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Sprite of a Starkiss from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Notable members

Starkisses are a type of starfish which are fought during Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. They are orange and are capable of standing upright. Starkisses are found in the Seabed. They attack by blowing a kiss at Mario and Luigi, which takes the form of a small heart. If a Starkiss folds its arms and head inward before performing this attack, it is targeting Luigi; if it instead tilts its body back and forth, the target is Mario. The heart travels slowly toward either brother, its path curving along the way. Mario and Luigi must Jump on it to counter the attack. If hit, the brother takes minimal damage, but there is a small chance the kiss will poison the target or affect his attack power, defense, or speed.

In Gwarhar Lagoon, after Mario and Luigi defeat Hermie III and take the Beanstar, they encounter a friendly pink (red in the remake) Starkiss named Spangle. Spangle requests them to find him a stage to perform on. Mario and Luigi give Spangle to Hermie III in place of the Beanstar they have taken, and Hermie III, grateful, rewards them with a Soulful Bros. badge.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Starkisses appear as enemies in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. They are ranged troopers, and they attack by spitting hearts at the minions. Their special skill, Spitfire Fury, allows them to spit multiple hearts at an enemy. They are light enemies, causing them to have high speed. Two Starkisses appear as part of the Star Angels group during Wendy's cutie battle contest, along with Spangle and Starlow.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga enemy
A Starkiss from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. HP 30 POW 76 Defense 70 (50)
Speed 100 Experience 58 (50) Coins 1 (6)
Location Seabed, Gwarhar Lagoon Jump Normal Hammer Normal
Hand Normal Fire Normal Thunder Heal
Stat down? 100% Stun? 0% Burn? 30%
Level 26 (23) Role Common Item drop None – 0%
Hand Aura – 25.81% (32.26%)
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions enemy
Sprite of a Starkiss from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. HP 58 POW 85 DEF 72 SPEED 90 Experience 60
Fire Critical Thunder Heal Jump Normal Hammer Weak Coins 15
Stat down 0% Dizzy 0% Burn 30% Speed down 0% Item drop Super Syrup (18%)
Hand Aura (11%)
Hand Aura (20%)
Level           23 Location(s) Seabed, Gwarhar Lagoon
  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: Love hurts, and so do those hearts they spit out! Their bodies are among the lightest in the kingdom.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スタちゅー
From "star" and「ちゅう」(chū, onomatopoeia for kissing)

Chinese 星之吻
Xīng zhī Wěn
Star's Kiss

French Bisestar
Portmanteau of "bise" (kiss) and "star"
German Bussi
A dialectal word meaning "kiss"
Italian Cuorstella
Portmanteau of "cuore" (heart) and "stella" (star)
Korean 스타쪽쪽
From "star" and "쪽쪽" (jjok-jjok, onomatopoeia for kissing)

Spanish Estrellita Amó
From "estrella" (star) and the diminutive suffix "-ita" + corruption of "amor" (love)