Rainbow Star

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Not to be confused with Super Star.

It has been requested that this article be rewritten because it needs to list all the locations where Rainbow Star appears.

Rainbow Star
SMG RainbowStar.jpg
A rainbow-colored star.

First Appearance

Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Latest Appearance

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)

Effect on Player

Turns Mario/Luigi into Rainbow Mario/Rainbow Luigi.
Rainbow Mario after collecting the Rainbow Star.

The Rainbow Star is an item that appears in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. When collected, it transforms Mario into Rainbow Mario (or Luigi into Rainbow Luigi), causing him to become rainbow-colored and leave a trail of light behind him whenever he runs. In this form, he is invincible, can break through certain objects and obstacles, can run faster, and can jump both farther and higher. As the power-up begins to wear off, the music, along with Mario's running speed, will get faster and faster until it wears off completely. The theme that plays after collecting a Rainbow Star is a remixed version of the classic invincibility music.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Stella Iride Iris Star


  • The Rainbow Star is the only power-up in Super Mario Galaxy 2 that does not appear as a souvenir in the engine room of Starship Mario.