Star Rod (Paper Mario)
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The Star Rod is a magical rod that can make all wishes come true. According to Russ T., ancient magic created the Star Rod long ago. In the intro of Paper Mario, Bowser breaks into Star Haven, steals the Star Rod, and captures as well as imprisons the seven Star Spirits, triggering the events of the game. He then uses it to grant all his evil, selfish wishes.
When Bowser battles Mario after usurping Peach's Castle, he uses the Star Rod to make himself invincible so that Mario's attacks are ineffective against him, which in turn allows Bowser to easily defeat Mario. After being revived by the projections of the Star Spirits, Mario must embark on a quest to save each Star Spirit.
In the first of three rounds of the final battle against Bowser, the Koopa King uses the Star Rod to power himself up. Mario can use Star Beam, bestowed upon him after having rescued all seven Star Spirits, to counter the effects of the Star Rod.
In the final two rounds, Bowser is aided by Kammy Koopa, who activates the Power Platform to enhance his power so that when Bowser again uses the Star Rod to power himself up, Star Beam is unable to negate its effects anymore. With help from the Star Spirits, Princess Peach, and Twink, Star Beam is upgraded to Peach Beam, which is powerful enough to cancel the effects of the Star Rod once again. After Mario finally defeats Bowser, he takes back the Star Rod and subsequently returns it to the Star Spirits.
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