Crystal Ball

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This article is about the recurring item or object. For the obstacle from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, see Crystal ball (obstacle). For the treasure from Wario World, see List of treasures in Wario World § Horror Manor. For the item from Donkey Kong Country Returns, see Rare Orb.
Crystal Ball
The Crystal Ball from Paper Mario The Crystal Ball from Super Paper Mario
Paper Mario: "A gorgeous crystal ball. Give it to Merluvlee."
Super Paper Mario: "A crystal ball Merluvlee gave you. Take it to Merlee."
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS) (2018)

Crystal Balls[1] are items featured in many games throughout the Super Mario franchise.


Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Crystal Ball
Crystal Ball
A Crystal Ball from Super Mario Advance

Crystal Balls are first seen in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and its update, Super Mario Bros. 2, where it gains an animated red line. They are found at the end of most levels. Picking one up will open the Mask Gate and allow the player to proceed to the next level, while in boss levels, they allow the player to face the world's boss. They are usually guarded by Birdo. In the NES version of Super Mario Bros. 2, Birdo can be seen holding the Crystal Ball in front of her during battle. In later versions, it seems to come out of her snout upon defeat.

Paper Mario series[edit]

They are seen in Paper Mario as the main magic tool for Merlon's family. Merlon's crystal ball resembles a Star Point with eyes and uses it to predict Mario's future actions. There is an Ultra Stone variant given by Raphael the Raven in the Jade Jungle. For one of Koopa Koot's favors, Mario must retrieve a crystal ball from Merlee and give it to Merluvlee in exchange for her autograph. It is also seen with Merlon in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

In Super Paper Mario, when Chapter 5 is complete, the player can go see Merlee at Flopside. She claims that she wants a Crystal Ball from Merluvlee, and wishes the player to go get it for her. After doing the task, Merlee rewards the player with a free charm and a key that opened a storehouse containing Piccolo the Pixl.

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

In Luigi's Mansion, Madame Clairvoya uses a Crystal Ball to see into the future. To make her appear, Luigi must continuously shine his light onto the Crystal Ball to cause it to light up with a pitch-increasing shimmering noise, eventually ending once she appears.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

Donkey Kong stealing Mini-Marios in Mario vs. Donkey Kong.
Donkey Kong stealing Mini-Marios in crystal balls

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mini-Marios are encased in crystal balls after they are produced. In the first six worlds of the game, a Mini-Mario is trapped in a crystal ball at the end of the world's first six levels. The Mini-Mario must be freed by Mario, who picks up the crystal ball and throws it against the game screen to shatter it. The remake makes the crystal balls look more capsule-like.

Game & Wario[edit]

In Game & Wario, three Crystal Balls appear as Cluck-A-Pop prizes.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 水晶丸すいしょうだま[2] / 水しょうダマ (Super Paper Mario)
カプセル[4] (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
ミニマリオカプセル[5] (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
Mini Mario Kapuseru
Crystal Ball



Mini-Mario Capsule

Chinese (simplified) 水晶球[6] (Paper Mario)
Crystal Ball

French Boule de Cristal
Crystal Ball
German Kristallkugel
Crystal Ball
Italian Boccia di cristallo[7]
Palla di cristallo[8]
Sfera di cristallo[9][10][11]
Crystal ball
Crystal Ball
Crystal sphere
Korean 수정

Spanish Bola de cristal[12]
Bola de Juguete de Mini-Mario[13] (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
Crystal ball
Mini-Mario Toy Ball


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 1. Page 18.
  2. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet. Page 28.
  3. ^ 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section. Shogakukan. Page 70.
  4. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet. Page 9.
  5. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Shogakukan book
  6. ^ December 25, 2021. 【全流程】【纸片马力欧】最初的纸马 神游官方中文版 开创的指令回合制与独特风格 模拟器游玩 (1:04:27). Bilibili (Chinese). Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Italian instruction booklet. Page 22.
  8. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet. Page 113.
  9. ^ Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Italian instruction booklet. Page 33.
  10. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 Italian e-manual (3DS - Virtual Console). Page 10.
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 70.
  12. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong European instruction booklet. Page 97.
  13. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Game Boy Advance). Guías Nintendo. Retrieved November 28, 2018. (Archived July 24, 2017, 08:41:52 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
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