Tanooki Suit

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Tanooki Suit
Tanooki Suit
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (cameo) (2023)
Effect Turns Mario/Luigi into Tanooki Mario/Tanooki Luigi.
“Thank you, kind raccoon. Please tell me your name.”
Kings, Super Mario Bros. 3

The Tanooki Suit, or Tanooki Costume,[1] is a fairly uncommon item found in Super Mario Bros. 3 and its subsequent remakes in Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 that transforms Mario into Tanooki Mario. It is based on bake-danuki, Japanese mythological creatures inspired by Japanese raccoon dogs (tanuki) who can use leaves to shape-shift and cause chaos. The suit is an add-on to the Raccoon form that allows Mario or Luigi to temporarily turn into a statue and become immune to enemies and obstacles, in addition to flying and attacking enemies with tail swipes.

According to Shigeru Miyamoto in the Super Mario Bros. 3 entry of the 25th Anniversary Super Mario History Booklet, he was aware that most players outside Japan would be overall confused with the Tanooki Suit and the transformation, but he left it in because he was too excited to remove it.[2]


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Tanooki Suit
Tanooki Mario in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Tanooki Mario as a statue near a Koopa Troopa
Tanooki Mario (top) and his statue ability (bottom)

First found in World 4-5, the suit transforms Mario or Luigi into Tanooki Mario or Tanooki Luigi, respectively. The suit grants the same abilities as the Super Leaf, with the added ability of turning into a statue when the player holds +Control Pad down and presses B Button at the same time. This briefly lets Mario hide from enemies and hazards, or stomp even more of them than he can normally if he transforms above them. Mario retains the P-Wing's infinite flight if he grabs a Tanooki Suit while using one. Also, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 adds new utilities to this form that are seen in several World-e levels: its Statue form can reveal Vanishing Blocks (found in A Sky-High Adventure) and break Rock Blocks (found in A Sky-High Adventure and Puzzling Pipe Maze).

If Mario or Luigi defeats a Koopaling while wearing a Tanooki Suit, the restored king will say, "Thank you, kind raccoon. Please tell me your name."


While Tanooki Mario returns in Super Mario 3D Land, the Raccoon form and Tanooki Suit item do not. Instead, Super and Statue Leaves turn Mario into Tanooki Mario, though he cannot fly; the latter Leaf mimics the function of the Tanooki Suit, as it grants the Super Leaf's abilities and the Statue ability (via ground-pounding), but it is available only in the Special Worlds' levels and within Deluxe StreetPass Gifts.

In Super Mario 3D World, despite Tanooki Mario's return, the Statue form and Statue Leaf are absent. The Lucky Bell debuts in its place, acting as the Tanooki Suit/Statue Leaf compared to the also newly introduced Super Bell, as it lets Mario become a lucky cat statue in addition to the latter Bell's abilities.

In Super Mario 3D Land, a picture of Princess Peach in a Tanooki Suit depicts her with a brown skirt. However, in her playable appearance in Super Mario 3D World, her Suit's skirt is replaced by puffy shorts instead.

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

The Tanooki Suit is prominently featured in a Nintendo Comics System story titled "Tanooki Suits Me"; according to this story, the suit was one of many magical suits made by a tailor named Tanooki, who would sew his trademark tails on the back of each suit. The comic reveals that Mario turns into a statue by pressing a button on the front of the suit, and changes back by wishing to return to human form.

Nintendo Monopoly[edit]

In Nintendo Monopoly, there is a Coin Block/Brick Block card that charges the player $50 for a new suit. The artwork depicts Mario wearing a Tanooki Suit.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Francis wants a Tanooki Suit that is made out of real tanuki fur.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

While the Tanooki Suit does not appear in Paper Mario: Color Splash, a Shy Guy mentions it by saying: "It looks like your upper lip found a Tanooki Suit!"


In the Super Mario Mash-up of Minecraft, the Chain Armor is replaced by the Tanooki Suit.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

The Teeth of Tanooki weapon in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is modeled after the Tanooki Suit.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the Tanooki Suit's sprite from Super Mario All-Stars can be seen on a sign at the front of the antiques store in Toad Town, being listed for three coins. Mario also transforms into Tanooki Mario in the film, though like in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, he does so using a Super Leaf instead of a Tanooki Suit.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: Changes Mario into Tanooki Mario.
  • Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console manual: Turns Mario into Tanooki Mario.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タヌキスーツ
Tanuki Sūtsu
Tanooki Suit

French Costume de Tanuki
Tanuki Costume
German Waschbärenkostüm
Raccoon Costume
Italian Abito Tanuki; Costume Tanuki
Tanooki Suit/Costume
Spanish Traje de Mapache
Raccoon Suit
Swedish Tvättbjörnsdräkt
Raccoon Costume


  1. ^ Hodgson, David S J. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 58.
  2. ^ Super Mario History Booklet. Page 13.
    Shigeru Miyamoto: "The Tanooki Suit turns into a statue! Even though I knew it wouldn't make sense to some non-Japanese players...I was so excited about it that I left it in."