Star Beam

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Paper Mario move
Star Beam
Star Beam
Mastered by Mario/Star Spirits
Rank N/A
Effect Breaks Bowser's Star Rod invincibility
Target All
Attack Power 0
“If you use this power, you can drain the power of the Star Rod whenever Bowser uses it.”
Eldstar, Paper Mario

Star Beam is a move that can be performed by all seven Star Spirits in Paper Mario. It is bestowed on Mario when he arrives at the sanctuary of Star Haven after having rescued Kalmar. Although this is not mentioned anywhere, Star Beam can be used to remove any positive status effects placed on enemies, such as the ones bestowed by Magikoopas (including Electrified, Invisible, and attack or defense boosts). It is essential during the first of three rounds of the final battle with Bowser, where Mario must use it to counter the effects of the Star Rod that the Koopa King powers himself up with. However, Bowser later uses the Star Rod while fighting Mario on the Power Platform, constructed and activated by Kammy Koopa, to become strong enough that even the Star Beam is unable to work against the Star Rod, after which Mario's active partner will remark about Star Beam's ineffectiveness:

  • Goombario: "Oh, we're hurting, Mario! The Star Beam doesn't work!"
  • Kooper: "Oh no, Mario! The Star Beam isn't working!"
  • Bombette: "What's the matter? Why won't the Star Beam work?"
  • Parakarry: "Uh-oh, this is a problem! The Star Beam's ineffective!"
  • Lady Bow: "Well, don't just stand there staring at the sky, Mario! The Star Beam doesn't work! Think of something!"
  • Watt: "Oh no!! We're in trouble! The Star Beam doesn't work? Oh, that bad monster is gonna beat us up now for sure..."
  • Sushie: "Oh, this is no good! The Star Beam doesn't work! What'll we do, Mario!?"
  • Lakilester: "Oh man, just what we need!! The Star Beam's broken! What're we gonna do, man?"

With help from Twink and Princess Peach, Star Beam is upgraded to Peach Beam, which is strong enough to nullify the effects of the Star Rod again.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スターフラッシュ[1]
Sutā Furasshu
Star Flash

Chinese 星之射线
Xīng zhī Shèxiàn
Star Ray

German Sternenstrahl
Star Beam
Spanish Rayo Estelar
Star Beam


  1. ^ "Paper Mario: From Japanese to English". (June 17, 2013). The Mushroom Kingdom. Retrieved February 4, 2015.