Super Mario 3D All-Stars: How to find all 120 Stars in Super Mario 64

Course 9: Dire, Dire Docks

Super Mario 64 Dire Dire Docks

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Dire, Dire Docks is accessed from the castle's basement. There's a double door down there with a large Star on it. If you've collected 31 Power Stars, it will open revealing a hallway that ends in a blue portal. Jump into the portal to begin the course.

Can't figure out how to get one of the Dire, Dire Docks Stars? We've got you covered.

Star 1: Board Bowser's Sub

After landing in the water, dive down to the cave and then swim up when you see the yellow arrow. Now swim down when you see the next arrow. You'll come out into a small pool with a submarine in it. Head to the surface.

Jump onto the platform on the side of the room and then step on the Purple ! Button. This will make a temporary bridge appear between yourself and the submarine. Jump from the bridge to the sub before time runs out and collect the Star that's waiting for you.

Star 2: Chests in the Current

Dive down to the bottom of the sea and interact with the treasure chests in this order: Right of the cave, middle of the cave, left of the cave, middle of the seafloor. Then collect the Star that appears.

Star 3: Pole-Jumping for Red Coins

You'll need to collect all of the Red Coins at Dire, Dire Docks to get this Star.

Dive down into the cave and make your way to the area the previously held Bowser's submarine. Now make your way onto a platform and step on the Purple ! Button. A bridge will appear allowing you to jump onto the floating platforms. Jump from one pole to another collecting Red Coins along the way. They will all be in plain sight and accessible via this route.

Upon collecting all of the Red Coins, the Star will appear on one of the platforms. If you need to, head back down to the Purple ! Button and make your way to the Star using the bridge, platforms, and poles.

Star 4: Through the Jet Stream

Once more dive into the cave and make your way to where Bowser's sub once docked. You'll notice that there's a grate on the ocean floor that has bubbles and blue rings coming out of it. Swim into this stream until it counts to five. This will make a Star appear. To get it, head to the surface and head to the Green ! Block.

Hit the Block to turn into Metal Mario and then walk over to the Star on the grate.

Star 5: The Manta Ray's Reward

Dive down into the waters as soon as you enter the level. There's a Manta Ray swimming around here. Chase behind it and swim through five blue rings in quick succession to make this Star appear above the jet stream.

Star 6: Collect the Caps

Dive into the water and make your way to the area where Bowser's sub used to be. Jump on the far platform and then hit the Blue ! Block to get a Vanish Cap and become transparent. Now run through the red barrier and hit the Green ! Block. This will make you both intangible and metal for a short amount of time. Quickly dive into the water and make your way to the caged Star before your powers go away.

Star 7: 100 Coin Power Star

Here's how to collect 100 Coins at Dire, Dire Docks.

  • Dive straight down when you enter the level and you'll see two stacks of vertical Coins on your right side, giving you 10 Coins total.
  • There are a few scattered Coins along the ocean floor just as you enter the level.
  • There are three rings of Coins as you head into the cave, adding 24 Coins to your total.
  • Head back into the area that once held Bowser's sub. You'll find multiple stacks of verticle Coins in the depths as you swim around.
  • A ring of eight Coins is located on the ocean floor at the opposite end of the cave.
  • Collecting the 8 Red Coins is a fast way to get 16 Coins.
  • There are five Coins on the platform near the Purple ! Button in the room where Bowser's sub used to be docked.
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