Artwork of the Star Rod from Nightmare in Dream Land.
|Article on Wikirby||Star Rod|
|“||With the A Button and the Control Stick, you can shoot 20 stars at your opponents. This can also be used as a Clobbering Item.||”|
|—Super Smash Bros. instruction manual|
The Star Rod (スターロッド, Star Rod) is an item that has appeared in all five Super Smash Bros. games. Originating from the Kirby universe, the Star Rod acts as an unusual combination of both battering and projectile items.
The Star Rod has so far only appeared in Kirby's Adventure and its remake Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, though it did make a brief cameo in Kirby Super Star. In its original appearance, the Star Rod acts as the primary power source of the Fountain of Dreams, and without it, people are unable to properly sleep or dream. Although initially broken into seven shards by King Dedede, Kirby restores the Star Rod, only to discover that Dedede had shattered the Star Rod in order to prevent the main villain of the game, Nightmare, from taking over the Fountain of Dreams; directly after this, Kirby is then tasked with using the Star Rod in order to defeat Nightmare, which he successfully performs.
As a weapon in Kirby's Adventure, Kirby is officially stated to have the "Star Rod" Copy Ability, though Kirby does not need to actually swallow the object to gain the ability. While wielding the Star Rod, Kirby is not only able to utilize the Star Rod as a battering item not unlike Sword Kirby, but also as a projectile weapon that shoots stars, similar to Laser Kirby.
As a battering item, combatants can use the Star Rod to directly hit opponents up close. Using either smash attacks or tilts, however, cause the Star Rod to shoot out long-range stars that can hit opponents from a distance; in close ranges, a direct hit from the Star Rod can potentially hit opponents directly into the resultant star. Particularly powerful variants are found with the forward smashes of Captain Falcon, Marth, Sheik, Pit and Ike; due to their non-standard forward smash animations with items, the five can fire off more than one shot at a time with a single smash attack, with Falcon's attacks shooting off 5 stars and Sheik's firing off 2 stars. The item, however, has only sixteen stars, and using either of the two aforementioned characters can cause the item to quickly deplete its ammunition. This mechanic has been removed in Super Smash Bros. 4.
If the Star Rod runs out of stars to shoot, combatants can still use it to directly hit opponents. A more practical option, however, is to throw the item towards enemies; the Star Rod, when thrown, deals powerful semi-spike knockback, which can potentially gimp recoveries or act as a general KO move. A thrown Star Rod cannot be powershielded. When a thrown Star Rod gets reflected, it does not travel far enough to hit the original attacker, unless they are close enough to the reflector's user.
In Brawl, the momentum of a projectile will affect the damage a character will receive; these are recorded in bounces.
|Forward smash star projectile||12%||12%||8%||N/A||N/A|
|Standard attack (Ice Climbers one Star Rod)||N/A||10%||12%(10%+2%)||N/A||N/A|
|Standard attack (Ice Climbers two Star Rods)||N/A||19%||20%(10%+10%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward tilt (Pit)||N/A||N/A||17%(4%+13%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward tilt (Ice Climbers one Star Rod)||N/A||21%||20%(13%+7%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward tilt (Ice Climbers two Star Rods)||N/A||40%||26%(13%+13%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (charged)||N/A||36%||25%||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Marth)||N/A||28%||23%(5%+18%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Marth charged)||N/A||34%||32%(7%+25%||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Captain Falcon)||30%||20%(10%+10%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Captain Falcon charged)||N/A||29%||28%(14%+14%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Sheik)||N/A||39%||36%(18%+18%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Sheik charged)||N/A||45%||50%(25%+25%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Pit)||N/A||N/A||25%(7%+18%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Pit charged)||N/A||N/A||35%(9%+26%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Ike)||N/A||N/A||26%(18%+8%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Ike charged)||N/A||N/A||36%(25%+11%||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Ice Climbers one Star Rod)||N/A||30%||27%(18%+9%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Ice Climbers one Star Rod charged)||N/A||36%||39%(25%+14%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Ice Climbers two Star Rods)||N/A||57%||36%(18%+18%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward smash (Ice Climbers two Star Rods charged)||N/A||69%||50%(25%+25%)||N/A||N/A|
|Forward tilt throw||11%||13%||13%||10%||8%|
|Up tilt throw||12%||9%||12%-14%||9%||6%|
|Down tilt throw||9%||15%||14%||10%||6%|
|Forward smash throw||15%||16%||16%||12%||10%|
|Up smash throw||15%||12%||17%||12%||10%|
|Down smash throw||9%||19%||14%||10%||6%|
|Aerial forward tilt throw||13%||14%||13%||10%||8%|
|Aerial up tilt throw||15%||12%||12%||8%||6%|
|Aerial down tilt throw||14%||15%||12%||8%||4%|
|Aerial forward smash throw||16%||14%||13%-15%||10%||7%|
|Aerial up smash throw||16%||12%||12%-14%||8%||4%|
|Aerial down smash throw||16%||15%||12%||9%||7%|
- Note Captain Falcon's smash attacks with the Star Rod are only 10% instead of 18% in Brawl.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Star Rod
- This magic wand holds 16 star shots and sends foes flying at a low angle when thrown. It's most powerful when Captain Falcon or Sheik performs a Smash Attack while holding it. In Kirby's Adventure, the Star Rod is the secret power behind the Fountain of Dreams. King Dedede steals the Star Rod in order to seal away the nasty Cloaked Nightmare.
