Gold Star

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This article is about the Crystal Star in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. For the small stars from Super Mario World also known as Gold Stars, see Goal Star.
Gold Star
Icon of an item from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch)
"The object Jolene gave you after defeating Grubba."
First appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
“Now, Mario...the Crystal Star is yours.”
Jolene, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

The Gold Star is the third of the Crystal Stars Mario collects in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, obtained after completing Chapter 3: Of Glitz and Glory.

Prior to the events of the game, the referee of the Glitz Pit, Grubba, used the Gold Star to power a machine that lets him suck out the life force of the fighters to power up his own. Upon entering the Glitz Pit, Mario and his partners witness a fight between The Koopinator and Rawk Hawk, which the latter wins and receives a belt with the Gold Star on it. With their objective in sight, Mario and his friends climb up the ranks of the Glitz Pit, only to find that the Gold Star on Rawk Hawk's belt is fake. After claiming the champion title themselves, Mario discovers that Grubba has the Gold Star and confronts him in battle, where he fights in a powered-up form known as Macho Grubba. After being defeated, Grubba's assistant, Jolene gives Mario the real Gold Star as thanks. The Gold Star teaches Mario the move Power Lift to use in battles.

The fake Gold Star appears later in Bowser's intermission following Chapter 6, where he discovers Rawk Hawk's secret training facility. Confusing the fake with the real thing, he attempts to steal it, but Rawk Hawk shows up to stop him. As Bowser fights him off, Kammy Koopa is knocked into the fake Gold Star, which breaks it, and Rawk Hawk tells Bowser who has the real one, calling Mario by his stage name "Gonzales".

During the final battle with the Shadow Queen, when the Crystal Stars spread out to the locations in which they were found, the Gold Star returns to Glitzville, where Jolene and the Glitz Pit fighters, consisting of Rawk Hawk, The Iron Adonis Twins, and Shellshock of The Shellshockers (replaced by King K in the remake), cheer on Mario and his team just before they defeat the Shadow Queen.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴールドスター
Gōrudo Sutā
Gold Star

Dutch Gouden ster
Gold Star
French Étoile de topaze
Topaz Star
German Goldstern
Gold Star
Italian Stella Dorata
Stella dorata (remake)
Golden star
Spanish Estrella Topacio
Topaz Star


  • The Gold Star is the only Crystal Star not to be named after a jewel. Gold is a mineral or element.
  • While Grubba has the Gold Star in his possession, he can use it to power up himself, much like Mario uses Power Lift to boost himself up.
  • The Gold Star and the Diamond Star are the only Crystal Stars that are not from a chapter that involves the X-Nauts or the Three Shadows in any way.
  • The Gold Star is the only Crystal Star to not have an explanation for how it ended up in its current location. All the others are explained as being near a Black Chest (with the exception of the one Sir Grodus has, as he states he found that one in Rogueport) or having been given to someone else to keep safe.