Falling Star

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This article is about the Special Attack in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. For the enemy in Luigi's Mansion and its 3DS remake also known as "Falling Star", see Shining Ghost.
Falling Star
Sprite of the Falling Star Special Attack from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Sprite of the Falling Star from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
BP/SP/CP needed 20­
BP/SP/CP needed (Remake) 28/30 (Normal/Easy)­
Location Peach's Castle­
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018
Bowser's Inside Story description Aim with +Control Pad. Throw at the star with A Button if the light is red, B Button if it's green!
Target: Single
Bonus effect: DEF down
Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey description Starlow transforms into a reticule that you can move with Circle Pad to follow the big star moving on the top screen. Use A Button if the big star is red and B Button if it's green to throw small stars that will stick to it. Throw the stars when the reticule flashes to make it easier to hit. The more small stars you stick to the big star, the more damage you'll deal to the enemy. So tap those buttons and keep sticking!
A demonstration of the Falling Star attack.
A demonstration of the Falling Star attack.
A demonstration of the Falling Star attack.

Falling Star is the final Special Attack learned by Mario and Luigi in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. It costs 20 SP to use (ten if reduced) in the original game, and 28 BP (30 BP on Easy) to use in the remake. It is one of the most powerful special attacks in the game, while the other is Broggy Bonker, Bowser's strongest Special Attack.

Falling Star is found in the garden of Peach's Castle. The first seven Attack Pieces are found in a single block, which must be obtained using Shell Mario. Once these are collected, the Koopa Paratroopa Trio who explained the Shell Mario technique back in Toad Town will appear. For 300 coins, they mark the approximate locations of the last three Attack Pieces, which are hidden in invisible blocks on the map.

When this attack is activated, Mario and Luigi toss an orange star with eyes to the top screen, with it growing large in size. Smaller stars appear next to each brother, and Starlow flies up to the top screen, transforming into an aiming crosshair. The large star switches between red and green, and the player must hit the button of the corresponding brother (A Button for Mario, B Button for Luigi) repeatedly to throw the smaller stars at the larger star. The player must also use the control pad to keep Starlow focused on the star, as it moves around the screen for the duration of the attack. When the action command is finished, the large star, along with the smaller stars, will fly upwards off-screen and come back down to crash into a single enemy, followed by each of the smaller stars. Groups of seven small stars fall first, followed by individual stars, which do less damage. This attack can lower an enemy's defense. In the remake, however, the large star takes a little longer time to change color, allowing the player to throw more stars for extra damage.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese こいこいスター
Koikoi Sutā
Come Come Star; Koi (来い) means "come". "Koikoi" may also be a derivative of 「恋」 Koi, meaning "deep love".
French (NOA) Étoile défilante Shooting Star
French (NOE) Bébétoiles Pun on bébé (baby) and étoiles (stars).
German Sternmix Star Mix
Italian Stellassalto "Stella" (star), "Assalto" (assault, attack)
Korean 스타&스타
Star & Star
Spanish (NOA) Estrella Fugaz Shooting Star
Spanish (NOE) ¡A mí, estrellas! To Me, Stars!


  • There is a mistake where Starlow reveals the Special Attack: when Mario and Luigi obtain all the Attack Pieces for this attack and Starlow memorizes it, she says "Falling Stars" instead of "Falling Star".