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In-game screenshot of a ring for the Rolling Ball in Super Mario Galaxy.
Screenshot from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Divots,[1] originally known as holes or rings,[2] are indentations in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They appear only in levels that feature the Star Ball. In Super Mario Galaxy, yellow-ringed divots launch the Star Ball from one area to another. The blue-ringed ones are goals that will break the Star Ball, allowing Mario (or Luigi) to grab the Power Star it contains. Divots have inconsistent designs in Super Mario Galaxy 2, with the ones that launch the Star Ball simply being whatever indentation is at a planetoid's apex and the goals being whatever is the last hole of the level.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タマコロ ホール[3]
Tamakoro Hōru
Star Ball Hole


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Roseville, Prima Games, 2010, p. 134.
  2. ^ Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Collector's Edition, Roseville, Prima Games, 2007, pp. 118–19.
  3. ^ Sakai, Kazuya (Ambit), kikai, Akinori Sao, Junko Fukuda, Kunio Takayama, and Ko Nakahara (Shogakukan), editors.『スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック』[Japanese source]. Tokyo, Shogakukan, 2015, pp. 136, 170.