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Franklin Badge

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The real-life Franklin Badge that came packaged with the Mother 3 Deluxe Box.

The Franklin Badge (Japanese: フランクリンバッヂ in Mother and Mother 3, フランクリンバッジ in Mother 2) is a recurring item in the Mother series, and also makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It functions differently in every game that it appears in.

In EarthBound Beginnings


The Franklin Badge (alternatively FranklnBdge) is in the original EarthBound Beginnings game only capable of deflecting PK Beam γ attacks, which normally would result in an instant death. A total of two Franklin Badges can be found in the game. One is obtained from Pippi by answering her questions in a certain order, and one is found in a present in the northern area of Duncan's Factory.

In-game description

"Legend says that Ben Franklin wore this reflective badge during his experiments with lightning."

In EarthBound

Artwork of the Franklin Badge from the EarthBound Player's Guide.

Only one Franklin Badge is found in EarthBound, being given to Ness by Paula before he faces Mr. Carpainter. Unlike in the previous game, it reflects all lightning-based attacks back to the enemy if in a person's inventory, instead of PK Beam γ.

In-game description

"By keeping it as one of your items, it deflects a lightning attack back at the attacker."

In Mother 3

The Franklin Badge is given to Lucas indirectly by Flint in Chapter 7, originally as a Courage Badge. However, after giving it to a Mr. Saturn in Saturn Valley for inspection and cleaning, it is revealed that the Courage Badge was merely an old and rusted Franklin Badge. It is given back to Lucas after he meets Ionia in Argilla Pass, and stays in the key items section of the inventory, as opposed to being able to stay in an individual's inventory. Because of this, it will only deflect lightning for Lucas. It otherwise behaves similarly as it does in EarthBound.

Courage Badge
The Courage Badge as it appears in the inventory in Mother 3.
Franklin Badge
The Franklin Badge, after being polished by Mr. Saturn.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Franklin Badge artwork from Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Franklin Badge makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Here it is a trophy and item. Its purpose is to deflect projectile attacks, like many attacks other fighters have. However, the Franklin Badge only stays temporarily.

Trophy description

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

A badge you can put on to gain the ability to reflect all projectiles. It has exactly the same effect as other reflectors in the game, like the one Fox uses. In EarthBound, it was used to counter Thunder attacks. The lightning bolt on the badge is proof of its capacity. Its importance and usefulness made a deep impression on players.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

While not the most flashy of accessories, the Franklin Badge is actually incredibly useful. When wearing it, any projectiles launched your way will be reflected harmlessly off you. There is no downside, so grab this as soon as it appears. Don't get too confident, though—the bonus doesn't last long.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 富蘭克林徽章 (Traditional)
富兰克林徽章 (Simplified)
Fùlánkèlín huīzhāng
Franklin Badge
Dutch Franklin-badge -
French Badge Franklin Franklin Badge
German Franklin Badge -
Italian Medaglia Franklin Franklin Badge
Korean 프랭클린 배지
peulaengkeullin baeji
Franklin Badge
Russian Значок Франклина
Znachok Franklina
Franklin Badge
Spanish (NOA) Insignia Franklin Franklin Badge
Spanish (NOE) Broche Franklin Franklin Badge

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