Prankster Comet

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The Gold Leaf Galaxy currently being orbited by a Cosmic Comet
“It seems that a Prankster Comet has appeared somewhere...Prankster Comets have very strange effects on galaxies...”
Rosalina, Super Mario Galaxy

Prankster Comets are special missions that appear in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They affect galaxies by changing the gameplay of the level.

In Super Mario Galaxy, there are five different types of Prankster Comets, each one a different color: red, white, blue, yellow, or purple. They appear occasionally in the orbits of the 15 major galaxies, starting at the point when Mario or Luigi collects his thirteenth Power Star. The missions can be done only if the player travels to a galaxy with a Prankster Comet in orbit. Prankster Comets appear in galaxies only after a specific Power Star in any given galaxy is collected. Also, when a Prankster Comet is in orbit, the player is forced to choose its level. No option is given to choose "normal" levels. However, Comet Tico, who is positioned near the Terrace, can shuffle the comets between available galaxies if fed 20 Star Bits by the player. Its actions either remove all comets from orbiting in galaxies, remove some of them, or make some appear.

By completing the event, the player receives a Power Star. While a Prankster Comet is in orbit of a galaxy, players need to completely restart the level each time they lose a life, instead of coming back at the last checkpoint. Once a Prankster Comet's Star has been collected, its Star becomes a selectable mission, only causing the comet to return to the corresponding galaxy at the player's request. All the Prankster Comets (except Purple Comets without time limits) also have their own music that plays during their missions.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Prankster Comets appear only once the player has collected a Comet Medal in a certain galaxy, as well as a certain number of those from other galaxies (and collected at least four Power Stars from World 3). In this game, Prankster Comets with different effects are no longer considered different types of comets. Galaxies under the influence of a Prankster Comet are given a generic symbol. Below, the Super Mario Galaxy 2 comets are grouped together based on the title of the mission they appear in. Comets are now yellow if they give Power Stars, while comets are green if they give Green Stars. Traveling to a galaxy with a comet in orbit opens up the comet Star mission, although the player may have the option to select a normal mission, unlike in the first game. Also, a Prankster Comet is always in orbit around a galaxy once unlocked, unlike in the first game, where completing a mission can move the Prankster Comet to another galaxy. Certain galaxies such as the Fluffy Bluff Galaxy and Boo Moon Galaxy do not have Prankster Comets.

Types of Prankster Comets[edit]

Speedy Comet[edit]

Not to be confused with Red Comet.
A screenshot of the Dino Piranha Speed Run mission in Good Egg Galaxy.
Mario battling Dino Piranha with limited time
Smg icon speedycomet.png

A Speedy Comet requires the player to complete a level within a certain time limit, from four to six minutes; failing to do so results in the player losing a life. Also, there are small changes in the galaxies. For example, the Good Egg Galaxy's Ruby Rocks are all replaced by Chomps. Four galaxies are visited by Speedy Comets: the Good Egg Galaxy, Space Junk Galaxy, Dusty Dune Galaxy, and Dreadnought Galaxy.

Galaxy Mission Based on Time limit
Good Egg Galaxy Dino Piranha Speed Run Dino Piranha 4:00
Space Junk Galaxy Pull Star Path Speed Run Pull Star Path 4:00
Dusty Dune Galaxy Sandblast Speed Run Blasting through the Sand 4:30
Dreadnought Galaxy Topman Tribe Speed Run Revenge of the Topman Tribe 6:00

Speedy Comets also appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. A list of galaxies visited by it includes the Sky Station Galaxy, Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla, Hightail Falls Galaxy, Bowser's Lava Lair, Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy, Supermassive Galaxy, Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet, Throwback Galaxy, Bowser's Galaxy Generator, the Stone Cyclone Galaxy, and the Boss Blitz Galaxy. Unlike in the previous game, a Speedy Comet in Super Mario Galaxy 2 can dramatically change the original level in addition to setting a time limit. For example, Hightail Falls Speed Run has damaged platforms and meteors, and Masterpiece Speed Run has an entirely new planet not seen in the original Star mission as part of the level. Unlike in the first game, the timer disappears once the Power Star appears.

