What happens if you collect all the Power Moons in Super Mario Odyssey?

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There are so very many Power Moons in Super Mario Odyssey, you may not have the time or patience to find them all. But don’t worry, you’re not missing much.

Super Mario Odyssey isn’t often described as a collect-a-thon, but it absolutely is. It’s just cleverly disguised by actually being fun to play, unlike other recent iterations on that genre. There are 880 unique findable Power Moons in the game, with infinite available for purchase in shops afterward, all the way up to 999. But what happens if you obtain them all? Something cool, right?

The truth is, not much. GameXplain has a video illustrating the process which I’ve included below, but there’s not enough difference there to warrant rewatching if you’ve already beaten the game. Here’s the basic rundown:

  1. Your ship’s sail turns gold, and you’re told a new portrait has appeared in the Wedding Chapel.
  2. Go there and enter the new portrait of Bowser to instigate the final boss fight again. It’s the same fight, but Bowser’s attacks are powered up more and sooner.
  3. The escape sequence is the same.
  4. After the credits roll, you’ll see a cute postcard of Mario returning to the Mushroom Kingdom with all the friends he met along the way.

And, that’s it. That’s all at 880 Power Moons; nothing new happens at 999 if you buy them from shops. Here’s the video, if you’re that curious:

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I’m not sad. There’s no way most people have the time or patience for 880 moons, so it doesn’t make sense to gate something truly desirable behind such a lofty goal. Especially when some of the Power Moon challenges are ridiculous, like the jump rope minigame. The best Power Moon reward is at 500 moons, when Darker Side unlocks. If you want a true “cap” on your adventure, 500 moons is a wonderful place to stop and feel completely satisfied. Completionism, after all, is its own reward.