Dry Bowser

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Dry Bowser
Dry Bowser MSOWG.jpg
Dry Bowser, as seen in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
Species Dry Bones
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Latest appearance Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016)
Latest portrayal Kenny James (2008-present)

“Ggggrah! You shouldn'ta said that! Nobody makes fun of Dry Bowser! Nobody!”
Dry Bowser, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Dry Bowser is the undead and skeletal version of Bowser. He made his debut in New Super Mario Bros., where he came about as the result of Mario defeating Bowser by dropping him into lava at the end of New Super Mario Bros.'s first castle. Unlike previous occasions, the lava reduced the once-mighty king to a skeleton, leaving his son, Bowser Jr., temporarily in command of the Koopa Troop. Dry Bowser is then fought in the first castle in World 8.

Since his debut, Dry Bowser has made subsequent appearances as a separate character from Bowser, the first of which was as an unlockable driver in Mario Kart Wii. Notably, he has appeared as an antagonist in the Mario & Sonic series. His appearance in both New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D Land is not due to Bowser falling in the lava, as in both cases he isn't turned into a skeleton after falling in the lava after the final boss battles[1][2].


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Mario, fighting Dry Bowser in New Super Mario Bros..
Dry Bowser, as seen in World 1, in New Super Mario Bros..

In New Super Mario Bros., Bowser becomes Dry Bowser when he falls into lava after being defeated in World 1. He later appears as the boss of World 8's first castle. He drops in from the ceiling and falls apart, but reassembles and is ready to fight Mario.

To defeat Dry Bowser, Mario must dodge his attacks, which includes breathing small flames and throwing his own bones. Mario can wait for Dry Bowser to make a high jump and then run under him, or precisely jump over him. Then Mario hit the Skull Switch, destroying the bridge and throwing him into a very deep pit; when he finally hits the ground, his whole body falls apart. Dry Bowser is immune to fireball attacks, so Fire Mario's fireballs won't have any effect against him.

If Mario (or Luigi) has a Mega Mushroom as his backup item, then the player can use this item to simply jump on Dry Bowser, who then quickly crumbles in defeat. At the final battle of the game, Bowser Jr. is present with the disassembled Dry Bowser. He tosses his father's skeleton into a cauldron, which causes Bowser to revert to his original form, albeit larger.

If the player uses the Warp Cannon that leads to World 5 found in World 1 before taking on the castle, Bowser's demise will appear unexplained, as he is never seen falling into the lava before appearing in his Dry Bowser form in the first World 8 castle.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Dry Bowser in Super Mario 3D Land.

Dry Bowser returns in Super Mario 3D Land as the boss in the castle stages of the Special Worlds. His battle tactics are similar to a Bowser Impostor, but they have several subtle differences. For example, he breathes blue fireballs at Mario while approaching him as opposed to the Bowser Impostors' method of breathing fireballs while stationary. He also attempts to hit the hero with his skeleton tail and slam the ground (creating shockwaves). Once Mario hits the switch, the bridge collapses, sending Dry Bowser into the lava. Dry Bowser is fought in the castles of Special 1, Special 5, and Special 8, which parallels how Mario fights Bowser (albeit two of which are impostors) in the normal world counterparts of those same castles.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Dry Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Mario fights Dry Bowser in World Star.

Dry Bowser reappears in New Super Mario Bros. 2 as the castle boss of the World Star, the final special world which is unlocked after beating Bowser himself. He behaves the same as his other counterpart in World 6, which marks the first time Dry Bowser becomes a larger size (excluding the use of a Mega Mushroom in Mario Kart Wii). The only difference in the two boss battles is that Dry Bowser is faster than Bowser, can toss bones instead of sledgehammers at Mario, is immune to fireballs, and the platforms are smaller. Unlike the original battle, Peach's cage is nowhere to be seen.[3]

Dry Bowser's face is also used as the icon for the Impossible Pack, a downloadable course pack for Coin Rush mode, though he does not appear in any of its levels.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Dry Bowser, driving through Grumble Volcano in Mario Kart Wii.

