Tanooki Suit
Tanooki Mario Artwork - Super Mario Bros. 3
Mario's Tanooki Suit artwork from Super Mario Bros. 3.
First Game Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Appearances Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D World
Type Power-up
Effects Transforms Mario into Tanooki Mario.

The Tanooki Suit is an item appearing in the Mario series. It is not to be confused with the similar power-up, the Super Leaf.


Super Mario Bros. 3

The Tanooki Suit made its first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Once the suit is worn, Mario can fly (similarly to the Super Leaf and Cape Feather) and turn into a statue. Turning into a statue will allow him to avoid any enemy, and will also allow him to defeat most enemies.

Super Mario 3D Land

While the item form doesn't reappear in Super Mario 3D Land, the effects of the Super Leaf can be obtained to make Mario in a Tanooki Suit. Mario can do everything the same, except for flying, due to being complex to fly in a 3D platformer and turn into a statue.

A new power-up, the Statue Leaf, also grants Mario an advanced Tanooki Suit which does allow Mario to become a statue.

Tanooki Statue

Artwork of the Tanooki Statue from the Super Mario Bros. 3 game manual


The suit is based on the tanuki, a Raccoon Dog native to Japan which is featured heavily in Japanese mythology. The statue has the general appearance of Jizō, with Mario's mustache.


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