Inside the Ancient Pyramid

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Inside the Ancient Pyramid
SM64DS Shifting Sand Land Star 3.png
Location Shifting Sand Land
Mission # 3
Game Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
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Inside the Ancient Pyramid is the third mission of Shifting Sand Land in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. The mission involves climbing to the top of the pyramid's interior.


The player needs to enter the pyramid through the main entrance at the base. Once inside, the player needs to take the path on the right and follow it, avoiding and navigating the traps and obstacles as they make their way to the top. The Power Star is located at the top of the pyramid on the uppermost platform.

The first obstacle is a Grindel, which blocks two paths, one above and one below, but only one at a time based on its position. After the Grindel is a set of stairs that lead to the next floor, which contains the same Grindel from before as well as a number of Goombas. Up the pole is a hanging grate the player can use to get across a slope followed by some steps. Afterward, there is a rolling Spindel the player can avoid by either jumping over it or hiding in a small alcove until it passes. After the Spindel are a Spinning Heart and some vertically sliding stone slabs that allow the player to reach the upper area. Next is a narrow path, and the player has to avoid the nearby flying Amps in order to reach the pole. After the next Grindel is a slope that leads to the Power Star.

The player can also stand on top of the four pillars, making the pyramid's top come off. The player can enter the pyramid from the top and can then perform a Long Jump from the lift to the Power Star. In the DS remake, Mario can also grab a Power Flower and float to the upper floors from the ground.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese きょだいピラミッドの ないぶ
Kyodai piramiddo no naibu
Inside of the Huge Pyramid

Chinese 法老的珍宝[2]
Fǎlǎo de Zhēnbǎo
The Pharaoh's Treasure

French Dans l'ancienne pyramide (SM64)
Au cœur de l'ancienne pyramide (SM64 DS)
In the Ancient Pyramid
At the Heart of the Ancient Pyramid
German Begebe dich in die Pyramide! (SM64)
Entdeckungsreise in der Pyramide (SM64 DS)
Enter the Pyramid!
Discovery-Tour in the Pyramid
Italian All'esplorazione della piramide (Super Mario 64 DS)
Il segreto della piramide[1]
Exploring the pyramid
The secret of the pyramid
Korean 거대피라미드내부
Geodae Piramideu Naebu
Inside of the Huge Pyramid

Spanish El secreto de la pirámide
The Secret of the Pyramid


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 89
  2. ^ From the score sheetMedia:SM64DS course list in Chinese.png and the star menu of Super Mario 64 DS as localized by iQue.