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This article is about the fire-throwing Hammer Bros.. For information about the Bros. Attack from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, see here. For the challenge from New Super Mario Bros. U, see here.
Fire Bro
Fire Bro-NSMBU.png
Artwork of a Fire Bro from New Super Mario Bros. U
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015)
Parent Species Hammer Bro
Related Species
Amazing Flyin' Hammer Brother
Boomerang Bro
Business Bro
Calm Amazing Flyin' Hammer Brother
Calm Hammer Bro
Chomp Bro
Dark Boomerang Bro
Dark Fire Bro
Dark Hammer Bro
Hammer Bro
Ice Bro
Limbo Bro
Sledge Bro
Sumo Bro
Yo Bro
Notable Members

“Weren't you listening? Yeesh! I'm supposed to be your enemy. I can't just keep giving you hints!”
Fire Bro, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

The Fire Bro (or Fire Brother[1]) used to be a rare variety of Hammer Bro, but are now more commonly employed in levels more than any of the Hammer Bro family, making it a semi-common enemy in the present. Instead of throwing Hammers like their relatives, Fire Bros. have the unique ability to throw (originally spit) Fireballs. These fireballs move very fast. Ice Bros. can be considered their polar opposites, as an Ice Flower is the polar opposite of a Fire Flower.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Fire Bro sprites, from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Artwork of Fire Bro from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Fire Bros. first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 as rare enemies. In fact, only three appear in the entire game. Two appear in the Desert Land, after breaking a boulder in the desert with a hammer. Once they are defeated, Mario/Luigi will obtain a Warp Whistle. Whether defeated or not, it is mentioned by Princess Peach's letter as an unidentified thief of the whistle that escaped to the east of the desert. One also appears in the first Hand Trap level of Dark Land.

On the map, their map icon was a Hammer Bro in the original NES version. In the SNES remake for Super Mario All-Stars, their map icon was adjusted to resemble an actual Fire Bro from the game. This adjustment remained intact for Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.

As well as that, Fire Bros. also appear in a few unreleased World-e levels; Hidden Koopa Castle, Don't Mess with the Koopalings!, and Koopa's Airship:Part 2.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

The pair of Fire Bros. in New Super Mario Bros.

Fire Bros. reappear in New Super Mario Bros. as very rare enemies. Only a single pair is found in World 8-7, right after the checkpoint. They still use the same attacks they had in Super Mario Bros. 3. In this game, Fire Bros. throw their fireballs with the hand, just like Fire Mario, rather than spitting them, and the sound effect is the same as Fire Mario's.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]


Fire Bros. reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, having the same attacks from New Super Mario Bros. Like in that game, these Fire Bros. throw their fireballs instead of spitting them out of their mouths. From being rare in the past games, they are semi-common in this game. They are more common than the Hammer Bros., the latter being common in the past games; they may also appear as 'guardians' at the end of their levels.

A single Fire Bro is near the end of World 2-3. Three Fire Bros. are found in World 3-4: one at the start, another near halfway of the stage, and a third near the end. In World 6-6, the same number of Fire Bros. guard both the normal and alternate exits. In their last appearance in World 9-7, they appear as a duo on platforms near the end of the level. They are mostly teamed up with Fire Piranha Plants.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

A Fire Bro in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Fire Bros. also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They are found in World 6-3 and behave the same way they did in the previous New Super Mario Bros. games. Fire Bros. can also be turned gold when Mario touches a Gold Ring. Golden Fire Bros. toss three coins as opposed to fireballs while the effects of the ring last. A single Fire Bro appears in the second course of the DLC stage Coin Challenge Pack B. When they throw fireballs the sound effect is when you throw a golden fireball instead of fire breathing sound effect.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Fire Bros., as they appear in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Fire Bros. reappear in the Wii U game, New Super Mario Bros. U. They behave the same way they did in the past installments, and are more commonly employed than any of their other brethren. Additionally, Fire Bros. have their own Enemy Course in Layer Cake Desert in which either a lone Fire Bro or a trio of Fire Bros. guard a star, as well as making their first appearance as a fortress/castle enemy. Two of them are also found in the Challenge Mode, Fire, Bro!, in which the player must dodge their fireballs within fifteen seconds. They area also featured in the challenge, Seriously! Fire, Bro!, which has the same objective, but with four Fire Bros.

