1-Up Mushroom

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1-Up Mushroom

A 1-Up Mushroom in New Super Mario Bros.
General information
Effect Gives an extra life
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Related items
1 UP Heart

A 1-Up Mushroom is a type of Mushroom that grants an extra life to whoever eats it. They first appear in Super Mario Bros.. Though rare, 1-Up Mushrooms still appear in most games that a Super Mushroom has appeared in, including some where it has not appeared. 1-Up Mushrooms are usually found in Hidden Blocks or in hard-to-reach or risky areas. Even in games where they do not grant a 1-Up, obtaining one always brings about a positive effect for its user. 1-Up Mushrooms look just like Super Mushrooms, except they have a light-green cap with white spots instead of a red cap with white spots. In Super Mario Bros., a 1-Up Mushroom is yellow with green spots whilst the Super Mushroom instead has red spots.

In a few of the Game Boy games, namely Super Mario Land and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, 1 UP Hearts appear instead of 1-Up Mushrooms, which they have the exact same role as. In both games, the reason why 1 UP Hearts appear instead of Super Mushrooms is because 1-Up Mushrooms and Super Mushroom are distinguished by the color of their cap, something that the Game Boy's monochromatic screen is incapable of doing.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros.

The 1-Up Mushrooms first appear in Super Mario Bros.. In the side-scrolling games, they move exactly like normal Mushrooms, but have a different color scheme. They are usually found in hidden blocks or in risky places where Mario must risk his life to acquire one. They are rather uncommon in this game. In World 1 of Super Mario Bros., there are 2 hidden 1-Up Mushrooms, most likely more than Mario can find than any other world in the game. When 10 lives are earned, the life counter will display a crown next to the number, as a reward for earning a high amount of lives.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

The 1-Up Mushroom, along with the Super Mushroom reappear in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Due to this game being a direct sequel with very few graphic changes, nothing changed over the behavior of the 1-Up Mushroom, though like the Super Mushroom and the newly introduced Poison Mushroom, these mushrooms now have eyes, which continue to be present in almost every installment afterwards.

Super Mario Bros. 2

A sprite of a 1-Up Mushroom in Super Mario Bros. 2 (left), its Super Mario All-Stars remaster (middle), and Super Mario Advance (right)

While 1-Up Mushrooms are present in Super Mario Bros. 2, the Subcon versions look very different from the usual green-capped mushrooms. Found by pulling up a plant containing one or throwing three items at a bubble containing a 1-UP (in Super Mario Advance only), they have a solid red cap with "1 UP" written on their side. As usual, they grant an extra life.

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

A sprite of a 1-Up Mushroom in Super Mario Bros. 3 (left), its Super Mario All-Stars remaster (middle), and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (right)

1-Up Mushrooms reappear once again as rare mushrooms that can be found in hidden blocks or in risky places in Super Mario Bros. 3. Their behavior has not changed much, but they now have green-spotted white caps (light blue in artillery levels) (which become the standardized white-spotted green caps in remakes), though in the Nintendo Entertainment System version, a pure white 1-Up Mushroom can be found in World 6-3 due to sharing its palette with a beanstalk. Extra lives are also regularly obtained via the card system, as well as the Spade Panels. Mega ? Blocks in bonus rooms can also give three 1-Up Mushrooms.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 allows one to scan 1-Up Mushroom cards to gain extra lives as well, ranging from one to 100 extra lives. An unreleased switch card could also make every block with 1-Up Mushrooms give three of them instead (with the Mega ? Blocks giving nine of them), and the blue switch card turns all 1-Up Mushrooms in normal-sized blocks into 3-Up Moons when activated.

Super Mario World

A sprite of a 1-Up Mushroom in Super Mario World and its Game Boy Advance remake, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2

In Super Mario World, 1-Up Mushrooms behave as they do in Super Mario Bros. 3, but can be found in a more varied range of places. Fishin' Lakitus carry them as bait for Mario, and when Mario acquires it, the Lakitu will chase after Mario, throwing Spinies after him. 1-Up Mushrooms also appear out of eggs when Mario is already riding a Yoshi and hits a ? Block containing an egg.

There is another item in Super Mario World that can grant Mario lives — the 3-Up Moon gives Mario three extra lives instead of 1, but is even rarer than the 1-Up Mushroom and is only found in hidden areas, such as behind the Giant Gate in some levels.

