- This article is about the element when the player scores a certain number of points. If you are looking for the character in Fizzy Falls, see Little Star. If you are looking for the stars that require double the target score for three stars, see Sugar Stars.
Stars are one of the fundamental elements in Candy Crush Saga, present in all levels. In each level, stars can be earned by reaching certain score targets. A player can earn up to a maximum of 3 stars on each level. There are currently a total of 22515 stars that can be earned from 7505 Reality levels: 30 stars for episodes 1 and 2, and 45 for the rest of the episodes.
Reaching a level's target score will award you one star. If you get a score that is a certain number of points over the target score depending on the level, you will be awarded two stars. When you hit the top of the star meter you are awarded three stars. You can tell how close you are to the next star by looking at the meter on the upper left-hand side of the screen.
The number of stars you win depends on your score when you complete the level. If, for example, a level requires you to score 50,000 points to acquire the first star, getting anywhere between zero and 49,980 (as points are a multiple of twenty) points causes you to fail the level. If you have to acquire 100,000 points or more to get two stars then getting anywhere between 50,000 and 99,980 points, you stay with one star. If the level requires you to gain 125,000 points to reach three stars and you get anywhere between 100,000 and 124,980 points, you will still be at two stars. Getting beyond 125,000 points will not reward you with any other additional stars.
When you go back to the level selection screen, your level stars will show on the level button. By opening the level info screen, you can find the target score to obtain a new star, or your highest record if you have already collected three stars.
On web version, your friends can see how many total stars you've collected and if you have collected the most stars out of all your friends in a particular episode, you will be given the champion title for that episode.
On mobile version since version 1.67, stars are no longer required in event levels.
When you hover your cursor over the stars bar, the information will show up:
- In July 2019, sugar stars were added. They are harder to earn than the maximum of three stars. Usually, the score requirement for sugar stars is double the three-star requirement (i.e. if 30,000 points are required for 3 stars, then 60,000 points are required for sugar stars). The sugar stars requirement only becomes visible when the player has already earned enough points for three stars. The player must pass the level to keep the Sugar Stars.
- Some levels are very easy to score three stars (for example, level 252), while others are extremely hard or almost impossible (for example, levels 297, 713, pre-nerfed 910, 1198, 1237, 1413, 1525 (even for one star), and Dreamworld 289).
- It is impossible to receive anything less than three stars on level 11, as the three star requirement is 3,000 points; bringing down an ingredient earns 10,000 points. The same applies to: 22, 30, 281, the 1st and 2nd versions of 578, the 1st version of 664, the 1st version of 671, 743, 745, 761, 791, 875, 877, 895, 947, 961, 991, 992, 995, 1014, 1313, the 1st version of 1014, 1149, 1157, 1173, 1220, 1242, 1313, 1337, 1415, 1428, 1497, and 1548, mobile Dreamworld level 2, the 1st - 3rd versions of Dreamworld 276, Dreamworld 618, and Dreamworld 665.
- In mystery quests, stars do not appear. Instead, a coloured key shaped like a candy cane appears at the location of the second star. This can make some levels very hard to obtain them.
- If a level has its star requirements changed and your score at the time would have fallen into a different range, there is no effect on how many stars you have. For example, if you beat the first or second version of level 578 with 185,000 points, you would get three stars even though you need 200,000 points for the third version because the old versions already gave you three stars (30,000 points for three stars). If you beat the first version of level 623 with 350,000 points, you would get two stars even though 350,000 points is more than enough for three stars on the new version (200,000 points for three stars), because it was not enough for three stars on the old version (370,000 points for three stars). The only way to fix this problem is to earn more points than the highest score the user had.
- This also applies to sugar stars. If you earned enough points to be awarded sugar stars in a level before July 2019 (when they were introduced) then you would have to beat the level again with a high enough score to get the sugar stars.
- The Reality levels with the highest three-star target score are pre-nerfed level 910 and level 1132 at 9,000,000 points. The Dreamworld level with the highest three-star target score is level 463 at 2,500,000 points.
- When you complete the level, the stars in the mobile version constantly glow while the stars in the web version are not.
- For some reason, on web version, while the first star is a red one, it is shown as a green star (the second one) on the map if you only have one star in that level. The mobile version shows the lone red star correctly.
- After the release of Swirly Steppes, the player can get one star immediately if they complete the requirement in jelly levels, ingredients levels, candy order levels and mixed levels.