They also appear in Snaking above Mist Valley, Slide Lift Tower and Ludwig's Clockwork Castle. This game also shows the first case of Fire Bros. being flipped, as proved in the level Fire Snake Cavern if the player stuns it with the light of a Glowing Baby Yoshi. In Light Blocks, Dark Tower, Fire Bros. can ignite Bob-ombs with their fireballs. This made it a dangerous guardian of one of the Star Coins in the level, as Bob-ombs will repeatedly drop from a pipe in the cave ceiling, increasing the probability of the Fire Bros. blowing them up. One way to prevent any danger due to their fireballs is to simply neutralize it with an iceball.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

A Fire Bro in Super Mario 3D World.

Fire Bros. appear in Super Mario 3D World, making their first appearance in a 3D Mario platformer game. These enemies are extremely common in this game, appearing in a multitude of levels. Their attack pattern is the same as that of Hammer Bros. and Boomerang Bros. in 3D Mario games, tossing two fireballs directly at him before jumping to another position. Their fireballs can travel through Clear Pipes, and can also be put out. Some of them are found atop Goomba Towers and function as their commanders whose defeat clears remaining Goombas on a stack as well. Also, Fire Bros. appear in four hideouts throughout the game that act as optional enemy battles. In the game, Fire Bros' fireballs can defeat other enemies that come in contact with it, even one another. This is a great strategy in Fire Bro enemy blockades, in which Mario can get the Fire Bros. to face each other or get behind one another, & in that way, they kill their own brethren due to their own crossfire.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Kootie Pie using a small Fire Brother as a welding torch, from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Fire Bros. made two appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where they retained their status as soldiers in Bowser's army. Like in the game, only three individuals appeared.

In the episode "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" two Fire Bros. and two Boomerang Bros. had been ordered to guard Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad while they were held captive in Castle Koopa's dungeon.

In "The Venice Menace", Kootie Pie Koopa briefly used a miniature Fire Bro as a welding torch, which shot a stream of fire rather than their usual fireballs and had Bowser stuck to the door.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Koopa Capers, six Fire Brothers appear in the first chamber of Wendy O. Koopa's secret hideout in the Magma Pits, attacking Luigi by spitting fireballs from the top of a ramp. If he is Fire Luigi, Luigi defeats five of the Fire Brothers and chases the final one into a smaller chamber, where the two get into a stand-off, their fireballs always colliding in mid-air. If he angles it correctly, Luigi defeats the Fire Brother by shooting a fireball at a wall, which it ricochets off of, right into the Fire Brother.

Mario Baseball series[edit]

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

Fire Bro is made playable for the first time in Mario Superstar Baseball, as a color swap for Hammer Bro He is one of the unlockable characters in the games.

The Fire Bro also appears on Bowser's team in challenge mode. He has slightly less speed than his counterparts, and uses an everyday bat rather than the usual hammer or boomerang of the Hammer Bro and Boomerang Bro characters. Starting with this game, the Fire Bro's appearance has been developed to be wearing a red helmet and a red shell. Oddly, even though the Fire Bro uses a bat, his batting range remains the same as that of the Hammer Bro and Boomerang Bro.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Fire Bro from Mario Super Sluggers.

The Fire Bro later appears in Mario Super Sluggers with the same bat as in Mario Superstar Baseball. His fielding abilities have improved, and he has the best batting abilities among his counterparts. However, his pitching skills are not very good; the worst when compared to the Hammer Bro and Boomerang Bro.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door[edit]

