- “There are SO MANY trees here! And this mountain air is super tasty. It makes my paper heart soar!”
- —Olivia, Paper Mario: The Origami King
Whispering Woods is a location in Paper Mario: The Origami King, a lush, green forest filled with sentient trees. It is located in the red streamer area and is one of the first areas to be visited in the game.
After Peach's Castle is uprooted by King Olly, Mario and Olivia fall into the woods. Mario becomes stuck in a tree, in which the player must repeatedly tap to get out of, and Olivia gets stuck head-first in the ground, requiring Mario to pull her out. Giving Mario an empty Confetti Bag, Olivia instructs Mario to collect enough confetti to fill in the Not-Bottomless Hole blocking his path to her. After doing so and pulling Olivia out of the ground, Mario uses his 1,000-Fold Arms technique to knock over a nearby tree, allowing them to reach the other side of a gap in the terrain and continue through to the following area.
In the next area, Olivia remarks at Peach's Castle wrapped in streamers, on top of the volcano, and the two decide to get to the castle grounds in search of Luigi. Entering deeper into the woods, Mario hears whispers coming from surrounding trees, commenting on Mario's arrival. Continuing through the area, Mario arrives at a small group of trees with vines that he can pull. Some drop coins, some drop leaves, some drop confetti, and some drop items such as a Faded Fire Flower. One vine, when pulled drops a withered flower into the nearby spring, reviving the flower when it becomes submerged. Pulling the vine again drops a broken stereo into the spring and pulling it a third time drops Birdo into the spring. After the third pull, a log drops from the tree and creates a path to continue through the area.
A golden ball with a vine can be found on the raised ground. Pulling the lower part of the vine results in it snapping and prompts the on-going whispers to poke fun at Mario's incompetence. However, hammering the tree behind the ball reveals a 1,000-Fold Arms Magic Circle, allowing Mario to pull the upper part of the vine, opening the ball and rewarding Mario with a Shriveled Seed.
The next area, notably more dark and quiet than previous ones, consists of a large log with three trees to the right of it. Trying to leave the area, either by going back the way Mario came or by taking the path to the right, results in Mario looping to the other side of the area. Upon looping three times, Olivia suggests to Mario to sit on the large log. Doing so angers the nearby trees, revealing themselves to be sentient. Introducing the large log as feeble Ol' Grandsappy, the trees exclaim that Mario and Olivia are going to be stuck in Whispering Woods forever. However, Ol' Grandsappy, allows Mario and Olivia to wander the area if they promise to help revive him to his former glory by means of the Soul Seed.
Mario proceeds to continue to the spring, which revives items upon throwing them in. Throwing the Shriveled Seed into the spring results in it turning into the required Soul Seed. Upon doing so, Mario and Olivia hear Ol' Grandsappy groan and hurry back to him, only to find that a Not-Bottomless Hole has been created out of his face. After patching up the Not-Bottomless Hole and giving Ol' Grandsappy the Soul Seed, Ol' Grandsappy grows into a full tree again, and grants Mario a path to continue through the woods.
In the next area, Mario and Olivia encounter a Toad crumpled up and stuck in a bush. Mario must hammer the bush and uncrumple the Toad, who then alerts Mario about saving other Toads and their use in battles. Mario and Olivia then continue on into Toad's BBQ Foodeatery, where many more Toads have been folded and origami Goombas can be found. In Toad's BBQ Foodeatery, there are tents, a swing set, a campfire, some benches, and a log cabin. Many of the wooden objects in the area are made of trees from the woods, and the firewood, which are sentient, seem to enjoy being burnt. After leaving the Foodeatery and Whispering Woods, Mario and Olivia continue to Toad Town.
NOTE: All hidden Toads are found in the Toad's BBQ Foodeatery area.
|12 Hidden Toads|
|The first Toad to be rescued, stuck in a bush near the BBQ Foodeatery.
Hammer the Toad's body back into shape.
|Inside the first of three tents is a squished Toad.
