Flying key

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Flying key
Cropped screenshot of a Flying key from Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch)Screenshot of a gray flying key from the Nintendo Switch version of Mario vs. Donkey Kong
First appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Effect Unlocks a chest of 1-Up Mushrooms in the bonus levels (gold)
Removes silver locks from doors and toy boxes in multiplayer (silver)

Flying keys are variants of regular Keys that appear in the Nintendo Switch remake of Mario vs. Donkey Kong. They appear as small, round floating keys with a pair of wings on them. Flying keys are similar to the keys in Super Mario Maker and its sequel, where they will follow a player after coming into contact with one. There are two colors of flying keys - gold and silver, which differ both in behavior (when not following the player) and function.

A gold flying key appears only in the various bonus levels in the game, where it will start flying away from the player as soon as they try to appproach it. As more time passes, said flying key will eventually slow down, allowing the player to catch it and bring it to the chest to collect five 1-Up Mushrooms.

Silver flying keys appear only in multiplayer, and appear in both regular levels and Mini-Mario (mm) levels. They float in one spot of the level, and can be picked up in a similar fashion. The locked door or toy box will be chained with a silver lock, which requires a silver flying key in order for the players to progress. If a player is defeated while a flying key is in possession, they will lose the key, and it will float towards a spot near where the player has been defeated. The remaining player will have a few seconds to grab the key before it disappears and respawns back in its original location.



Sprite of an unused flying key from Super Mario World