Pulse Beam

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Pulse Beam
A Pulse Beam in Super Mario Odyssey
A Pulse Beam from Super Mario Odyssey making a ring; a wider ring from another Pulse Beam is shown nearby.
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)

Pulse Beams[1][2][3] are circular, spiked mechanical enemies that appear in Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Super Mario Odyssey.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Pulse Beam
A Pulse Beam's original design

In Super Mario Galaxy, Pulse Beams are featured in the Toy Time Galaxy and the Dreadnought Galaxy. They are stationary enemies that fire lasers in a circular shockwave formation when approached, which will damage Mario or Luigi if he makes contact with them. They cannot be destroyed or stunned by any means.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

The platform planet on Grandmaster Galaxy
Mario approaching some Pulse Beams in the Grandmaster Galaxy

Pulse Beams reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, behaving identically to their first appearance, appearing in the Shiverburn Galaxy and the Grandmaster Galaxy. Unlike their debut appearance, this incarnation of them can be stopped by the Co-Star Luma but not destroyed.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

In Super Mario Odyssey, Pulse Beams were retooled with one spike instead of several and a black body instead of yellow. Unlike before, Pulse Beams do not pulsate automatically and must be activated by being hit with Cappy or enemies, such as Bullet Bills. Their electric rings can destroy some blocks and clear fog in Mario's path, but they also hurt him and any enemies they touch. Additionally, the rings can cause other Pulse Beams to be activated when collided with them, which in some cases can cause an infinite loop. They cannot be destroyed by any means.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/RingBeamer.arc RingBeamer Ring Beamer, the Japanese name
Super Mario Odyssey ObjectData/CapBeamer.szs CapBeamer Cap Beamer (several objects interactable with Cappy are prefixed "Cap")

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リングビーマー[4][5]
Ringu Bīmā
Ring Beamer

German Stachel-Laser
Sting Laser
Italian Robolaser[6]
Raggio pulsante[citation needed]
Sparalaser circolare
Pulsing beam
Ring Beam-shooter
Spanish (NOE) Robot Dispararrayos (Super Mario Galaxy)
Anillo Láser (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Beam-shooter Robot
Laser Ring


  1. ^ Walsh, Doug, and Epstein, Joe. Super Mario Odyssey Prima Official Guide. Page 25.
  2. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy entry on the official Mario Portal. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:09 UTC via archive.today.)
  3. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy 2 entry on the official Mario Portal. nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:46 UTC via archive.today.)
  4. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 128 and 161.
  5. ^ Super Mario Odyssey The Complete Guide. Kadokawa. 2017. p. 187.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 128