Bill Blaster

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This article is about the cannons that fire Bullet Bills. For information about the minigame Bill Blasters in Mario Party 5, see Bill Blasters (minigame).
Not to be confused with Bullet Blaster.
Bill Blaster

New Super Mario Bros. Wii artwork
General information
Species origin Blaster
Powers Shooting Bullet Bills
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Other games Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Super Mario Bros. 3
Similar entities
Air Cannon
Banzai Bill Blaster
Big Bertha
Bombshell Bill Blaster
Bull's-Eye Blaster
Bullet Blitzer
Gold Bill Blaster
Skull Box
Torpedo Base
Notable members
Sergeant Guy Cannon
Sergeant Guy Cannon X
“Wanna join me?”
Bill Blaster, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

A Bill Blaster, originally known as a Turtle Cannon[1][2] and also referred to as a Bullet Bill Cannon[3], simply Cannon[4], or Bullet Bill Launcher[5], is a black cannon that fires Bullet Bills from either side. Bill Blasters are usually used as defense emplacements in fortresses and castles. While some Bill Blasters are pure black, others have a design (usually a skull icon) emblazoned on their sides.

Bill Blasters are immobile and usually indestructible, as they are commonly part of the environment. Although they cannot move around, some Bill Blasters in more recent games have been shown to be able to rotate, like a turret. However, recent games in the series have made Bill Blasters enemies that are capable of being defeated. Due to their nature, they are usually paired with Bullet Bills as their main attack.

Bill Blasters are similar to Burners. The latter emits flames instead of Bullet Bills.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros.

Turtle Cannons as they appear in Super Mario Bros.

Turtle Cannons first appear in World 5-1 in Super Mario Bros., where they were placed throughout the Mushroom Kingdom during Bowser's initial invasion. They are also found in World 5-2, World 7-1, World 8-2 and World 8-3. They are found in locations that are difficult for the Bros. to travel through, such as on the ground or above the player where they would be hit if the player jumped. They will not fire if the player is directly above one or completely within a sprite box next to one.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Perfect Edition of the Great Mario Character Encyclopedia artwork.

In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Turtle Cannons return and this time are found in even more difficult places. They now are more common and act just the same as they did in Super Mario Bros. They sometimes appear in underwater levels, where in the original, their details are colored green due to having the same palette as the scenery. However, the Bullet Bills these ones fire are black with gray details, due to sharing their palette with Bloopers. Both are colored normal in the Super Mario All-Stars version.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Turtle Cannons as they appear in Super Mario Bros. 3

Turtle Cannons appear in Super Mario Bros. 3. They first appear on Larry's Airship along with Cannons. They are also invincible. They appear numerous times on all airships, tanks, and boats. Some fire Missile Bills.

Super Mario Land

It has been suggested that this section be split into the following: Bill Blaster, Pipe Cannon (Super Mario Land). (discuss)

A different form called Pipe Cannons[6] appear in Super Mario Land. Unlike their stationary counterparts, Pipe Cannons move out of Warp Pipes like Piranha Plants and then fire a Bullet Biff before retreating.

Super Mario World

In Super Mario World, Turtle Cannons can be found in the Sunken Ghost Ship and Outrageous. This game also introduces the Torpedo Base, which shoots Torpedo Teds.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Turtle Cannons can be seen in some levels of Mario Zone. In this game, they appear more box-shaped, but still fire Bullet Bills at a periodic rate.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

A Turtle Cannon as it appears in Super Mario 64

A single Turtle Cannon appears in Super Mario 64, and a few more appear in its remake, Super Mario 64 DS. This Turtle Cannon is found on the top of the tower in Whomp's Fortress after the player defeats the Whomp King. It looks drastically different from its previous appearances, more resembling a simple gray box with a hole for launching Bullet Bills rather than an actual cannon. This is the only game in which Mario can force a Turtle Cannon to fire; it will do so if he performs a Pound the Ground attack on top of it. In the DS remake, another of these cannons can be found in Whomp's Fortress in the new area surrounding the fortress, after a large gap, and more can be found in Dire, Dire Docks before the player completes Bowser in the Fire Sea. The ability to force out a Bullet Bill via a Pound the Ground attack has been removed, and Turtle Cannons can now be destroyed using a mushroom.

New Super Mario Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros., Bill Blasters return to their original role of being a part of the game's environment, having the same behavior they had in previous 2D games. However, in this game, they can be destroyed by use of a Mega Mushroom. An advanced tower version of a Bill Blaster called the Bill Blaster Turret is introduced. Also, a new variant of Bill Blasters that shoot Banzai Bills first appear in this game, called the Banzai Bill Cannon.

