Crystal (Super Mario Galaxy)

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An item crystal with Star Bits in it.
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Minecraft (Bedrock version) (Caves & Cliffs: Part I) (2021)
Effect Releases coins, Star Bits, Lumas, Toads, power-ups, enemies, Launch Stars, or Power Stars when broken
“Hey, can you break this?”
Toad, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Crystals[1] are objects found in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2. Crystals are quartz-like objects that can be found in multiple areas of the levels in the two games, and they typically hold objects or items.

Inside crystals are items such as coins, 1-Up Mushrooms, and occasionally Launch Stars or Life Mushrooms. There are also octahedron crystals, which contain only power-ups. Most of these crystals contain Star Bits; however, some may even contain Lumas or Toads, who help the player out once they are freed. Crystals sometimes contain enemies, namely Goombas. The quantity of Star Bits obtained averages from three to ten, and most of the crystals found throughout the game contain four to six.

Crystals have fairly weak structures and can be shattered in both Super Mario Galaxy games by a variety of attacks, including Mario or Luigi's standard spin, fireballs, Green Shells and Red Shells, and Rock Mario's boulder attack.

There are also rare large crystals that contain Power Stars. Large crystals require two spins to be shattered.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario spins to break crystals.
Mario destroys some crystals.

Crystals are introduced in Super Mario Galaxy. They first appear during the introductory cutscene, where the Airships are shown shooting crystal bits at Toads.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A crystalized Power Star

Crystals reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, retaining their appearance and behavior from the previous game. In the opening of this game, they are seen dropping from the sky during Bowser's attack on the Mushroom Kingdom. Anything hit by the crystal bits is trapped in a crystal, unable to move. Some crystals are also opaque, hiding whatever is inside until they are broken. These crystals have a rounder appearance than the transparent variety.

Mario Party 10[edit]

In Mario Party 10, three crystal-like recipients appear on different sides of the Rosalina Board, containing Star Bits. When the player lands on an Event Space, the crystal associated with it opens and empties itself of the Star Bits, commencing a short minigame where the player has to collect as many Star Bits as possible within a time limit.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

In Dr. Mario World, crystals can be seen on several planets on the World 8 map.


In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Amethyst Shards are replaced by crystals.


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリスタル[2]
German Kristall Crystal
Italian Cristallo
Roccia luminescente (MP:SR)
Luminescent rock


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 16.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 136 and 169.