Hazy Maze Cave

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Hazy Maze Cave
Hazy maze.JPG 
How to unlock Defeating Bowser in the Dark World 
Boss(es) None 
Level(s) Super Mario 64
Swimming Beast In The Cavern
Elevate For 8 Red Coins
Metal Head Mario Can Move!
Navigating The Toxic Maze
A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit
Watch For Rolling Rocks

Super Mario 64 DS
Swimmimg Beast In The Cavern
Elevate For 8 Red Coins
Metal Head Wario Can Move!
Navigating The Toxic Maze
A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit
Watch For Rolling Rocks
Underground Switch Star 
Stars Super Mario 64:
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Super Mario 64 DS:
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Map of the cavern.
Map of Hazy Maze Cave in Super Mario 64 DS.
Map of the cavern.
Map of the cavern.

Hazy Maze Cave is an underground cave level and the sixth course in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. In both games, this course is located in the basement of Princess Peach's Castle. The course has many hidden ledges, nooks, crannies, and alcoves, countless bottomless pits, and even an underground lake with a large but friendly sea monster named Dorrie. A map can be found in many areas of the course.

The Hazy Maze, the level's namesake, is located deep within the cave. This maze was referred to as the Toxic Maze, the Clouded Maze, and the Hazy Maze throughout the game. The Hazy Maze is a labyrinth whose passageways are clouded with a highly toxic yellow gas (purple in the remake). Mario's health is slowly depleted the longer he stays in the maze, and he will eventually suffocate if he is unable to get fresh air. To make matters worse, the Hazy Maze is full of Snufits, Monty Moles and Swoopers that can hinder Mario's progress. Fortunately for Mario, there are small areas of higher ground scattered throughout the maze, Metal Boxes that turn Mario into Metal Mario who is unaffected by the poisonous fumes, a Spinning Heart to recover lost health, and several escape routes that are clearly marked on the map just outside the entrance. Obtaining certain Stars requires the use of certain escape routes.

Although this course is named "Hazy Maze Cave", none of the areas in the cave except for the aforementioned maze contain fog.

There is a special hidden area in this course called the Metal Cavern, where Cavern of the Metal Cap (Behind the Waterfall in the remake) is located. The cave can be accessed through a door near the underground lake. The Metal Cap's ! Switch is located here, along with eight more Red Coins that can be collected to receive one of the castle's Secret Stars. In the remake version, the Metal Cavern doesn't have the metal cap switch and instead has several Power Flowers that can be used for Wario & Mario to be used with an extra star at the top of the course only accessed by Mario's balloon ability. This is the only course in the Nintendo 64 version to have a secret level inside it.

This is one of the few levels not accessed via a painting; instead, Mario must enter the door to the right of the entrance to Lethal Lava Land and jump into a pool of liquid metal inside.


The level titles and numbers correspond to Super Mario 64 unless otherwise noted.

Star 1: Swimming Beast In The Cavern[edit]

Luigi meets the "Swimming Beast" Dorrie.

As the name implies, Mario has to go deep into the cave to the area where Dorrie lives. At the beginning of the mission, the plumber has to go immediately to the left and perform a Long Jump to pass over a gap. Going up the way where the rolling rocks are coming at the black hole zone, Mario will find a door where an elevator leads directly to the subterranean lake found in the bottom of the cave. Upon sighting a plesiosaur, Mario can get on Dorrie's back to lead him to the small isle in the center of the lake. Making a Ground Pound on Dorrie's back will cause the plesiosaur to lower his head, allowing the hero to stand over his head and arrive on the isle to obtain the Power Star.

In the DS version of the game, Dorrie has goggles and will be wearing a giant Wario's Cap (except if the player is Wario). Taking the yellow cap, it will become normal sized. The character will become Wario, who is needed to punch and break a boulder on the lake's isle, which can now be reached without Dorrie, and reveal the Power Star.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドッシーのいるちていこ
Dosshī no Iru Chiteiko
The Underground Lake where Dorrie is
Spanish El monstruo de la cueva del lago The cave's lake's monster
French Gros Bibi de la caverne Big Dorrie of the cave
German Klettere auf Nessies Rücken Climb on Nessie's back
Italian Mostro acquatico nella grotta Water monster in the cave
Korean 돗시의지하호수
Dotsi ui jiha hosu
Dorrie's Underground Lake
Chinese 洞穴里的海怪[1]
Dòngxué lǐ de Hǎiguài
Sea Monster in the Cave

Star 2: Elevate For 8 Red Coins[edit]

Mario riding the elevator.