Super Mario Galaxy

Several Bill Blasters in Super Mario Galaxy
A traditional Bill Blaster

In Super Mario Galaxy, Bill Blasters appear in many of the game's levels. They are often found on planets or other areas where various items are trapped in cages, where Mario must lure a Bullet Bill from the Bill Blaster to the cage or cages in order to access what is inside. Their appearance here is more typical of a cannon and noticeably lacks the familiar skull icon. The Bullet Bills they shoot out will home in on Mario upon becoming aware of his presence. Some Bill Blasters can be destroyed by luring the Bullet Bill back. Others are too far into their base for one to reach.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Bill Blasters as well as Bill Blaster Turrets and Banzai Bill Cannons reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and act the same as in New Super Mario Bros.. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros., they are again invincible, as the Mega Mushroom is absent from the game.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

A loaded Bill Blaster

Bill Blasters reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 and serve the same purpose as in its predecessor. Banzai Bill Cannons appear as well. They have the exact same appearance in the predecessor.

Super Mario 3D Land

Bill Blasters firing Bullet Bills in World 2-5.

Bill Blasters and Bill Blaster Turrets later appear in Super Mario 3D Land and serve the same purpose as the games before. However, they are shown to appear differently, similar to their appearance in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

The Bill Blaster in New Super Mario Bros. 2

Bill Blasters reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2 and act the same as in its predecessors. Gold Bill Blasters are golden versions of a Bill Blaster that are created by a Gold Ring, and fire Gold Bullet Bills.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Bill Blasters and Bill Blaster Turrets reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, behaving the same way it did in previous games. This time, Roy Koopa utilizes a cannon in his boss battle. In the game's code, a variant of the blaster that can stretch up and down appears.[7]

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

In Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Bill Blasters appear in various levels, behaving the same as in Super Mario 3D Land. In this game, they resemble their appearances in the first three Paper Mario games, and are also capable of firing Cat Bullet Bills.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2

Mary O hammering on a Bill Blaster

Bill Blasters reappear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2 as the only way to generate Bullet Bills. In Course Maker, their length can be adjusted by grabbing their tip and stretching it up or down. The regular black variants fire Bullet Bills by default, but if another enemy or an item is placed inside one, it will shoot an indefinite amount of them in Mario's direction — except for Coins, of which multiple are shot in three consecutive bursts before they stop appearing. Shaking a Bill Blaster will turn it into a red Bull's-Eye Blaster and make it fire Bull's-Eye Bills. An element can be placed inside a red Bill Blaster, which will shoot such elements much faster than a regular Bill Blaster. A sound effect can be placed on a Bill Blaster of either color to make it generate that sound every time it shoots things out of it.

Although static objects, Bill Blasters are affected by gravity and will fall down if positioned in mid-air or bounce on Springboards continuously if placed atop them. In addition, they will slowly sink into lava if they end up there. They can also be attached to tracks and glide along them.

Bill Blasters can be destroyed by pounding them with a big Goomba's Shoe. The Goomba's Shoe can also pound the ground near a Bill Blaster to release two puffs of smoke on both sides of the shoe that will destroy the blaster on contact.

In Super Mario Maker 2, red Bill Blasters instead shoot Cat Bullet Bills in the Super Mario 3D World style.

Super Mario Odyssey

A Bill Blaster in the Sand Kingdom.

Bill Blasters are present in Super Mario Odyssey, retaining their Super Mario 3D World look in 3D and their Super Mario Bros. look in 2D sections. They can also shoot visor-wearing Bullet Bills in the Metro Kingdom and Sand Kingdom.

Yoshi franchise

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Turtle Cannons are green, like the Bullet Bills themselves, but act entirely like previous incarnations. Their cannon visibly expands upon preparing to shoot Bullet Bills, then returns to normal after having done so. They can be frozen with use of a blue watermelon, and then shattered by being touched or struck with an egg.

Yoshi's Story

Turtle Cannons make an appearance in Yoshi's Story where they look slightly different. Much like previous games, most shoot Bullet Bills forward, though some will shoot them upward.

Yoshi's Island DS

Bill Blasters return in Yoshi's Island DS, although this time, like the Bullet Bills themselves, they are colored black like in the main Mario games. They appear in The Goonie Coast Isn't Clear!, Welcome to Yoshi Tower!, Bessie Bass's Battleship, Return of the Moving Chomp Rock!, Island of Peril, Let There Be Light!, and Superhard Acrobatics!.

