The Secret Under the Moat

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Wario with Mario's Cap in The Secret Under the Moat.
Map of The Secret Under the Moat in Super Mario 64 DS.

The Secret Under the Moat is a secret course in Super Mario 64 DS. In order to access the course, Mario (or any character) must drain the water in the moat of Princess Peach's Castle by pounding two certain pillars in the basement. After doing so, there will be a black box which Wario can break. Once broken a hole will be revealed in the drained moat that will warp him to the course.

When Wario first enters the course, he will be atop a large slide, with several ledges located scattered throughout. At the bottom of the slide is a path consisting of various moving and teetering platforms that lead to the end. There are several enemies on the path, but they aren't a major threat. There are two Stars located here.

This course replaces Vanish Cap Under the Moat from the original.


Star 1

There are eight Red Coins in the area. The first four must be gotten on the slide at the start, while the other four can be found along the path to the ! Switch. The Star Marker is inside a cage at the end, so after collecting the final Red Coin, Wario will have to don a Luigi Cap, and use his invisibility from the Power Flower to pass through the cage and nab the Power Star.

Star 2

Another addition to the DS version was a new area near the bottom of the slide that housed a second Power Star. By turning into Mario, Wario can use a Power Flower to float over to the new area. This star is activated by hitting a Star Switch, and can be reached by either floating upwards to it, or by using wall kicks.

Enemies Encountered

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese おほりのとうめいスイッチ
Ohori no Tōmei Suicchi
The Moat's Transparent Switch
French Invisible sous les Douves Invisible under the moat
German Blauer Schalterpalast Blue Switch Palace
Korean 해자밑에감춰진비밀 (DS)
Hidden Secret Under the Moat