Phantamanta

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Not to be confused with Manta.
Phantamanta
SMS Phatamanta.png
Species Manta-like goop
First appearance Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Latest appearance Mario Golf: Advance Tour (mentioned) (2004)
“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
The Manta coming up over the horizon

Phantamanta, originally known as the Manta[1][2][3], is a boss in Super Mario Sunshine, who appears in the first episode of Sirena Beach. It is the cause of the Hotel Delfino's disappearance. It is a pale pink silhouette of a manta ray. When Mario sprays it with water from F.L.U.D.D., it splits into smaller versions of itself, also referred to as Manta rays[4]. It possesses the uncanny ability to project itself over any surface of varying elevations instantaneously, much like a shadow.

Wherever the Manta moves, it leaves a trail of teal and yellow electric goop, which Mario can spray with F.L.U.D.D. If there is even a tiny drop of it left, Mario can get zapped when he touches it. Areas where the Manta cannot reach Mario are if he is under one of the two huts or under a coconut tree. If the Manta is still in its largest form, it can still hurt Mario under the huts or trees. In addition, if Mario stands in the water, the Manta can still reach him, but cannot produce goop with a shock. Upon contact with F.L.U.D.D.'s water, 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 fully divided, they will turn purple, become irate, and start swarming towards Mario; until this point, the smallest Mantas do not pursue him, 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[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マンタ[5]
Manta
Manta ray
Spanish Mega Raya Mega Ray (Raya means Ray)
French Méga Manta
German Magischer Manta Magic Manta

Trivia[edit]

  • The Manta's music is a slightly eerie remix of the boss music that plays when fighting the Plungelos, Gatekeepers, and Gooper Blooper (in Noki Bay's second episode).
  • The goop that it leaves behind before Mario arrives is in the shape of the Manta itself.
  • It may have been inspired from the ending of the horror novel The Shining: "For a moment it assumed the shape of a huge, obscene manta, and then the wind seemed to catch it, to tear it and shred it like old dark paper. It fragmented, was caught in a whirling eddy of smoke, and a moment later it was gone as if it had never been."
  • In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Golf: Advance Tour, one of the default names on the scoreboards is Phantamanta, which is a pun on "phantom" and "manta".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loe, Casey. Super Mario Sunshine Perfect Guide. Page 78.
  2. ^ Bogenn, Tim, and Doug Walsh. Super Mario Sunshine BradyGames Official Strategy Guide. Page 92.
  3. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 21.
  4. ^ Hodgson, David S J, Bryan Stratton, and Stephen Stratton. Super Mario Sunshine Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 116.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Sunshine section, page 100.