Super Mario 3D World Stars and Stamps guide: How to get all 380 Green Stars and 85 Stamps

World 5 — (31 Stars, 8 Stamps)

Super Mario 3D World Mario throwing a Bob-omb at a bunch of purple brick blocks (Image credit: iMore)

There are so many fun locations to discover as you make your way through World 5. Here's what you need to know to be able to pick up all 31 Stars and 8 Stamps in this location.

World 5-1: Sunshine Seaside (3 Stars, 1 Stamp)

Star 1: Jump on one of the green Koopa's backs and then steal its shell. Throw the shell at the third sand Goomba to unearth your first Green Star.

Star 2: On the right side of the beach, there's a small hill with two green Koopas on it. Head into the water from this location and you'll find a pipe underwater. Enter it. You'll need to touch all of the Color Panels in the room to unlock the second Green Star.

Star 3: Go to the far right of the beach and you'll see an opening in the wall. Either jump on a friend's head or on an enemy's head to get in there. Captain Toad is being chased by Biddybuds. Destroy them all and Captain Toad will give you a Green Star.

Stamp: To get this Star, you'll need to collect all five of the Key Coins scattered around the area to unlock the Warp Box. Here's where you'll find them all:

  • Key Coin 1: You'll find this first one on the far side of the pier where the eight Biddybuds are moving back and forth.
  • Key Coin 2: Head right and you'll see two palm trees with a clear pipe in the center. Jump in the clear pipe and shoot yourself skyward. A Key Coin is waiting for you up here.
  • Key Coin 3: Go right and climb to the top of the second palm tree you see. A Key Coin is in the canopy.
  • Key Coin 4: On the right side of the beach, there's a small hill with two green Koopas on it. Drop into the ocean and then come towards the hill. There's a cave under the hill that hides a Key Coin at the end of it.
  • Key Coin 5: See the Red Ring near the clear pipes? Go through it and then collect all of the Red Coins to earn a Boomerang Flower. Now use your Boomerang to easily get rid of the Chargin' Chucks huddle together in front of the Bowser sand sculpture.

Now that the Warp Box is unlocked, jump into it and get on Plessie's back. Ride along the waterway until near the very end where you see three raised wooden platforms on the right. Bounce along these instead of riding in the water and you'll grab the Stamp on the last platform before reaching the end.

World 5-2: Tricky Trapeze Theater (3 Stars, 1 Stamp)

Star 1: Make your way along the course, dodging enemies and swinging on trapezes, until you reach the colorful platform with the spiked roller on it. Jump up on the left side and you'll find a hidden cloud platform that allows you to reach an area with a Green Star. If you have a Super Bell, use it to climb up the wall and get the Star.

Star 2: Continue right until you see the Piranha Plant roulette wheel. Go to the right of the wheel and enter the green pipe. Now jump on the P Switch and collect all of the Blue Coins before they disappear to unlock a Star.

Stamp: Bounce your way to the ledge above the Piranha Plant roulette wheel and head left on the steps to get a Stamp.

Star 3: Continue through the Clear Pipe Cannon and you'll be brought to a place with a Green Star Ring. Jump through it and then use the glowing trapeze swings to collect 8 Stars and unlock a Green Star.

World 5-3: Backstreet Bustle (3 Stars, 1 Stamp)

You'll need to have gathered 80 Green Stars in order to unlock this course.

Star 1: Immediately when you arrive in the level, head left and you'll see an area on the floor where the tile is broken. Ground pound on it to get this Star.

Stamp: You'll need to play as Toad to get this Stamp. Make your way to the back right corner of the room where the Fire Piranha plant is and have Toad jump on the blue button to get this Stamp.

Star 2: This level is pretty easy if you've got four players. However, if you have less than that, you'll need to get help with Double Cherries. Go back to the starting area and hit the ? Block to get a Double Cherry. Use the 2 Platform to ride to the next area. Head right and hit the three ? Blocks to get another Double Cherry. Now hit the three ? Blocks on the left to get another. Stand on the 4 platform and ride up to get the second Green Star.

Star 3: Simply fall down on the platform below to get the last Green Star before heading to the flagpole.

World 5-4: Sprawling Savanna (3 Stars, 1 Stamp)

Star 1: When you first arrive, you'll see an Ant Trooper carrying a Super Bell behind. Use it if someone on your team isn't already a cat, then hit the ? Block right when the Ant Trooper walks over it to obtain the power-up. Now head right and up the cliff. Instead of entering the Clear Pipe Cannon, someone who's turned into a cat needs to climb up into the alcove on the left to snag the Green Star. You can also try jumping on someone's head to try and reach it.

Star 2: Once you reach the checkpoint flag, you'll find yourself on a large open plane or savanna with a group of rabbits to your left. Chase down the one that's glowing green to get your second Star.

Stamp: Head towards the raised cliffs in the distance and you'll eventually notice a line of ants falling into a hole. Wait for the right moments and drop into the hole. Grab the Stamp on the Big Ant Trooper's back.

Star 3: Continue up the distant cliff using the Clear Pipe Cannons and you'll see two rotating platforms with a Green Star Ring. Jump through the ring and then collect the coins to get your last Star.

World 5-5: Bob-ombs Below (3 Stars, 1 Stamp)

Star 1: Move right until you see that stack of Goombas with a bunch of purple brick blocks behind them. Grab a Bob-omb and throw it at the wall to reveal a Green Star. You can also cat-slash at these bricks with the help of a Super Bell.

