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Arthropod is the 30th and last level of Advanced Mode in Super Monkey Ball 2 (69th in Super Monkey Ball Deluxe) and World 4-10 of Story Mode in Super Monkey Ball 2 (World 4-18 in Super Monkey Ball Deluxe).

Description

This stage consists of five rings, with the goal attached at an angle on the final ring. A large robotic insect is standing on the structure with cone-shaped feet, with two on the center ring and one foot on all others. As the rings rotate, the insect will walk by moving its legs across the rings, moving three legs at a time.

Goal Tutorial

To reach the goal, the player can run off the edge of the starting platform and bounce to the final ring before attempting to stay on until the goal passes. However, as it takes about 20 seconds for the goal to reach the top of the stage, it is instead recommended to move onto the rings with approximately 40 seconds, and rush into the goal quickly. Also, it is possible to reach the goal by falling off the edge of the final ring, but this is likely to be very difficult since you would need to time the monkey’s movements exactly. In Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, you no longer need to wait for 20 seconds, as the goal has been moved to reach the top in roughly 10 seconds. The rest of the strategy is still roughly the same, however the stage is much easier, as the gaps no longer exist.

Changes in Banana Mania

The goal now reaches the top sooner. Additionally, the rings have been made much wider, almost eliminating the gaps, and the goal no longer overhangs the edge.

Trivia

  • This is the first stage in Story Mode to have a difficulty rating of 10/10.
  • The insect in this stage is often erroneously referred to as a spider, but it only has six legs instead of eight.
  • Arthropod is generally seen as an incredibly difficult stage due to the strange physics of the feet and intensity of getting into the goal, and some players believe it should belong in the Expert or Master modes.
  • The only part of the insect that appears to have collision detection is the legs.
  • In the game's files (Stage ID 80), there is an early version of this stage where the five rings are replaced by a large cylinder. Additionally, instead of hanging off the end, the goal is located in the center of the cylinder, and moves in a zig-zag path. This version is also a part of Debug Stage 192.

