Purple Lums assure the cohesion of the world. Without them, nothing would be solid or visible. With your magic fist, you can jump through the air and grab them one after another.
A Purple Lum is one of the many types of Lums that are found in the Glade of Dreams. These lums assure the cohesion of the world; without them, nothing would be solid or visible. Unlike the other Lums, this kind is shaped like a ring; rather than being collectible, they can be grabbed and used as hook by Rayman, so that he may cross large areas without touching the ground. Like Super Yellow Lums, Purple Lums have eyes.
In the games
Rayman 2 is the first game in which Purple Lums are named. In this game, Rayman gains the ability to swing from Purple Lums by absorbing a Silver Lum which was granted to him by Ly, after he freed her from her prison in the Fairy Glade.
In the original Rayman game, objects known as flying rings appeared. These rings are essentially this game's version of Purple Lums; the function in the exact same way, and appear very similar (but Purple Lums' wings are insectile, while flying rings' wings are more bird-like). This game also features black-eyed flying rings; these are red versions which sink when grabbed, often putting Rayman in danger. Rayman must receive a Silver Lum from Betilla the Fairy in order to use flying rings.
In Rayman 3, items known as flying hooks appear. These Hoodlum-made contraptions work in the same way as Purple Lums, but Rayman needs the Lockjaw Laser-Washing Powder to use them. In the Game Boy Advance adaptation of Rayman 3, flying hooks wear metal crowns.
In the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman Raving Rabbids, Purple Lums reappear, and look very similar to how they appeared in the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3. They now have a greyish colour.
In the Game Boy Color versions of Rayman and Rayman 2, the Purple Lums move around freely in one location, ready for Rayman to grab onto them. In Fiery Depths and Dark Legacy, red and black grabbing rings can be found. When Rayman grabs onto, they go and stay up. When he lets go, they go down. They can also hurt Rayman.
In the Nintendo DS version of Rayman Raving Rabbids, Purple Lums can only be found much later in the game.