Galaxy Mission Based on Time limit
Sky Station Galaxy Peewee Piranha's Speed Run Peewee Piranha's Temper Tantrum 0:20+
Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla Fiery Flotilla Speed Run Gobblegut's Aching Belly 2:00
Hightail Falls Galaxy Hightail Falls Speed Run Hot-Stepping Dash Pepper 3:00
Bowser's Lava Lair Lava Lair Speed Run Bowser's Big Lava Power Party 0:30+
Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy Masterpiece Speed Run Silver Chomp Grudge Match 2:00
Supermassive Galaxy Big Wigglers Speed Run Huge Trouble with Big Wigglers 2:30
Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet Gravity Star Speed Run Breaking into Bowser's Castle 0:30+
Throwback Galaxy Whomp Silver Star Speed Run Silver Stars in the Whomp Fortress 2:00
Bowser's Galaxy Generator Bowser's Big Bad Speed Run Bowser's Fortified Fortress 0:30+
Stone Cyclone Galaxy Tox Box Speed Run Silver Stars on the Cyclone 0:20+
Boss Blitz Galaxy Throwback Throwdown Speed Run Throwback Throwdown 5:00

Galaxies marked with "+" next to their time limits have clocks scattered throughout the missions; collecting one adds 10 seconds to the player's time limit.

Daredevil Comet[edit]

Mario battling Kamella under daredevil conditions
Smg icon daredevilcomet.png

A Daredevil Comet cuts Mario or Luigi's maximum health down to only one hit point, as opposed to the usual three (or six with a Life Mushroom). Additionally, it removes all Life Mushrooms and coins from the level so that the player cannot gain more health or exploit a glitch to take damage without losing a life, and coins do not spawn from stomping enemies. Five galaxies are visited by Daredevil Comets: Battlerock Galaxy, Ghostly Galaxy, Gusty Garden Galaxy, Deep Dark Galaxy, and Melty Molten Galaxy. The former four have the player battle a previously fought boss (Topmaniac, Bouldergeist, Major Burrows, and Kamella, respectively), while Melty Molten Galaxy has the player complete the entire first mission (The Sinking Lava Spire) with only one hit point. Taking any damage during a Daredevil Comet requires the player to start the mission over from the beginning. At the start of the first four aforementioned galaxies, the player is automatically brought to the last planet where the boss resides, without the need to travel throughout the galaxy.

Galaxy Mission Based on
Battlerock Galaxy Topmaniac's Daredevil Run Topmaniac and the Topman Tribe
Ghostly Galaxy Bouldergeist's Daredevil Run Beware of Bouldergeist
Gusty Garden Galaxy Major Burrows's Daredevil Run The Dirty Tricks of Major Burrows
Deep Dark Galaxy Ghost Ship Daredevil Run The Underground Ghost Ship
Melty Molten Galaxy Lava Spire Daredevil Run The Sinking Lava Spire

Daredevil Comets are also in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in Spin-Dig Galaxy, Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet, the Slipsand Galaxy, Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker, the Battle Belt Galaxy, and the Grandmaster Galaxy. Unlike in the original Galaxy, however, some of the daredevil runs in Super Mario Galaxy 2 have Checkpoint Flags. Just like with a Speedy Comet, the original level can be dramatically changed when visited by a Daredevil Comet. For instance, one planet is replaced by another one in Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker.

Galaxy Mission Based on
Spin-Dig Galaxy Digga-Leg's Daredevil Run Digga-Leg's Planet
Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet Megahammer's Daredevil Bash Bowser Jr.'s Mighty Megahammer
Slipsand Galaxy Squizzard's Daredevil Run Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole
Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker Boomsday Machine Daredevil Run Bowser Jr.'s Boomsday Machine
Battle Belt Galaxy Mini-Planet Daredevil Run Mini-Planet Mega-Run
Grandmaster Galaxy The Perfect Run The Ultimate Test

Cosmic Comet[edit]

Cosmic Mario holding a strangely colored shell.
Mario racing Cosmic Mario in the Sea Slide Galaxy
Smg icon cosmiccomet.png

A Cosmic Comet pits Mario in a race against Cosmic Mario in a predetermined course with a Power Star at the end. Mario must beat his duplicate to the Star; if he fails, he loses a life. Four galaxies are visited by Cosmic Comets: the Honeyhive Galaxy, Freezeflame Galaxy, Gold Leaf Galaxy, and Sea Slide Galaxy. If the player uses Luigi, they race against Cosmic Luigi instead. Unlike Cosmic Mario, Cosmic Luigi long-jumps frequently and takes advantage of some shortcuts that are available. Cosmic Comets appear only in Super Mario Galaxy; they are replaced by Clone Comets in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Galaxy Mission Based on
Honeyhive Galaxy Honeyhive Cosmic Mario/Luigi Race Bee Mario/Luigi Takes Flight
Freezeflame Galaxy Frosty Cosmic Mario/Luigi Race Hot and Cold Collide
Gold Leaf Galaxy Cosmic Mario/Luigi Forest Race When It Rains, It Pours
Sea Slide Galaxy Underwater Cosmic Mario/Luigi Race Faster Than a Speeding Penguin

