Crystal Stars

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This article is about the seven Crystal Stars. For the seventh Crystal Star, see Crystal Star. For the item in DK: Jungle Climber, see Crystal Star (DK: Jungle Climber).
Mario getting the first Crystal Star, Diamond Star.
Mario gets the Diamond Star, one of the Crystal Stars
Official artwork of all the Crystal Stars.
All seven Crystal Stars

The Crystal Stars are the seven magical relics Mario and his partners are after in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and its Nintendo Switch remake, 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 also look similar to and have the same role as the Star Pieces in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

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

Sprite of the Magical Map from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (menu sprite)

Rogueport Beldam The map that reveals the location of the Crystal Stars was held by Beldam before the events of the game, kept inside a magically sealed treasure chest. Beldam tricks Princess Peach into opening the chest, proving herself to be pure of heart and thus a candidate to become the vessel for Shadow Queen's resurrection. Before being captured by the X-Nauts, who are working with Beldam, Peach mails the map to Mario. - Sweet Treat 1
Diamond Star

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

Hooktail Castle Hooktail Hooktail got a hold of the Diamond Star and kept it hidden in Hooktail Castle until Mario defeats her. The object Koops' father found in Hooktail's belly. Earth Tremor 2
Emerald Star

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

The Great Tree Puni elder 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.[3] 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 object you got from the Puni elder in the Great Tree. Clock Out 2
Gold Star

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

Glitz Pit Macho Grubba It is never explained how the Gold Star came under the possession of Grubba, who hides it in the Glitz Pit arena as the power source for his power-draining machine. A fake Gold Star is placed on the Champ's Belt, which is given to the top-ranked fighter of the Glitz Pit. The object Jolene gave you after defeating Grubba. Power Lift 3
Ruby Star

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

Creepy Steeple Doopliss Hidden in Creepy Steeple by the Boo hero.[4] Doopliss later finds and keeps the Ruby Star until Mario defeats him. The thing you got by beating Doopliss, the body thief. Art Attack 4
Sapphire Star

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

Pirate's Grotto Cortez The Sapphire Star was intended to remain hidden on Keelhaul Key by the Koopa hero, but the pirate Cortez stole it easily.[5] After "defeating" Cortez in battle, he gives the Sapphire Star to Mario. The object you got after not really defeating Cortez. Sweet Feast 5
Garnet Star

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

Poshley Heights Pennington The Garnet Star was stored in a secret room in Poshley Sanctum. A fake Garnet Star is on display for tourists, as well as to trick potential thieves, such as the Three Shadows and Doopliss, as well as Bowser and Kammy Koopa. The very un-red-herring real thing from Poshley Sanctum. Showstopper 2
Crystal Star

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

X-Naut Fortress Original keeper unknown
Magnus von Grapple 2.0
The Crystal Star was originally kept hidden in Rogueport. However, Sir 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 object you got out of Magnus von Grapple 2.0. Supernova 6

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターストーン
Sutā Sutōn
Star Stone

Chinese (traditional) 星之石
Xīng zhī Shí
Star Stone

Dutch Juweelsterren
Jewel stars
French Gemmes étoile
Star gems
German Sternenjuwelen
Star jewels
Italian Gemme Stella
Stelle cristallo (only in the first advertisements for the remake)
Star gems
Crystal stars
Korean 스타스톤
Seuta Seuton
Star Stone

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 traveled 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. ^ "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
  4. ^ "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
  5. ^ "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