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Metal Mario is the result of Mario gaining a metal cap. They may look the same, and have the same name, but Metal Mario is an individual character.


During this form, Mario can cross fiery surfaces (i.e. lava) without getting burned, however he sinks underwater and can't jump as high (due to him being heavier) and falls at a faster pace. However, he is immune to all attacks, making him invincible.


Super Mario 64

In Super Mario 64, Metal Mario appeared as one of the three different 'forms' which he gains from special caps.

Other appearances

Super Mario 64 DS

In Super Mario 64 DS, Wario can transform into Metal Wario by using a Power Flower.

Mario Golf

Metal Mario can be unlocked after obtaining 108 Birdie Badges in Tournament mode. 

Mario Tennis Open

As a playable character, unlockable with QR code. He's the only QR downloadable character that's not a Yoshi.

Non-canonical appearances

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Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros.

Metal Mario in Super Smash Bros.

Metal Mario marked his debut as his own character in Super Smash Bros. as the mid-boss before battling Master Hand. He even has his own stage which is exclusive to Classic mode much like he is. He is susceptible to much more damage than the power-up Mario obtains in Super Mario 64.

After hitting him enough until gaining a percentage of 180 or more, he is able to be knocked down and is also considered the heaviest fighter in the game.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Trophy information
Image Game Description
MetalMariotrophyMelee.png Super Mario 64 (9/96) "Mario was in for a surprise the first time he hit a Metal Box in Super Mario 64. The metal cap that popped out transformed Mario into living metal, giving him great stamina, a heavy tread, and the ability to walk underwater. In Super Smash Bros., Metal Mario showed up as an incredibly stubborn midlevel boss."

Metal Mario returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee as the same from last time and occasionally with Metal Luigi if Luigi has been unlocked.

Some Metal Boxes can be found in this brawl which allows the player to have the same chararacteristics the Metal Bros. have. The two are fought on the Battlefield stage.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Metal Mario transformation happens to Mario when getting a Metal Box item. This is the first time he does not appear as a character in Classic Mode.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Spirit information
Primary Spirit
Metal Mario Artwork 2 - Mario Kart 7.png
21. Metal Mario
Super Mario series
Type SpiritTypeShield.png
Class ★★★
Ability Weight ↑
Lvl. 1 Lvl. 99
Power 2,705 Power 8,156
Attack 510 Attack 1,539
Defense 2,042 Defense 6,156

Metal Mario appears as a primary spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Metal Mario's spirit can be obtained by battling on the Spirit Board. It is also purchasable from the Vault Shop for 6000G.[1] His spirit periodically appears in the Hard 'n' Heavy Metal Spirit Board event.

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  1. Bandai Namco, Sora Ltd.. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo. Nintendo Switch. 2019-12-07.


  • Due to Mario's shiny appearance while using a metal box, this powerup is commonly mistaken for Shadow Mario from Super Mario Sunshine.
  • Metal Mario is similar to Rock Mario (Super Mario Galaxy 2) because both power ups allow Mario to wear a natural solid elemental suit (Steel and Rock, respectively).
  • This power-up is used by Wario who is known as Metal Wario.
  • If one would look closely on Metal Mario's Melee trophy, one can see a reflection of the Yoshi's Island (Melee) stage, mostly on his nose.
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