Zap Tap

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Zap Tap
Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door
Zap Tap Badge.png Icon of an item from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch)
Icon of an item from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) BP 4 3
Price Star Piece10 Coin0
Effect Enemies that make contact with Mario in battle are damaged.
In battle, makes most enemies who touch Mario take damage. (Paper Mario)
Do damage to enemies that touch Mario in battle. (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Nintendo GameCube)
During battles, Mario becomes electrified and inflicts 1 damage to any enemies that touch him. (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Nintendo Switch)

Zap Tap is a badge in Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. In Paper Mario, it can be bought from Merlow for 10 Star Pieces, and in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, it is the reward for reaching the thirtieth level of the Pit of 100 Trials, found in a treasure chest. If equipped by Mario, it electrifies him, causing any enemy that makes direct contact with him to take a small amount of damage. This applies to any physical attacks that an enemy may perform (excluding contact outside of battle), though it does not apply when Mario attacks. The contact damage also ignores the enemy's defense stat. It does not affect the enemy's attack, although it will prevent Bandits from stealing anything, and Fuzzies and Swoopulas deal no damage at all. It also interrupts attacks that hit multiple times, such as from the Shy Squad or The Master. In addition, although not mentioned in-game, if Mario is electrified he can jump on an electrified enemy (mostly Dark or Ruff Puffs and Huff N. Puff) without taking damage. In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Zap Tap is unaffected by the Feeling Fine badge.

Goomba if it attacks Mario while wearing the Zap Tap in Paper Mario

In the original game, Goomba, Paragoomba, and Spiked Goomba have unique "shocked" sprites showing their skeleton if affected by this badge; it does not occur with any other electrical attack or enemy.


  • Merluvlee's prediction: "I see...a Zap Tap Badge. There is a child upstairs in the fortune-teller's house on Shooting Star Summit. Hey! I'm that fortune-teller! Anyway, the child is my brother, Merlow. He will trade Star Pieces for Badges. Head upstairs to see him!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビリビリーン
Derived from「ビリビリ」(biribiri, onomatopoeia for electric shocks)

Chinese 驭电勋章
Yùdiàn Xūnzhāng
Electricity-Driving Badge

Dutch Statische schok
Static Shock
French Electrochoc
German Zapper
Italian Elettroshock
Spanish Calambrazo
Electric Cramp