Bread Crumbs

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パンくず Bread Crumbs
Artwork of the Crumbs from Encyclopedia Mother
Type Warp item
Appears in EarthBound Beginnings

The Bread Crumbs, or simply Cumbs, is an item in EarthBound Beginnings which appears in one's inventory if the player has chosen to use a Bread, rather than eating it


If one uses a Bread, it will be rendered into crumbs and will be successively dropped as Ninten and his friends walk around, in order to leave a trail. The game does this by attaching a set of coordinates to each player — when a party member uses bread, the party’s current coordinates are saved for that specific character. If the crumbs then get used, that character’s saved coordinates determine where the party warps to, thus it will transport Ninten to the origin of the bread trail.


Main article: Bread crumbs glitch

Because the game uses a specific party member's coordinates to determine where the party warps to, an oddity will occor if said party member is no longer in the player's team. This is easily achieved in the Japanese Famicom version of Mother, by having Pippi set up a bread crumbs trail when Ninten has previously not used bread before, then returning her and speaking to her outside of her house. She will return the crumbs to Ninten, however as she is no longer in the party, using the crumbs will warp Ninten to an invalid coordinate on the map, leading to a glitched state that will allow him to walk anywhere on the map.

This method was patched in the English release and Mother 1+2 port, however another method is possible by placing a set of Crumbs near Reindeer train station, however this method requires a walk through walls cheat in the English version due to the grid based movement. The removal of grid based movement in Mother 1+2 allows this method to be done normally in the game.


EarthBound Beginnings
Buying Selling
$30 (as Bread) Cannot be sold

In-game description

If you follow them, you will return to the place that you started.

Where to obtain

EarthBound Beginnings
Limited quantity Infinite quantity
Use Bread


EarthBound Beginnings
Artwork of the crumbs from Mother's strategy guide

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