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A Petapeta from Super Mario Galaxy 2
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
A Petapeta seen in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Petapeta are enemies that appear in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are turquoise sack-like creatures with a pair of eyes resembling to those of a Blooper and legs with big gray feet. They commonly appear in places with sand, dirt or beaches, such as Deep Dark Galaxy or Starshine Beach Galaxy. They appear invisible, revealing only their footprints that leave over the soil, and run away from the player.

The Petapeta will only stop and reveal itself when Mario stands still, becoming invisible again if he moves. If Mario can successfully Spin at the spot where the Petapeta is, it becomes visible and remains dizzy for a few seconds. Mario can also toss a shell or a fireball at it, but the Petapeta can duck them. Once Mario defeats it, it gives twenty Star Bits.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Petapeta are rare, with only two of them appearing in Starshine Beach Galaxy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Petari[1]
Onomatopoeia of flat surface repeatedly slamming something, referring to the sandals hitting the ground as it escapes.
German Sternentasche Starbag


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (Petari)
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 128 and 161.