Pyramid Puzzle

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Pyramid Puzzle
Shifting Sand Land Star 6
Location Shifting Sand Land
Mission # 6
Game Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
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Pyramid Puzzle is the sixth mission of Shifting Sand Land in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. In Super Mario 64, this is the course's final mission. Its objective is to find five secrets within the pyramid.


The player must first enter the pyramid and climb to the top, as if they were doing the course's third mission, Inside the Ancient Pyramid. Another way to do this is by standing on the four pillars to activate the secret entrance, as in the course's fourth mission, Stand Tall on the Four Pillars. Once the player reaches the top of the "sandfall" just before the Power Star, they need to climb down to the small ledge below with a coin. Collecting the coin starts a secret counter, and collecting five of the special coins in the pyramid is the mission's objective. The player then has to jump down to a small platform on the left side of the "sandfall," followed by jumping to the platform on the right side, collecting the coins as they go down. The player must then jump into the stream of moving sand and collect the two coins within it. Once the player collects all five coins, the Power Star appears at the end of the stream. However, the player has to be careful when collecting it. Otherwise, they will fall into the quicksand below.

In the DS version of the game, the coins are replaced by Silver Stars, and the Power Star appears in a Star Sphere, making it easier to collect (but this also means this mission cannot be done while another mission is selected).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese きょだいピラミッドのナゾ
Kyodai piramiddo no nazo
Riddle of the Huge Pyramid

Chinese 金字塔之谜[2]
Jīnzìtǎ zhī Mí
Puzzle of the Pyramid

French Énigme de la pyramide (SM64)
Puzzle de la pyramide (SM64 DS)
Pyramid Enigma
Pyramid Puzzle
German Löse das Pyramidenpuzzle! (SM64)
Pyramidenpuzzle (SM64 DS)
Solve the Pyramid Puzzle!
Pyramid Puzzle
Italian Puzzle piramidale (Super Mario 64 DS)
Il labirinto della piramide[1]
Pyramidal puzzle
The pyramid maze
Korean 거대피라미드의수수께끼
Piramideu ui susukkekki
Riddle of the Huge Pyramid

Spanish Laberinto de la pirámide
Pyramid Maze


  • In the original version of the game, it is possible to touch the five secrets coinless by just barely touching the top of each secret's hitbox.[3]
  • Pyramid Puzzle is the only Silver Star challenge in the DS version that does not have "Silver Star(s)" in the title.


  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.
  3. ^ UncommentatedPannen (July 13, 2021). Coinless, Capless, & Cannonless Challenges. YouTube. Retrieved January 3, 2023.