Another 1-Up Mushroom would have originally appeared in Super Mario World. This mushroom is golden and it has wings, allowing the mushroom to fly.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

Appearing differently from Super Mario World's design, 1-Up Mushrooms in this game are green with lighter green spots. They are also the only Mushrooms that can be obtained in Super Mario 64. They can be found in a number of places, such as going through a ring of coins or collecting a ring of coins. 1-Up Mushrooms are also found in hidden areas or on top of poles. Most will seemingly slide away from Mario while others follow Mario until he gets a life. A 1-Up Mushroom can also be found in the room with the Jolly Roger Bay painting in it. They are not the only way to gain a life. Every fifty coins Mario collects also grant a life when he completes the level. The maximum number of lives a player can have is 99. It is important to note that the player will lose all obtained 1-Up mushrooms if they save and quit. Upon selecting their file, they will always start with only 4 regardless of how many they had before quitting previously.

In Super Mario 64 DS they are the most common Mushroom. Super Mushrooms are also thrown in with these mushrooms. Also, three 1-Up Mushrooms can be found at the top of Peach's Castle if the player uses the cannon to reach there. In some stages, some 1-Up Mushrooms may appear in a small field of flowers. Other appear in some ? Blocks in some missions.

Super Mario Sunshine

A 1-Up Mushroom from Super Mario Sunshine.

1-Up Mushrooms reappear in Super Mario Sunshine. They look like 1-Up Mushrooms from Super Mario 64. They are the only type of Mushroom that can be acquired in this game. Aside from gaining an extra life, Mario's Health Meter and F.L.U.D.D.'s water tank will also be completely refilled upon collection. If these mushrooms are found in a crate, then the 1-Up Mushroom will follow the Player. The highest number of lives obtainable is 99. In Super Mario 64, the player lost all obtained 1-Up mushrooms upon saving and quitting on their file, and would only start with 4 upon selecting their file. However, in Super Mario Sunshine the number of obtained 1-Ups is saved to the file and the player will retain the same number of lives upon returning to their file.

New Super Mario Bros.

A 1-Up Mushroom from New Super Mario Bros.

Little has changed in the behavior of these mushrooms in New Super Mario Bros. when compared to Super Mario Bros.. However, they can be obtained by growing mega, caused by a Mega Mushroom and destroying a certain number of objects in the player's path. When this action is completed, 1-Up Mushrooms will fall from the sky, depending on the amount the meter of the objects destroyed in the top of the screen is filled up. The easiest way to fill the meter up is by allowing Mario or Luigi to run over the flagpole, completely filling up the meter.

Toad Houses are also scattered around the landscape. Some of these are 1-Up Toad Houses. Here, Mario or Luigi must hit blocks with 1-Up cards in them, randomized. A Bowser Card is mixed with these cards. If the player hits a Bowser Card, the game ends, but the lives acquired by the blocks will be received.

Super Mario Galaxy

1-Up Mushroom from Super Mario Galaxy.

1-Up Mushrooms act very similar in Super Mario Galaxy as in earlier Super Mario series titles. However, they are found in other places such as the bottom of planets or next to Black Holes. When the player also touches all Rainbow Notes activated by a ? Coin, a 1-Up Mushroom will often appear. Lives can also be obtained by collecting 50 coins or by collecting 50 Star Bits. It is also possible for the player to get a 1-Up mushroom from Lumalee for 30 star bits. Five 1-Up Mushrooms can be found on the Comet Observatory. When Mario receives a letter from Princess Peach via the Mail Toad, 5 1-Up Mushrooms will be included with the letter. When playing as Luigi, 20 1-Ups will be included instead of 5. The player will lose all obtained 1-Up mushrooms if they save and quit, and will always only start with four (4) upon selecting their file regardless of how many they had before quitting previously, just like previous games. The maximum number of extra lives that a player can have is 99.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

1-Up Mushrooms act in a very similar manner in New Super Mario Bros. Wii when compared to New Super Mario Bros.. The 1-Up Toad Houses each have a minigame entitled 1-Up Blast. In this game, the player must hop into cannons. The player can aim the cannon at balloons with numbers on them, ranging from one to four. If the player pops these balloons, the number of lives shown on them will be received.