Yoshi's New Island

Yoshi's New Island

In Yoshi's New Island, Bill Blasters, as well as the Bullet Bills they shoot, return retaining their appearance from the main Mario games. There are also Bill Blasters that have a cannon in only one side.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

Bill Blasters return in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, acting the same as in previous games, except this time they are made of wool. If Yoshi throws a yarn ball at a Bill Blaster, it will get tied up and become temporarily deactivated.

The World 6 boss, Knot-Wing the Koopa, launches Bullet Bills and Bull's-Eye Bills from a Bill Blaster on his shell.

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario

In Paper Mario, Bill Blasters appear under their current name in Koopa Bros. Fortress right before facing the Koopa Bros. themselves. They are considered separate enemies from the Bullet Bills they launch. They must be destroyed before Mario and his allies can end a battle and progress through the level. On the overworld, Bill Blasters fire Bullet Bills at Mario. If hit, Mario and his friends have to fight the Bullet Bills before continuing to the Bill Blaster.

In battle, Bill Blasters cannot directly attack Mario's party; instead, they fire Bullet Bills to attack for them. A Bill Blaster has an unlimited supply of Bullet Bills; the cannons will continue firing Bullet Bills until defeated. Jumping attacks are generally ineffective against Bill Blasters, as their hard armor protects against such attacks.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Bill Blasters return in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and are first encountered in the Pirate's Grotto, and appear quite often there as well. They look exactly the same, though more refined with the improved graphics, and their battle strategy was largely unchanged. They still shoot out Bullet Bills to attack for them, but now have a new move, which allows them to shoot out two Bullet Bills instead of one.

Also returning is the B. Bill Blaster which fires Bombshell Bills. They are much alike, except for the higher attack, defense, and golden color. These are encountered in the Palace of Shadow.

Super Paper Mario

In Super Paper Mario, Bill Blasters appear exclusively in Chapter 3-1 guarding Bowser's castle. They shoot Bullet Bills like any other Bill Blaster, but these ones will only shoot in the left direction instead of both.

If the player completes the level then comes back later in the game, the Bill Blasters can also be defeated by using Bowser's Fire Breath or very accurately using Luigi's super jump. They can also be defeated by using a Catch Card.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Only two Bill Blasters appear on Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Here, they appear as mere obstacles and cannot be battled. However, they were originally meant to be fought, but were cut from the game.[8]

Paper Mario: Color Splash

One Bill Blaster makes a minor appearance in Paper Mario: Color Splash. It can be found in a secret underground area of the Super Mario Bros. 3-themed level in the Green Energy Plant. Because of this, the Bill Blaster is seen in its sprite-based Super Mario Bros. 3 appearance, and the Bullet Bills it fires use the same style as well. Roy Koopa's Bill Blaster also returns, though he uses it to launch paint.

Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Bill Blasters appear as enemies in Stardust Fields. Bill Blasters do not appear in the overworld; they only appear in battle alongside Fighter Flies. Bill Blasters attack by shooting their Bullet Bills directly at the brother that is standing in front of them.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

While Bill Blasters do not appear as stand-alone enemies in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Boom Guys and Elite Boom Guys carry one on their heads.

Mario's Time Machine

Two Turtle Cannons cameo in the NES release of Mario's Time Machine, aboard Ferdinand Magellan's ship in 1520. However, they do not fire, and as such are only there for aesthetic purposes.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

A Bill Blaster in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Bill Blasters appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as Smash Run enemies. They sit in place, and do not move as they take damage. In addition to firing Bullet Bills, they may also fire other enemies, such as Koopa Troopas or Shy Guys.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Bill Blasters return in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with an appearance and function identical to Super Mario 3D World. The standard Bill Blasters fire normal Bullet Bills, while red Bull's-Eye Blasters fire Bull's-Eye Bills.

Level appearances

This section is under construction. Therefore, please excuse its informal appearance while it is being worked on. We hope to have it completed as soon as possible.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.
Level Number Rarity
World 5-1
World 5-2
World 7-1
World 8-2
World 8-3

RPG stats

Paper Mario series
Paper Mario
HP Attack Defense Moves Location
4 0 1 Bullet Bill Shot Koopa Bros. Fortress
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Max HP Attack Defense Locations Items Moves
5 0 2 Pirate's Grotto Mushroom (drop only)
Honey Syrup (drop only)
Money Money (drop only)
Bullet Blast (summons Bullet Bill)
Bullet Double (summons two Bullet Bills)
Super Paper Mario
Max HP Attack Defense Score Location Catch Card Rarity
5 2 3 500 The Bitlands Common
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
HP POW Speed Defense Experience Coins Item
4 18 13 25 3 2 Mushroom


Super Mario series

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

  • Trading Card description: "Don't get too close to a Bill Blaster or you may get a nasty surprise. These devices are used to shoot Bullet Bills and can usually be found outside of castles and fortresses. They are sometimes decorated with a sinister skull design. Brace yourself for World 6, where you will encounter multiple Bill Blasters shooting Bullet Bills in all different directions."