By going down the right corridor upon first entering the level, Mario can access the other side of the course. After leaping over fire pits and avoiding pesky Scuttlebugs, Mario finds a door at the end of the corridor. Entering it and sliding down a long pole, Mario arrives in the underground "plaza" area of the course. In one corner of this area is a staircase formation that leads to an unusual floating platform. This platform has four arrow switches on it, and will move in the direction of the arrow switch that is pressed. Mario must collect the eight Red Coins by navigating a midair obstacle course. Once all eight Coins have been collected, a Star appears over the Star Marker on the floor. In Super Mario 64 DS, playing as Wario in this place, the player can get the switch star, used from the poles, to reach 3 red coins. Yoshi can do this mission only if he uses caps.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese そうさリフトの あかコイン
Sōsa Rifuto no Aka Koin
Red Coins of the Operate-able Lift
Spanish El camino de las 8 monedas rojas The path of the 8 red coins
French Chariot pour pièces rouges Trolley for red coins
German Finde die acht roten Münzen Find the eight red coins
Italian Sali per le 8 Monete Go up for 8 Coins
Korean 조작리프트의레드코인
Jojak ripeuteu ui redeu koin
Red Coins of Operation Lift
Chinese 移动平台的红色硬币[1]
Yídòng Píngtái de Hóngsè Yìngbì
Red Coins of the Moving Platforms

Star 3: Metal-Head Mario/Wario Can Move![edit]

Metal Mario in Hazy Maze Cave.

After activating the Metal Cap switch, Mario must go again to the subterranean lake, evading the rolling boulders in the hall and reaching the elevator. The plumber can see a metal cap Block in the entrance of the lake. Hitting the block will release the cap that turns Mario into metal. With the added weight being metal, Mario sinks to the lake's floor, following the path from the entrance. A large ! Switch appears which the plumber must press when he is metal. Stepping on the switch will open up the crate doors, allowing access to the door behind them. The Power Star will be found at the end of a chamber that Mario reaches using the long-jump to pass the bottomless pits on the floor.

In Super Mario 64, it is possible to do a Ground Pound from the edge into the water over the switch to press it without the use of the metal cap.

In Super Mario 64 DS, the mission's title was slightly changed to Metal Head Wario Can Move! because Wario is the only character that becomes metal upon getting a Power Flower.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese メタルでダッシュ (64)
Metaru de dasshu
はしれ!メタルワリオ (DS)
Hashire! Metaru Wario
Dash in Metal

Run! Metal Wario
Spanish ¡Wario, el hombre de hierro!(DS) Wario, the metal man!(DS)
French Course de Metal Mario Metal Mario race
German Laufe auf dem Grund des Sees Walk on the bottom of the lake
Italian Wario di ferro la può spostare Metal Wario can move it
Korean 달려라!메탈와리오 (DS)
Dallyeora! Metal Wario
Run! Metal Wario
Chinese 金属瓦力欧快跑 (DS)[1]
Jīnshǔ Wǎlìōu Kuàipǎo
Metal Wario Run

Star 4: Navigating The Toxic Maze[edit]

Mario in the toxic maze.

In the fourth mission, the player must go the toxic maze area. Going to the right corridor of the entrance the character will enter to the plaza area. To the left side of the area, there will be a door and behind it a hole. Falling through the hole, the player arrives in the toxic maze. The ominous Toxic Cloud over the floor will cause the characters to lose health as they breathe. Turning into Metal Mario (Metal Wario or Luigi's invisibility for the DS version) prevents the player from losing health while navigating through the gases. Small holes in some stretches of the labyrinth can be an obstacle to jump and reach the right door to go out from the maze. Once past the maze, an elevator will lead to the Star.

In Super Mario 64 DS, the player can skip the toxic maze and go behind the fence as Luigi by grabbing a power flower at the beginning of the level or in the underground cavern used in Star 1, quickly getting to the fence, and sneaking behind.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ケムリめいろをぬけて
Kemuri Meiro o Nukete
Escaping from the Smoke Maze
Spanish En el laberinto tóxico In the toxic labyrinth
French Dans le labyrinthe toxique In the toxic labyrinth
German Durchsuche das Nebellabyrinth Search trough the fog maze
Italian Nel labirinto velenoso In the poisonus maze
Korean 연기미로를뚫고
Yeongi miro reul ttulko
Go Through the Smoke Maze
Chinese 通过毒气洞窟[1]
Tōngguò Dúqì Dòngkū
Through the Poison Gas Cave

Star 5: A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit[edit]

Mario about to get the star in A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit.

