RTA Guide/Bowser in the Sky

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Bowser in the Sky
Record Information
RTA World Record 35.66 (Course) / 1:02.66 (with Red Coins)
Single Star World Record 35.58 (Course) / 1:01.32 (with Red Coins)
Bowser Throws World Record 37.07
For the final battle with Bowser at the end of this stage, see the Bowser Battles page.

Bowser in the Sky is located at the top of the endless staircase behind the 70 star door. 70 stars are needed to access it without the use of a BLJ.



  • Alternate ending movement (example w/ inputs)
  • Advanced

    Invisible Axle Position

    The hitboxes of the elevators' axles do not line up with their visual models; you may encounter issues with them if you're going for early cycle or miss four cycles. These clips show the hitboxes' actual locations.

    No Reds

    Beginner (Pole)


  • Punch, jump while the stick is neutral, hold up after the double jump, switch to up-left after the triple jump, then rotate the stick to the right notch after the wallkick to ledgegrab
  • Advanced

  • While in the air during the long jump, press c-right twice then R + c-down. After landing, press c-right twice, then single jump + R when at the edge of the platform
  • Expert

    Manamo Cycle

  • Alternate longjump wallkick strat (example w/ inputs)
  • Faster "Ultimate" ending (example w/ inputs)
  • "TAS" LJ

    This movement is one elevator cycle faster than Manamo cycle.