Grand Star

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Grand Star
Grand Star Artwork - Super Mario Galaxy 2.png
Artwork of a Grand Star from Super Mario Galaxy 2

First appearance

Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Latest appearance

Mario Tennis Aces (cameo) (2018)
This article is about the giant Power Stars in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. For the giant star that appears at the end of Super Mario 64, see Jumbo Star.
“Oh, thank you for saving the Grand Star, Mario. These star people are my family...they mean so much to me.”
Rosalina, Super Mario Galaxy

Grand Stars are very large and powerful Power Stars in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. There are seven in the first game and six in the second game for a grand total of thirteen.

Artwork of a Grand Star from Super Mario Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, Grand Stars are used to provide power to the six domes onboard the Comet Observatory, thereby allowing the player to reach more and more galaxies as the events of the game progress. In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Grand Stars still allow the player to reach more and more galaxies, but they now provide direct access to the next World via their transformation into a Portal instead.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario holding a Grand Star, the first one of the game
A Grand Star after Mario has already collected it.

Super Mario Galaxy is the game in which Grand Stars make their first appearance. Bowser has taken all of the Grand Stars and is using them for his own evil intentions. As Mario recovers them, he gradually gains access to different parts of Rosalina's Comet Observatory, as the Grand Stars are the power source of the Comet Observatory's Beacon, which in turn sustains all life onboard the observatory. As each Grand Star is found, a path to the next dome is created. It is possible to only have 5 out of the 7 Grand Stars collected to reach the final battle, since Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, where the final battle is, can be unlocked after completing the fourth dome if the player has 60 or more Power Stars.

Grand Stars[edit]
Dome Galaxy Boss
Gate Gateway Galaxy None
Terrace Bowser Jr.'s Robot Reactor Megaleg
Fountain Bowser's Star Reactor Bowser
Kitchen Bowser Jr.'s Airship Armada Bowser Jr.
Bedroom Bowser's Dark Matter Plant Bowser
Engine Room Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor King Kaliente
None Bowser's Galaxy Reactor Bowser

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A Grand Star that appears after Mario has defeated Giant Bowser in Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet
A Grand Star that has just transformed into a Portal in World 3

Grand Stars make another appearance in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the 2010 sequel to Super Mario Galaxy. In this game, the Grand Stars are once again under the control of Bowser and Bowser Jr. This time around, Grand Stars restore power to Starship Mario, and also create the Portals leading from one World to the next. In addition to this, the Grand Stars in this game are apparently responsible for Bowser's huge size, as he has eaten them to make himself considerably larger. After Mario defeats one of Bowser Jr.'s machines or henchmen, it will explode and release a Grand Star. After Mario defeats Bowser, he'll cough up a Grand Star. During the final battle in Bowser's Galaxy Generator, he is actually able to swallow the Grand Star again, making himself a great deal larger than he had been, and leading to one final segment of the battle. The Grand Stars seem to have an interesting side effect when misused, one that causes Bowser to become extremely tiny after the final battle, as seen in the end credits of the game.

Grand Stars[edit]
World Galaxy Boss
World 1 Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla Gobblegut
World 2 Bowser's Lava Lair Bowser
World 3 Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet Megahammer
World 4 Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet Bowser
World 5 Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker Boomsday Machine
World 6 Bowser's Galaxy Generator Bowser

Other appearances[edit]

Rosalina is usually represented by a Grand Star.

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a floating Grand Star replaces the star icon and one can be seen rotating on top of the tower in the city in N64 Rainbow Road.

Rosalina's emblem is a Grand Star throughout the Mario Kart series, as well as a few other games. Baby Rosalina's emblem features a Grand Star inside blue bonnett frills. In Super Mario 3D World, the Grand Star can be seen whenever she grabs a Goal Pole, or when she touches a Checkpoint Flag. In Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, the Grand Star is similarly used to signify Mini Rosalina's levels.

Rosalina's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate utilizes a Grand Star, in place of the Power Star from the previous installment.

See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グランドスター
Gurando sutā
Grand Star
Spanish Maxiestrella Maxi star
French Grande Étoile Big Star
Dutch Superster Superstar
German Großer Stern Big Star
Italian Megastella Megastar
Chinese 光榮之星 (Traditional)
崇高之星 (Simplified)[1]
Guāngróng zhī xīng
Chónggāo zhī xīng
Grand Star


  • Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet is the only galaxy where Yoshi is able to pose with Mario when the Grand Star is collected. In Bowser's Galaxy Generator, Princess Peach, Luma and the Co-Star Luma (if used) will pose with Mario. If Mario also brings Yoshi to the end of the level with a glitch, they will not pose since there is no special animation that Mario and Yoshi have with that Grand Star.
  • In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in Minecraft, Nether Stars are replaced by Grand Stars.


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Nvidia Shield screenshot thread. Twitter. Retrieved March 27, 2018.