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Super Monkey Ball 2 Stages
SMB2 B icon.png SimpleHollowBumpySwitchesBowlFloatersSlopes SlidersSpinning TopCurve Bridge
SMB2 A icon.png BanksEaten FloorHoppersCoasterBoard ParkSwellGravity SliderInchwormsTotalitarianismLevelerOrganic FormReversible GearStepping StonesDribblesU.R.L.Mad RingsCurvy OptionsTwisterDownhillRampagePro SkatersGiant CombBeehiveDynamic MazeTriangle HolesLaunchersRandomizerCoin SlotsSeesaw BridgesArthropod
SMB2 E icon.png WormholeFree FallMelting PotMad ShufflePartitionJump MachineZigzag SlopeTowerTogglePachinkoCombinationPunched SeesawsOperaBrandishedTiersCliffsNarrow PeaksDetourSwitch InfernoEarthquakeSpiral BridgeWavy OptionObstacleDominoSieveFlockDouble SpiralHierarchy8 BraceletsBanana HuntingPistonsSoft CreamMomentumEntangled PathTottersVortexWarpTrampolinesSwing ShaftFightersSerial JumpCross FloorsSpinning SawChipped PipesFlat MazeGuillotineCork ScrewOrbitersTwin BasinAir Hockey
SMB2 BX icon.png ConveyersBumpy CheckAlternativeJunctionBead ScreenFluctuationFoldersQuick TurnLinear SeesawsBirth
SMB2 AX icon.png Auto DoorsHeavy SphereStaggerU.F.O.Ring BridgesDomesAmida LotLong SliderGrid BridgeTeapot
SMB2 EX icon.png ChargeStrataPuzzleGiant Swing5 DrumsFree ThrowPendulumsConical SliderConstructionTrain Worm
SMB2 M icon.png CentrifugalSwing BridgesCylindersPassageNotchIntermittentLong TorusSpasmodicDouble TwinClock Face
SMB2 MX icon.png Variable WidthStrikerOopartsPlanetsSliced Cheese8 SeesawsSynchronizedHelixDizzy SystemNintendo
SMB2 S icon.png TrainingGimmickMountainDisorder3D MazeLabyrinthPostmodernRevolutionInvisibleCreated By
Debug Mode Padding FloorStage 181
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe Stages
SMB2 B icon.png PlainDiamondHairpinWide BridgeSimpleHollowBumpySwitchesFloatersBonus BasicEdgeEscalatorsSerpentineSwirlDormant PitsCompositionDynamoLunchboxGutterRising InclinesSlopesStepsBlocksJump SingleExam-ATubSlidersSpinning TopCurve BridgeScabrousJolt ChannelInertialOctagonalSewerArc BridgesVeer FieldTeeterStreamCatwalkCatapult
SMB2 A icon.png BumpWalkingRepulseNarrow BridgeBreakCurvesDownhillBlocks SlimChoiceBonus WaveJump RampHounds ToothD.N.A.BuildingScrollsCliffConcentricStadiumDungeonBonus GridBanksEaten FloorHoppersCoasterSwellGravity SliderInchwormsTotalitarianismOrganic FormBoard ParkBowlJumpiesStoppersFloor BentConveyerExam-BChaserJump DoubleMiddle JamLevelerReversible GearStepping StonesDribblesU.R.L.Mad RingsCurvy OptionsTwisterCascadePro SkatersRampageAnt LionCollapseSwing Bar LabyrinthSpiralWavy JumpSpikyUnrestPolarParaboloidGiant CombBeehiveDynamic MazeTriangle HolesLaunchersRandomizerCoin SlotsSeesaw BridgesArthropodSpatiotemporal
SMB2 E icon.png RuinBranchOverturnExcursionDodecagonExam-CSkeletonTracksDownhill HardBonus BumpyWormholeFree FallMelting PotMad ShuffleJump MachineZigzag SlopeTowerToggleCombinationBonus HuntingGearsDestructionInvasionDivingFloor SlantTramSwing Bar LongPaper WorkTwin AttackerPartitionPunched SeesawsOperaBrandishedTiersCliffsNarrow PeaksDetourSwitch InfernoSpiral BridgePachinkoSega LogoSnakeWindWindy SlideFall DownTwin CrossSpiral HardConveyer PartsGapsEarthquakeWavy OptionObstacleDominoSieveFlockDouble SpiralHierarchy8 BraceletsPistonsBanana HuntingCurvatureAnt Lion SuperDrumTwist & SpinSpeedy JamQuakeCassiopeiaPiratesBowl OpenFightersSoft CreamMomentumEntangled PathTottersVortexWarpTrampolinesSwing ShaftSerial JumpShelterCheckerCarpetRidgeMixerRingsStairsCloverCoffee CupMetamorphosisMobiusCross FloorsSpinning SawChipped PipesFlat MazeGuillotineCork ScrewOrbitersTwin BasinAir HockeyAsterisk
SMB2 BX icon.png Blur BridgeHitterAV LogoRhombusBuoyConveyersBumpy CheckAlternativeJunctionBead ScreenCoil RampMillefeuilleWaverFat SeesawTreadsFluctuationFoldersQuick TurnLinear SeesawsBirth
SMB2 AX icon.png Blur BridgeHard HitterPuzzleAV LogoPolar LargeAuto DoorsHeavy SphereStaggerU.F.O.Ring BridgesChaosTilt MazeFractalHillsDodge MazeDomesAmida LotLong SliderGrid BridgeTeapot
SMB2 EX icon.png ChargeStrataSquare DanceGiant Swing5 DrumsFree ThrowPendulumsConical SliderConstructionTrain WormBlur BridgeBreatheHard HitterFerris WheelFactoryCurl PipeMagic HandAV LogoSanctuaryDaa Loo Maa
SMB2 M icon.png CentrifugalSwing BridgesCylindersPassageNotchIntermittentLong TorusSpasmodicDouble TwinClock FaceWave MasterFan MasterStamina MasterSpring MasterDance MasterRoll MasterEdge MasterDodge MasterBridge MasterMonkey Master
SMB2 MX icon.png Variable WidthStrikerOopartsPlanetsSliced Cheese8 SeesawsSynchronizedHelixDizzy SystemDestiny
SMB2 S icon.png TrainingGimmickMountainDisorder3D MazeCrazy MazePostmodernRevolutionInvisibleCreated By
Ultimate Mode Stages (with Continues)