Star 2: Move down the course until your reach a ring-shaped platform with a rabbit on it. Chase the rabbit down to get your second Green Star.

Stamp: Just after the area with the rabbit, you'll see another area that's been walled off with purple brick blocks. Grab a Bob-omb and throw it at the wall. Then go behind the wall a ways to grab your Stamp.

Star 3: As you continue along the course, you'll eventually see a Clear Pipe that moves past a Cloud Cannon. Ride the pipe and then press down to enter the middle pipe area. This will launch you into the clouds and onto an 8-bit Mario. Step on all of the Color Tiles to unlock your Green Star.

World 5-6: Cakewalk Flip (3 Stars, 1 Stamp)

Star 1: This course is filled with Red-Blue Panels which flip to the other side whenever a player jumps. If you're playing with others, you and your friends will need to coordinate when to jump in order to safely make it across. When getting a Star on a Red-Blue Panel, I suggest assigning one person to the task while everyone else stays still on a secure platform. The first Green Star is on the top right of the second set of Red-Blue Panels.

Star 2: When you get to the area where Ring Burners are producing an overlapping set of plasma waves, use a power-up of some sort to kill the Piranha Plant and then jump down into its green pipe. Step on the P Switch to release a green ball and then jump accordingly to make the Red-Blue Panels rotate and guide the ball to the P Panel on the bottom left. You'll get a Green Star for successfully doing this.

Stamp: Above the area where you got the second Green Star, you'll see a 2 Platform. Have to players stand on it to get the Stamp. If you're playing solo, you must grab the Double Cherry that's in the ? Block above the level's first Ring Burner and then maintained your clone for most of the course to get this Stamp.

Star 3: Jump your way over to the Green Star Ring past the next Ring Burner and then carefully collect the Green Coins to get a Star. Once more, this is trickier to do if more people are playing and jumping around. Note that Green Coins can only be found on the blue side of the Red-Blue Panels.

World 5-7: Searchlight Sneak (3 Stars, 1 Stamp)

Star 1: Defeat the Hop-Chops you encounter until you find one that turns into a Springboard. Now pick it up and carry it with you. Put it down in front of the middle cannon on the third level with a spotlight and then jump on it to reach the Green Star.

Stamp: Head past the checkpoint and then jump on top of the next set of blocks to grab the Stamp.

Star 2: Make your way along the wall until you reach an area with cracks and pink light coming through. Get the Cat Bonzai Bills to crash into this area and then enter the Warp Box. Carefully make your way up the steps and grab the Green Star.

Star 3: Keep moving up the wall until you reach the area with the Green Star surrounded by blocks. Get the Cat Bonzai Bills to crash into the blocks until there's an opening for you to reach the Star.

World 5-Castle: King Ka-thunk's Castle (3 Stars, 1 Stamp)

Star 1: Make your way along the course until you get to the Green Star Ring. Activate it and then collect the eight Green Coins to get your first Star.

Stamp: Pass the checkpoint flag and then run through the Ka-thunk gauntlet without getting hurt. Grab a power-up from the ? Blocks on the right and then continue past the first rolling Ka-thunk. Now climb up the wall as a cat and grab your Stamp.

Star 2: A Green Star can be found floating in the center of the third rolling Ka-Thunk's squares. Wait for it to roll in front of you and then snag it.

Star 3: Near the end of this first area, you'll see a Warp Box. Before entering it, use a Super Bell to climb up the wall on the left and grab the third Green Star.

Boss: Whenever you run in front of King Ka-thunk, he will try to flatten you. Make him fall on his face and then jump on the white X on his backside. Do this three times to defeat him.

World 5-A: Chargin' Chuck Blockade is Back (1 Star)

Star 1: Defeat all five Chargin' Chucks to get this Star. It can be easier to do if you have a Super Bell or Fire Flower. Otherwise, ground pound on their heads to dispose of them quickly.

World 5-B: Fire Bros. Hideout #2 (1 Star)

Star 1: You'll see a stack of Goombas with a Fire Bros. on top. You'll need to defeat them to get the Green Star. You can either do this by riding up the stone pillar and jumping on them or by using a Fire Flower, Super Bell, Boomerang Flower, or Super Leaf power-up to attack them from ground level.

World 5-Toad: Captain Toad Plays Peek-a-boo (5 Stars)

Star 1: Enter the purple door and walk onto the Touchstone and then activate it to raise Captain Toad up. Quickly walk along the falling Donut Blocks and grab the Star.

Star 2: Continue around the corner and enter the second purple door to the left. Now walk right and get the Star.

Star 3: Move right and enter the purple door. This will drop you off on the ledge above. Move left and drop off the small ledge. Go around the corner and activate the Touchstone. Walk past it and make your way onto the next Touchstone. Activate them to make your way up. Now head left along the planks. When you're on the next Touchstone, activate it and it will bring you to the third Green Star.

Star 4: Go back on the nearby Touchstone and ride it back to where it was before. Now walk straight in and head towards the circle of Peepas. Wait for the proper opening to get in the center and grab the Star.

Star 5: Now wait for the proper opening and leave the Peepa circle by heading up the purple ramp. Move along the Donut Blocks. When you're on the last one, stay on it and let it drop you down on the platform beneath to get the last Green Star.

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