Fast-Foe Comet[edit]

Mario crossing the Cyclone Stone in the Beach Bowl Galaxy
Smg icon fastfoecomet.png

A Fast-Foe Comet speeds up all enemies and obstacles in a stage. Mario must complete the stage while avoiding the accelerated enemies and obstacles. Only two galaxies are visited by Fast-Foe Comets: the Beach Bowl Galaxy and Toy Time Galaxy. Tox Boxes, Thwomps, and moving platforms are the only objects affected. Fast-Foe Comets appear only in Super Mario Galaxy; they are replaced by Double Time Comets in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Galaxy Mission Based on
Beach Bowl Galaxy Fast Foes on the Cyclone Stone The Secret Undersea Cavern
Toy Time Galaxy Fast Foes of Toy Time The Flipswitch Chain

Purple Comet[edit]

Mario collecting Purple Coins in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Mario collects Purple Coins in Tall Trunk Galaxy.
Smg icon purplecomet.png

A Purple Comet is available only after the player clears Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. Purple Coins are hidden throughout the galaxy, and Mario must retrieve at least 100 Purple Coins, sometimes within a time limit, to retrieve the Star. Some Purple Comet missions have more than 100 Purple Coins, but Mario still needs to collect only 100 for the Star. All 15 major galaxies are visited by Purple Comets. Timed Purple Comet missions, as well as the Battlerock Galaxy's and Dreadnought Galaxy's Purple Comet missions, use a unique background music track, which is a remix of the Gusty Garden Galaxy music.[1]

The total number of Purple Coins available in a mission is 100 plus the number listed in the "Extra Purple Coins available" column.

Galaxy Mission Based on Extra Purple Coins available Time limit
Good Egg Galaxy Purple Coin Omelet A Snack of Cosmic Proportions No extras None
Honeyhive Galaxy The Honeyhive's Purple Coins Bee Mario Takes Flight No extras None
Space Junk Galaxy Purple Coin Spacewalk Pull Star Path No extras 2:00
Battlerock Galaxy Purple Coins on the Battlerock Battlerock Barrage No extras If Mario leaves a Purple Coin
behind, he loses a life.
Beach Bowl Galaxy Beachcombing for Purple Coins Sunken Treasure No extras None
Ghostly Galaxy Purple Coins in the Bone Pen A Very Spooky Sprint 49 1:00
Gusty Garden Galaxy Purple Coins on the Puzzle Cube Bunnies in the Wind 50 2:30
Freezeflame Galaxy Purple Coins on the Summit The Frozen Peak of Baron Brrr No extras None
Dusty Dune Galaxy Purple Coins in the Desert Blasting through the Sand No extras None
Gold Leaf Galaxy Purple Coins in the Woods When It Rains, It Pours No extras 3:30
Sea Slide Galaxy Purple Coins by the Seaside The Silver Stars of Sea Slide No extras None
Toy Time Galaxy Luigi's Purple Coins Mario Meets Mario 50 3:00
Deep Dark Galaxy Plunder the Purple Coins The Underground Ghost Ship No extras None
Dreadnought Galaxy Battlestation's Purple Coins Dreadnought's Colossal Cannons No extras If Mario leaves a Purple Coin
behind, he loses a life.
Melty Molten Galaxy Red-Hot Purple Coins The Sinking Lava Spire/Fiery Dino Piranha No extras None

There are also Purple Comets in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are the same as in Super Mario Galaxy, but instead of having to beat the game for Purple Comets to come, only the galaxy's Comet Medal is required. The mission in Starshine Beach Galaxy plays the Hightail Falls Galaxy music, since the Dash Pepper is needed to clear, even though the normal level has a Dash Pepper and using it does not change the music. The specific Purple Coin theme from the first game plays in the Flip-Swap Galaxy, Puzzle Plank Galaxy, Clockwork Ruins Galaxy, and Mario Squared Galaxy. Unlike in the first game, during the Purple Coin missions with time limits, the timer disappears once the required number of Purple Coins is collected.

