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Artwork of Twirlip from Super Mario Galaxy 2
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)

Twirlips[1] are enemies that appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Their name is a combination of "twirl" and "tulip," describing their motion and appearance. At first glance, they appear as white bud-shaped creatures that resemble onions with two beady eyes. To attack, a Twirlip turns into a pink flower with a yellow center and quickly spins around the area like a drill. It does this from time to time.

While twirling, a Twirlip can be damaged only by stomping on its head, which makes the Twirlip drop a coin. In a Twirlip's bud form, Mario or Luigi can use any attack method to defeat it, which makes the Twirlip drop three Star Bits unless stomped. Yoshi can also eat a Twirlip, but only while it is in bud form. In some galaxies, Twirlips can also be found on a Bonus Planet. When shot by a Star Bit from the Star Pointer, they get stunned in place for a moment.

In their opened form, Twirlips can actually defeat another Twirlip when the latter is stopped by a Co-Star Luma and the two Twirlips collide.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy 2 ObjectData/DanceFlower.arc DanceFlower Transliteration of below
Super Mario Galaxy 2 SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl ダンスフラワー (Dansu Furawā) Dance Flower

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フラミー[2]
From "flower" and/or possibly「フラフラ」(furafura, staggering), and「蕾」(tsubomi, bud)
German Wirbelknospe Eddy bud
Italian Bocciolo Danzerino Dancing Bud
Spanish (NOE) Giraflor From "girar" (to spin) and "flor" (flower)


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 30.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 161.