Hidden throughout Dinosaur Planet are numerous Magic Caves: the Staff will rumble and glow to let you know when one is nearby. Find a way in, and you can collect an upgrade, adding a new icon to the Staff section of the C Stick Inventory. Highlight the icon and press the A Button to use it [or just assign it to the Y Button]. There are many different Staff Powers to find an collect, but using them reduces the Staff Energy meter. You can refill this meter by collecting gems from the Magic Plants scattered throughout Dinosaur Planet.
—Star Fox Adventures; Instruction Booklet

A Staff Upgrade is the gaining of a new ability of Krystal's Staff. The only way to gain those upgrades are around the Dinosaur Planet inside magic caves. The magic caves either contain a new staff ability or an energy meter upgrade.


In total there are 7 staff ability upgrades as well as 3 energy meter upgrades. The ability upgrades are essential to play the game, but the energy meter upgrades are not, but some staff ability upgrades may not work on smaller energy meters, particularly the original one.

Upgrade Icon Location
Fire Blaster
SFA Fire
ThornTail Hollow, behind a magic door near the entrance ladder to SnowHorn Wastes and the area to enter Moon Mountain Pass.
Rocket Boost
SFA Boost
ThornTail Hollow, in the first section of the Ancient Well, before the "Crazy Thorntail".
Ice Blaster
Volcano Force Point Temple, at the section with the orbs.
Ground Quake
SFA Quake
Moon Mountain Pass, near the first creature, behind a magic door opened after Fox encounters the Krazoa.
SharpClaw Disguise
SFA Suit
CloudRunner Fortress, sent to Fox by Slippy, whilst Fox doesn't actually have Krystal's Staff, in a room close to the prison Fox is sent to.
Portal Opener
SFA Portal
ThornTail Hollow, near WarpStone, after Fox saves the Mother Thorntail's eggs from EggSnatchers.
Super Ground Quake
SFA Superquake
Walled City, an upgrade to the original Ground Quake, which deletes the original Ground Quake upon its discovery.

Staff Energy Meter uprade locations

  1. SnowHorn Wastes - in the area where the SnowHorn gives Fox the Small Scarab Bag, there is a patch that Tricky will uncover if Fox uses his Find Command. Under this is the uprgade.
  2. ThornTail Hollow - on top of the ThornTail Store is an area Fox can reach using a Rocket Boost Pad. Up here, using a Bomb Spore to blow open the cave and shooting all the Fire Blaster pads inside will unlock the cave.
  3. Cape Claw - use the cannon (accessed via a Staff Portal Door) to blow open a rock on the beach of the cape. The rock is quite tall and is situated quite near to the High Top.


  • Star Fox Adventures; Instruction Booklet
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