Dry Bowser makes his first playable appearance in Mario Kart Wii. He is a large-sized driver along with his living counterpart. Dry Bowser features a good off-road rating (tied with Toadette) and mini-turbo boost (tied with Wario, Koopa Troopa, and Dry Bones), which makes vehicles like the Flame Flyer and Phantom perform a bit better off the track along with getting a slightly better mini-turbo boost after a drift. He can be unlocked by beating all of the Wii New Grand Prix cups on 150cc with at least a 1 star ranking for each. He is the Time Trial ghost of Grumble Volcano and GBA Bowser Castle 3.

Dry Bowser was the only CPU opponent in the second tournament of March 2009, where he attacked the player by firing fireballs at them throughout the race in the Mario Kart 64 version of Bowser's Castle. This competition has since been repeated twice.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Dry Bowser in Mario Kart 8.

Dry Bowser returns to the Mario Kart series as a downloadable playable character in Mario Kart 8 as part of the game's second DLC pack, Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8, released in April 2015, which also includes Villager and Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series, eight new courses, and four new vehicle customization options. Dry Bowser is also the only downloadable character in this title who is not a newcomer to the series, as he is playable in Mario Kart Wii.

Dry Bowser is a heavyweight character with a large body frame, and his stats are identical to those of Bowser, Wario, Morton, and the large Mii. The Bone Rattler serves as Dry Bowser's signature vehicle. Likewise, Bone-Dry Dunes has a part of his head on the cliff face over the cave, and advertisements in both Twisted Mansion and Wii Grumble Volcano for "Undead Motors" use his emblem.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

Dry Bowser appears in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX as an alternate costume for Bowser, making him a heavyweight character.[4]

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Dry Bowser's appearance in the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.
Dry Bowser and three Dry Bones, in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.

Dry Bowser makes his second spin-off appearance in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. He appears as the last rival character in the Festival Mode. Here he challenges the player to the Ice Hockey event, where he is the captain of a team of three Dry Bones while he participates as his team's goalkeeper. Once the player's team manages to beat him, he angrily chases his own team, likely blaming them for the loss. However, if the player loses, Dry Bowser and his team will do a victory dance and laugh evilly. There is also a purchasable Dry Bowser costume that the Miis can wear.

In the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Dry Bowser is seen working for Bowser and Dr. Eggman, who are trying to kidnap the Snow Spirits in the Adventure Tours mode. He appears as the boss of the Super Sonic Downhill event (where he is found at the end of Sparkleton, keeping Pola hostage in a cage), as well as in the Curling Bowling event, where he is encountered just before the player reaches Bowser and Dr. Eggman in Blizland, where he is keeping Frosty in a cage.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Dry Bowser returns as a rival in the London Party Mode of the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is faced in the Dream Long Jump event. After the player beats him, they receive a Sticker. Also, the music that plays when playing against him is the same as in the previous title. The player can once again unlock a Dry Bowser suit for their Miis.

In the 3DS version's story mode, Dry Bowser appears at the beginning of the story for the second part of the Mario story. He and a Dry Bones challenge Mario and Luigi in the Sailing - 470 event.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Dry Bowser appears as a boss in the Legends Showdown mode of Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. As all of the playable characters are about to claim the Legend Trophy, he ambushes them along with Eggman Nega and Rouge the Bat. The player must then face all three of them in the Winter Sports Champion Race event.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Dry Bowser made his first playable appearance in the Mario & Sonic series in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In both the 3DS and Wii U versions, he only participates in the Javelin Throw event.[5]

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Dry Bowser, as seen in Mario Tennis Open.

Dry Bowser appears this time as an unlockable playable character in Mario Tennis Open. Dry Bowser, along with Waluigi, are the only Defense-type players in the game. He can be unlocked after the third difficulty level of Ink Showdown, Inksplosion, is completed.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash[edit]

Dry Bowser, as seen in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.

Dry Bowser appears in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash as an unlockable playable character. Like in Mario Tennis Open, he and Waluigi are the only Defense-type players in the game.[6] His emblem is used in the "Ultra Drink" advertisements seen around the stadium.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Dry Bowser appears in Mario Party: Island Tour, making his first appearance in the Mario Party series, He acts as the fifth boss to be fought in Bowser's Tower, on the twenty-fifth floor, with his minigame Dry Bowser's Brain Bonk. His voice clips from Super Mario 3D Land are reused.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Dry Bowser in Mario Party 10.

