Buoy Base Galaxy

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Buoy Base Galaxy
Buoy Base Galaxy.png
Area Kitchen
How to unlock Get 30 stars and complete Sunken Treasure
Mission(s) The Floating Fortress
The Secret of Buoy Base
Stars Power StarGreen Power Star
Galaxy icon The Buoy Base and the Water Sphere Planet
“This here's a floating fortress. We call it Buoy Base. But nobody's using it now, so we're just here for upkeep.”
Gearmo, Super Mario Galaxy

The Buoy Base Galaxy is a galaxy that appears in Super Mario Galaxy. The galaxy contains a large fortress floating atop a large, semispherical pool of water. Mario has to climb this fortress in order to get the main Power Star in this galaxy. The galaxy is one of two galaxies (the other one being the Gateway Galaxy) to only feature two Power Stars. It is also the only bonus galaxy to have more than one Power Star.

An arrangement of this galaxy's music appears as one of the selectable songs that can be played in events in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.


NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all names are unofficial.

Buoy Base (Starting Planet)[edit]

The Floating Fortress in Buoy Base Galaxy of Super Mario Galaxy.
The Buoy Base.
Mario under the partially-sunken fortress in the Buoy Base Galaxy
The underwater part of Buoy Base.

The Buoy Base is the main part of the Buoy Base Galaxy that consists of a large pool of water and an area above it which contains many obstacles, including Topmen, Thwomps, and Amps. The main objective of this part of the planet is to collect five blue Star Chips to form a Pull Star leading to a sphere planet filled with water. Submerged in the large pool of water at the bottom of the planet are multiple Bill Blasters and Torpedo Teds. A secret caged Warp Pipe in the pool of water leads to the underside of the planet, where more Bill Blasters and a cage containing a Green Power Star can be found.

Water Sphere Planet[edit]

Buoy Base Galaxy
The Water Sphere Planet

The Water Sphere Planet is a giant sphere filled with water above the Buoy Base. It has a screw on it that Mario must Star Spin to open the planet and retrieve a power star inside of it and also two pulse-wave generating machines, one of which is actually the screw. It is remarkably small in comparison to the Buoy Base and is similar (or a possible reference) to a gashapon capsule. It also bears resemblance to a Poké Ball from the Pokémon franchise as mentioned in the Prima guide.


Level Image Summary
The Floating Fortress SMG Buoy Base Water Sphere.png This mission's objective is to reach the top of the fortress.
The Secret of Buoy Base SMG Buoy Base Green Star.png This mission's objective is to find the Green Power Star.



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フローターランドギャラクシー
Furōtā Rando Gyarakushī
Floater Land Galaxy
Chinese 漂浮要塞银河
Piāofú yàosài yínhé
Floating Fortress Galaxy
French (NOA) Île Flottante Floating Island
French (NOE) Ile flottante Floating Island
German Schwimmland-Galaxie Swimming Land Galaxy
Italian Galassia Piattaforma Platform Galaxy
Korean 부이 베이스 갤럭시
Bui Beiseu Gaelleoksi
Buoy Base Galaxy
Spanish (NOA) Galaxia de Tierras Flotantes Floating Lands Galaxy
Spanish (NOE) Galaxia Tierras Flotantes Floating Lands Galaxy


  • The second mission in the Space Storm Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2 appears to be partially based on the first mission in the Buoy Base Galaxy, even utilizing the same background music and a similar-looking tower, which features many of the same obstacles and enemies, such as Thwomps and Amps, and has an overall similar appearance (excluding of course the wide portion towards the bottom of the tower on the Topman Tower Planet).
    • Unlike Gateway Galaxy as well as the two-star galaxies in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the mission select screen shows the two Power Stars on top of each other rather than side-by-side.
  • Buoy Base has a unused low poly version that shows much more islands and content under the level. The low poly version indicates it was originally going to be part of a much larger galaxy.