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 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. 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. However, the move will leave Bowser motionless while using the attack, and will leave his back open for attack.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, two variations on the move are introduced: Fire Shot and Fire Roar. Fire Shot releases a singular fireball that takes longer to release, but pierces enemies and is stronger, and Fire Roar loses its range much more quickly and takes longer to recharge, but it is overall stronger and has a much longer reach.

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.

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 & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

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 again.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

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