Bubble ring

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Bubble ring
Model of a bubble ring from Super Mario 64.
Model from Super Mario 64
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Effect Replenishes a wedge of the player character's Power Meter and awards him a Power Star when he swims through five

A bubble ring,[1] also known as a Water Ring[2] or simply a ring,[1][3] is an underwater object appearing in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Dire, Dire Docks Star 5
Mario swimming through the Manta Ray's bubble rings in Super Mario 64

In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, bubble rings are seen only in the ninth course: Dire, Dire Docks. When Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario swims through a bubble ring, it replenishes two wedges of his Power Meter and a number appears above him. Much like a secret, this number represents the number of consecutive bubble rings the player character has passed through. When the player character swims through five consecutive bubble rings, he is granted a Power Star.

Bubble rings are required for the fourth and fifth Stars in Dire, Dire Docks. In the fourth mission, Through the Jet Stream, the player character must swim to the other side of the tunnel to find a jet stream spraying out bubble rings. After the player character collects five of these bubble rings in a row, a Power Star appears above the jet stream, and Metal Mario or Metal Wario can collect it. In the fifth mission, The Manta Ray's Reward, the player character finds a Manta Ray swimming around underwater and leaving a trail of bubble rings. The player character must follow this trail to collect five consecutive bubble rings and make the Power Star appear.

Mario Party 4[edit]

In the Mario Party 4 minigame Manta Rings, rings appear along with a gold type created by a Manta. The blue rings are worth one point, and the gold rings are worth three points. In this appearance, the rings are composed of bubbles.


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リング

Italian Anello[4][5]


  1. ^ a b M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Page 78.
  2. ^ Super Mario 64 DS internal object name (WATER_RING)
  3. ^ Game Rules for "Manta Rings" in Mario Party 4.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 85
  5. ^ Manta Rings's rules: "Nuota in fondo all'oceano e passa attraverso gli anelli."
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 89