Image of a Grinder in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

A Grinders is a spinning metal saw blade that acts as an hazard in several Mario games. They are not supposed to be confused with Ukikis, which had the same name once.


Super Mario series

Super Mario World

Grinders make their debut in Super Mario World, and are found in some Fortresses and Castles. In this game, there are two types of Grinders: line-guided and non-line-guided. The line-guided variety travels along a dotted line while non-line-guided Grinders travel across the floor. The blades are rather large and cannot be jumped on, although they can be defeated by a Slope Slide (which displays a glitchy sprite). Mario or Luigi can also spin-jump onto a Grinder, which lets them bounce off it without taking any damage.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Grinders (referred to as "buzz saws" in the Prima guide) appear in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy and the Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy, where they cut through planks of wood and cause them to fall. When Mario traverses certain parts of a planet or comes close to a Grinder, it starts moving and any enemy that touches it is defeated. Mini Garigari also appear in the game.

Super Mario 3D Land

Grinders also appear in Super Mario 3D Land, behaving like they did in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They appear only in World 7-5, where they are the primary obstacles for the level.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Grinders appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, where they operate on tracks as they did in Super Mario World. They can also jump vertically, if the tracks allows them to. They are among the few obstacles in the game that cannot be destroyed by Gold Mario's fireballs. Big Grinders also appear in the game.

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

Grinders reappear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario Maker 2.[1] Their appearance is larger and different than that of previous titles. Because Grinders did not appear in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, new sprites were made for those styles, and the New Super Mario Bros. 2 model is reused for the New Super Mario Bros. U style, though a different sprite was created for the Super Mario World style instead of reusing the original sprite. They also cannot be spin-jumped on and are invincible, though they can be jumped on using Yoshi or a Goomba's Shoe. Grinders in this game remain floating in place instead of spinning right and left if not connected to a track.

The version 1.30 update allows the player to shake the Grinder, turning it into a Bumper. The Bumper will simply cause Mario to bounce off it, and nothing else.

Super Mario Run

Grinders appear as obstacles in Super Mario Run. They can be found staying in one spot, or moving on a Track. Grinders appear in Cutting-Edge Spire and Make the Cut!

Yoshi's Story

Grinders reappear in Yoshi's Story. They are found abundantly in Mecha Castle and Lift Castle, and reappear in Magma Castle in tight spaces. Some Grinders are permanently connected to walls and need to be jumped or crawled past.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Grinders also appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They are only found in Chomp Ruins where they will hurt Mario if he comes into contact with one.

Super Smash Bros. series

A Grinder appears as Bowser Jr.'s dash attack in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Grinders also appeared in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. They are found in Mount Brrr as obstacles in the Trio Drill sections. If the trio come into contact with one, they will be forced out of the dirt.

Other Appearances

Grinders appear in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, albeit referred to as Sawyers in the game. They yield the Cutter power. Unlike their Super Mario selves, these grinders are subject to gravity. Kirby can also destroy them.

See also

  • Ukiki - A very similar species.


  1. Nintendo. (February 13, 2019). Super Mario Maker 2 – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved on February 13, 2019.
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