The Ruby Mist is a gimmick that appears in Sonic Mania. It is a mist-like product of the Phantom Ruby that teleports those who enter it.
The Ruby Mist is a pink-purple mist with faint sparkles. A product of the Phantom Ruby that is created when the gem is used, this mist is able to create distortions in space-time that can warp those who enter it to different locations.
The Ruby Mist only appears in Titanic Monarch Zone Act 2, as a product of Dr. Eggman's usage of the Phantom Ruby at the time. In gameplay, these mist clouds can be found covering passages, floors, ceilings and so on. When a playable character touches a mist cloud, they will be warped away, only to be deposited into another location (some of which are only accessible through the Ruby Mists) by another mist cloud. Each Ruby Mist is linked to another one in a specific location, although some multiple mist clouds are linked to one specific.
While Ruby Mists can be used both ways, the "receiver" mist clouds are often positioned so the player cannot reach them once they have been deposited from them. Also, the Ruby Mists are sometimes arranged such that when the player falls into it by mistake or takes the wrong Ruby Mist-ridden passage, they will be transported back to an earlier point in the Act to try again.
↑ 1.01.11.2Live Sonic Mania Developer Playthrough (3:46:05). Stealth (20 August 2017). Retrieved on 22 August 2017. “Stealth: So about this Act, eh, Act 2 Ti-titanic Monarch Zone... Uh, the, uh, purple-pinkish mist is actually rub-called Ruby Mist. And it is a product of Eggman using the Phantom Ruby at this moment, which is distorting Titanic Monarch itself.”