Galaxy Mission Based on Extra Purple Coins available Time limit
Flip-Swap Galaxy Purple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint Think Before You Shake No extras 3:00
Puzzle Plank Galaxy Purple Coin Shadow Vault The Puzzling Picture Block No extras 1:00
Tall Trunk Galaxy Tall Trunk's Purple Coin Slide Tall Trunk's Big Slide 40 If Mario has less than 100 Purple Coins,
he loses a life.
Flipsville Galaxy Purple Coin Spin Speed Run Flipsville's New Digs No extras 2:30
Starshine Beach Galaxy Purple Coin Beach Dash Surf, Sand, and Silver Stars 40 0:35
Sweet Mystery Galaxy Bulb Berry's Purple Coin Glow Bulb Berry's Mysterious Glow No extras None
Clockwork Ruins Galaxy The Adventure of the Purple Coins Time for Adventure No extras 5:00
Mario Squared Galaxy Luigi's Purple Coin Chaos Make Mario a Star No extras 2:00
Rolling Coaster Galaxy Purple Coins on the Rainbow Road The Rainbow Road Roll 10 2:00

If Mario has fewer than 100 Purple Coins,
he loses a life.

Clone Comet[edit]

Mario being chased by Cosmic Clones in the Chompworks Galaxy
Prankster Comet icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

A Clone Comet replaces the Cosmic Comet from the first game. Multiple Cosmic Clones appear in a selected mission. The player needs to redo the whole or part of the mission while there are Cosmic Clones. Clone Comets appear in the Cloudy Court Galaxy, the Haunty Halls Galaxy, the Chompworks Galaxy, and the Flip-Out Galaxy. The comets are fused with the missions Purple Coin Shadow Vault for Puzzle Plank Galaxy, Luigi's Purple Coin Chaos for Mario Squared Galaxy, and Green Star 2 for Flip-Out Galaxy. The specific music for the Cosmic Clones theme does not play (except in the Cloudy Court Galaxy), even though the soundtrack stays the same. This music is also played in other stages such as Stone Cyclone Galaxy.[2] Clone Comets appear only in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Galaxy Mission Based on
Puzzle Plank Galaxy Purple Coin Shadow Vault The Puzzling Picture Block
Cloudy Court Galaxy The Shadow Lining Head in the Clouds
Haunty Halls Galaxy Spooky Cosmic Clone Chase Sneaking Down the Creepy Corridor
Chompworks Galaxy Cosmic Clones in the Chompworks Where the Chomps Are Made of Gold
Mario Squared Galaxy Luigi's Purple Coin Chaos Make Mario a Star
Flip-Out Galaxy Cosmic Clone Wall Jumpers, Green Star 2 Wicked Wall Jumps

Romp Comet[edit]

Mario jumping on an Octoomba during Dark Octo-Army Romp
Prankster Comet icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

A Romp Comet requires Mario to defeat a horde of 30 enemies within a time limit by using a power-up, with the exception of the Flash Black Galaxy, where no power-up is given. Romp Comets appear in the Yoshi Star Galaxy, the Boulder Bowl Galaxy, the Flash Black Galaxy, and the Shiverburn Galaxy. The comets appear only in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Galaxy Mission Based on Power-up used Time limit
Yoshi Star Galaxy Spiny Rainbow Romp Spiny Control Rainbow Star 1:00
Boulder Bowl Galaxy Rolling Crabber Romp Rock and Rollodillo Rock Mushroom 1:00
Shiverburn Galaxy Octo-Army Icy Rainbow Romp Prince Pikante's Peppery Mood Rainbow Star 0:50
Flash Black Galaxy Dark Octo-Army Romp Jumping Around in the Dark Yoshi 1:20

Double Time Comet[edit]

Prankster Comet icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

A Double Time Comet makes the player redo a level, this time with the hazards moving faster. Double Time Comets appear in Beat Block Galaxy and Twisty Trials Galaxy. These comets are similar to the Fast-Foe Comets from the first game, except that instead of enemies, the stage hazards move faster, and slightly slower overall than when a Fast-Foe Comet is in orbit. Despite the comet being called the "Double Time Comet," the objects actually move at four times the normal speed. Double Time Comets appear only in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Galaxy Mission Based on
Beat Block Galaxy Silver Stars in Double Time Step to the Beep
Twisty Trials Galaxy Turning Turning Double Time Spinning and Spinning and Spinning