A visual effect will occur only to Mario if he collects ninety-nine lives. Mario will lose his cap, and the only way he can get it back is to lose a life.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

1-Up Mushrooms also appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They have the same benefit like in the predecessor — each mushroom gives Mario an extra life. The Rainbow Notes that Mario collect often make 1-Up Mushrooms appear, usually three. In galaxies or certain bonus areas, some ? Coins usually make coins appear. If Mario collects all the coins before they disappear, he will receive an extra life. Mario can also obtain 1-Up Mushrooms from Lumalee, on Starship Mario, or from Chance Cubes, with some Chance Cubes having the chance of rewarding up to five 1-Up Mushrooms. Collecting every 100 Star Bits or bringing back 100 coins to Starship Mario will also give Mario an extra life.

Super Mario 3D Land

1-Up Mushrooms return in Super Mario 3D Land, which work like any other Mario game. The crown reward also makes a comeback now appearing when the player reaches 1000 lives. First, a crown is displayed, then if the player reaches 1100 lives, 2 crowns are displayed, and if the player reaches the maximum of 1110 lives, 3 crowns are displayed and Mario loses his cap (but Small Mario gains it) just like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

1-Up Mushrooms also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Like most Mario games, Mario will get an extra life for collecting 100 coins. The maximum of lives Mario can get are 1,110 lives (equaling 3 crowns), the same maximum lives in Super Mario 3D Land. They are replaced by Gold Mushrooms in the Coin Rush mode.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

A Green 1-Up Mushroom!

1-Up Mushrooms also reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, where they once again give the player a life. Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the player can obtain a maximum of 99 lives. In the Coin Battle mode, collecting a 1-Up Mushroom rewards the player five coins.

In both games' remake New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, all 1-Up Mushrooms within blocks are replaced by 3-Up Moons if Toadette is used.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

In Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, 1-Up Mushrooms appear once again and retain their effects from previous games.

1-Up Mushrooms do not appear in the Bowser's Fury mode of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, due to the mode not using lives.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

1-Up Mushrooms appear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS as a placeable course element, giving the player an extra life only if they are playing a world in Coursebot, the 10 Mario Challenge, and the 100 Mario Challenge. In the 10 Mario Challenge or 100 Mario Challenge, up to three 1-Up Mushrooms can be obtained and added to a counter in the top left where Mario receives the mushrooms he collected upon clearing the course.

Super Mario Maker 2

1-Up Mushrooms reappear in Super Mario Maker 2 as a placeable course element. It acts the exact same as in the previous game, but its behavior in Story Mode and Super Worlds is the same as it was in Coursebot, and its behavior in Endless Challenge is the same as it was in the 10 Mario Challenge and 100 Mario Challenge. If the night effect is applied and the ground theme is selected, they transform into Rotten Mushrooms.

Super Mario Bros. 35

1-Up Mushrooms appeared in Super Mario Bros. 35 in the same locations as in Super Mario Bros.. Since there were no lives in this game, the mushrooms gave 20 coins instead, the price to use the Item Roulette once. The Hidden Blocks containing 1-Up Mushrooms were always present, without having to meet any unlocking conditions, and would reappear if the same course was played more than once in the same match.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder

1-Up Mushrooms reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, functioning identically as in earlier Super Mario series titles. Aside from this, Prince Florian gives the player five 1-Up Mushrooms after receiving a Game Over. Flower coins can be used to buy 1-Up Mushrooms in Poplin Shops.

Mario & Wario

In Mario & Wario, a 1-Up Mushroom appears as an item. It functions exactly like in the Super Mario series, in that collecting one gives the player's character an extra life.

Hotel Mario

In Hotel Mario, 1-Up Mushrooms are referred to as Toads.[1] If Fire Mario opens a door that normally hides a Super Mushroom, it will instead hold the identical-looking Toad. A Toad flees faster than a Super Mushroom, and will instead reward the player with an extra life, same as in past games.

Mario & Luigi series

In Mario & Luigi series, the 1-Up Mushroom revives Mario and Luigi with half of their HP if either Mario or Luigi lose all of their HP in battle.