- Kirby's Adventure (5/93)
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Star Rod
- A magic wand. Perform a standard attack with it, and it's a battering weapon. Perform a strong or smash attack, and it fires a barrage of star shots. Throw it at a foe, and that opponent will get sent flying sideways. In the Kirby series, the Star Rod is the power source of the Fountain of Dreams. King Dedede once stole it to imprison the Nightmare Wizard.
- : Kirby's Adventure
- : Kirby Super Star
- : Kirby's Adventure
- : Kirby's Fun Pak
In Super Smash Bros. 4
- Star Rod
- Swung normally, this item will deal a regular physical attack. But if you charge up the blow, it becomes a magic wand that launches stars! The Star Rod is the source of power for the Fountain of Dreams in Kirby's Adventure. Using the rod, Kirby was able to defeat Nightmare.
- : Kirby's Adventure (05/1993)
- : Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (12/2002)
- Attack normally and you may as well just be swinging any old stick around, but if you deliver a hefty blow with it, this magic wand will launch a shooting star! The Star Rod powers the Fountain of Dreams, and Kirby once used it to defeat the evil Nightmare when he appeared from the fountain in Kirby's Adventure.
- : Kirby's Adventure (12/1993)
- : Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (09/2003)
The Star Rod also appears as an Ace-class support spirit.
In Adventure Mode: World of Light, the Star Rod is presumably one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. The Star Rod's spirit is located in the lake section of The Light Realm.
The Spirit Battle for Star Rod uses an army of Kirby puppet fighters starting off with a Star Rod and is fought on the Fountain of Dreams stage.
|327||Star Rod||★★★||2||First-Strike Advantage||Kirby Series|
Equipping the MC Ballyhoo & Big Top, Serena, or Tomatrio support spirits will give the player a Star Rod at a start of their stock.
|128||MC Ballyhoo & Big Top||★||1||Star Rod Equipped||Mario Party Series|
|859||Serena||★||1||Star Rod Equipped||Animal Crossing Series|
|1,180||Tomatrio||★||1||Star Rod Equipped||Tomato Adventure|
Ness shooting the projectile from the Star Rod in Smash 64
Names in other languages
- When shooting a star (whether charged on not) into a small upward slope (like the slight slopes on Battleship Halberd's main platform) the star will hit the slope, spin in place for a second, and then disappear.
- In Ultimate, Zero Suit Samus does not vibrate in place when charging a smash attack with the Star Rod. This also happens to Byleth when charging a smash attack with the Death's Scythe.
|Items in Super Smash Bros. (64)|
|Normal||Beam Sword · Bob-omb · Bumper · Fan · Fire Flower · Green Shell · Hammer · Heart Container · Home-Run Bat · Maxim Tomato · Motion-Sensor Bomb · Poké Ball · Ray Gun · Red Shell · Star Rod · Starman|
|Containers||Barrel · Capsule · Crate · Egg|
|Items in Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|Normal||Barrel Cannon · Beam Sword · Bob-omb · Bunny Hood · Cloaking Device · Fan · Fire Flower · Flipper · Food · Freezie · Green Shell · Hammer · Heart Container · Home-Run Bat · Lip's Stick · Maxim Tomato · Metal Box · Motion-Sensor Bomb · Mr. Saturn · Parasol · Poison Mushroom · Poké Ball · Ray Gun · Red Shell · Screw Attack · Star Rod · Starman · Super Mushroom · Super Scope · Warp Star|
|Containers||Barrel · Capsule · Crate · Egg · Party Ball|
|Items in Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|Normal||Assist Trophy · Banana Peel · Beam Sword · Blast Box · Bob-omb · Bumper · Bunny Hood · Cracker Launcher · Deku Nut · Dragoon · Fan · Fire Flower · Food · Franklin Badge · Freezie · Golden Hammer · Gooey Bomb · Green Shell · Hammer · Heart Container · Home-Run Bat · Hothead · Lightning Bolt · Lip's Stick · Maxim Tomato · Metal Box · Motion-Sensor Bomb · Mr. Saturn · Pitfall · Poison Mushroom · Poké Ball · Ray Gun · Screw Attack · Smart Bomb · Smash Ball · Smoke Ball · Soccer Ball · Spring · Star Rod · Starman · Super Mushroom · Super Scope · Superspicy Curry · Team Healer · Timer · Unira · Warp Star|
|Containers||Barrel · Capsule · Crate · Party Ball · Sandbag · Rolling Crates|
|Key · Stock Ball · Trophy Stand|
|Collectibles||CD · Coins · Sticker · Trophy|
|Other||Smash Coins and Bills|
|Fighters||Kirby (SSB · SSBM · SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU) · Meta Knight (SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU) · King Dedede (SSBB · SSB4 · SSBU)|
|Assist Trophies||Knuckle Joe · Nightmare · Chef Kawasaki|
|Bosses||Giant Kirby · Marx|
|Stages||Dream Land · Fountain of Dreams · Green Greens · Halberd · Dream Land GB · The Great Cave Offensive|
|Items||Maxim Tomato · Star Rod · Parasol · Warp Star · Apple · Dragoon · Superspicy Curry · Bomber|
|Enemies||Bonkers · Bronto Burt · Gordo · Parasol Waddle Dee · Plasma Wisp · Shotzo · Tac · Waddle Dee · Waddle Doo|
|Other||Gourmet Race · Whispy Woods|
|Trophies, Stickers and Spirits||Trophies (SSBM · SSBB · SSB4) · Stickers · Spirits|
|Music||Brawl · SSB4 · Ultimate|
|Masterpieces||Kirby's Dream Land · Kirby's Adventure · Kirby Super Star|