Not to be confused with Ground Pound, a mini-game from Mario Party.

The Ground Pound is an attack that in Mario games, involves the slamming into the ground from up in the air. It has become a staple of mainstream Mario games since Super Mario 64, the game in which it was introduced, and has been implemented in 2D platformers as well, in New Super Mario Bros. and all subsequent New Super Mario Bros. titles. In Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi, Mario, Luigi and Wario are able to perform the move. Ground Pounds also enable the character to squish multiple enemies in one move, especially if they are in stacks.


Super Mario 64

Mario ground pounding in Super Mario 64

​​​​Super Mario 64 is the first game where you can Ground Pound. Ground Pounding can destroy small enemies, lower wooden poles, and break blocks.

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Super Mario Galaxy

Mario ground pounding.

In Super Mario Galaxy, when the player Spins while in the air, immediately afterward, do a Ground-Pound. If done correctly, Mario or Luigi will hone in on the nearest breakable thing, and Ground-Pound it. He can also perform a normal ground pound by pressing A and when jumping.

Mario Party series

Yoshi ground pounding.

In the Mario Party series, Ground Pounding is an attack that is used in many mini-games involving enemies, switches, etc. The move can break or activate blocks from underneath, the opposite effect of a normal Jump. It is sometimes the only way to defeat an enemy, or complete a task, and is usually more powerful than a regular jump. The Ground Pound is a common move that any playable character can use. In the Mario Party, this move is named the Hip Drop mainly because there is already a mini-game with the title of Ground Pound.

In Mario Party 9, the ground pound was normally used in mini-games, Fungi Frenzy, Whomp Stomp and Wiggler Bounce.

Paper Mario series

In Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario is able to use the Ground Pound after he has received the Super Boots. Mario can also break away wooden pegs on the floor in order to get into simple rooms. In these games, this move is named the Spin Jump.

In Super Paper Mario, Mario, Bowser or Peach must find Thudley in Chapter 3-2. Mario will be trapped after entering the door. Mario must defeat the enemies to rescue Thudley. The player can press One Button to control Mario to ground pound with Thudley.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Mario can only use the Ground Pound in Luigi's Dream World along with Dreamy Luigi. Where Mario must then from the Luiginary Stack and then the player must press B twice to use the Ground Pound.

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