Pencil Eraser

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Pencil Eraser
タコけしマシン Octopus Eraser Machine
PencilEraserM2.png
Artwork of the Pencil Eraser from Mother 2's instruction booklet
Type Key item
Appears in EarthBound
Mother 3

The Pencil Eraser is a key item in EarthBound and Mother 3. The item is an invention of Apple Kid's. It is obtained after Ness has invested in Apple Kid and returns to Twoson from Peaceful Rest Valley. It is capable of erasing pencil-shaped iron statues (Octopus statues in the Japanese release).

Usage

The Pencil Eraser will erase an iron pencil-shaped statue that prevents the player's progress at several points throughout the game. There are three iron pencil statues in the game: one in Peaceful Rest Valley, one in the Monkey Cave, and one in Winters. Of these, the only one optional to remove is in Winters, as its sole purpose is to block off a shortcut to skip Brick Road Maze.

If Paula is holding the Pencil Eraser when she is kidnapped at the Grand Department Store and goes missing after beating Dept. Store Spook, Ness would receive a call from Tracy working at the Escargo Express once the party exits the store, telling Ness how she received the item from her and would allow the party to get it through Ness's house by her or from the Escargo Express deliveryman. This is because the Pencil Eraser is required to be used at the Monkey Cave, and not allowing the item to be removed from Paula's inventory would cause players to be stuck at that point in the game.

In Mother 3 there is only one pencil statue in the game, being the one on the 100th floor of the Empire Porky Building. The Pencil Eraser is beside the statue and can be used to erase it - however, it is mainly a novelty item as the statue is not preventing progress.

In Japan, the item is known as the Octopus Eraser which erases octopus statues. This is a play on a common phrase in Japanese gaming culture where if a player feels stuck with no way to advance, an octopus is blocking the path. Its English name is intended to be a pun on "pencil eraser", which refers to the eraser on a pencil, but is instead an item that erases pencils itself.

Prices

EarthBound
Buying Selling
Not for sale Cannot be sold
Mother 3
Buying Selling
Not for sale Cannot be sold

In-game description

EarthBound

Apple Kid's invention. It makes something blocking your way that looks like a pencil disappear in just a second.

Where to obtain

EarthBound
Limited quantity Infinite quantity
Burglin Park (Recieved from Apple Kid)
Mother 3
Limited quantity Infinite quantity
Empire Porky Building (present on the 100th floor)

Artwork

EarthBound
Pencil eraser.jpg
Artwork of the Pencil Eraser from the Mother 2 strategy guide
Mother 3
PencilEraser.png
In-game sprite of the Pencil Eraser from Mother 3


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