Rayman has to free the imprisoned Electoons to re-establish order in his world. Each level is represented by a medallion with six empty spaces on the map of the world, each of which corresponds to a cage of Electoons which you have to find. Each time you open a cage of Electoons, one space on the medallion fills up.—Manual, Rayman
The pirates have imprisoned many inhabitants in these little cages sealed with vital energy. Breaking 10 cages increases Rayman's Life Bar.—Manual, Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Inside these metal cages, the inhabitants captured by the pirates are most often found. It also happens that the Yellow Lums are prisoners. To liberate all captive creatures, you must shoot a cage twice. For every ten cages destroyed, the living standards of Rayman increase.—Official description, Rayman 2 : The Great Escape : Le Guide Officiel
The Teensies are perfect gentlemen. They shut themselves up in the cages just so the Hoodlums won't have built them in vain.—In-game description, Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
The Hoodlums have captured all the Teensies and put them in cages to use them for shooting practice. It’s up to you to set them free. Listen carefully! You can hear them calling for help when you go near a cage. Each time they’re set free, the Teensies give you a present and a jewel medallion fills up. When the 6 jewel medallions are full, the Life Bar increases.—Manual, Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
The pirates have imprisoned many inhabitant in these little cages sealed with vital energy. Break the cages to free Rayman’s friends.—Manual, Rayman 3
The rabbids have imprisoned a lot of inhabitants in these little cages, using vital energy. Break the cage to free Rayman's friends.
A cage is a small breakable prison that contains innocent creatures who have been captured by hostile characters, such as Robo-Pirates or Hoodlums. It is Rayman's objective in all five major games, as well as some spin-offs such as Rayman 3 for the Game Boy Advance and Rayman: Hoodlums' Revenge, to destroy every single cage there is and release the prisoners inside them. Cages are possibly the most commonly recurring objects in the Rayman series.
Cages in Rayman
In the original Rayman, the cages are about as big as Rayman is, and they contain Electoons which have been captured by the monsters that appeared after the Great Protoon was stolen by Mister Dark. Each level in the game has six cages which fill up a medallion as Rayman keeps destroying them. When he has freed all six per level, the medallion shows as a happy Electoon face on the world map. There is a total of 102 cages in the whole game, and all of them must be destroyed before advancing to the Candy Château. The game also requires backtracking to find all of the cages, as Rayman is sometimes not able to reach them until he gains his powers. Some cages are also hidden, and only appear if Rayman touches a certain area in a map.
There are 38 cages in the entire game which all contain Electoons. It is impossible to break all cages during the first visit of a level, as some are only accessible with a specific ability that Rayman has not acquired during his initial visit.
Cages in Rayman 2
Unlike the original game, the player can advance to the final boss level without freeing all 80 cages. The cages in this game are a lot smaller this time, and are mostly hung from ceilings and posts, containing several kinds of creatures and spirits such as Teensies, Familiar Spirits (Rayman Revolution only), Denys, Ludivs (PlayStation version only), and both Yellow and Purple Lums. Also unlike Rayman, they do not appear by touching certain areas in a map, though some are hidden and can only be reached after Rayman receives certain powers, so the player would still have to backtrack. Rayman would know that one is near by hearing the sound of a prisoner crying for help. For every ten that he destroys, his life bar increases, though in Rayman Revolution, it indicates that Rayman has enough Familiar Spirits to unlock another of Ly's minigames (which, when completed, will increase Rayman's maximum health).
In the non-Sony versions of the game, cages contain Lums, with the end-of-level cages containing Teensies. In the PSX version, however, cages are far more abundant throughout the levels and when broken, a Ludiv, Greenbottle, or Deny escapes. After extending Rayman's life bar and refilling his health, they leave.
The introduction of Familiar Spirits in Rayman Revolution leads to an interesting discrepancy. In many levels in Rayman 2, the exit portal is opened by a Teensie locked in a cage near the end of the level. Therefore, these cages are also present in Rayman Revolution, for the sake of continuity. However, unlike in all other versions of Rayman 2, they do not count towards the total, since they do not contain Familiar Spirits.
