Pull Star

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Pull Star
Rendered model of a Pull Star in Super Mario Galaxy.
Model from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“Once this Luma transforms into a Pull Star, he will guide you to those faraway galaxies.”
Polari, Super Mario Galaxy

A Pull Star is an object that appears in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. It resembles a small blue version of a Launch Star inside a blue bubble or orb. When activated, a Pull Star pulls Mario or Luigi towards it. Its name is a pun on "pulsar."


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Pull Star model
Pull Star icon
Pull Star model and icon
Pull Stars in the Space Junk Galaxy

Pull Stars can be found in virtually every galaxy. When the player touches one with the Star Pointer, it uses a blue gravitational aura to lift Mario or Luigi off the ground, pulling him up toward it. Combining the power of these Pull Stars and using them in tandem can help either brother reach far heights or areas.

In some areas, Pull Stars are found orbiting other objects in the galaxy, such as Launch Stars or Power Stars. The player must use the right one at the right time to touch the object without accidentally "slingshooting" past it. In areas such as the Good Egg Galaxy and the Terrace, blue Lumas are shown to actually transform into Pull Stars, in much the same way as yellow Lumas mostly transform into Launch Stars or Sling Stars.

As with Launch Stars, Pull Stars occasionally need to be assembled by gathering Star Chips. Five blue Star Chips are needed to make a Pull Star or set of Pull Stars appear.

A single Pull Star appears in every dome onboard the Comet Observatory, where the Pull Stars allow the player to view the galaxies that are accessible from that particular dome. When they select a galaxy to fly to, the Pull Star transforms into a Launch Star, which then shoots Mario or Luigi to that galaxy.

Blue Star Capsule Planets are round glass planets that have a Pull Star in their center. There are three such planets in the Space Junk Galaxy and two in the Ghostly Galaxy. If Mario gets pulled and held by these planets, he cannot be stationary unlike normal Pull Stars due to the shape of the planet; instead, he continuously bounces on their surface as he is getting pulled.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Pull Stars return as objects in Super Mario Galaxy 2, with the same role, although they appear much less frequently than in the previous game. Pull Stars are also never formed from blue Lumas or Star Chips.

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

Gravity Wells in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge

Pull Stars appear again in Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, where they are referred to as Gravity Wells.[1][2] They are present in all levels of Gravity Galaxy and the fourth level of the Star World. When tapped on the GamePad, Gravity Wells release a gravitational field that can pull a Mini to their center. To remove the gravitational field, the player has to tap the Gravity Well again. Gravity Wells can be used to protect a Mini from a long fall or to pull it from behind a wall.


Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

  • Play Nintendo: You can use the Gravity Well to guide your Mini through walls and floors. Tap on the blue star to put your Mini in bubble, then you can pull your Mini along. Tap the bubble to pop it and release your Mini.[1]


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/GCaptureTarget.arc GCaptureTarget G-Capture Target
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Gキャプチャーターゲット (G Kyapuchā Tāgetto) G-Capture Target

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターキャプチャー
Sutā Kyapuchā
Star Capture
Chinese (Simplified) 牵引星
Qiānyǐn Xīng
Traction Star
Chinese (Traditional) 牽引星[3]
Qiānyǐn Xīng
Traction Star
French Étoile crampon Cling star
German Greifstern Pull Star
Italian Stella Manina Small Hand Star
Korean 스타중계소[4]
Seuta Junggyeso
Star Relay Center
Spanish Estrella imán Magnet star


  1. ^ a b Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge Items. Play Nintendo. Retrieved April 6, 2020. (Archived August 16, 2020, 21:52:14 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  2. ^ Nintendo (April 28, 2016). Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge – Objects Introduction. YouTube. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Official Chinese manual for Super Mario Galaxy 2, page 27.
  4. ^ "이 아이가 변신하면 로 스타중계소를 조준하고 를 눌러 주세요" — Polari, Super Mario Wii: Galaxy Adventure