Dry Bowser makes a return in Mario Party 10. During Bowser's boss battle minigame, Bowser's Tank Terror, when his HP reaches halfway, he falls in the lava and turns into Dry Bowser. He also grows huge in this state, making it the second time Dry Bowser becomes a larger size.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

Dry Bowser, as he appears in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.

Dry Bowser also appears as an extra boss in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. He serves as the boss of ★World 8-PDSMBE-BowserCastle.png, and his main attribute is Dark, while his sub-attribute is Fire. When fought as an enemy, Dry Bowser will always start the battle with Bowser Claw, which subtracts 12500 HP from the player. Dry Bowser can also perform an attack that takes away most of the player's HP, can breathe dark flames and cause blindness for the entire Orb field, and is able to use Super Heal to fully heal himself as well.

Dry Bowser can also be used as a helper after the player completes ★World 8. His HP and ATK are high, while his RCV is set at 0. His initial level after joining is level 46. As a helper, Dry Bowser's skill, Bowser Smash, can be used to perform a large amount of damage to all enemies, while his Helper Skill, Flame of Vengeance, raises the ATK of all teammates by 4x whenever the player makes 7 combos or more in one turn.

Dry Bowser cannot be rematched after the player completes ★World 8; after Dry Bowser joins the player, a Boom Boom replaces him as the boss of ★World 8-PDSMBE-BowserCastle.pngBowser's Castle.

Dry Bowser also serves as the boss of Fixed Challenge Course 5 in Score Attack. In that course, however, he attacks every two turns, and does not perform any first strike blows.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Paper Jam Enemy
Dry Bowser
Location(s) Battle Ring
Level 48
HP 2880
Power 500 (499)
Defense 614 (610)
Speed 298
Experience 0
Coins 0
Item Drop None
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Easy Mode of the game.
Dry Bowser, as he appears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

Dry Bowser makes his first appearance in the Mario & Luigi series as the secret boss in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.[7] He is fought at the end of the boss medley in the Battle Ring and is level 48 when encountered. He's the strongest boss in the game. His attacks involves detaching his body parts and throwing them, throwing his head off and spewing blue flames, and inhaling the brothers to regain health. He also has an attack where he summons Thwomps to crush the bros. before spewing a torrent of flames. If all three Thwomps are countered, they will take the brunt of the flames, causing them to take turns jumping on Dry Bowser as they hop off, leaving him vulnerable. Occasionally, he'll summon a pair of Koopalings (Roy and Wendy, or Larry and Ludwig) from portals to assist him, all of which are at level 46. When he summons the Koopalings, they behave like they do in their previous battles with two exceptions (Wendy will not attack Roy if she is hit by one of his attacks; Ludwig and Larry don't use battle cards). Both Dry Bowser and the summoned Koopaling pair must be defeated in order to end the battle. Dry Bowser is notably unique in that he has a special animation for both entering battle and being defeated.

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

Dry Bowser is simply Bowser's skeletal form, though there are some significant changes to his overall appearance. His snout is slightly morphed into a beak-like shape, while his chest and stomach consist are hollow due to consisting of five ribs. Dry Bowser's shell is a charcoal gray with dark red spike-rings and scarlet spaces between its plates, as opposed to his counterpart's standard green, red, and black coloration. His horns are longer and more curved, his eye sockets are more triangular, and he sports a bony brow mimicking the characteristically angry position of his living counterpart's eyebrows. Like Dry Bones, Dry Bowser's eyes are black and empty holes with glowing yellow pupils. However, his pupils have been shown to turn a light blue whenever he swipes at Mario during the second phase of his boss battle in New Super Mario Bros. 2. The once black and shiny collars around his neck and arms have been scorched and turned a dull, very dark red, and his hair has been taken up in a ponytail similar to the hairstyle of his son.

In addition to these vast physical changes, Dry Bowser's roar is also different from Bowser's, as his bones rattle when he roars. This can especially be heard in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games when the player faces him in Ice Hockey.


Dry Bowser gains the near-indestructible nature of other Dry Bones' (such as an immunity to fireball attacks), higher jumps, the ability to throw bones, and the capability to raise lava by roaring loudly. In addition to these new traits, he also retains his typical abilities, including his signature Fire Breath. However, unlike with his living counterpart, Dry Bowser's fireballs can sometimes be colored light blue.

