Purple Coin

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This article is about the collectible item from the Super Mario Galaxy games. For information about the purple-colored coins from Mario Hoops 3-on-3, see Slot Coin.
Purple Coin
A Purple Coin from Super Mario Galaxy.
A circular purple coin.

First Appearance

Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)

Purple Coins are special Coins that first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy. They only appear in the regular galaxies when a Purple Comet is in orbit of a Galaxy. Unlike regular coins, these coins do not restore any of the player's health, nor refill the air gauge while underwater.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Purple coin challenge in Toy Time Galaxy.

The player always needs to collect 100 Purple Coins to make a Power Star appear. Purple Coin Missions sometimes have a time limit. When there is a time limit, the Purple Coins are usually either set along a linear path, or over a hundred appears and only one hundred of them need to be collected. Additionally, once the Power Star appears, the player must collect it before the remaining time runs out.

In missions that are not timed, the Purple Coins are spread out across the level, requiring the player to explore every area in order to find them all.

There are two Purple Coin missions that are not activated by a Purple Comet. One is in the Gateway Galaxy and another in the Grand Finale Galaxy.

All of the timed Purple Coin Galaxies have a theme that is a remix of Gusty Garden Galaxy's theme. The Battlerock and the Dreadnought Galaxy have the same theme, but they do not have time limits. Instead, the Purple Coins appear in a linear path while Mario stands on a moving platform.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario collects purple coins at Tall Trunk Galaxy.

Purple Coins re-appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They still appear in Comet missions, but with a small change: the timer stops once the requirements are met. In the Rolling Coaster Galaxy, a Purple Coin will be in a ball, replacing the Star Ball. This is called a Purple Coin Ball. In this game, Player 2 can collect Purple Coins for Player 1 along with regular Coins.

Super Mario Galaxy Trading Card description[edit]


Purple Coins are special coins that only appear when a Purple Comet is in orbit of a galaxy. Mario must travel to each of these galaxies, collecting 100 purple coins in each one in order to reveal the Power Star that is hidden there.


  • Purple Coins were originally going to appear in Super Mario World, but became unused in the final version. They act like normal coins, but if a blue P-Switch is used, these coins turn into pink Blocks but still act like coins.