Fire Breath

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Fire Breath
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)

“Time for some burnage!”
Bowser, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Fire Breath is a move Bowser can execute in various games. He will emit fire out of his mouth and burn anyone near. It is Bowser's signature attack.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros./Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

Bowser first uses Fire Breath in Super Mario Bros. and its sequel, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. He uses this, as well as throw hammers, along with his impostors. They use it through the level to burn Mario. In the battle, they use it to hinder Mario's progress in crossing the bridge, grabbing an axe to close the bridge, and keep him from rescueing the Mushroom Retainer.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Bowser uses Fire Breath in Super Mario Bros. 3. His attack pattern involves spitting fireballs, then jumping diagonally and ground pounding.

Super Mario World[edit]

Bowser uses Fire Breath in Super Mario World. When Mario or Luigi throws Mechakoopas at him, he flies out of control and flies aways and spits flames down at Mario or Luigi. He also does this a second time when they throw Mechakoopas at him again.

Super Mario 64/Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Bowser uses Fire Breath in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS. He uses this move in the last battle. He spits single balls of fire, as opposed to a continuous stream. Bowser also has a variation of fire-based attacks: shooting fireballs into the air, causing several small fireballs to fall; another involves Bowser spitting a number of fireballs that disappear after a while; and the third involves shooting a continuous stream of fire for a short time.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

In Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser uses Fire Breath. He attacks by breathing massive gusts of flames over the sections of the slime-filled tub Mario is traversing.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros., Bowser spits fireballs at Mario or Luigi during their battles. He also spits barrages of blue-colored fireballs. In the first world, Bowser attacks similarly to the way his impostors did in Super Mario Bros..

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy, Bowser uses Fire Breath. In Bowser's Star Reactor, when Mario reaches the stairs, Bowser appears and starts spitting fireballs at Mario or Luigi. In the battle, when Bowser stomps on the planet's glass and his tail burns, and when Mario or Luigi spins into him, he will start shooting fireballs at them. In Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, Bowser attacks by shooting fire in rapid succession. Unlike the first battle, he is more aggressive and he shoots them faster.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Bowser uses Fire Breath. In the last castle of World 8, Bowser sends out fireballs toward Mario, similarly to his function in Super Mario Bros.. In the battle, Bowser is fought in a similar way as in New Super Mario Bros., attacking by shooting fireballs. When the switch is pressed and he is plummeted into the abyss, Kamek revives him and he grows giant. He attacks by spitting massive fireballs and destroying the structures on contact.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Bowser uses his fire breath as one of his attacks, spewing a continuous stream of fire across the planet as he chases Mario or Luigi.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Bowser uses Fire Breath, along with Bowser Impostors in Super Mario 3D Land. Bowser and Bowser Impostors shoots fireballs to block Mario's path in crossing the bridge to press the switch. Bowser, in his giant form, chases Mario and shoots massive fireballs at him, which destroys anything blocking Mario's path, and the platforms he is standing on.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Bowser uses Fire Breath. He attacks by using fire and iron mallets in battle, reminiscent of Super Mario Bros.. He attacks in a similar way as in New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. After he is defeated, the Koopalings in the Koopa Clown Car use their wands' magic to revive him and he grows giant. In two segments of the battle, he breathes fire at Mario on a full platform.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Bowser's Flames in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Bowser's Fire Breath (referred to in the Prima Games guide as Bowser's Flames[1]) reappears in New Super Mario Bros. U, though it acts more similarly to the raining molten rocks from previous games than his normal fire. On two stages of Peach Castle, Meteor Moat and Firefall Cliffs, the flames rain down from the sky, destroying any Brick Blocks they come into contact with. Bowser is also seen using the move in The Final Battle. These obstacles also appear in the challenge, Cloudy with a Chance of Fire.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Bowser uses Fire Breath in Super Mario 3D World. He spits fireballs that leave residue. He also attacks by throwing explosive soccer balls at Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Rosalina. In Bowser's second encounter, he spends most of the battle spewing residue-producing fireballs at the characters.

