Crystal Ball

From the Super Mario Wiki, the Mario encyclopedia

It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to include more on Paper Mario, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario Party 6, and Super Paper Mario.

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
Crystal Ball PM.png Crystal Ball SPM.png
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

Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
(Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)

Latest appearance

Super Paper Mario (2007)

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


Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Crystal Ball SMB2 Sprite.png
Crystal Ball SMAS SMB2 sprite.png

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. 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. There is an Ultra Stone variant. 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[2]
Mini Mario Kapuseru
Crystal Ball


Mini-Mario Capsule (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
Spanish Bola de Juguete de Mini-Mario[5] Mini-Mario Toy Ball (Mario vs. Donkey Kong)
French Boule de Cristal Crystal Ball
German Kristallkugel Crystal Ball
Italian Sfera di cristallo Crystal Ball


  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 Shogakukan book
  5. ^ Official Mario vs. Donkey Kong website (Guías Nintendo)
Mario head smaller.png This article is a stub. You can help the Super Mario Wiki by expanding it.