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Take this Fox, it'll replenish your shields a bit!
Slippy Toad

Supply Rings, Shield Rings and Supply Stars are important and popular items in the Star Fox series. They recover the damage taken by an Arwing, Landmaster or other vehicle, which is the main method of filling the Shield Guage. Supply Rings were originally described as "checkpoint rings." Each type of Ring makes a special sound when obtained which may differ from game to game. Their names also differ from game to game.

Appearances

Star Fox

Supply Ring

After you fly through this ring, it will become your starting point if your ship is destroyed before you finish a stage. Flying through this ring will also restore most of your shield energy.*If your miss the Supply Ring, you will continue an unfinished stage from back at the beginning
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet

Small Energy Supply

This small ring will appear after you have destroyed certain enemies or missiles. When you fly through it, some of your shield energy will be replenished.
—Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet

Star Fox 64/3D

In Star Fox 64/3D, Supply Rings (silver) could be found by destroying enemies or obstacles. Shield Rings (golden) are much more rare and are held by specific enemies or places at certain points on a stage; collecting three of them will double the vehicle's shield capacity for the remainder of the stage, and every three collected after that will grant an extra life. Gold Rings will also be carried over to the next mission or at the beginning of a restarted one. Middle Supplies (also known as Supply Stars[1]) can only be found in several places throughout the game, such as in rocks on Solar or from defeating a member of Star Wolf team on Venom, and may also be found inside Containers if the vehicle's shield is extremely low; Middle Supplies completely restore the vehicle's shields when picked up. The Middle Supplies appear exclusively in Star Fox 64. Acutal Checkpoint Rings will both replenish the vehicle's sheilds and enable a restart point if it is shot down, providing the level has one at all.

Instruction booklet references

PAL

Supply Ring: "Shield gauge will recover slightly."

Middle Supply: "Shield gauge will recover more."

Shield Ring: "If you get three Shield Rings, you will increase the maximum value of your shield gauge. At the same time, the gauge will recover significantly. If you get another three, you will get a 1-Up. You can take the rings you didn't use to the next stage."

Strategy Guide descriptions

Supply Ring

The Supply Ring partially recharges your Shield Gauge.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 16

Shield Ring

Collect three to increase your shield capacity and three more to earn an extra ship.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 16

Supply Star

This gives you more shield energy than the Supply Ring.
—Official Nintendo Power Player's Guide, pg 16

Star Fox Adventures

In Star Fox Adventures Supply Rings are referred to as just Silver- and Gold Rings. While Fox McCloud is traveling between the different regions of Sauria in his Arwing, he is required to fly through a particular number of Gold Rings to open the force field surrounding the region. These rings are in fact Supply Rings. The silver ones appear in their original health recovery purpose too. Additionally, Star Fox Adventures introduced Moving Rings, Gold X Rings and Moving X Rings. The Moving Rings move across the screen either vertically or horizontally, and the X Rings are blocked by a small X, which must be shot in order to make the ring accessible. These ring types are yet to appear in any other Star Fox game.

The Gold Ring Seal

Even when you have enough fuel, flying up to retrieve the SpellStones from the floating worlds in space is not as easy as it looks: Fox has to pilot his Arwing through varying numbers of Gold Rings in order to reach them.
Laser upgrades and Bombs can be picked up during the course of the Arwing missions, and energy can be replenished by flying through Silver Rings.
—Star Fox Adventures; Instruction Booklet

The required number of gold rings during space filght are as follows-

Arwing space mission requirements
Dinosaur Planet  (ThornTail Hollow )-(Krazoa Palace) 1
DarkIce Mines 3
CloudRunner Fortress 5
Walled City 7
Dragon Rock 10

PAL[2]


Silver Ring: "Laser upgrades and Smart Bombs can be picked up during the course of the Arwing missions, and energy can be replenished by flying through Silver Rings."

Gold Ring: "Even when when you have enough fuel, flying up to retrieve the SpellStones from the floating worlds in space is not as easy as it looks: Fox has to pilot his Arwing through varying number of Gold Rings in order to reach them."

Gold Ring

Description:

You must fly through a certain number of Gold Rings to deactivate the GateKeeper ForceFields surrounding Dinosaur Planet and the chunks of planet orbiting the core. There are 10 Gold Rings in each mission.
—Star Fox Adventures; Prima's Official Strategy Guide, pg 14

Silver Ring

Description:

Silver Rings replenish your health by half an icon when you fly through them.
—Star Fox Adventures; Prima's Official Strategy Guide, pg 14

Star Fox: Assault

In Star Fox: Assault, Supply Rings are called Silver- and Gold Shield Rings, but their function remains the same. Slippy Toad and Krystal will drop behind Silver Supply Rings for Fox as gratitude if he manages to save them on time from tailing enemies.

Instruction booklet references

PAL


Silver Shield Ring: "This sparkling ring restores a small portion of a vehicle's shield"

Gold Shield Ring: "This glittering ring restores a medium portion of a vehicle's shield"

Official Site references

US

Silver Shield Ring: "Partially recharges the Arwing and Landmaster's shield meter."

Gold Shield Ring: "Greatly recharges Arwing or Landmaster shield meter."


Star Fox Command

There is another variant of the Supply Ring in Star Fox Command. Their appearance has been changed drastically and are only yellow triangles forming a circle. While in the middle of a conflict, a Supply Ring will restore two bars of the ship's shield, but in multiplayer mode or on the map screen, an obtained Supply Ring will fully restore the shield.

Instruction booklet references

PAL

Supply Ring: "Pick one of these to restore your ship's shields."


Star Fox Zero

Star Fox Zero retains the original three Ring types while adding a new one called Super Gold Ring, which appear similar to the Gold Rings with a slightly darker coloration and a ribbon in the center. Collecting all three in a mission will create a collectable Medal to obtain, usually formed in front of the player.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The golden Supply Rings somewhat resemble the golden rings from the Sonic the Hedgehog series; ironically, the rings in the Sonic series also serve as a means of defense, in that they protect the player from enemy damage (and in some titles, replenish the player's health gauge, much like in the Star Fox series).

References

  • NINTENDO POWER Star Fox 64: Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Redmond, WA, Nintendo of America. 1997.
  • Star Fox 1993; Instruction Booklet
  • Star Fox Adventures; Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Games/Adventure. Platform: Nintendo GameCube,™
  1. The official Nintendo Power's Star Fox 64 player's guide
  2. The official Nintendo Power's Star Fox Adventures player's guide

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