Super Mario Kart[edit]

In Super Mario Kart, Bowser tosses fireballs on the track that, when characters make contact with it, they will spin out.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Fire Breath is one of Bowser's special moves in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Bowser uses this move when the B Button Button is pressed. It is exactly the same as a Fire Flower, except that the flames get smaller the more it is used; in Super Smash Bros. Melee Bowser begins to exhale smoke that does not deal damage after a while, though in later games this does not happen. The attack is somewhat of a long-distance move, and is usually best to use when the enemy is coming in for close-range combat. Players can also angle the flames up and down with the control stick. However, the move will leave Bowser motionless while using the attack, and will leave his back open for attack.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U introduces customizable special moves, and this move like all others is given two variants. The first one is Fire Shot, which has Bowser breathe a single fireball that travels forward a distance and travels through enemies; the move can be used consecutively by holding down the special attack button, and does not decrease in power the more it is used. The second is Fire Roar, which is more powerful and has longer range at first, but loses power more quickly and takes longer to recharge.

Mario Party series[edit]

In the Mario Party series, Bowser uses his Fire Breath to hinder the characters progress in the minigames. He also uses it for any other purposes in the games.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Bowser used Fire Breath in the battle with him and Mario.

Super Paper Mario[edit]


Bowser uses this move in Super Paper Mario and it is his special move in the game. It can be used to light candles. Also it can attack enemies from a distance, giving Bowser a slight advantage.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Bowser used fire in the battle with Mario and used variations of the move.

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Bowser's Offensive Power Shot in Mario Power Tennis.

In Mario Power Tennis the Fire Breath is the Offensive Power Shot used by Bowser. It involves Bowser breathing fire on the ball and sending it over the court alight. A similar move was seen as Bowser's special shot in the Dream Table Tennis event in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

In Mario Sports Mix, Bowser uses fire in Dodgeball. In this sport, he spits a fireball on the court, near the goal, and throws the sports object toward the goal.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Bowser uses Fire Breath. As Rookie, he uses it along with throwing hammers at the Mario Bros.. In the final battle against , Bowletta , also uses it when she enrages that the Mario Bros. found them and starts breathing fire at them to engage in battle. In battle, she she places timers above Mario and Luigi's heads and after several seconds, she tries to burn them both.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Bowser, along with his baby self, Baby Bowser, breathes fire at Mario and Luigi. In the first battle with Baby Bowser, he only attacks by spitting a fireball at Mario. In the second battle against him, along with his adult self, he jumps high and ground pounds Bowser, releasing flames from his mouth.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

Fire Breath M&L- Bowser's Inside Story.jpg

Fire Breath is also one of Bowser's commands in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. When used in battle, Bowser will inhale and when his face turns red, the player must press and hold X Button or Y Button to execute the technique, burning any enemy in his path. The attack can also be used out of battle by pressing Y Button to ignite Launch Fits, burn trees and flowers, and more. However, when Bowser first appears in Cavi Cape, he is unable to use this ability due to (as later found out in Plack Beach) a Scutlet clogging his Flame Pipe. Once the Mario Bros. defeat the Scutlet, Bowser's Flame Pipe returns back to normal and he can breathe his Fire Breath again.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Bowser uses Fire Breath and it functions the same as in the previous games in the Mario & Luigi series. Bowser, supercharged by Antasma, he uses his Fire Breath and knocks Mario and Luigi unconscious. In battle, Bowser curls up into a ball, chases Mario and Luigi, and spits fire at them.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

In Super Princess Peach, Bowser makes use of his Fire Breath ability. Other than attacking Peach by breathing continous streams of fire, he creates a column of fire, breathes a massive fireball, and breathes multiple, bigger fireballs at her.

Mario Hoops 3 on 3[edit]

In Mario Hoops 3 on 3, Bowser uses a variation of the Fire Breath as his Special Shot known as Bomber Dunk. When he performs it, he sets the ball on fire and he leaps into the air and dunks it, with a column of flames appearing afterward.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games[edit]

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Bowser uses Fire Breath as his special shot in the Dream Table Tennis event.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Bowser uses Flame Dash, a variation of the Fire Breath, as his special skill: it encases him in a fiery aura that allows him to move very fast.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

In Mario Super Sluggers, Bowser uses a Star Swing move called Breath Swing. He creates a column of fire from the fireballs.

Mario Strikers Charged[edit]

In Mario Strikers Charged, Bowser uses a Super Ability! called Fire Storm: when he uses it, he breathes fire that will render the characters on fire, including his teammates.

Mario Golf series[edit]

In the Mario Golf (series), Bowser uses a variation of the move as his skill shot.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

In Mario Golf: World Tour, Bowser uses this attack on the screen in one of his post-hole animations.



  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Prima eGuide, Peach's Castle tab.