Stages 1∼50 PlainDiamondHairpinWide BridgeSimpleHollowBumpySwitchesFloatersBonus BasicEdgeEscalatorsSerpentineSwirlDormant PitsCompositionDynamoLunchboxGutterRising InclinesSlopesStepsJump SingleExam-ATubSlidersSpinning TopCurve BridgeScabrousJolt ChannelInertialOctagonalSewerArc BridgesVeer FieldTeeterStreamCatwalkCatapultBumpWalkingRepulseNarrow BridgeBreakCurvesDownhillBlocks SlimChoiceBonus Wave
Stages 51∼100 Jump RampHounds ToothD.N.A.BuildingCliffConcentricStadiumDungeonBonus GridBanksEaten FloorHoppersCoasterSwellGravity SliderInchwormsTotalitarianismOrganic FormBoard ParkBowlJumpiesStoppersFloor BentConveyerExam-BChaserJump DoubleMiddle JamLevelerReversible GearStepping StonesDribblesU.R.L.Mad RingsCurvy OptionsTwisterCascadePro SkatersRampageAnt LionCollapseSwing BarLabyrinthSpiralWavy JumpSpikyUnrestPolarParaboloid
Stages 101∼150 Giant CombBeehiveDynamic MazeTriangle HolesLaunchersRandomizerCoin SlotsSeesaw BridgesArthropodSpatiotemporalRuinBranchOverturnExcursionDodecagonExam-CSkeletonTracksDownhill HardBonus BumpyWormholeFree FallMelting PotMad ShuffleJump MachineZigzag SlopeTowerToggleCombinationBonus HuntingGearsDestructionInvasionDivingFloor SlantTramSwing Bar LongPaper WorkTwin AttackerPartitionPunched SeesawsOperaBrandishedTiersCliffsNarrow PeaksDetourSwitch InfernoSpiral BridgePachinko
Stages 151∼210 Sega LogoSnakeWindWindy SlideFall DownTwin CrossSpiral HardConveyer PartsGapsEarthquakeWavy OptionObstacleDominoSieveFlockDouble SpiralHierarchy8 BraceletsPistonsBanana HuntingCurvatureAnt Lion SuperDrumTwist & SpinSpeedy JamQuakeCassiopeiaPiratesBowl OpenFightersSoft CreamMomentumEntangled PathTottersVortexWarpTrampolinesSwing ShaftSerial JumpShelterCheckerCarpetRidgeMixerRingsStairsCloverCoffee CupMetamorphosisMobiusCross FloorsSpinning SawChipped PipesFlat MazeGuillotineCork ScrewOrbitersTwin BasinAir HockeyAsterisk
Ultimate Mode Stages (without Continues)
Stages 1∼50 PlainDiamondHairpinWide BridgeSimpleHollowBumpySwitchesFloatersBonus BasicEdgeEscalatorsSerpentineSwirlDormant PitsCompositionDynamoLunchboxGutterRising InclinesSlopesStepsBlocksJump SingleExam-ATubSlidersSpinning TopCurve BridgeScabrousJolt ChannelInertialOctagonalSewerArc BridgesVeer FieldTeeterStreamCatwalkCatapultBlur BridgeHitterAV LogoRhombusBuoyConveyersBumpy CheckAlternativeJunctionBead Screen
Stages 51∼100 Coil RampMillefeuilleWaverFat SeesawTreadsFluctuationFoldersQuick TurnLinear SeesawsBirthBumpWalkingRepulseNarrow BridgeBreakCurvesDownhillBlocks SlimChoiceBonus WaveJump RampHounds ToothD.N.A.BuildingScrollsCliffConcentricStadiumDungeonBonus GridBanksEaten FloorHoppersCoasterSwellGravity SliderInchwormsTotalitarianismOrganic FormBoard ParkBowlJumpiesStoppersFloor BentConveyerExam-BChaserJump DoubleMiddle JamLeveler
Stages 101∼150 Reversible GearStepping StonesDribblesU.R.L.Mad RingsCurvy OptionsTwisterCascadePro SkatersRampageAnt LionCollapseSwing BarLabyrinthSpiralWavy JumpSpikyUnrestPolarParaboloidGiant CombBeehiveDynamic MazeTriangle HolesLaunchersRandomizerCoin SlotsSeesaw BridgesArthropodSpatiotemporalBlur BridgeHard HitterPuzzleAV LogoPolar LargeAuto DoorsHeavy SphereStaggerU.F.O.Ring BridgesChaosTilt MazeFractalHillsDodge MazeDomesAmida LotLong SliderGrid BridgeTeapot
Stages 151∼200 RuinBranchOverturnExcursionDodecagonExam-CSkeletonTracksDownhill HardBonus BumpyWormholeFree FallMelting PotMad ShuffleJump MachineZigzag SlopeTowerToggleCombinationBonus HuntingGearsDestructionInvasionDivingFloor SlantTramSwing Bar LongPaper WorkTwin AttackerPartitionPunched SeesawsOperaBrandishedTiersCliffsNarrow PeaksDetourSwitch InfernoSpiral BridgePachinkoSega LogoSnakeWindWindy SlideFall DownTwin CrossSpiral HardConveyer PartsGapsEarthquake
Stages 201∼250 Wavy OptionObstacleDominoSieveFlockDouble SpiralHierarchy8 BraceletsPistonsBanana HuntingCurvatureAnt Lion SuperDrumTwist & SpinSpeedy JamQuakeCassiopeiaPiratesBowl OpenFightersSoft CreamMomentumEntangled PathTottersVortexWarpTrampolinesSwing ShaftSerial JumpShelterCheckerCarpetRidgeMixerRingsStairsCloverCoffee CupMetamorphosisMobiusCross FloorsSpinning SawChipped PipesFlat MazeGuillotineCork ScrewOrbitersTwin BasinAir HockeyAsterisk
Stages 251∼300 ChargeStrataSquare DanceGiant Swing5 DrumsFree ThrowPendulumsConical SliderConstructionTrain WormBlur BridgeBreatheHard HitterFerris WheelFactoryCurl PipeMagic HandAV LogoSanctuaryDaa Loo MaaCentrifugalSwing BridgesCylindersPassageNotchIntermittentLong TorusSpasmodicDouble TwinClock FaceWave MasterFan MasterStamina MasterSpring MasterDance MasterRoll MasterEdge MasterDodge MasterBridge MasterMonkey MasterVariable WidthStrikerOopartsPlanetsSliced Cheese8 SeesawsSynchronizedHelixDizzy SystemDestiny
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