The Star Rod is a magical device in Star Haven that is used to help grant wishes in Paper Mario. It is originated from the Kirby series.
When Bowser and Kammy Koopa stole the rod, Bowser used the magic sceptre to capture the elder star spirits and then used it for his own selfish wishes, including invincibility so he can defeat Mario.
Combined with a homemade empowering arena on top of Peach's Castle, he used the rod to grow bigger.
In the end, Mario defeated Bowser with the help of his party members, the star spirits he freed, and Peach and Twink's wishing to upgrade the Star Beam that counteracts the invincibility granted by the Star Rod. The Star Rod was recovered and then returned back to Star Haven.
The Star Rod has appeared in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an attack item.
- An item of the same name exists in the Mario title "Paper Mario", with similar functions and power and was part of the main story. But this time, it was used by Bowser to be invincible. Whether this was on purpose or not is unknown. This happened again in Mario Party 8, and it was quite similar to the one in Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land; both were important items, they were taken at some point in the story, both were used against final bosses, they shot projectiles, and the fights they were used in took place in outer space.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Star Rod trophy says its last appearance as "Kirby Super Star". While the Star Rod did have a cameo in Super Star (in Milky Way Wishes, Star Rods were seen in the Dream Springs), its last appearance pre-Brawl was Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. As of now, it would be Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- The Star Rod is the first Final Weapon in the Kirby series.
- A Star Rod stone appears as a form of Stone Kirby in Kirby's Return to Dream Land along with the Triple Star Cane and the Power Paintbrush. Magolor also mentions it as an ancient object the Halcandran ancients crafted and calls it "a mysterious item that brings dreams to life.".