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Mermaid springs are divine portals in Ōkami that allow teleportation between a system of Mermaid springs that Amaterasu has reached or unlocked. They are found in bodies of water with a green light shining up from the surface. They are inaccessible until Amaterasu has revived the Guardian Sapling of the area with the Mermaid Spring, and even after this, she typically must clear a nearby obstacle such as a Devil gate or Digging minigame before they appear. They are also visible on the map screen in the main menu. There are nine Mermaid Springs in all.

Amaterasu cannot use them until she tosses a Mermaid Coin into them. Her first Mermaid coin is obtained in Sasa Sanctuary from Mr. Bamboo after she battles Gi. After this, Mermaid Coins are available for sale from merchants or can be found in treasure chests. However, after Amaterasu obtains Fountain, she can teleport between Mermaid Springs without using a Mermaid Coin.

An alternative method of teleportation is the use of Mist Warp on Ultimate Origin Mirrors. These are generally favorable over Mermaid springs since there are far more Ultimate Origin Mirrors than there are springs, and the mirrors allow travel to be quicker and strategic. There are, however, some places that only the springs can reach, so they do have some use (the top of Catcall Tower, Sei'an City, etc.). They are also the best means of transportation before obtaining the Fog Pot required for Mist Warp.

Mermaid Springs are absent in Ōkamiden and as such, can not be used for warping. Instead they appear to be normal springs or ponds without the characteristic green light. Despite this and the inability to use Mist Warp, Chibiterasu can still warp between areas and through time via Ultimate Origin Mirrors by using Kagu's Charm.

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Trivia

  • When Amaterasu swims into the pulsating wave of the Mermaid Spring, she retain breathing capability, as if that the Mermaid Spring itself allows breathing underwater like in the Dragon Palace
  • Even though that teleportation between Mermaid Springs are directly transporting Amaterasu into the water, standing above water on Lily Pads or equipping Water Tablet allows the use of both Mermaid Coins and Fountain.
  • Small puddles that resemble Mermaid springs can also be found in Madame Fawn's house, the Water Dragon, and Oni Island. However, these do not teleport but instead heal Amaterasu's Solar Energy and Ink Pots.

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