Card Number: 27

Super Mario Run item description

  • Bill Blaster: "A cannon that fires Bullet Bills. Don't worry! This one is just a model of the real thing."

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario series
Paper Mario
This is a Bill Blaster. Bill Blasters are the cannons that shoot out Bullet Bills. They won't attack us directly, but they'll keep shooting out Bullet Bills as long as they can. It's efficient to attack 'em all at once, but you can also beat 'em one at a time.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Log: A large black cannon that shoots Bullet Bills. Unknown whether it is alive or not.
Tattle: That's a Bill Blaster. It's the cannon that shoots Bullet Bills. Max HP is 5, Defense is 2. It doesn't attack directly, but shoots Bullet Bills at you. I know the Bullet Bills are annoying, but take out the Bill Blaster first, trust me. Arrgh! How many of those things will it shoot at us?!? YOU'RE SO ANNOYING!
Super Paper Mario
Tattle: This cannon is called a Bill Blaster. They shoot Bullet Bills at you... Max HP is 5, Attack is 2, Defense is 3. They are also immune to flames... Don't approach them straight on, or you'll get shot. Attack from above...
Tippi: It's a big, burly cannon. Where do all those bullets come from?

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Name Image Category Description
Bill Blaster Enemy Usually a big cannon with a skull on it is a clear sign that it's time to flee. Running away isn't an option in the Super Mario series, though. It may be known as the Bill Blaster, but it can occasionally fire Koopas or Shy Guys instead. Take it out before it's out of ammo for more goodies!
Usually, seeing a cannon with a skull on it would be your sign to run, and that's true in the Mario series as well...but with Bullet Bills speeding towards you, it's harder than it looks! Despite the name, they'll sometimes fire Koopas or Shy Guys in this game, just for variety. Take it down before it's out of ammo to get more goodies!


For this subject's image gallery, see Bill Blaster/gallery.

Game sprites and models

Super Mario series
New Super Mario Bros. New Super Mario Bros. Wii New Super Mario Bros. 2
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Game screenshots

Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario 64 Super Mario 3D Land

As seen in Whomp's Fortress

Bill Blasters firing Bullet Bills in World 2-5.


Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door bestiary

Red Chomp | Bill Blaster (#91) | Bullet Bill

Super Paper Mario Catch Card

Bullet Bill | Bill Blaster (#116) | Ruff Puff

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キラー大砲
Kirā Taihō
Kirā Hōdai
Bullet Bill Cannon (Paper Mario series)

Bullet Bill Artillery

Artillery (Mario & Luigi RPG)
Chinese (Simplified) 大炮
Dàntóu Shāshǒu Pàotái
Pàodàncìkè Pàotái
Cannon (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)

Bullet Bill Cannon; latter is since Super Mario Maker 2
Chinese (Traditional) 炮彈刺客砲台 / 炮彈刺客炮台
Pàodàncìkè Pàotái
Bullet Bill Cannon
Dutch Bill-kanon Bill cannon
French Bill Boum
Bill Boom
German Willi-Blaster
Bill Blaster
Bill Cannon
Italian Cannone Bill Bill Cannon
Korean 킬러대포
Killeo Daepo
Bullet Bill Cannon
Portuguese Canhão Bill Bill Cannon
Russian Билл-пушка
Bill cannon
Spanish (Americas) Lanza Bill
Cañón Bill
Bill Shoot
Bill Cannon (Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Super Mario Maker 2)
Spanish (Europe) Cañón Bill Bill Cannon

Super Mario Land

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ギラーの発射台[9]
Girā no Hasshadai
Bullet Biff Launcher


  1. ^ Hiroo Tochikubo, How to Win at Super Mario Bros., Tokuma Shoten, 1987, ISBN 4-19-720003-XC. Page 14.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 9. "Turtle Cannons relentlessly fire this living, deadly projectile at Mario."
  3. ^ M. Arakawa. NES Game Atlas Page 35. "If you stay close to pipes with Piranha Flowers inside, they won’t come out. Likewise, Bullet Bill Cannons won’t fire if you’re near."
  4. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 167.
  5. ^ Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Confidential Information Tab.
  6. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 5.
  7. ^ Glitches, Skips, and Broken Stuff in New Super Mario Bros. U
  8. ^
  9. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Land section, page 48.