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
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BP/SP/CP Needed 20­
BP/SP/CP Needed (Remake) 28­
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)
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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 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 Shell Mario back in Toad Town appears. 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, a large star appears on the top screen, along with smaller stars next to each Mario Bro. Starlow also flies up to the top screen, transforming into an aiming cursor. The large star switches between red and green, and the player must hit the button of the corresponding brother repeatedly. The player must also use the control pad to keep Starlow focused on the large star, as it bounces around the screen for the duration of the attack. When the action command is finished, the large star will 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.

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".
Spanish (NOA) Estrella Fugaz Shooting Star
Spanish (NOE) ¡A mí, estrellas! To Me, Stars!
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


  • There is a mistake where Starlow reveals the Attack Piece: when Mario and Luigi obtains this Attack Piece and Starlow memorizes it, she says "Falling Stars" instead of "Falling Star".