Item FAQ by mnb_0000

Version: 1.01 | Updated: 07/08/03 | Printable Version

Super Mario Brothers 3
Item FAQ
By mnb_0000
Version 1.01
Date: 7-08-03
WARNING: spoilers ahead!

1) TABLE OF CONTENTS ------------------------------------------------

1. Table of contents
2. Legal garbage
3. Item list
   a. Items only found inside levels
   b. Items found in levels and usable on the maps
   c. Items only usable on maps
4. Ways of getting items
5. Update History/Credits

2) LEGAL GARBAGE ----------------------------------------------------

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3) ITEM LIST --------------------------------------------------------

Item:   Name of item
What:   What the item does.
Points: How many points the item gives when used (off map only)
Where:  Where you find the item. If the item more common that 2 or 3, 
        I'll just list an example and let you find the rest :)

NOTE: Items are listed in alphabetical order.

NOTE: A bit of clarification of subheaders. "Items found only within levels" 
are only found and usable within the actual levels, although some stay with 
you from one to another. "Items found within levels and usable on the map" 
are items which are found in levels and immediately used, but which also can 
be found in chests in various places and stored for later use on the map only. 
"Items usable only on the map" are items which can sometimes be found in levels, 
but ONLY in "storage" form, and the can only be used on the map.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Items found only within levels~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

NOTE:   This also includes special types of blocks. Block types are ONLY
included if they contain items.

Item:   1UP Mushroom
What:   A green and white mushroom that gives you a 1UP when you collect
        it. It is probably the easiest way to get 1UPs although there
        are many others.
Points: Who needs points when you can get a 1UP?
Where:  Many, many places. For example, in the first level, find the
        long straightaway with 3 goombas near the beginning. Kill them, 
        then get a leaf and fly up and to the right from the
        straightaway. The 1UP is in the lone block up there.

Item:   Coin 
What:   When you collect 100 coins, you get a 1UP. If you collect
        enough in certain levels, you can get special items. They are:
        1-4, collect 44 coins for P-wing              
        2-2, collect 30 coins for anchor
        3-8, collect 44 coins for P-wing
        4-2, collect 22 coins for anchor
        5-5, collect 28 coins for P-wing
        6-7, collect 78 coins for anchor
        7-2, collect 46 coins for P-wing
Points: In normal levels, 100 points are given for each coin. In the
        N-spade game, I believe you get nothing but the coins.
Where:  Every level except maybe a piranha plant level. If you play the
        N-spade game that appears after you get 80,000 points and every
        multiple of it, you can also get them in groups of 10 and 20. If   
        you hit a P-Switch, you can turn all blocks into coins and coins 
        into blocks for a short time. For an example, check the first ?
        box in the first level. You can also get a coin and a bunch of
        bonus points for getting the card at the end of a level while an
        enemy is there. If there are 5 enemies, you get 5 coins and a

Item:   Kuribo's shoe
What:   In one level, goombas use these so they can jump, but you can
        steal one for yourself if you know how :) (see where) Once you
        have one, you can jump very high and can kill, or at least
        safely walk on, any enemy in the level by walking on it. Don't 
        try walking off a cliff though. It you get hit while using the
        shoe, you go back to the way you were before you collected it.
Points: Only the 100 that you get for killing the goomba inside it.
Where:  Found ONLY in world 5-3, you must hit a goomba wearing one from
        underneath it to get it out of the shoe, and then take the shoe
        for your own! 

Item:   P-Switch
What:   For a short time, it makes all blocks turn into coins and all
        coins turn into blocks. It also makes doors appear on some
        levels (only if the switch is gray), and can make blue coins
        appear from thin air for a short time. If you hit one, all
        munchers (indestructable piranhas) become coins for a short
        time as well.
Points: None.
Where:  Several different levels; for example, there is one in 1-1. Near
        the end of a level, you'll see a turtle on top of some blocks. 
        Hit it and kick it to the left. With any luck you'll end up with
        a formation of blocks with one sticking out to the left. Hit
        that one and the P-Switch is under it. 

Block:  ? block
What:   A block with a rotating question mark on it. They always contain
        something, and it is usually either a fire flower, a leaf, a
        super mushroom, or a coin. Big ones have bigger prizes, but are
        much better hidden. This doesn't include the ones in world 4,
        where everything is big.
Where:  The first small ? block is found in world 1-1; just go right.
        The first big ? block is, I believe, found in world 3-5. Wear a
        frog suit, keep it on, and you can go into one of the pipes with
        bubbles coming out that you can't normally enter. The ? block
        there contains 3 1UP mushrooms.

