Moon Cave Skip (also referred to as Cave Skip or simply Moon Skip) is a jump that can be used to skip the entirety of the Underground Moon Caverns in the Moon Kingdom. It involves jumping off of the head of the Sphynx and exploiting wall jumping physics to reach the top of the cliff.
Moon Cave Skip is one of the single largest time-saving skips in the entire game. Since it bypasses the entirety of the large Underground Moon Caverns interior section, it saves around two minutes in total.
To perform Moon Cave Skip:
- Perform a ground pound jump off of the Sphynx's head. (Other jump types are possible, but more difficult.)
- Wall jump off of a specific spot on the wall behind the Sphynx, shown at right. This spot has a texture that resembles a rectangle or L-shape.
- Hold straight left until Mario begins to slide on the wall on the left. If Mario is unable to slide, it means the first wall jump was likely performed in the wrong location.
- Wall jump again, throw Cappy and dive on top of the back wall.
Other methods are possible, but this is generally the most consistent, and is therefore used by the majority of players.
This is used in virtually all categories that progress through Moon Kingdom in any way. In categories such as Any% and World Peace, the skip saves a massive amount of time by eliminating the need to enter the caverns entirely.
In the case of 100%, All Moons and Darker Side, this skip allows the player to finish the Moon Kingdom quickly and then come back later to collect moons inside the caverns (including moons that spawn from the Moon Rock). Even in categories that require moons from inside the caverns to be collected, the skip saves time by skipping the long Madame Broode boss fight at the top of the cavern interior, which is completely unnecessary since her defeat here is not tracked in any way.