Crystal Stars

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This article is about the group of Crystal Stars. For the seventh Crystal Star, see Crystal Star.
Mario gets a Diamond Star, one of the Crystal Stars
All seven Crystal Stars

The Crystal Stars are the seven stars Mario and his partners collect in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and are the game's objectives. Upon collecting one, it will teach Mario a Special Move. When all seven are collected and shown at the pedestal in Rogueport Sewers, they will open the Thousand-Year Door to the Palace of Shadow.

The stars were created by the Shadow Queen to hold the essence of the heavens, and were placed in several locations to further expand her power.[1] One of the castles built to hold the stars is Hooktail Castle. However, four heroes collected them and used their power against the Shadow Queen, but the heroes were cursed before the fight finished, and they couldn't let go of the Crystal Stars or else they will be trapped in a black chest. Knowing this, the heroes gave the Crystal Stars to others to protect.[2]

The Crystal Stars consist of the Diamond Star, the Emerald Star, the Gold Star, the Ruby Star, the Sapphire Star, the Garnet Star, and the Crystal Star:

  • The Diamond Star was given to a healer the Toad hero met and was told to hide it in a place no one would look.[3] Eventually, Hooktail got a hold of the star and kept it hidden in Hooktail Castle until Mario defeated her.
  • The Emerald Star was given to the Punies to protect, which they happily obliged to do after the Goomba hero saved them from monsters by hollowing out The Great Tree.[4] During the course of Mario's adventure, Lord Crump steals the Emerald Star and Mario has to fight him in Magnus von Grapple to get it back.
  • The Gold Star is obtained in Glitzville, with its location kept secret by Grubba, whom Mario has to fight to obtain it. A fake Gold Star is placed on the Champ's Belt, which is given to the top ranked fighter of the Glitz Pit.
  • The Ruby Star was hidden in Creepy Steeple by the Boo hero.[5] Doopliss later finds and keeps the Ruby Star until Mario defeats him.
  • The Sapphire Star was intended to remain hidden on Keelhaul Key by the Koopa hero, but the pirate Cortez stole it easily.[6] After "defeating" Cortez in battle, he gives the Sapphire Star to Mario.
  • The Garnet Star is kept hidden in Poshley Sanctum, guarded by Pennington in a secret room even he did not know existed. A fake Garnet Star is on display for tourists, as well as to trick potential thieves, such as the Shadow Sirens and Doopliss, as well as Bowser and Kammy Koopa.
  • The Crystal Star was originally kept hidden in Rogueport. However, Grodus and the X-Nauts found it and took it to their fortress on the Moon, where Mario battles Lord Crump in Magnus von Grapple 2.0 to recover it.

The Crystal Stars also look similar to and have the same role as the Seven Stars in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.


Crystal Star Location Guarded by Power SP needed Description Effect
Magical Map

Artwork of Mario from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Rogueport in a small chest, with a merchant No one; given to Mario by Princess Peach Sweet Treat 1 - Replenishes up to 7 HP for both party members and 8 FP, as well as curing all status effects.
Diamond Star

Sprite of the Diamond Star in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Hooktail Castle Hooktail Earth Tremor 2 The object Koops' father found in Hooktail's belly. If successful, this power creates an earthquake that can do up to 6 damage against all enemies.
Emerald Star

Sprite of the Emerald Star in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

The Great Tree Puni elder Clock Out 2 The object you got from the Puni elder in the Great Tree. If successful, immobilizes all enemies temporarily.
Gold Star

Sprite of the Gold Star in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Glitz Pit Macho Grubba Power Lift 3 The object Jolene gave you after defeating Grubba. Boosts attack and defense power for a short time for both party members.
Ruby Star

Sprite of the Ruby Star in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Creepy Steeple Doopliss Art Attack 4 The thing you got by beating Doopliss, the body thief. Any amount of damage can be done depending on how many times the player encircles around the enemies.
Sapphire Star

Sprite of the Sapphire Star in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Pirate's Grotto Cortez Sweet Feast 5 The object you got after not really defeating Cortez. Much like Sweet Treat, the player will replenish up to 24 HP for each party member and 24 FP.
Garnet Star

Sprite of the Garnet Star in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Poshley Heights Pennington (guards the Poshley Sanctum) Showstopper 2 The very un-red-herring real thing from Poshley Sanctum. If successful, destroys enemies in a single blow. The attack is less likely to be successful on enemies with more than 12 HP, mini-bosses and bosses, except for Bowser and Kammy Koopa.
Crystal Star

Sprite of the Crystal Star in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

X-Naut Fortress, originally in Rogueport Possibly originally no one, Magnus von Grapple 2.0 Supernova 6 The object you got out of Magnus von Grapple 2.0. Does up to 15 damage to all enemies, 3 each time the player fills the gauge.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターストーン
Sutā Sutōn
Star Stone
French Gemmes étoile Star gems
German Sternenjuwelen Star jewels
Italian Gemme Stella Star gems
Spanish Cristales Estelares Star Crystals


  1. ^ "In order to increase its already formidable power the demon created Crystal Stars to hold the essence of the heavens. One of these stars was placed in each country to exert the demon's influence." - Grifty
  2. ^ "The four heroes thought they had sealed away the demon and all of its power, but the demon used a tiny opening before the seal was complete to curse them all. While holding the Crystal Stars, they felt nothing, but when they let them go a black box would appear to seal their souls within. The four heroes travelled the world, scattering the stars so the seal would remain. But the last four stars each carried the curse, which claimed each hero..." - Grifty
  3. ^ "The strong Toad held his star and continued his arduous journey. But eventually the miles took their toll upon him and he collapsed. A traveling healer happened by and saved his life but the Toad knew his fate was to be trapped in the box when the star was gone. So he asked the healer to hide the star in a secret place known to no one..." - Grifty
  4. ^ "At that time, many monsters wandered in the nearby Boggly Woods. [...] Pitying them, the Goomba hollowed out the Great Tree for the Punies to live in. The Punies were so grateful they swore to protect the Crystal Star there..." - Grifty
  5. ^ "Once the Boo heroine hid her star in a steeple, she was trapped in the nearby town. Some say the Crystal Star lies in that steeple still." - Grifty
  6. ^ "The Koopa hero went to a southern isle to hide his star where none would find it. But the Koopa was so tired from his journey that the pirate Cortez stole it easily." - Grifty