Zap Tap

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Zap Tap
Zap Tap Badge.pngSprite of the Zap Tap badge in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
BP needed 4/3
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Paper Mario description In battle, makes most enemies who touch Mario take damage.
The Thousand-Year Door description Do damage to enemies that touch Mario in battle.

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.

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

In the original game, Goomba 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 in Paper Mario[edit]

  • "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
French Electrochoc Electroshock
German Zapper Zapper
Italian Elettroshock Electroshock
Spanish Calambrazo Electric Cramp