Best Mario Build in Super Mario RPG

A snazzy scarf, suit, and... shell.
An image of Mario, Peach, Mallow, Geno, and Bowser in Super Mario RPG.
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There’s no working around Mario, so you’ll want to build him as well as possible. Here’s Mario’s best build (and an alternative) in Super Mario RPG on Nintendo Switch.

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The Best Build for Mario in Super Mario RPG

The following table lists the best weapon, armor, and accessory for Mario in Super Mario RPG, and the effects of the equipment.

EquipmentEffect
WeaponLazy ShellPhysical Attack +90
ArmorSuper SuitPhysical Attack +50
Magic Attack +50
Defense +50
Magic Defense +50
Speed +30
Negates status ailments
Negates elemental attacks
AccessoryAttack ScarfPhysical Attack +30
Magic Attack +30
Defense +30
Magic Defense +30
Speed +30
Protects against instant death

Alternative Mario Build in Super Mario RPG

The Lazy Shell, Super Suit, and Attack Scarf are challenging pieces of equipment to obtain. If you’re lacking any of them, below is an alternative build to work towards:

EquipmentEffect
WeaponUltra HammerPhysical Attack +70
ArmorHero ShirtPhysical Defense +48
Magic Defense +24
AccessoryQuartz CharmProtects against instant death
Halves attack damage received from enemies
And adds 50% damage to your own attacks

How to Get the Lazy Shell for Mario in Super Mario RPG

To get the Lazy Shell weapon for Mario, you need:

  • A Seed, obtained from defeating Megasmilax and a Shy Away.
  • Fertilizer, obtained from talking to a Shy Away after defeating Valentina in Nimbus Land.

Take the Seed and the Fertilizer to the Gardener in the northeastern part of Rose Town. He will plant them together, resulting in a beanstalk Mario can climb. It leads to both the Lazy Shell weapon and armor, the latter being ideal for Peach.

How to Get the Super Suit for Mario in Super Mario RPG

To get the Super Suit, you need to do 100 consecutive Super Jumps by timing the A button presses right before landing on an enemy. After doing this, you can get the Super Suit from the Chow in Monstro Town. This is a very challenging feat to pull off, but it’s worth it for the amazing stat bonuses the armor gives.

The Super Suit can be equipped on anyone, but it’s especially recommended for Mario, who will always be in your party and attacking.

How to Get the Attack Scarf for Mario in Super Mario RPG

To get the Attack Scarf, you need to do 30 consecutive Super Jumps by timing the A button presses right before landing on an enemy. After doing this, you can get the Super Suit from the Chow in Monstro Town just like with the Super Suit—although you will more than likely earn the Attack Scarf first.

If you’re looking to deck out your team with more of the best builds, check out our guide to Mallow’s best build in Super Mario RPG.

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