Pyramid Cave is an indoor Egyptian ruin-themed level, with large murals and hieroglyphs found within. Since it is a base belonging to Eggman, the statues have their heads replaced by ones with his face.
Other level-specific objects include bars that can be swung from, torches and bonfires, chimneys with Eggman's face, large swinging boat pendulums, and windmills. There are also Boos here which can be an obstruction to the player, along with E-1000s.
Level Up Item
Sonic's Bounce Bracelet is located in this stage, allowing him to gain altitude by bouncing after pressing the jump button when mid-air. It is required to complete the level.
Collect 100 Rings
The fastest way to collect one hundred rings in this level is to light dash whenever possible, and stop in two particular locations. Instead of swinging from the first pole, the player should drop down and grab twenty rings from the item boxes below. Then, in the alcove to the left where the player finds the second Chao Box, they should collect ten rings from the item box and then smash the nearby crate for twenty more.
Find the lost Chao
The player should play the Mystic Melody at the second ancient shrine along the main path to make a spring appear to their right. They must bounce up and run down the path until they come to an hourglass, flip it, then perform a Bounce Attack up to the pole above. The player must quickly swing from pole to pole to get across the gap before the door closes. The lost Chao can be found behind this door.
Reach the goal within 4:00
There are no shortcuts in this stage, so the player must master the level to reach the Goal Ring in under four minutes. They should take care to grind on every rail, swing from every pole, and Light Speed Dash whenever possible.
Clear Hard mode
There are a handful of changes in the Hard Mode that make it substantially more difficult than usual. Firstly, the hourglass in front of the first E-1000 is moved to the right, and the spring on the platform above it is gone. This forces the player to use a Bounce Attack to reach the tunnel above.
The placement of items on the player's way to fetch the second gate key has changed entirely. The hourglass that opens its door is now atop a white ledge, so the player must drop the key in front of the door and go back to flip the hourglass, then pick up the key again before running through.
Chao Container locations
When the player sees some poles for the first time in the stage, instead of swinging on them, they should drop down below and look on that platform for the first Chao box.
After the player uses the Bounce Bracelet to bounce up to the walls, they should go forward until they reach another hourglass. They must look in the alcove to the left, and they will see the second Chao box inside.
The player should play the Mystic Melody near the ancient shrine by the third point marker. They must use the Light Speed Dash across the trail of Rings that appears, then catch a pulley that lifts the player to a platform with another ancient shrine. They must play the Mystic Melody again and Light Speed Dash while holding up, and the player will land on a rail. The third Chao box can be found at the end of this rail.
The stage's Gold Beetle can be found close to the bottom of the Eggman symbol in the room with a E-1000 and a Wide Spring, after the third point marker. In Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, it is moved over to the left.
An arcade video game called Sonic Ghost Shooting takes elements from this stage into the said arcade game.