POW Block
A blue POW Block, in the style of Super Mario 3D World.
Item Type Offensive
Kind of Item Block
First Appearance Mario Bros.
Latest Appearance Super Mario 3D World
Creates a small earthquake when hit or thrown.

The POW Block is an item in the Mario series, that when hit or thrown, will damage all enemies on the screen by creating a local earthquake. It debuted in Mario Bros. where it was blue and remained afloat, not unlike a ? Block. Super Mario Bros. 2 was its second appearance, and the first one where the item was colored red instead of blue. In this game, the POW Block could be picked up like many other things, and be carried and thrown to any place to the player's liking.

Oddly enough, in recent games, this appears to be switched: blue POW Blocks can be picked up and carried anywhere while red POW Blocks cannot, and had to be hit by a Koopa Shell to activate their power.

Game Appearances

Mario Kart Series

POW Blocks appear in the Mario Kart series. It knocks out all the players on the ground in front of the player that threw it. However, the player can dodge the POW Block if the player is doing a trick in the air.

Dry Bones Kart Series

Dry Bones Kart: Double Dash!!

Although the POW Block itself doesn't appear in Dry Bones Kart: Double Dash!!, the POW Question Block does. That item acts similar to the POW Block, but it flips the player instead. Players can avoid this item if they are in the air. They can also avoid it by pressing the R button on the Gamecube Controller.

Dry Bones Kart DS

The POW Question Block returns in this installment as well, serving the same purpose a its debut.

Dry Bones Kart Wii

The POW Block is a new item in Dry Bones Kart Wii. When dispatched by a player, all racers ahead of the user finds POW Blocks above their karts. The POW Block makes players spin out in a similar way to that caused by a Banana Peel, except that they lose all of their current items and they come to a complete stop if it hits them. Players will not be affected by the POW Block if the third strike goes off while they are in mid-air. Players can also avoid it by starting a wheelie, or shaking their controller (like doing a jump trick) right when the third strike goes off. By doing this, they still spin out and lose items, but retain their momentum. It is also possible to avoid it by doing a hop right at the third strike but requires perfect timing. When players have a Starman, Mega Mushroom, or Bullet Bill activated, they will not get affected by the POW Block.

Future Installments

The POW Block returns in future installments, where it acts like it did in its debut.

New Super Mario Bros. 5-Star Adventure

In the game New Super Mario Bros. 5-Star Adventure, POW Blocks come in different colors, each with a it's own special ability -

  • Red - Defeats enemies near the block and triggers any other nearby POW Blocks.
  • Blue - Defeats all enemies on-screen
  • Green - Defeats all enemies on-screen and knocks floating coins (including Star Coins and Ace Coins) to the ground.
  • Purple - Defeats all enemies on-screen, knocks floating coins to the ground, and breaks Bricks & opens ? Blocks
  • Golden - When hit, it sends a slow and powerful shockwave in both directions that kills enemies, breaks bricks, and opens ? Blocks in it's path. The player follow a shockwave for even a whole level's worth of time, making Golden POW Blocks the most powerful of all.


Blue POW Block

Red POW Block


Names In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Pau Burokku
POW Block
SpanishBloque POWPOW Block
FrenchBloc POWPOW Block
DutchPOW-blokPOW Block
GermanPOW-BlockPOW Block
ItalianBlocco POWPOW Block
POW Beullok
POW Block
PortugueseBloco POWPOW Block
RussianБлок 《POW》
Blok 《POW》
"POW" Block

Mario Kart Silver

Playable Characters

Default Characters
ToadToadetteBaby MarioBaby LuigiKoopa TroopaLakituMarioLuigiPrincess PeachYoshiBirdoDiddy KongBowserDonkey KongWarioWaluigiKing BooWigglerMii

Unlockable Characters
Baby PeachBaby DaisyShy GuyKoopa ParatroopaDry BonesBooGoombaToadsworthPrincess DaisyBowser Jr.NabbitNokiMonaDixie KongKamekProfessor E. GaddRosalinaPetey PiranhaDry BowserKing Bob-OmbPiantaCranky KongBoom BoomPom Pom

Downloadable Characters
Surprise Pack MIPSWhittleAshleyHammer Bro.KritterPauline
Heroes Pack Baby WarioBaby Donkey KongTimer the TigerNeilRobotic Operating BuddyMr. Game & Watch
Villains Pack ShroobKoopa KidDimentioMouserMetal MarioAntasma
Koopalings Pack Ludwig von KoopaRoy KoopaWendy O. KoopaMorton Koopa Jr.Iggy KoopaLemmy KoopaLarry Koopa


Red ShellRed Shell TrioGreen ShellGreen Shell TrioBanana PeelBanana Peel TrioBlooperBob-OmbFire FlowerStarLightning BoltBullet BillBlue Spiny ShellMushroomMushroom TrioGolden MushroomPOW BlockRed BooWhimpFreezieBowser's ShellMega MushroomMini MushroomDash PepperPropeller MushroomYoshi EggFake Item BoxOil BarrelHeartSuper LeafTweesterBumperPotted Piranha PlantBoomerang Flower

Mario Kart 9
Playable Characters
Default characters Mario · Luigi · Peach · Daisy · Rosalina · Pauline · Bowser · Bowser Jr. · Boom Boom · Donkey Kong · Diddy Kong · Yoshi · Birdo · Wario · Waluigi · Toad · Toadette · Toadsworth · Baby Mario · Baby Luigi · Baby Peach · Baby Daisy · Baby Rosalina · Koopa Troopa · Paratroopa · Lakitu · Hammer Bro. · Dry Bones · Magikoopa · Shy Guy · Wiggler · Honey Queen · King Boo · Peepa · E. Gadd · Metal Mario · Pink Gold Peach · Mii
Unlockable characters Tanooki Mario · Cat Peach · Penguin Luigi · Dry Bones · Lemmy · Larry · Wendy · Iggy · Ludwig · Roy · Morton · TBA · Topper · TBA · Harriet · Pom Pom · Spike · Ninji · Whomp · Petey Piranha · Funky Kong · Dixie Kong · Captain Toad · Wingo
Alternate colours Green Shy Guy · Blue Shy Guy · Light Blue Shy Guy · Yellow Shy Guy · Pink Shy Guy · Black Shy Guy · White Shy Guy · Orange Shy Guy · Red Yoshi · Blue Yoshi · Light Blue Yoshi · Yellow Yoshi · Pink Yoshi · Black Yoshi · White Yoshi · Orange Yoshi · Gold Mario
Non-Playable Characters
Boss characters Reznor · Bouldergeist · Motley Bossblob · Gobblegut
Background characters Cheep-Cheep · Dragoneel · Goomba · Hammer Bro. · Koopa Paratroopa · Luma · Noki · Penguin · Pianta · Reznor · Shy Guy · Spear-Mask · Toad · Tostarenan · Whittle · Yoshi
Returning items Coin · Green Shell · Triple Green Shells · Red Shell · Triple Red Shells · Spiny Shell · Mushroom · Triple Mushrooms · Golden Mushroom · Mega Mushroom · Super Leaf · Fire Flower · Boomerang Flower · Cape Feather · Star · Shine Sprite · POW Block · Potted Piranha Plant · Bob-omb · Bullet Bill · Blooper · Boo · Fake Item Box · Banana · Triple Bananas · Super Horn · Lightning · Thunder Cloud
New items Gold Shell · 1-Up Mushroom · Boo Mushroom · Luma · Potted Inky Piranha Plant · Torpedo Ted · Red Boo · Amp · Floating Mine · Turnip · Baseball

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