Block:  Multiple coin block
What:   A block that, when you hit it, gives you a coin but does NOT
        turn solid. You can hit it multiple times for multiple coins
        until it runs out; the faster you jump, the more coins you'll
        get. The maximum is around 10.
Where:  The first one is in world 1-3; it is one of the blocks in that
        big group of blocks just to the right of the start.

Block:  Musical note block
What:   White ones make you jump high if you jump on them twice. Pink
        ones, instead of making you jump higher, send you to a bonus
        level with lots of coins and either a 1UP or another item. White
        musical note blocks sometimes hold items, so hit them all!
Where:  White ones can be found in level 1-2, and should be hit since 
        one contains a leaf and another a starman. The first pink one is
        found in 1-3: Find a really big mass of blocks and hit the red 
        turtle on it to the left. When its done breaking bricks, get to
        the right of the left half of remaining blocks and jump up. 
        Double-jump on the musical note block to get to the bonus round. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~Items usable on the map and found in levels~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Item:   Fire flower
What:   Gives you fire power, used by pressing B. This power can be used
        to kill many enemies as well as melt some ice blocks. I find it 
        most useful in worlds 3, 6, and 7. If you get hit while using
        this, you go back to super (big) Mario.
Points: 1000 when you get it in a level.
Where:  These are very common in the levels they are useful in. I
        believe the first one is found in a ? block toward the end of
        level 1-5. It is hovering over a pool of water. On the map, get
        one from one of the many mushroom houses that randomly gives
        fire flowers, super leafs, and super mushrooms and use it to get
        fire power instantly. Note that in the levels (NOT on the map),
        you MUST have a super mushroom to get this power, otherwise the
        block will give you one instead of a fire flower.

Item:   Frog suit
What:   A suit that gives you better control in water, as well as
        allowing you to go past some currents that no other Mario can!
        Don't bother using this on land though, since it is hard to
        control. If you get hit while using this, you go back to super
       (big) Mario.
Points: 0?
Where:  The first one found in a level is found in 3-9; at the end part
        with a lot of fish, swim to the left for a long way instead of
        going right. It helps to bring firepower to kill the fish. At
        the end of the path is a pipe containing a frog suit. On the
        map, the first one is found in a secret mushroom house in world
        2 (see WARP WHISTLE below)

Item:   Hammer brothers suit
What:   A very rare item (you can only get 1 for certain on the map and
        two in levels), this allows you to throw hammers which will kill
        almost anything, including all fortress foes. When you duck in
        it, it protects you from almost all projectiles. The problem
        with this is its difficulty in aiming and its rarity (you won't
        want to die with it on).If you get hit while using this, you go
        back to super (big) Mario.
Points: 0?
Where:  1. A mushroom house above world 6-5 holds the only certain
        hammer brothers suit on the map. Other mushroom houses CAN hold
        them after you get this one, but I'm not sure how this works and
        don't depend on it.
        2. This one is located in world 6-10. You'll need a fire flower.
        A couple of munchers are frozen in ice, and they are covering a
        pipe. Unfreeze them with your fire power, then go back to the 
        left and find the P-switch in one of the blocks. Hit it and RUN 
        back to where the munchers were. Get the coins and go into the 
        pipe to get the suit.
        3. In world 7-8, you can go into one of the pipes.

Item:   Tanooki suit
What:   This gives you the power to, at your leisure, press down+B to
        turn into an invincible statue for a short time. When you do so,
        you will fall straight down (don't do it over a pit :P). If you
        do this on an enemy, most likely you will kill it. This is the
        only way to kill some enemies. You can also press B to swing
        your tail at enemies (which only works above water), or run for
        a while (hold B) until your P meter at the bottom is full and
        then keep pressing B to fly (again, above water only). However,
        although it seems that this would be a rare item, it is actually
        quite common if you know where to look. If you get hit while
        using this, you go back to super (big) Mario.
Points: 0?
Where:  The first one on the map is found in the red mushroom house in
        world 4, which you need a hammer to access. After you get it, 
        other mushroom houses may hold them as well, although I am not 
        sure if there is a pattern or if its random. In levels, the
        first one is found in world 4-5. Toward the end of the level, 
        there is a short cannon with a barely visible block high above
        it. There is another, larger cannon just to the right of it. To
        get the suit, you must jump up to a bullet that comes from the
        higher cannon to the right, then bounce high off it and hit the
        bottom of the block. A vine will come out. Then, hit another 
        bullet and bounce even higher to reach the vine itself, and
        climb to the pipe containing the suit.