Mario can help the Toad escape by opening the zipper.
|A yellow Toad has been left with their head jabbed into a stump, near the campfire.|
|A Toad is stuck underneath a stool at the picnic tables, guarded by a Goomba.|
|Another Toad can be found stuck inside a bush near the cabin.|
|Just to the left of the cabin and behind the bushes, there is a crumpled Toad hidden away.|
|A Toad is stuffed into the tight space between some logs stored at the cabin.|
|An origami cicada Toad is perched on one of the posts supporting the swing.|
|Another origami cicada Toad hides on a tree, behind the logs stored beside the campfire.|
|A yellow Toad is folded into an origami egg, and lays on a plate at the picnic tables.|
|One of the cabin's flower boxes appears empty. Mario must jump into it from below to reveal an origami flower Toad.|
|Required: Big Shell
After retrieving the Big Shell from beneath The Great Sea, Mario can light the campfire with Fire Vellumental Magic Circle nearby and place the shell onto the grill. This frees the Foodeatery caretaker from inside.
|In the open after going through the tree. Contains a Mushroom.|
|Early in the dark area, past a patch of spikes or a Not-Bottomless Hole. Contains a Coin Bag.|
|Hidden in a patch of spikes west of the matching minigame, right above the suspicious square-shaped gap in the spikes. Contains a Coin Bag.|
|Just before the foggy area with Ol' Grandsappy, to the east past a Not-Bottomless Hole. Contains a Coin Bag.|
|Hidden to the east of the white fence and sign, above a yellow flower. Contains a Coin Bag.|
|In the campsite, above the tallest of three logs. Contains a Coin Bag.|
|Hidden behind the firewood shed by the campfire, in the middle of a patch of darker grass. Contains a Fire Flower.|
|Hidden to the right of the cabin above a yellow square patch. Contains a Confetti Bag.|
|On the side of the cabin, requires jumping off behind the firewood shed.|
|Hidden above the previous block. Contain a Coin Bag.|
|On the path south of where Mario falls after getting out of the tree at the start of Whispering Woods. The first Not-Bottomless Hole in the game and is required to save Olivia.|
|Near the first Save Block, in the second area of Whispering Woods.|
|In the dark area, to the left of a tree that is to the left of a spike trap.|
|In front of the spike trap mentioned above.|
|Behind the spike trap mentioned above, below a ? Block.|
|On the left of the declining path south of the spike trap mentioned above.|
|To the right of the next spike trap after the decline.|
|On the side of a small cliff, to the left of the trees with vines.|
|Under the vine in the bottom-right of the area.|
|South of the golden ball, right on the ledge.|
|On a path north-east of the golden ball, before entering the area where Ol' Grandsappy can be found.|
|Near the save block on the way to the spring.|
|On the left of the declining path, directly after the hole above.|
|Blocking the path towards the spring.|
|To the left of the tree after the small drop, in front of the spring.|
|South-west of the above hole, left of an origami Goomba that was hiding in a bush.|
|Can be found by going left past the platform used to throw items into the spring.|
|To the right of the tree that is to the right of the spring.|
|On Ol' Grandsappy.|
|On the path after knocking over the white fence.|
|In front of the zipped-up tent that is on the left of the path.|
|Behind the path just before crossing the bridge.|
|In between the bench and the undercover picnic tables.|
|In front of the second picnic table.|
|To the right of the log cabin.|
Mario in front of a group of Whispering Trees
Mario in front of the first Not-Bottomless Hole
Mario filling in a Not-Bottomless Hole with confetti
Names in other languages
Deku no yama
|Wood Puppet / Fool's Mountain; Might also be a reference to The Great Deku Tree|
|Deku Mountain; Might be a reference to The Great Deku Tree|
|French||Bois Brouhaha||Brouhaha Woods|
|Italian||Bosco Bisbiglio||Whisper Wood|
|Forest of Whisper|
|Spanish||Bosque de los Murmullos||Whisper Forest|
- Whispering Woods shares its name with a location in Return to Zork.