Bowser in the Sky

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Bowser in the Sky
Unlocked by Opening 70 Power Stars (80 in DS remake) Star Door.
Boss(es) Bowser
Mission(s) Super Mario 64
8 Red Coins

Super Mario 64 DS
8 Red Coins
Switch Star of Bowser in the Sky
Stars Super Mario 64:

Super Mario 64 DS:
Map of Bowser in the Sky in Super Mario 64 DS.

Bowser in the Sky is the final Bowser level in Super Mario 64 and the last one overall, in which Mario would travel through platforms in the sky until he reached a Warp Pipe leading to a final fight against Bowser to save Princess Peach and the Toads in Princess Peach's Castle. Mario would have to avoid enemies such as Chuckyas and Goombas. Bowser in the Sky is one of the hardest levels in the game and Mario will need seventy Power Stars (eighty in Super Mario 64 DS) to reach the top of the endless stairs or the staircase will repeat itself. There is, however, a glitch that can be used to get up the stairs without enough Power Stars by making Mario do a Backwards Long Jump (only found in the N64 and Virtual Console version).

An upper level, from the DS version.
Mario fighting Bowser in Super Mario 64.

The battle against Bowser is pretty similar to the last few fights, except for a few minor changes. Unlike the previous battles when the player had four mines (Eight in the remake), this battle has five. Bowser also adds some new twists. When Bowser slams the ground, shock waves will appear, and they'll damage Mario if he touches them. Bowser will also breathe fire that will spread all around the battlefield. The last difference is that Bowser has to take damage from three mines before admitting defeat. On a side note, when Bowser takes damage from two mines, he'll shake the battlefield, causing it to form a star-like shape; this makes the third throw require much more power and timing than the first two. Additionally, each time Bowser is damaged, it becomes easier for Mario to grab Bowser's tail without having to bait him into performing the charge attack.

Bowser in the Sky is one of only three levels in Super Mario 64 DS that only one certain character can access, as Bowser will only allow Mario to enter this level. The others being Chief Chilly Challenge for Luigi and The Secret Under the Moat for Wario.


Star 1

Map of the battle area.
The same fight, as seen in Super Mario 64 DS.

As with the previous Bowser levels, a Power Star can be obtained by collecting the eight Red Coins found throughout the level. The Power Star will then appear behind the Warp Pipe that leads to Bowser.

Star 2 (DS only)

Below the first set of platforms that rotate much like a Ferris wheel is a large stone platform. At one end is a Star Switch. Upon pressing it, the player must backtrack a fair bit in order to collect the Power Star.


  • The statues before the pipe at the end of the level show a depiction of Mario jumping over a Fireball near Bowser, in the old Super Mario Bros. style.[1]
  • Like the other Bowser trap stars, the secret stars in this level are shown under the "Castle Secret Star" count.

Enemies Encountered

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese てんくうのたたかい!
Tenkū no Tatakai!
Sky Battle!
French Bowser des cieux Bowser of the skies
German Bowsers Luftschloss Bowser's Aircastle
Italian Bowser nel Cielo (64)
Bowser in Cielo (DS)
Bowser in the Sky
Korean 천공의대결
Sky Battle!
Portuguese Bowser no céu Bowser in the sky


  • In Super Mario 64 DS, this course can only be accessed as Mario however a glitch on the stairs can be preformed to allow access as anyone. It also allows you to finish the game with as few as 50 Stars. Go to the second stair, face the corner, charge up a run, and slide kick into the corner. If it fails, you will lose a life but if it all goes well, you will get shot into the sky and from there guide the character to the top of the Endless Stairs. After beating Bowser, the credits will have some odd side effects (which involve the character you used being present in the scenes) and after Rainbow Ride's scene, you lose a life and some of the game's sound effects are gone. You can also save your game after this. Also, due to a scene in the credits, the Submarine in Dire, Dire Docks is also back however due to this, the door to the upper floor is locked again. This can be fixed by beating Bowser in the Fire Sea again. More information on this glitch can be found on the video below.