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Not to be confused with Sphinx.
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Sphynx in the Seaside Kingdom.
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
“Greetings, traveler, and to your hat as well. Can you answer my riddle?”
Sphynx, Super Mario Odyssey

The Sphynx is a large stone statue that appears in Super Mario Odyssey. It appears in several kingdoms, blocking the way to a small room in which the player can find a Power Moon, and often a large amount of coins. It moves once the player answers its riddles, which are generally questions relating to the kingdom in which it is found. After opening its paths, talking to the Sphynx will lead to extra questions; answering all of the Sphynx's various questions correctly will unlock an achievement from Toadette in the Mushroom Kingdom, granting the player a Power Moon. It appears in the Sand Kingdom, Wooded Kingdom, Seaside Kingdom, Moon Kingdom, and the Darker Side of the Moon where if Mario has passed all quizzes everywhere else, the Sphynx will challenge him to one final quiz where he will be rewarded with lots of coins. However, if he fails one question, the level must be restarted or failed before Mario can try again.

In the post-game, the Sphynx can be seen floating with a sail in the sky of the Cascade Kingdom, the Metro Kingdom and Bowser's Kingdom. In those cases, if the player captures a pair of binoculars and focuses it on the Sphynx, a Power Moon will appear.

The Sphynx is modeled after the real-life Great Sphinx of Giza.

Questions and answers[edit]

Correct answers are highlighted in gray.

Sand Kingdom[edit]

# Question Answer 1 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4
1 What does the thieving monster desire from this land? Ring Maracas Freezy Treats Sand
2 The one who gallops across the sand... How many coins are required to get on its back? 1 30 100 Like, a billion
3 The foreign visitor, traveling by car- what stopped his journey? Ice Water Sand The moon
4 Atop the Inverted Pyramid, how many statues of the sand gallopers are there? 4 8 6 5
5 What is my name? Mr. Questionface Suffix Wizard Quiz Kitty Sphynx

Wooded Kingdom[edit]

# Question Answer 1 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4
1 What does the monster want from this kingdom? Water Wood Flowers Soil

Seaside Kingdom[edit]

# Question Answer 1 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4
1 What is the name of this land? Fossil Falls Forgottel Isle Lake Lamode Bubblaine
2 How many fountains did the monster seal? Two Three Four Five
3 When you, brave traveler, turned into a red fish, what ability did you get when you shook the Joy-Con/Pro Controller? Cheep Cheep Attack Tremble Gushen
4 There is a room in this land that can only be entered if you're wearing the chosen clothing. What is that clothing? Swimsuit Pirate Outfit Nothing but undies Resort Outfit
5 Why am I here? Got lost Fell off Dorrie To ask questions Wanted to swim

Moon Kingdom[edit]

Before defeating Bowser[edit]

# Question Answer 1 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4
1 Should you really be answering questions right now? Hmm... Well... No. Stingy!

After defeating Bowser[edit]

# Question Answer 1 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4
1 What type of flower did the traveler offer the bride? Hat Flower Fire Piranha Plant Rocket Flower Poison Piranha Plant
2 Which animal can't be found in this land? Rabbits Frogs Dogs Sheep
3 The objects that fell on all the kingdoms of the world were what kind of rock? Sun Moon Fire Water
4 Where is the secret entrance to the Wedding Hall in this kingdom? Above the shadow Below the bell Inside the seed The side door
5 How did I travel to this place? Flew on your wings Floated by airship sail Rode in a rocket Warped here

Darker Side[edit]

# Question Answer 1 Answer 2 Answer 3 Answer 4
1 What is the only kingdom that I, the great Sphynx, have not visited? Wooded Kingdom Mushroom Kingdom Sand Kingdom Seaside Kingdom
2 Which of these unique attributes do I not possess? Sand-resistance Waterproofness Gardening skill Zero-gravity adept
3 What will you remember most about your adventures through all the kingdoms? My splendid 'stache Talking to a Sphynx A strange talking hat The Sand Kingdom
4 Why do I ask people questions? It's exciting It leads to insights It passes the time It's a chance to talk
5 What final words am I saying to you? You got lucky! Thank you! You faked it! You cheated!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Sphinx Quiz[1]
Sufin Kuizu
Sphinx Quiz

Pun on 「スフィンクス」 sufinkusu, "sphinx," and 「クイズ」 kuizu, "quiz."
Spanish Kin Triga From "qué intriga" (how intriguing)
French Sphynx -
Dutch Sphynx -
German Sphynx -
Italian Enigmicia Riddle-Cat
Russian Софинкс
Korean 스핑퀴즈
From "Sphinx" and "quiz"
Chinese 斯芬・奇思
Sīfēn Qísī
Transliteration of Japanese name.


  1. ^ Super Mario Odyssey internal filename (SphinxQuiz)