For this star, the player will have to return to the toxic maze, and head towards the first door from the left, which will lead to an elevator. The elevator will go to a door that opens into the area above the rolling rocks. The player should grab the metal bars above the ground, and head towards the star. They could also, if they wish, long jump to the platform where the star is. In Super Mario 64 DS, as Luigi or Mario, the player can triple jump or backwards somersault to the platform from a black block (that only Wario can break) and hold onto the platform and grab the star.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ケムリめいろのひじょうぐち
Kemuri Meiro no Hijouguchi
Emergency Exit of the Smoke Maze
Spanish La otra salida del laberinto The labyrinth´s other exit
French Au-dessus des gaz... Above the gas...
German Suche im Nebel den Notausgang Find the emergency exit inside the fog
Italian Anche i labirinti hanno un'uscita Even mazes have got an exit
Korean 연기미로의비상구
Yeongi miro ui bisanggu
Emergency Exit of the Smoke Maze
Chinese 迷宫里的紧急出口[1]
Mígōng lǐ de Jǐnjí Chūkǒu
Energency Exit in the Maze

Star 6: Watch For Rolling Rocks[edit]

The rocks rolling up to Mario.

To find this star, the player must take the left corridor and navigate his or her way past the falling rocks. Before they reach the door, the player should wall jump between the two walls, and jump into one of the alcoves. The alcove on the right contains the sixth Power Star of the level.

In the DS version, the star is obtained differently, and Wario will be needed to retrieve it. Wario must break the nearby black Brick Block containing a Super Mushroom to grow big. He must then punch 4 of the falling rocks until he shatters the one containing the Power Star in order to make it appear; alternatively, he can also simply jump and punch/kick the boulders in his normal size to destroy them without the assistance of a Super Mushroom. The alcove that contained the Power Star in the original version now has a 1-Up Mushroom.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴロゴロいわのひみつ
Gorogoro Iwa no Himitsu
Secret of the Rolling Rocks
Spanish En las bolas de piedra In the balls of stone
French Attention aux boulets Watch for the Balls
German Achte auf rollende Felsen Watch for rolling rocks
Italian Rotolamento massi Rolling stones
Korean 데굴데굴바위의비밀
Degul-degul bawi ui bimil
Secret of the Rolling Rocks
Chinese 小心落下的巨石[1]
Xiǎoxīn Luòxià de Jùshí
Watch out for Falling Big Stones

Star 7 (DS): Underground Switch Star[edit]

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In this level exclusive for Super Mario 64 DS the player has to go to the plaza area of the floating platforms. The player needs to be Wario, and go near the black Brick Block and smash it, revealing a Star Switch hidden. The player will then have to step on it and quickly get the Star inside the Star Sphere located near the floating platform.

Names in other languages

{{Foreignname |Jap=ちていのスイッチスター |JapR=Chitei no Suicchi Sutā |JapM=Underground Switch Star |Spa=El interruptor bajo tierra |SpaM=The underground switch |Kor=동굴의스위치스타 |KorR=Donggul ui seuwichi seuta |KorM=Switch Star of the Cave |Ita=Interruttore sotterraneo |ItaM=Underground Switch |Chi=地下的开关星星[1] |ChiR=Dìxià lǐ de Kāiguān Xīngxīng |ChiM=Underground Switch Star


Statistics from Super Mario 64[edit]

  • Total Number of coins: 139 (134 according to Nintendo Power)
  • Caps Found: Metal Cap (5)
  • Spinning Heart: Near the black hole on a ledge.
  • Cannons: (none)
  • 1-Up Mushrooms (4):
    • Box Mushroom : #1 Above the bottomless hole on a platform. #2 Next to the elevator to the underground lake.
    • Moles Mushrooms : #3,4 By continually jumping on two sets of Moles in the toxic maze, the player can get the two mushrooms.
  • Warps : (none)


Audio.png Stage theme - Hazy Maze Cave
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese やみにとけるどうくつ
Yami ni Tokeru Dōkutsu
Cavern Dissolving in Darkness
Spanish Cueva del laberinto Labyrinth´s cave
French Caverne brumeuse Misty cavern
German Grüne Giftgrotte Green Poison Grotto
Italian Grotta Labirinto Maze Labyrinth
Korean 어둠속에빠진동굴
Eodum sog e ppajin donggul
Cave Dissolving in Darkness
Chinese 迷失洞窟[1]
Míshī Dòngkū
Getting-lost Cave


  • When inside the Hazy Maze or at the Underground Lake, there is a layer of chant added to the beat of the music. Everywhere else, the Super Mario Bros. underground melody is added to the beat instead.
  • The level Wet-Dry World uses the same music as this level and the layer of chant is heard in the downtown area.
  • With a properly timed dive, the player can actually dive forever on the left side of the gate underground once they have opened it.
  • The minigame Dorrie Dip from Mario Party 3 takes place in this course. Dorrie also makes an appearance in this minigame.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h From the score sheetMedia:SM64DS course list in Chinese.png and the star menu of Super Mario 64 DS as localized by iQue.