Item:   Starman
What:   Makes you invincible (excluding falling from pits) for a short
Points: 1000
Where:  The first one on the map is won by defeating the hammer brother
        in the first world. In the levels, the first one is found in the
        last musical note block in world 1-2; get it and run to the end!

Item:   Super leaf
What:   You can press B to swing your tail at enemies (which only works
        above water), or run for a while (hold B) until your P meter at
        the bottom is full and the keep pressing B to fly (again, above
        water only). If you get hit while using this, you go back to
        super (big) Mario.
Points: 1000
Where:  On the map, you can randomly get one from a mushroom house
        offering it, a fire flower, or a super mushroom. In levels, you
        can get them from many different ? boxes and elsewhere ONLY if
        you already have a super mushroom. This does not apply on the
        map. For example, the lone ? box just past the three flying
        turtles in world 1-1 contains a super leaf.

Item:   Super mushroom
What:   An item that turns small Mario into super (big) Mario. On the
        map, if you use it, you can also turn any other type into super
        Mario. The advantages to being big? You can survive an extra 
        hit, and you must be super or better to break bricks.
Points: 1000
Where:  On the map, you can get one from one of the many mushroom houses
        that offers super mushrooms, super leafs, and fire flowers 
        randomly. In levels, if you are small Mario, you can get them
        from many ? boxes; for example, the 4th ? box in world 1-1 
        usually contains a super mushroom.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Items only usable on the map~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Item:  Anchor
What:  If you die in the castle at the end of the world, it will not 
       move. Thus, it will not go behind uncompleted levels and force
       you to complete them. Not all that useful for me, since I usually
       complete all the levels anyway.
Where: Collect certain amounts of coins in certain levels: 30 in world
       2-2, 22 in world 4-2, or 78 in world 6-7.

Item:  Hammer
What:  Allows you to break rocks that are in the way on the map. Used to
       get to mushroom houses that cannot normally be reached and to 
       make shortcuts around levels in world 6.
Where: You can win them from hammer brothers walking around the worlds. 
       One is in world 2, one in world 3, and one in world 6.

Item:  Juglem's Cloud
What:  Allows you to skip a certain level. Does not work if the level is
       one that, when you step on it, you automatically enter. You also
       cannot go past locks with it, which means you must defeat those
       fortresses. In addition, if you die on the level you enter after 
       using this, you will go back behind the level and have to play it
       anyway. Thus, it is best used to enter a pipe, since when you 
       exit, your location will be saved on the map.
Where: You can win them from hammer brothers that walk around the world.
       They are found in worlds 4 and 6 . You also get one as a
       prize for completing world 2, and a secret one is found in world
       3-7. At a point near the middle of the level, there is a block
       with a vine in it. Go up the vine, but jump to the right instead 
       of taking the obvious path to the left. You'll land on a
       platform; jump around on it until you find a pink note block, and
       go to the bonus level. At the end is the cloud.

Item:  Music Box
What:  It puts hammer brothers and piranha plants to sleep so you can 
       go past them without fighting them. It is a good idea to put 
       piranha plants to sleep, but if you do so with the hammer 
       brothers, you will miss out on easy items.
Where: Win them from hammer brothers that walk around the map, located
       in worlds 2 and world 5. You can also get one after you complete 
       world 3. One is hidden in world 5-1, but you need a P-wing to get
       it (fly up and go right a little from the beginning) so I don't
       suggest you get it. If you DO want to get it, use your P-wing and
       fly up from the beginning and then go right until you see a pipe. 
       Then you must get on one of those high platforms, go a running 
       duck, and keep pressing a, right, and up until you come out into
       a room with a treasure chest. In it is a music box, and getting
       it ends the level. 

Item:  P-wing
What:  A somewhat rare item that, when you use it on the map, allows you
       to fly forever in the next level ONLY. When you complete the 
       level, you will still be Raccoon Mario, but you can't fly
       indefinitely again until you use another P-wing.
Where: There are actually many ways to get P-wings, but most are well 
       hidden. First of all, you can get them after you complete worlds
       1, 4, and 6. Second of all, you can win them from walking hammer
       brothers in worlds 4 and 5, and from the first piranha plant
       level in world 7. Third of all, if you get 44 coins in world 1-4,
       44 in world 3-8, 28 in world 5-5, or 46 in world 7-2, a white
       mushroom house will appear on the map with a P-wing in it. 
       Finally, if you beat the game once and then play again, you will
       have 28 P-wings in your inventory. 