There is also a stronger variant called a 1-Up Super that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. They are very expensive and are named after the 1-Up Mushroom and the Super Mushroom. When used, it restores all HP (and BP in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga) to a fainted Mario brother, whereas the normal 1-Up Mushroom only revives them with half of their maximum HP. It is known as the 1-Up Deluxe in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Unlike the first game's 1-Up Supers, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story's 1-Up Deluxes do not restore SP, the equivalent of BP in the first and fourth game of the series. In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, its name is shortened to 1-Up DX.

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, if Mario and Luigi knock out a Shroobsworth, Intern Shroobs can resurrect their fallen master with their own 1-Up Mushrooms.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam also introduces the Double 1-Up Mushroom, which revives two fallen party members, but with less HP than a normal 1-Up Mushroom.

Mario Kart series

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, a 1-Up Mushroom appears as an emblem in the front of Toadette's Kart. This kart is supposed to be a recolor of the Toad Kart, which is blue and sports a regular Mushroom as an emblem. The 1-Up Mushroom does not appear as Toadette's emblem in later games, however, likely owing to Toadette's face being used as her emblem throughout many spin-offs. A 1-Up Mushroom represents the Mushroom Bridge track logo as well.

Although they do not appear as items in Mario Kart Wii, in the track Coconut Mall, there is a shop in a hidden shortcut that is selling 1-Up Mushrooms along with other classic Mario items. The sponsor 1-Up Coffee uses a 1-Up Mushroom on its logo and references it in the name.

In Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Kart Tour, the sponsors 1-Up Fuel and 1-Up Racing reference the 1-Up Mushroom, while the 1-Up Mushroom Car Insurance Group uses them both in its name and imagery.

Mario Pinball Land

In Mario Pinball Land, its name is spelled 1-UP Mushroom, and collecting one earns the player an extra ball.

Mario Superstar Baseball

The 1-Up Mushroom appears in Mario Superstar Baseball as an item that can be obtained through a slot in Toy Field. When the player acquires a 1-Up Mushroom, they can bat again, regardless if the fielders caught it or not.

Mario Tennis Open

In Mario Tennis Open, a 1-Up Mushroom trophy serves as the first cup in the Star Open tournament.

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, there are stickers called Big 1-UP and Big Shiny 1-UP, which restore a small portion of Mario's HP for 10 turns.

Paper Mario: Color Splash

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, there are 1-Up Mushroom cards that restore all of Mario's paint in battle instead of healing Mario.

1-Up Mushrooms proper also appear in their sprite forms in the Super Mario Bros. 3-styled level in the Green Energy Plant. They are found in ? Blocks, although they only restore a portion of Mario's paint.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

A 1-Up Mushroom in Paper Mario: The Origami King

1-Up Mushrooms return in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where their function is now closer to that of the mainline games, as well as the Life Shroom from the first three installments. If Mario is defeated in battle, the 1-Up will instantly revive him, but unlike the Life Shroom, it will restore all of his HP as opposed to just 5 or 10. Mario can only carry one of these at a time, and they are automatically equipped upon being collected, as signified by the 1-Up Mushroom icon by Mario's HP counter. One is given to Mario for free the first time he stops by the Battle Lab (unlocked by unfolding the dog-like Toad in Picnic Road), and afterward, more can be purchased at the item shop in Toad Town if Mario does not already have one in his inventory.

1-Up Mushrooms can be used in battle at any point in the game, save for the last two phases of the final fight against King Olly, as well as the boss rematches in the Battle Lab.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

1-Up Mushrooms also reappear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports, acting identically as in the Super Mario series titles.

Crossover appearances

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, 1-Up Mushrooms can be bought in any shop in Story Mode for 100 coins. It gives the player an extra life.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the 1-Up Mushroom makes a cameo appearance as a sticker that can be equipped in the Subspace Emissary to Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the 1-Up Mushroom appears as a trophy. In the Nintendo 3DS version, the 1-Up Mushroom trophy is obtained as a random drop, but in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it can be bought at the Trophy Shop.

Fortune Street

In Fortune Street, a 1-Up Mushroom can be obtained through the Memory Block minigame. Once obtained, the 1-Up Mushroom increases all of the player's shop values by 10% each.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

In Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, the player will lose a life in a course when their team's total HP goes to zero. The player is then given an option to continue through the course or go back to the world map. Continuing through a course uses 1-Up Mushrooms, costing one per continue. When players lose all their lives, they go back to the world map and are automatically given four 1-Up Mushrooms. The player's maximum amount of 1-Up Mushrooms is 10.

