Drill from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Spin Drill

The Spin Drill is an item in Super Mario Galaxy 2 that lets the user dig straight down through dirt by shaking the Wii Remote. It can be used to cross through to the opposite side of a planetoid, or to reach cavities inside. Using the Spin Drill doubles as an attack, defeating enemies standing where Mario or Luigi emerges. The Spin Drill ricochets off of hard materials such as metal; sloped hard surfaces underground can change the user's trajectory.

Despite being held (even making the same sound when picked up as a Green Shell), the Spin Drill functions as a power-up; it cannot be dropped unless the user gets hit, touches a Launch Star, or enters a Warp Pipe, and it disappears in the process. Holding a Spin Drill prevents Mario or Luigi from performing certain moves such as the crouch, Backward Somersault, and Long Jump, but they can still Side Somersault and Wall Jump.

The Spin Drill appears in the Spin-Dig Galaxy, the Supermassive Galaxy (to defeat three Big Koopa Troopas), the Flipsville Galaxy (during the "Flipsville's New Digs" and "Purple Coin Spin Speed Run" missions), the Cosmic Cove Galaxy (at the last planetoid of the "Exploring the Cosmic Cavern" mission), and Bowser's Galaxy Generator.

An item with a similar function, called the Drill Mushroom, appears in Super Mario Bros. Wonder.


  • Website description:
    • British English:
      Get hold of a Spin Drill and you'll be able to drill into the ground and even go right through to the other side of planets.[1]
    • Japanese:
    • Traditional Chinese:


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy 2 ObjectData/ItemDrill.arc ItemDrill Transliteration of below
Super Mario Galaxy 2 SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl アイテムドリル (Aitemu Doriru) Item Drill

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ほりほりドリル
Horihori Doriru
ドリル (in-game)
Digging Drill


Chinese 旋轉鑽頭[3]
Xuánzhuǎn Zuàntóu
Spin Drill

Dutch Draaiboor
Rotary Drill
French (NOA) Vrille
French (NOE) Foret
Italian Trottolapano
A combination of trottola ("spinning top") and trapano ("drill")
Korean 드릴

Polish wiertarka[5]
Spanish Trompotaladro
Topspin Drill


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 § Actions and powerups. nintendo.com (British English). Retrieved May 8, 2024. (Archived May 8, 2024, 17:27:24 UTC via archive.today.)
  2. ^ Official Japanese website for Super Mario Galaxy 2. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved May 8, 2024. (Archived May 20, 2010, 23:21:05 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  3. ^ a b Official Chinese website for Super Mario Galaxy 2. nintendo.com.hk. Retrieved March 16, 2020. (Archived June 3, 2012, 05:35:12 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  4. ^ Official Chinese website for Super Mario Galaxy 2. nintendo.tw. Archived December 14, 2010, 22:08:26 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved May 8, 2024.
  5. ^ "Inną nowością będzie użycie przez Mario wiertarki, za pomocą której będzie mógł się przewiercać przez tunele czy nawet planety." – Super Mario Galaxy 2 Selects. nintendo.pl. Retrieved May 8, 2024. (Archived October 5, 2022, 01:25:49 UTC via Wayback Machine.)