Item:  Warp Whistle
What:  An item, which is very well hidden in three places, which allows
       you to warp to a certain level, depending on where you are. If 
       you warp from world 1, you can go to worlds 2, 3, or 4. If you
       warp from worlds 2-6, you can go to worlds 5, 6, or 7. If you 
       warp from worlds 7, 8, or the warp world, you can go to world 8.
Where: 1. In world 1-3, go to the end but DON'T get the card. Instead,
       backtrack to a white platform in midair with a koopa walking on
       it. Kick the koopa off and duck until you fall through the 
       platform (if you are small, just wait there). Then hurry to the
       right; you can go BEHIND the card for a short time. A secret
       mushroom house is there somewhere; the warp whistle is inside it.
       2. In the fortress in world 1, get a leaf and hold on to it until
       the end of the first part (before the moving ceiling part). There
       is a leaf there if you need it. Crush the dry bones there, then
       fill up your P meter and start flying along the left side of the
       wall. Hold right while you're flying and if you did it right, you
       will be on top of the wall. Run to the right and at the end,
       press up to enter the door there. The treasure chest contains 
       your whistle.
       3. In world 2, one of the hammer brothers gives you a hammer.
       DON'T use it to get to the spade house! Instead, beat enough 
       levels to reach the top-right corner of the world and then use
       your hammer. It opens up a secret passage to the right with a 
       mushroom house and a hammer brother. The mushroom house contains
       a frog suit, while the hammer brothers (be careful while fighting
       them, since they are fire brothers and shoot fireballs) give you
       the warp whistle when defeated.

4) WAYS OF GETTING ITEMS --------------------------------------------

1. First and foremost, you can get many items from ? boxes that are just
floating around in the levels. Just hit them from underneath.

2. On a similar token, you can get many items from regular blocks as
well. Even if you are small, you should hit as many blocks as you can
from underneath, as long as it's safe. You can also hit them from the
side if you are raccoon Mario. You can get power-ups, coins, and even
1-UPs from blocks!

3. Sometimes, there are secret blocks just floating in the air. These
can be coin blocks or musical note blocks (some of which are pink). To
find these, remember places that seem oddly placed. In cave levels, 
secret blocks have dots that are different colors from the normal
background, making them easy to find. If something looks impossible to
reach, try finding a secret block to get you there.

4. You can often get items from white musical note blocks, which is 
accomplished by bouncing on top of them.

5. You may or may not know that some blocks move slightly when hit from
the side. Many times, these blocks contain items. Look for this kind of block 
when there is a column of blocks blockading an enemy, or when one block is 
sitting alone. The first kind is always the top block. This
kind of block doesn't look the same as normal blocks; it looks more like
wood that regular breakable blocks. Be careful with these as well since if 
you hit one, it bounces you backwards a bit.

6. Hammer brothers on the map are IMO the easiest and best way to get storable 
items. Don't skip them unless you have to! Well...maybe not the
EASIEST, but they give better items than mushroom houses until you reach
higher levels.

7. Speaking of mushroom houses, you might as well get them all, since they 
have free items...

8. You can get P-wings and anchors if you get certain numbers of coins
in certain levels (see COINS) but I don't think this is really worth it.

9. There are several huge ? blocks scattered around the game which 
contain either 3 1UP mushrooms or a suit of some kind. To find these, 
remember that the frog suit can go past currents protecting certain
pipes. Also, if you don't mind losing them, use P-wings to find hidden
pipes high in the sky. Often, you can make the screen scroll up in 
levels that seem horizontal. Try to get to paths that look like they are
impossible to reach. Note that in auto-scrolling levels, there are NO
hidden ? boxes (if I'm wrong, correct me), so don't waste your P-wing on one 
of them unless you need it to complete a certain level.

10. If you complete a world (except worlds 7, 8, and warp), the Princess
will give you an item, which is valuable except in world 3 when she 
gives you a worthless music box :\

5) CREDITS ----------------------------------------------------------

I thank and credit:

CJayC, for posting this FAQ and running the wonderful website known as

Brian P. Sulpher for writing his SMB3 FAQ. I used the following info from 
his FAQ (in my own words of course):
Coins required in the special levels to get white mushroom houses,
What worlds the hammer brothers give you the P-wing, Juglems Cloud, and 
music box,
and what Princess Peach gives you in worlds 4, 5, and 6.
He also corrected the names of the items Kuribo's shoe and Tanooki suit 
and corrected my mistake invilving turning into a statue. Thanks man.

Nintendo of America Inc, for making the game,

and mnb_0000, for writing this FAQ.


1.0: Listing of all the items

1.01: Fixed some mistakes. Thanks to Brian P. Sulpher for telling me
about them.