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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 the words twirl, describing their motion, and tulip, describing their appearance, which resembles that of real-world tulips. At first glance, they appear as white bud shaped creatures that resemble onions with two beady eyes. To attack, they turn into a pink flower with a yellow center and quickly spin around the area like a drill. They do this from time to time.

While twirling, Twirlips can only be damaged by stomping on their heads, which makes the Twirlip drop a Coin. In their bud form, Mario or Luigi can use any attack method to defeat them, which will make 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 cursor, 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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Dance Flower[2]

From「フラワー」(furawā, flower) and possibly「み」(-mi, feminine name ending)
German Wirbelknospe Eddy bud
Italian Bocciolo Danzerino Dancing Bud


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 30.
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (DanceFlower)
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Galaxy 2 section, page 86.