Pixls were created by the ancients to guide and assist the hero mentioned in the Light Prognosticus. Each Pixl features a different ability that assists Mario as he collects them throughout the game. Thirteen Pixls are collected during the game, however, three of these Pixls, Dashell, Barry, and Piccolo, are optional. In addition, Tippi is given to Mario at the beginning of the game, however, upon the ending of the game, Tippi leaves Mario to join Count Bleck. Mario can then use Francis to obtain Tiptron, a cybernetic version of Tippi.