Cages in Rayman 2 Forever
There are 30 cages in total scattered throughout the game, they all contain a Grand Minimus.
Cages in Rayman M
Cages in Rayman 3
This time, the only creatures that are trapped inside cages are various tribes of Teensies that have been captured by the Hoodlums, who have imprisoned them in 60 cages total. As in Rayman 2, not all of them have to be destroyed in order to advance to the final boss level. Akin to the original Rayman, each cage that is destroyed fills up a medallion, though this time when each medallion is filled with 6 cages, the size of Rayman's life bar increases, giving him a higher maximum of health. The captive Teensies will often reward Rayman when be breaks their cages, either with a Laser-Washing Powder power-up, or with jewels that the hero can collect to obtain points, and then disappear after a quick remark.
There are two types of cage seen in the course of the game, they differ only in appearance however, they both have the same effect when broken. The first type of cage is the one most commonly seen throughout the course of the game, these cages are cubic in shape, and are constructed with wood and metal. They also have a balloon adorned with the Hoodlum emblem, through which the actual cage is suspended in midair. These cage have some resemblance to a bird cage.
The second type of cage is exclusively found in the Land of the Livid Dead, these have a more simplistic look, made of only wood, with bars preventing the captive Griskin from escaping, who are the only type of Teensy to be seen in this type of cage. Much like the main type of cage, these cages are also suspended from a balloon, but with a more dull colouration and with no Hoodlum emblem.
In the the Game Boy Advance and Symbian versions of Rayman 3
In these versions, the cages look identical to those featured in Rayman 2, they can either be suspended from a chain, or stood upon a platform or ground. No prisoner is seen emerging from these cages when broken.
In the the Game Boy Advance version, there are 50 cages scattered throughout the game, but not every level contains a cage. Usually, in levels that contain cages, there will be four to find. Levels that have less than four cages are Wanderwood Forest (with three cages), Prickly Passage (with two cages), Boulder Brink (with two cages) and Wretched Ruins (with three cages).
In the Symbian version, there are merely 12 cages to break in total.
The cages in this game are identical to the main type of cage seen in the console versions of Rayman 3. Rayman must break all cages in a level to obtain 100% completion, as they go towards that tally. There are nine levels that cages can be found, with four per level, this gives a total of 36 cages to locate throughout the course of the game.
Much like in Rayman 2 and the console version of Rayman 3, Teensies are found locked in cages, and will call for help when Rayman is close to them. Much like in the console versions of Rayman 3, Teensies will make a quick remark once freed, before disappearing, leaving behind a reward for Rayman.
Cages have a similar appearance to those that appeared In the the Game Boy Advance and Symbian versions of Rayman 3, and thus, similar to those from Rayman 2. There are a total of 60 cages that are scattered throughout the game, in levels that contain cages, there are four to be found, making for 15 levels that contain cages.
Cages in Rayman Origins
There are 108 cages in Rayman Origins - 62 of which are hidden away in hidden chambers - each with a group of imprisoned Electoons - and the other 46 are located at the end of the levels. These cages are usually surrounded by a forcefield tied to several enemies, and once the enemies are defeated, the forcefield disappears. There are also 5 levels - the last levels from the last 5 worlds - where the medallion contains one slot which has an encarved cage symbol, although these levels don't contain any cage. Instead of breaking a cage at the end of the level, the player can fill these slots with Electoons by defeating each boss from these five worlds. The rest of Electoons are received through other means: 31 for winning time trials and 102 for collecting a specific amount of Lum (Rayman Origins)s in each level and then trading them to the Magician.
The cages are the most resistant objects in Rayman Origins. Every cage has two padlocks, and each padlock takes 4 continuous slaps to be broken (The fourth slap is always faster and stronger). Cages are the only exception of Rayman's charging ability, as they can be broken easily with a charged fist or a crush attack.
Cages in Rayman Legends
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There are a total of 700 Teensies that have been captured in Rayman Legends, most of which can be found in the various levels, some are imprisoned in the traditional cages, and others tied to a simple post. However, some captured Teensies cannot be freed in the traditional manner, and are instead found by winning them via Lucky Ticket.