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Turnip from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

Turnips are vegetables that first appeared in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. They are frequently found in Subcon and are usually used for defense.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Mario and Toad winning the battle against Wart and the 8 bits.
Mario and Toad throwing Turnips at Wart, Birdo and the 8 bits

Turnips make their first Super Mario game appearance in Super Mario Bros. 2. They are planted in the ground everywhere in Subcon, especially in grassy regions of the world. Turnips can be picked up and thrown at enemies to defeat them. The Dream Machine can also produce turnips which can be used as weapons for the player to damage Wart.

BS Super Mario USA[edit]

Turnips make an appearance in the direct sequel, BS Super Mario USA, and are used for the same purpose as in the previous game. Giant turnips are thrown by Princess Peach from off-screen during certain intervals of the voice drama. It can take out any enemy except for the end bosses of each world and Wart but can also do damage to the player. Giant black turnips with angry faces are also thrown from off-screen but by the bad guys.

Super Mario Advance[edit]

Giant turnips, called Giant Vegetables[1] or Huge Vegetables,[2] appear in Super Mario Advance. They take longer to pull out and work just like their normal-sized counterparts, but can hit more enemies, due to their bigger size.

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

Using an e-Reader card, ripe and unripe turnips can be brought into the main game in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 via the Blue Green Switch, whose card simply refers to them as "vegetables." They are also found in several World-e levels, namely Vegetable Volley, The ol' Switcheroo, A Sky-High Adventure, Ice Cubed, Ground Work and Treacherous Halls. The game also features pickable giant turnips, from Super Mario Advance. They can be used in the same manner, though Frog Mario cannot grab turnips.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Screenshot of Super Mario Odyssey.
Mario carrying a turnip in Super Mario Odyssey

After a 14-year absence from the Super Mario series, turnips reappear in Super Mario Odyssey, where they are objects that can be plucked from the ground and thrown to attack enemies. Three golden turnips also exist, and they give Power Moons when thrown into the stew at Peronza Plaza.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Main article: Vegetable (move)

Peach's down special move, originating from Super Smash Bros. Melee, is picking up turnips (referred to as simply "vegetables" in Super Smash Bros. Melee's trophy description) and using them as projectiles. The facial expression of the turnip determines the damage and knockback it causes (e.g. winking turnips cause more damage and knockback than normal smiling ones). The strongest variety of turnip, the sick turnip, is rare, but extremely powerful. Her returning appearances in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate all feature the same move. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces Daisy as a playable character, with an identical moveset to Peach, including Vegetable.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

In the boss battle with Wiggler in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its remake, the Wiggler may water the ground and some sprouts will grow. Two of the three possible objects he pulls out are ripe and unripe turnips.

In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Shy Guys attack by throwing turnips in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode similar to Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Sprite of two sizes of Turnip from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, as used by Shy Guy.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Shy Guys attack enemies by throwing turnips in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode. During their Special Skill, Throw the Fight, they throw a larger turnip at a targeted enemy.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

Mario throwing a vegetable at a Tweeter

A turnip makes a minor cameo in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase in the microgame Mario Adv., where Mario uses one to defeat an enemy.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Planted turnips appear in the Shy Guy Bazaar course in Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart Tour. In the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass, the Turnip Cup is represented by a turnip emblem.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Captain Toad throws a Turnip in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Captain Toad throwing a turnip in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Turnips make their true 3D debut in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and reappear in its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports. They can be plucked from Pluck Patches by Captain Toad or Toadette and thrown to attack enemies. They award one coin when they hit a surface or an enemy. Turnips can also be used to unlock or discover new pathways by throwing them at obstacles such as POW blocks. In the minecart levels of the game, Captain Toad rides a minecart full of turnips that can be thrown in many angles at his surrounding environment. Some levels also contain turnip-shooting cannons, starting with Turnip Cannon Jungle. Additionally, Captain Toad can throw turnips at Super Gems to obtain them without having to grab them himself.

Giant turnips also return from Super Mario Advance during the boss battle against Wingo. At the end of the battle, the final giant turnip thrown at Wingo by Captain Toad causes the bird boss to accidentally swallow the massive vegetable and become too bloated to fly, resulting in Captain Toad's victory.


In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, potatoes are replaced by turnips.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Sacred Forest
Mario and the yellow Rescue Squad pulling the turnip out
Main article: Turnip (Thing)

A turnip returns in Paper Mario: Color Splash as a Thing. It appears in the entrance of the Sacred Forest, blocking the Warp Pipe to the rest of the course. All eleven members of the yellow Rescue Squad must be found in order to pull it free. When it is used in battle, it will become sliced and the slices will shred the enemies (and the screen), like the Scissors Thing in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Origami King, turnips are mentioned in Musée Champignon's description for the Black Shy Guy, which states that it likes to throw turnip-like objects.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

In Yoshi's Crafted World, a large turnip appears as a craft in Monty-Mole-B-Gone. It is one of the six souvenir hunt requests from the Origami Gardens Blockafeller.

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

Turnips make an appearance in Mario Golf: Super Rush in Toadette's special dash, Turnip-Toss Dash, in which she throws three of them.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

In a promotional clip for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Toad is shown fighting off a Goomba by throwing random items out of his backpack at it, one of which is a turnip.[3]


Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Vegetable Vegetable Super Mario Bros. 2
These vegetables, which first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2, can be plucked from the ground and hurled at enemies. Unlike regular veggies, they often sport eyes or even faces; in fact, when Princess Peach plucks them from the ground to use as projectiles, the expressions on their faces dictate how much damage they'll do.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

  • Instruction manual: Pluck one out of the ground and carry it around, and then throw it at things.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カブ

Chinese (Simplified) 大头菜
Chinese (Traditional) 大頭菜
Dutch Knol (Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker)
French (NOA) Navet Turnip
German Rübe Turnip
Italian Rapa Turnip
Portuguese Nabo Turnip
Russian Овощ
Spanish Nabo Turnip


  1. ^ Super Mario Advance North American instruction booklet, page 26.
  2. ^ Stratton, Bryan. Super Mario Advance Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 66. "Pluck the plant on the platform for a Giant Vegetable, jump up onto the next platform to the right, and hit all five Ninjis with the Huge Vegetable, snagging a 1UP and a Heart."
  3. ^ Puffen (March 20, 2023). Toad fights goombas New Super Mario Movie Ad. YouTube. Retrieved April 11, 2023.