1-Up Mushrooms can be found by opening ? Blocks in certain courses and can be won in the Lucky ? Blocks game at Toad Houses. The player may also earn them in a course by getting 12 combos.


In the Animal Crossing series, a 1-Up Mushroom appears as a furniture item, and when it is interacted with, it plays the extra life sound and causes "1-UP" to float above it, similarly to when one is collected in the Super Mario series titles. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, "1-Up" no longer floats above the 1-Up Mushroom when it is interacted with.

A 1-Up Mushroom is a space in Nintendo Monopoly. It replaces the Income Tax space. When a player lands on this space, they have to pay either 10% of their total assets or $200 in the 2006 version (just $200 in the 2010 version).

In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, brown Mushrooms are replaced by 1-Up Mushrooms.

In Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, artwork of a 1-Up Mushroom can be found on a poster in the laboratory in the introductory cutscene.

In the fifteenth Maximus Cup in Tetris 99, a 1-Up Mushroom from Paper Mario: The Origami King makes a cameo as the progress bar icon for unlocking the theme based on that game.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 2

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: Grab one of these to gain a life.

Super Mario Bros. 3

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: Increases your remaining stock of lives by one.
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: Gain an extra Mario.

Super Mario Sunshine

  • Instruction booklet: Get one of these magical mushrooms to get back a life. They'll also fill Mario's life meter and FLUDD's tank.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

  • Trading Card description: Gaining extra lives is vital to your victory, and these little green treasures are the key to survival. 1-Up Mushrooms are valuable and rare, so grab every one that you see! Each mushroom will grant you another life. Collect 99 mushrooms and Mario will tip his hat in appreciation!

Super Mario 3D Land

  • Instruction manual: Increases your remaining lives by one.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

  • Instruction manual: Earns Mario an extra life.
  • North American website bio: This green mushroom will grant you an extra life for Mario or Luigi. Grab it before it slides away!

New Super Mario Bros. U

  • Instruction manual: Grab one of these to gain an extra life.

Super Mario 3D World

  • Instruction manual: Pick up one of these to get an extra life.

Super Mario Run

  • 1-Up Mushroom Statue: A statue of the 1-Up Mushroom, a special mushroom that has a life-changing flavor.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

  • Item description: The 1-Up Mushroom gives you another life.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker

Image Game Effect
New Super Mario Bros. [Leg] - Attack +4

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
1-Up Mushroom Series Related NES Super Mario Bros. (10/1985)
N64 Super Mario 64 (09/1996)
7: Super Mario Bros. Eating one of these mushrooms will add another you. "1-Up." Even just saying it aloud feels so right. "Was getting more 1-Ups and increasing the number of us the adventure's ultimate objective?" All the Marios got together and discussed this theory. The end.
Eating one of these gives you an extra life. That's right! A whole extra version of you! But it does make you wonder, is getting 1-Up Mushrooms and making more copies of yourself the real goal of any adventure? You can just imagine a bunch of Marios getting together to discuss it...

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

  • Instruction manual: Revives a fallen brother.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

  • Instruction manual: Grab one to gain an extra life.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

  • Item description: Automatically revives Mario if he falls in a battle.


For this subject's image gallery, see 1-Up Mushroom/gallery.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 1UPキノコ
1UP kinoko
1UP Mushroom
Dutch 1UP-Paddenstoel 1-Up Mushroom
French Champignon 1-Up 1-Up Mushroom
German 1-Up-Pilz 1-Up Mushroom
Italian Fungo 1-Up
fungo 1-UP (Animal Crossing series)
1-Up Mushroom
1-UP mushroom
Korean 1-UP버섯
1-eop Beoseot
1-UP Mushroom
Portuguese Cogumelo de Vida Extra Extra Life Mushroom
Spanish Champiñón de Vida Extra (most games)
Champiñón 1-Up (some games)
Champi Mejora (Mario & Luigi series)
Extra Life Mushroom
1-Up Mushroom
Improvement Mushroom


  1. ^ "If Fire Mario opens a door with a Super Mushroom behind it, the mushroom turns into TOAD, an Extra Mario Mushroom. He gives Mario an extra life." - Hotel Mario instruction book, page 11.