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Original Release Date System/Format
New Super Mario Bros. Boss North America:
May 15, 2006
Nintendo DS
Mario Kart Wii Unlockable Playable Character Japan:
April 10, 2008
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Boss North America:
October 13, 2009
Nintendo DS
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Rival North America:
October 13, 2009
Super Mario 3D Land Boss Japan:
November 3, 2011
Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Rival North America:
November 15, 2011
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Boss Australia:
February 9, 2012
Nintendo 3DS
Mario Tennis Open Unlockable Playable Character North America:
May 20, 2012
Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Boss Japan:
July 28, 2012
Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Rival Europe:
November 9, 2013
Wii U
Mario Party: Island Tour Boss North America:
November 22, 2013
Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Downloadable playable character Japan:
July 25, 2013
Mario Party 10 Boss Japan:
March 12, 2015
Wii U
Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 (Mario Kart 8 DLC) Downloadable Playable Character Worldwide:
April 23, 2015
Wii U
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Boss Japan:
April 29, 2015
Nintendo 3DS
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Playable Character Europe:
November 20, 2015
Wii U
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Secret Boss Japan:
December 3, 2015
Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Unlockable Playable Character Japan:
February 18, 2016
Nintendo 3DS

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Dry Bowser's complete vehicle roster.
  • Size: Large
  • Actual Bonuses
    • Off-Road: +6
    • Mini-Turbo: +6
  • Website Stats:
    • Acceleration: 1/3
    • Top Speed: 3/3
    • Off-Road: 1/3
  • Bios
    • Site: "If the King of the Koopas wasn't scary enough already, his appearance as a surly skeleton should have the other drivers shaken in their seats!"
    • Prima Guide: "After a little dip in lava, Dry Bowser, King of the Dry Bones, returns invincible! Fortunately though, he's driving the same karts and bikes as everyone else!"
    • Card: "Is this the result of Bowser taking a lava bath? Dry Bowser knows how to turn on the boost juice with effective Mini-Turbos and excellent Off Road handling. Unlock him if you're on a tight track & like to go fast!"

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

  • Type: Defense
  • Site Bio: He's a little slow, but Dry Bowser can cover a wide range with his big body. His specialty is powerful strokes and Drop Shots.
  • Bio 2: Though he is rather slow, Dry Bowser's huge body enables him to cover a large part of the court. He is capable of both powerful drives and delicate dropshots.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games flag description[edit]

  • Bowser's skeletal form. This bony transformation grants him the agility of lightweight competitors while maintaining his heavyweight power. Only those who've boned up on their skill set can hope to pull off such a humerus technique.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 骨クッパ[8]
Hone Kuppa
Bone Koopa, "Koopa" being Bowser's Japanese name. Possible reference to Dull Bones' Japanese name Hone Noko.
Spanish Bowsitos Portmanteau of "Bowser" and Huesitos, Dry Bones' Spanish name
French Bowser Skelet Pun on "squelette" (skeleton) and reference to the French name of Dull Bones, Koopa Skelet.
Dutch Dry Bowser -
German Knochen-Bowser Bone Bowser, reference to Dry Bones' German name "Knochentrocken"
Italian Skelobowser Pun on "skeleton" and "Bowser"
Portuguese Bowser Esqueleto Skeleton Bowser
Russian Боузер-скелет
Skeleton Bowser
Korean 좀비쿠파
Jombi Kupa
Zombie Bowser
Chinese 骸骨庫巴
Háigǔ Kùbā
Bone Bowser


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Dry Bowser.



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  2. ^ ❤Sunny❤ (February 17, 2016). Super Mario 3D Land - Final Boss Battle & Ending. Youtube. Retrieved April22, 2016.
  3. ^ Dry Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. 2
  4. ^ Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Alternate Costume
  5. ^ Nintendo of Japan (November 12, 2015). マリオ&ソニック AT リオオリンピック™ トレーラー. Youtube. retrieved November 13, 2015.
  6. ^ http://mariopartylegacy.com/2015/10/four-unlockable-characters-for-mario-tennis-ultra-smash-revealed/
  7. ^ Every Boss in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. YouTube. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  8. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book