Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet

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Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet
Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet.png
Area World 4
How to unlock Get 40 Power Stars, including the first one from either Starshine Beach Galaxy or Chompworks Galaxy
Boss(es) Giant Bowser
Comet(s) Speedy Comet
Green Comet
Mission(s) Breaking into Bowser's Castle
Gravity Star Speed Run
Green Star 1
Green Star 2
Stars Grand Star icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.Prankster Comet icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.Cosmic Jewel icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.Cosmic Jewel icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Galaxy icon A large castle on top of a lava lake with jumping fireballs
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“WHAA--?! IT'S YOU?! Well, I'd expect as much from my archnemesis. Your time is up, Mario! Now it's smooshin' time... And time for my huge fist to meet your puny face!”
Bowser, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet is a galaxy in the game Super Mario Galaxy 2. It is located in World 4. The level is based entirely on gravitational forces. Most of the level involves sidescrolling, except for the beginning and the end. The level is covered in lava, but there is one part where Mario will need to swim through water to get through the level. Magikoopas are common enemies here and can summon Li'l Cinders at will. Fire Bars are placed throughout the whole level, even underwater. Fireballs also defy gravity because they can change direction in midair. When Mario reaches the end, Bowser will challenge Mario to a battle. Bowser battles in the same manner as in World 2, but this time he creates shockwaves and leaves a trail of fire.

This is the only Bowser level throughout both Super Mario Galaxy games where there is water to swim in.


NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all names are unofficial.

Bowser's Castle[edit]

Bowser's Gravity Comet Medal.png
The Comet Medal in Bowser's Castle.
A Cheep Cheep at Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet.
The underwater section of Bowser's Castle.
The castle at Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet.
The entrance to Bowser's Castle.

The level focuses on a large castle where there appears to be almost no normal gravity at all. The castle is surrounded by lava with fireballs jumping out of it. When Mario enters the castle, he will find more fireballs jumping out of the lava. As he progresses, he will switch to walking on the walls and eventually on the ceilings. Beyond these, there is an underwater section with Fire Bars and Cheep Cheeps. After this is a small outdoors section with Whomps, which leads to the other side of the castle with spinning platforms Mario must navigate to reach the door that takes him to Bowser.

Large Door Planet[edit]

A screenshot of Mario at the final part of Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet.
Mario on the Large Door Planet.

A circular planet where Mario must Ground Pound three meteorites at three large locks in order to open the door leading to the next battle with Bowser. Additional meteorites will rise up from the ground whenever Mario Ground Pounds the previous ones to launch them at the locks on the large door. A Checkpoint Flag is also found here, along with two Crystals; one contains a Life Mushroom, the other contains some Star Bits.

Throne Planets[edit]

The Throne Planet in Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet
Luigi finds Bowser's throne.

A small planet shaped like a star, in front of which is another planet that acts as Bowser's throne. When Mario first appears here, Bowser will be absent, but will quickly come crashing down to the planet. After talking to Mario, Bowser will send him to the Bowser Battle Planet.

Bowser Battle Planet[edit]

Mario fighting Bowser.

It is very similar to the first battle planet, except for the fact that it is more deteriorated. It is a small planet made out of small bricks and a few rocks with coins.



Level Image Summary
Breaking into Bowser's Castle Bowser's Gravity Boss.png This mission's objective is to complete the course and defeat Bowser.
Gravity Star Speed Run Bowser's Gravity Speedrun.png This mission's objective is to find the Power Star within a short time limit.

Green Stars[edit]

Green Star 1[edit]

The first Green Star found in Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet.
Location of the first Green Star.

The first Green Star in this galaxy is on a sunken pillar in lava near the entrance to the castle. Mario can backward somersault onto the pillar. Also, Mario can jump into the lava to bounce up onto the pillar and grab the Star.

Green Star 2[edit]

The second Green Star found in Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet.
Location of the second Green Star.

The second Green Star in this galaxy is at the end of the castle above a ? Block. Mario can backward somersault and Spin to get the star. It is ideal to get the star with Luigi instead of Mario.


Audio.svg Bowser's Lava Lair - Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet shares the same music as Bowser's Lava Lair. It is a cover of "Koopa's Road" from Super Mario 64, and similar to the cover heard in Bowser's Star Reactor and Bowser's Dark Matter Plant from Super Mario Galaxy.
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Prima Official Game Guide description[edit]

  • "You've finally made it to the edge of World 4. Bowser lurks here, perfecting his schemes at the heart of his flying castle. Survive his gauntlet of tricks and traps, outsmarting ever-changing gravity fields. If you make it through Bowser's defenses, the Koopa King has no choice but to battle you for possession of a Grand Star."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパの重力帝国
Kuppa no Jūryoku Teikoku
Bowser's Gravity Empire
Chinese 庫巴的重力帝國
Kùbā de Zhònglì Dìguó
Bowser's Gravity Empire
French (NOE) Forteresse féroce de Bowser Bowser's fierce fortress
German Bowsers Schwerkraftparcours Bowser's Gravity Parcours
Italian Regno Gravitazionale di Bowser Bowser's Gravitational Reign/Kingdom
Korean 쿠파의 중력 제국
Kupa ui Jungnyeok Jeguk
Bowser's Gravity Empire
Spanish Fortaleza Fulminante de Bowser Bowser's Fulminating Fortress