Top 10 Hardest Super Mario 64 Stars

Though some of the stars in Super Mario 64 aren't too difficult to get. Many; however, can be a real pain to get if you're not a skilled gamer: stars that are either really hard to get to, have you collecting red coins without dying, or completing specific tasks.
The Top Ten
1 Wing Mario Over the Rainbow - Secret Star

The only saving grace is that you don't lose a life upon falling out of the stage, but it still becomes miserable getting back up there.

During my first 120 Star playthrough, I spent an attempt to talk to the Bob-Omb Buddy, then on my next attempt, I took the higher cannon to get to the top cloud. Then I worked downwards from there. If you do it right, you'll get the last coin at the cannon island on the bottom of the stage. Then you can just blast back to the first island.

2 Stomp on the Whomp - Tick Tock Clock

Making it to the top of the clock is a chore as if you fall down you could wither die or land all the way to the bottom and have to make your way all the way back up.

THe fact is, you have to make all the way up Tick-Tock Terror, AND this level REQUIRES some form of clock motion to be able to reach the Thwomp.

3 Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Rainbow Ride

Same as with the Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow star only you use a cannon to get to it which could be tricky if your aim is off you die and also finding the pink bob-omb to activate the cannon is very difficult.

4 Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow - Rainbow Ride

Getting to the ship can be very tricky and its easy to fall to your death.

5 Red Coin Star - Bowser in the Sky

This star is not hard. I feel like people only put this here because of the coin under the stairs. Now I understand my mother's strategy to always explore everything she sees.

Two of the red coins are in very well hidden that you could actually miss them if you don't watch carefully.

Hard enough level without the completely off path reds forcing you to repeat platforming.

6 Blast to the Lonely Mushroom - Tall Tall Mountain

People think the star is easy since they can use a Fly Guy or jump from the mountain, but the intended way is to talk to a Pink Bob-Omb tucked out of view, teleport on a tiny mushroom, then hug the wall before taking one shot at the star. Miss it and you blast into oblivion.

7 Wall Kicks Will Work - Cool Cool Mountain
8 Can the Eel Come Out to Play? - Jolly Rodger Bay

Jolly *roger bay, anyways, this star is so annoying to get because the eel will always screw everything up!

I never found this star hard, neither the original or the remake.

Hang out UNDER the eel, and time it right.

9 Big Boo's Balcony - Big Boo's Haunt

After beating Boo the star ends up at the top of the mansion which you have to make your way up without falling off the mansion.

10 100 Coin Star - Rainbow Ride

Rainbow Ride is generous for the coins, but it is miserable when you mess up the blue coins. You are stuck with getting every obscure coin in the sky if that happens.

So many things can go wrong here. You can easily screw yourself over by falling off and the coins are in very risky places. Plus, the blue coins are very hard to collect.

Why isn't this in the top 10? you have to perform 5-10 perfect wall kicks in an area and coins are scattered all over.

The Contenders
11 Tower of the Wing Cap - Red Coin Star
12 Blast Away the Wall - Whomp's Fortress

If your playing for the first time there's no way your suppose to know that you have to blast a piece of the wall to reveal a star.

Huh this is super easy, sure it's not easy to find it the first time but once you find it it's like the easiest thing ever

13 100 Coin Star - Tick Tock Clock

This is difficult because it's stressful. COuple that with the fact that it's super easy to fall and die makes this hell.

14 100 Coin Star - Hazy Maze Cave

There's so little coins, so you have to navigate the whole level, which is pretty difficult to do with how the level is set up.

The coins are super obnoxious. Especially the ones in the Hazy Maze.

I hate coins scattered all over the place.

15 Big House in the Sky - Rainbow Ride

You have to be completely perfect with your jumps when you get near the house, I failed so many times when I was trying first to get this star! I barely see anyone else complain about this one.

16 100 Coin Star - Dire Dire Docks

There are 106 total coins. Also, those docks are literally the very worst docks in existence.

Aren't there exactly 100 or 101 coins in the whole level? You have to get every single coin and it has to be after the sub is gone, so you can easily be sucked into the giant hole with 5 coins placed right underneath. Also, if you fall off the platform in the air after pounding the blue coin block, you won't be able to get the 100 coin star.

17 Mystery of the Monkey Cage - Tall, Tall Mountain

I first thought you had to talk to the monkey next to the log, grab the cap back, and get the star. I did this for 30 minutes with no results. Then, I went to the top and found a monkey there. Then I got the star but had trouble finding it. No one talks about this star. Weird.

18 Red Star Coin - Shifting Sand Land

Speedrunners HATE this star.The star involves a super slide into a TPD over the dunes, get wingcap on pyramid, grab some coins, land in the Oasis JUST right, do a super slide onto the block maze, and grab the star.

19 Rematch Koopa the Quick - Tiny-Huge Island
20 Bully the Bullies - Lethal Lava Land

When the bullies gang up on your character all at once, it's kind of overwhelming. You're on a small platform and can easily fall into lava. When you fall into lava and get burned, it's hard to control where the character jumps to next, and you could easily end up going further out towards the lava and away from land/platforms and lose a life/fail the level. Definitely harder for beginners.

Fighting all three at once is so hard & annoying.

21 Red-Hot Log Rolling - Lethal Lava Land

You don't want to go to fast or you'll run into that lava. Don't want to go too slow or you'll fall into the lava. Plus you have to dodge fire blasting out the lava as you do this.

22 Tick Tock Clock - Red Coins

This is only hard if time is not stopped. Other than that, good luck.

If you miss clock stop this is your own personal hell.

23 Vanish Cap Under the Moat - Red Coin Star
24 100 Coins Star - Lethal Lava Land

You have to use the shell for most of the coins, & it's so easy to bump into something & die in the lava because lakitu bro is a bad camera man.

25 Hazy Maze Cave - Red Coins

Total pains, unless you're a high-level speedrunner it takes forever too.

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