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.

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)
Mini Mario Kapuseru
Crystal Ball


Capsule (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)

Mini-Mario Capsule (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
Chinese (Simplified) 水晶球 (Paper Mario)[6]
Crystal Ball
French Boule de Cristal Crystal Ball
German Kristallkugel Crystal Ball
Italian Sfera di cristallo
Palla di cristallo[7]
Crystal Ball
Spanish Bola de cristal[8]
Bola de Juguete de Mini-Mario[9]
Crystal ball
Mini-Mario Toy Ball (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 1, page 18.
  2. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 28.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 70.
  4. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 9.
  5. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Shogakukan book
  6. ^ (1:04:27)
  7. ^ Super Mario Advance European manual, page 113
  8. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong European instruction booklet, page 97.
  9. ^ Official Mario vs. Donkey Kong website (Guías Nintendo)
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