Star Bunny

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Not to be confused with Alien Bunny.
Star Bunny
Star Bunny from Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2
Artwork of a Star Bunny from Super Mario Galaxy.
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“STAR Festival? STAR bunnies? Yes, I'm sensing a connection here.”
Star Bunny, Super Mario Galaxy

Star Bunnies are a type of rabbit found in the Wii games Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Some Star Bunnies are actually Lumas that have transformed into Star Bunnies; these can be told apart from the "real" Star Bunnies due to the "real" ones wearing vests, which the Lumas' version lacks. As seen when they are first encountered, the transformation is two-way and reversible. Star Bunnies appear throughout the galaxies, and they most often need to be caught in a game of hide-and-seek. The "real" ones usually end their sentences with "boiyoing."


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario chasing bunnies on the Snow Cap Galaxy
Mario ready to play the Star Bunnies' game for a Power Star.

Some Star Bunnies appear in Super Mario Galaxy. They appear in a few levels as playful rabbits with the ability to speak and they try to get Mario to play a game with them, usually simply involving chasing one down. However, the three Lumas-turned-bunnies in the Gateway Galaxy instead ask him to play Hide and Seek with them, in which their hiding spots can be found by the echoing bouncing noises surrounding their hiding spots. Similarly, the three in the Snow Cap Galaxy ask him to play "Chase," which works similar, but with a time limit and without the bouncing sound. In both cases, after they are found, they must be chased down afterwards. In other levels, the bunnies appear simply as characters for Mario to talk to, typically giving hints on jumping techniques or finding Star Chips. If Mario catches all of the fleeing bunnies in a level, Mario will get a Power Star, with the exception of the Lumas-turned-bunnies, who introduce him to Rosalina. In this game their homes seem to be the Gusty Garden and Gold Leaf Galaxies.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A letter from Star Bunny

Star Bunnies appear again in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are first encountered in the Flip-Swap Galaxy, where a blue Star Bunny teaches Mario how to traverse the galaxy's obstacles. They later appear in larger numbers in the Freezy Flake Galaxy, where some local Star Bunnies are frightened of the numerous snow sculptures in the shape of Bowser and his Goombas that have been appearing all over their galaxy. Star Bunnies are also one of the many species that can be found on Starship Mario after completing the Think Before You Shake mission in the Flip-Swap Galaxy. In the Cosmic Cove Galaxy, Mario must catch a Star Bunny which will give him a Power Star after he is caught like in the first game.

Mario Party 10[edit]

In Mario Party 10, two Star Bunnies can be seen revolving around a carousel-like platform by the Event Space on the left side of the Rosalina Board.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a blue Star Bunny makes a cameo appearance in the Starship Mario spirit.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Star Bunnies appear in Dr. Mario World as obtainable assistants. They also appear in the background of World 8 when an area has been cleared, and can be obtained as assistants after clearing the first area in World 8. In stage mode, their effect is to potentially transform the next rainbow capsule so that it becomes full-sized whenever the rainbow meter is filled, and can be activated again when the condition is met again. In versus mode, its effect is to grant a chance that the next capsule is a rainbow capsule every time the opponent attacks.


Blue Star Bunny art
Artwork of a blue Star Bunny.

Star Bunnies are small rabbits with a yellow or blue star-shaped tip to both of their ears. Their fur can be either light brown or white, and their tail is the same color as their ears. In both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, most real Star Bunnies wear Toad vests matching their ear color. The ones that the player must chase in the Gusty Garden, Gold Leaf, Snow Cap, and Cosmic Cove Galaxies lack vests, but are implied to be actual Star Bunnies nonetheless by their usage of "boiyoing" and by what other Star Bunnies say.

The Luma version of Star Bunnies lacks a vest entirely, while the ear and tail color match whatever the Luma's color was; two yellow Lumas, as well as the cream-colored Baby Luma that goes on to accompany Mario are the only Lumas to be seen as Star Bunnies, and they have yellow and cream features, respectively.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 30%/40%/50%/60%/70% chance of full-size rainbow capsules when the rainbow meter fills."
  • Stage mode (Prior to version 2.3.0): "Grants 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% chance of full-size rainbow capsules when the rainbow meter fills."
  • Versus mode: "If opponent attacks grants 30%/40%/50%/60%/70% chance the next capsule will be a rainbow capsule."



Concept art[edit]

Sprites and models[edit]

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/MoonRabbit.arc MoonRabbit Moon Rabbit

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 星ウサギ
Hoshi Usagi
Star Rabbit

Chinese 星星兔
Xīngxīng Tù
Star Rabbit

French Lapin stellaire
Stellar Rabbit
German Sternenhase
Star Rabbit
Italian Astroniglio
From astro and coniglio (rabbit)
Korean 스타토끼
Sta Tokki
Star Rabbit

Portuguese Coelho estelar
Stellar Rabbit
Spanish Conejo estelar
Stellar Rabbit