Gravity field

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“The gravity here is all out of whack! Check out the arrows!”
Luma, Super Mario Galaxy
Multiple gravity fields in Bowser's Dark Matter Plant.

A gravity field[1] is a special type of wall that appears in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. It has the power to control the direction that gravity pulls Mario within its expanse. The gravity fields contain arrows to show the player the gravity direction, as well colors: blue (arrows pointing down), red (or occasionally pink; arrows pointing up), green (arrows pointing the right), gray, and purple (in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, respectively, arrows pointing to the left). As soon as Mario or Luigi enters the area with the painted arrows and colored background, either character is immediately pulled towards the object that the arrows are pointing to. The direction that the arrows are pointing on the wall (and therefore the direction of gravity itself) can sometimes be changed if the player finds a Arrow Switch and Spins it or hits it with a Star Bit. Gravity fields appear in many levels, the most prominent of which is Bowser's Dark Matter Plant, where they act as the main obstacle of the level. The Rightside Down Galaxy and the Upside Dizzy Galaxy feature gravity fields as their main elements. Gravity fields appear only in 2D sidescroller sections of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, however.

A different variation of gravity fields appear in Toy Time Galaxy. These variations appear as pink walls that Mario (or Luigi) can walk on. There are also occasionally arrows that point to the direction that these walls pull the player towards. These walls also appear green on the Mecha-Bowser planet but otherwise work the same.

Gravity fields return in Super Mario Odyssey, where they appear primarily in the 8-Bit Super Mario Bros.-style mural sections of some kingdoms. Inside the Inverted Pyramid, the player can notice that the arrows on the gravity fields look like murals of the Inverted Pyramid itself, while the ones on the upside-down red parts are upside down Inverted Pyramid, thus, looking like normal pyramids.

Gravity field areas[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Galaxy Level Area Wall Colors
Good Egg Galaxy A Snack of Cosmic Proportions Many sections of the Pill Planet feature gravity fields. Blue / Red
Battlerock Galaxy Topmaniac and the Topman Tribe The inside of the Gravity Planet has many gravity fields, but their direction is inverted, with blue going up and red going down. Blue / Red
Bowser's Star Reactor The Fiery Stronghold Roughly in the middle of the level is a short section of gravity fields. Blue / Purple
Bowser's Dark Matter Plant Darkness on the Horizon Almost the entire level consists of many different sections of gravity fields surrounded by dark matter. Blue / Purple / Green / Gray
Bowser's Galaxy Reactor The Fate of the Universe A short section of gravity fields appears behind the Cosmic Blocks. Blue / Purple

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Galaxy Levels Area Wall Colors
Rightside Down Galaxy Breaking the Laws of Gravity, The Great Crate Incinerator, Green Star 1, Green Star 2 The entire galaxy is composed of many sections of gravity fields. Blue / Red / Purple / Green
Flipsville Galaxy Flipsville's New Digs, Purple Coin Spin Speed Run Inside the Dirt Tower Planet is an area with nine separate sections of gravity fields, which alternate in time with the music. Blue / Red / Green / Gray
Upside Dizzy Galaxy A Walk on the Weird Side, Burning Upside Dizzy, Green Star 1, Green Star 2 The entire galaxy is composed of many sections of gravity fields. Blue / Red
Battle Belt Galaxy Mini-Planet Mega-Run, Mini-Planet Daredevil Run Inside the Undergrunt Planet is a circular section of gravity fields, which alternate in time with the music. Blue / Red


See also[edit]


  • Though not a gravity field, the atmospheric background of the Flipsville Galaxy acts somewhat like one, as it features multiple arrows which reflect the current flow of gravity.


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Premiere Edition guide. Pages 64, 66, 67, 198, 231.