“This giant manta-shaped thing showed up. It was this paper-thin...floating silhouette. It came and covered the hotel grounds in this electric goop.”
—Hotel Manager, Super Mario Sunshine
coming up over the horizon
Phantamanta is a boss in Super Mario Sunshine and is also the cause of the disappearance of Hotel Delfino. It appears in the first episode of Sirena Beach, "The Manta Storm". It is a pale pink silhouette of a manta ray, and its name is a pun on "phantom" and "manta". When hit by water from F.L.U.D.D., it splits into smaller versions of itself. It possesses the uncanny ability to project itself over any surface of varying elevations instantaneously, much like a shadow.
Wherever Phantamanta moves, it leaves a trail of blue and yellow electric goop. However, Mario can spray the goop with F.L.U.D.D. If there is even a tiny drop of it left, Mario can get shocked when he touches it. The only area where the Phantamanta cannot reach Mario is if Mario is under one of two huts. In addition, if Mario stands in the water, the Phantamanta can still reach him, but cannot produce goop. The Manta first divides into two. Each of those Mantas can divide into two more. Each of those divide into four Mantas. And, each of those can further divide into four more Mantas, making a total of 64 Mantas to defeat. When all of the Mantas have divided fully, they will turn purple with anger and start swarming towards Mario; until this point, the smallest Mantas do not pursue Mario, but all the larger sizes will. Once the last one is vanquished, Hotel Delfino will be restored, revealing a Shine Sprite for Mario to collect.
 Names in Other Languages
||Mega Ray (Raya means Ray)