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Forever forest

Mario and Parakarry in Forever Forest.

Forever Forest is a dark and maligned wood east of Toad Town in Paper Mario. Only specific pathways can be used to traverse the forest, as any deviation will lead back to the entrance. Each path is closed off by tree stumps with long, linear branches acting as turnstiles. A distinguishing feature in the nearby foliage, from the behavior of flowers (which resemble creeping dogwood flowers) or bioluminescent fungi to glowing eyes in a tree hollow, indicates the correct pathway. At the end of the wood stands Boo's Mansion, inhabited by Lady Bow and her Boo servants. Oaklie and a Bub-ulb are the sole other residents of the forest. Beyond the mansion leads to Gusty Gulch, home of a small Boo village and Tubba Blubba's Castle.

In Chapter 3, Mario and his partners must go through the forest to reach Boo's Mansion after receiving an invitation from Bootler. They explain to Oaklie that they are invited to Boo's Mansion, and Oaklie lets them proceed further. After finishing Chapter 3, Mario and his partners encounter Jr. Troopa who is lost in the forest on their way back to Toad Town. Jr. Troopa seems frightened at first, but becomes happy to fight Mario. After he is defeated, he will finally manage to find his way out of the forest.

A Magical Seed, an HP Plus badge, and an FP Plus badge can be found by exploring the forest. The Magical Seed is necessary for Mario to enter Flower Fields in Chapter 6. The in-game map description reads, "Sunshine barely reaches the floor of this dense forest. They say that Boo's Mansion is somewhere deep inside."

Map

Branch
Entrance/exit indicated by flowers that appear when checked.
FP Plus at the center, which can be accessed 135° clockwise from entrance/exit.
Seventh area
Next path indicated by a notice board.
Fork indicated by laughing rock.
Boo's Mansion
Sixth area
Next path indicated by flowers that do not shrink.
Fifth area
Next path indicated by most mushrooms.
Fork opposite.
Branch
Entrance/exit indicated by honeycomb.
HP Plus at the center, which can be accessed 135° clockwise from the entrance/exit.
Fourth area
Next path indicated by face on the tree.
A Bub-ulb holding a Magical Seed is at the center, which can be accessed 135° clockwise from the entrance or 135° counterclockwise from the exit.
Third area
Next path indicated by different flowers.
Oaklie resides in the center, which can be accessed 45° clockwise from the entrance or 45° counterclockwise from the exit.
Toad Town First area
Next path indicated by different flower sound.
Second area
Next path indicated by eyes in tree stump.

Items found

Items Locations
Magical Seed In the middle of a clearing in the fourth area.
HP Plus In the middle of a clearing found on a detour from the fifth area, inside a badge box.
FP Plus In the middle of a clearing found on a detour from the seventh area, inside a badge box.

Area Tattles

  • Boy... The forest is really dark and spooky. People say that if you don't choose exactly the right path, you'll get totally lost. I can believe it. This looks like the type of place where you get lost and then monsters come out of the grass and... Hey! Did you notice that grass over there rustling? I swear I saw it move!
  • Mario... Don't look now, but I think I saw an eye shining deep inside the hole in that tree.
  • The flowers in this forest are unusual, huh? They're strangely colored, and they look creepy when they move. I think I saw some that were a slightly different color over there. Did you see 'em?
  • The trees in this forest are weird, aren't they? I've heard sometimes they smile wickedly... I'll tell you, if I see a tree smiling, I'm gonna run in the opposite direction!
  • Is it just my imagination or is it getting darker? Are we going the right way? I'm getting a little worried. There seem to be a lot of strange glowing mushrooms around these tree trunks. Boy! They're everywhere! Must be an infestation... It kind of looks like one mushroom patch is slightly different from the others. My mind may just be playing tricks on me, though.
  • Look, I'm sick of this forest, all right? Let's get out of here. I don't care how many important things are hidden in this forest. I can't stand another instant in the freaky place! Look, I know I saw a beehive. Let's make the beehive a landmark, OK?
  • What kind of evil flowers would grow in a place like this? When we approach, some seem to shrink, while others just grin... But...but I'm not scared. I mean it, Mario! I told you that they don't scare me! All right?
  • Where are we? After making so many turns on different paths, I'm getting confused as to which way is up. Aren't there any signs?
  • This all looks the same to me. Gloomy trees that seem to go on forever. Seems like they found the perfect name for this place. By the way, did you hear something in that bush?

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