Green Comet[edit]

"Green Comet" redirects here. For information about the kart in Mario Kart Tour, see Green Comet (kart).
Mario obtaining a Green Star in Sky Station Galaxy
Cosmic Jewel icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

A Green Comet makes Green Stars appear in various levels in every galaxy except the Grandmaster Galaxy, usually in hidden or hard-to-reach places. There is one Green Star for every normal Power Star mission; galaxies with two missions have two Green Stars to find, and galaxies with three missions have three Green Stars to locate. In either case, Green Star levels are always named "Green Star 1" and "Green Star 2" (as well as "Green Star 3" for galaxies with six Power Stars total) as opposed to being named the same way as normal galaxy levels. Green Comets appear only in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Prankster Comet[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いたずらコメット (Super Mario Galaxy)
Itazura Kometto
いたずら彗星 (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Itazura Suisei

Mischievous Comet

Chinese (simplified) 淘气彗星
Táoqì Huìxīng
Naughty Comet

Chinese (traditional) 搗蛋彗星
Dǎodàn Huìxīng
Mischievous Comet

Dutch Pretkomeet
Fun comet
French (NOA) Comète blagueuse
Joker Comet
French (NOE) Comète farceuse
Joker Comet
German Schabernack-Komet
Mischief Comet
Italian Cometa Burlona
Joker Comet
Korean 장난꾸러기 혜성
Jangnankku-lugi Hyeoseong
Joker Comet

Spanish Cometa Pícaro
Naughty Comet

Speedy Comet (Super Mario Galaxy)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese レッドコメット
Reddo Kometto
Red Comet

Chinese 红色彗星
Hóngsè Huìxīng
Red Comet

French Comète rouge
Red Comet
German Roter Komet
Red Comet
Italian Cometa Rossa
Red Comet
Spanish Cometa Rojo
Red Comet

Daredevil Comet (Super Mario Galaxy)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デスコメット
Desu Kometto
Death Comet

Chinese 死神彗星
Sǐshén Huìxīng
Death Comet

French (NOA) Comète Casse-Cou
Daredevil Comet
French (NOE) Comète blanche
White Comet
German Risikokomet
Risk Comet
Italian Cometa Pericolo
Danger Comet
Spanish (NOA) Cometa Oscuro
Dark Comet
Spanish (NOE) Cometa Mortal
Deadly Comet

Cosmic Comet (Super Mario Galaxy)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シャドウコメット
Shadou Kometto
Shadow Comet

Chinese 影子彗星
Yǐngzi Huìxīng
Shadow Comet

French (NOE) Comète d'ombre
Shadow Comet
German Schattenkomet
Shadow Comet
Italian Cometa Fantasma
Ghost Comet
Spanish Cometa Fantasma
Ghost Comet

Fast-Foe Comet (Super Mario Galaxy)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クイックコメット
Kuikku Kometto
Quick Comet

Chinese 极速彗星
Jísù Huìxīng
Speed Comet

French Comète rapide
Fast Comet
German Tempokomet
Tempo (Speed) Comet
Italian Cometa Rapida
Fast Comet
Spanish (NOA) Cometa Rápido
Quick Comet
Spanish (NOE) Cometa Rapidín
Fast Comet

Purple Comet (Super Mario Galaxy)[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パープルコメット
Pāpuru Kometto
Purple Comet

Chinese 紫色彗星
Zǐsè Huìxīng
Purple Comet

French Comète violette
Violet Comet
German Lila Komet
Purple Comet
Italian Cometa Viola
Violet Comet
Spanish Cometa Púrpura
Purple Comet

Trivia[edit]

  • When a Prankster Comet level is selected, a vignette covers the corners of the screen. In Super Mario Galaxy, the color of the border matches the comet's color. In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the vignette is always black (the same as the Daredevil Comet effect in Super Mario Galaxy).
    • For Green Comets, there is no vignette at all, presumably to give the players more vision. Instead, the black border during the mission intro and the black fade-out circle after the player gets a Star or loses a life become green.
  • In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario and Luigi do not fall asleep while idle when a Daredevil Comet is active, with the exception of The Perfect Run.
  • The Speedy/Daredevil Comet music also plays toward the ends of the missions Sunbaked Sand Castle in the Dusty Dune Galaxy and The Sinking Lava Spire in the Melty Molten Galaxy.

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