Flare, a Fire Bro, is a fighter in the Glitz Pit alongside Bamma and Hamma Jamma. He is the only Fire Bro to appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Like Fire Bros. in earlier appearances, he spits fireballs as a main attack. These fireballs not only damage opponents, but may also cause them to catch fire as well.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Fire Bros. make an appearance in the third installment of the Paper Mario series, Super Paper Mario. They are encountered on the stairs in Castle Bleck and in also in the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials, and act just as they did in Super Mario Bros. 3. Some Fire Bros. also have the unique ability to flip between dimensions.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Fire Bros. make an appearance in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They are encountered in Rugged Road, Rumble Volcano and Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla. They have a bigger rarity than in New Super Mario Bros U, and Ice Bros. appear to be semi-common enemies. Fire Bros. have a red shell and helmet, just like they do in other Paper Mario games, but the only change is they do not have arm bands. the color outline of the shell is white instead of yellow. Their only attack is to throw a fireball at Mario. They are immune to all fire-based stickers (i.e. Fire Flowers and Burnhammer stickers); However, their main weakness is ice. When an Ice Flower or a Chillhammer sticker is used against them, they will take double damage. When a Thing sticker is used in the first area of Rugged Road, the Fire Bros. turn into Ice Bros. Fire Bros. are mostly assisted by Shiny Paratroopas. Touching a Fire Bros. fireball outside battle will cause Mario to lose 3 HP.

Mario Party 9[edit]

Fire Bro makes his Mario Party debut in Mario Party 9, appearing as a co-host of the Battle minigames. Whenever a player lands on a Battle Space, either Fire Bro or Hammer Bro show up, although Fire Bro appears less frequently. When Fire Bro does show up, he makes the players play a Free-for-All minigame, of either the captain or the player in last place's choice. Afterwards, he takes ten Mini Stars from the player who finished in last place and distributes them amongst the other players based upon their ranks. If the loser does not have ten Mini Stars, Fire Bro provides the rest. Additionally, if everybody ends up in first place or last place, Fire Bro will not give or take any Mini Stars from any player(s). Therefore, everybody's amount of Mini Stars stays the same.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Dream Team Enemy
Fire Bro
Location(s) Neo Bowser Castle
Level 30
HP 172
Power 252
Defense 190
Speed 94
Weakness None
Experience 300
Coins 50
Item Drop 1-Up Deluxe (4%), Crystal Boots (3%)
No Hitter 52
Internal ID

Fire Bros. make their debut in the Mario & Luigi series in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team in Neo Bowser Castle. In the field, they throw fireballs upon sight at Mario and Luigi. Making contact with any of them will initiate the battle with the brother who threw them. They will disappear when they eventually touch the ground.

In battle, Fire Bros. can rapidly hurl fireballs with the occasional 5-coin at the Bros, who must jump to avoid the fireballs. They may also throw a large fireball into the sky for it to rain down on the targeted Bro on the next attack turn of the thrower or at the end of the battle. If the Fire Bro hurls it up with his right arm, it'll fall on Mario, who must smack it back to sender with his hammer. If with his left arm, it'll fall on Luigi, who must instead smack it back. If any of these Fireballs touch Mario and Luigi, it may give them the Char status effect.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Paper Jam Enemy
Fire Bro
Location(s) Twinsy Tropics Dungeon
Level 21
HP 152
Power 120
Defense 138
Speed 78
Experience 92
Coins 40
Item Drop Ultra Mushroom, LV 2 Character Card
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Easy Mode of the game.
Paper Jam Enemy
Paper Fire Bro
Fire BroPPSS.png
Location(s) Twinsy Tropics Dungeon
Level 21
HP 89
Power 130
Defense 113
Speed 78
Experience 94
Coins 40
Item Drop None
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Easy Mode of the game.

Fire Bros reappear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam as enemies along with their paper counterparts.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

In Mario Golf: World Tour, one of the names that can appear on the tournament scoreboard is "Fire Bro".

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Fire Bros. appear in Mario Kart 8 as spectators on Bowser's Castle and 3DS Neo Bowser City.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Fire Bros. return in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, only appearing in Battle Tower Blitz and Beep Block Sky Plaza.

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

Fire Bros. appear as enemies in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. They're Fire attribute characters, and their skill changes all Wood Orbs into Fire Orbs, while their Awoken Skill increases the amount of HP that gets restored whenever Heart Orbs are cleared.

When fought as enemies, a Fire Bro will always deliver a first strike attack on the player, and it can also deliver frenzied blow attacks which deal more damage than normal to the player.

A player can get a Fire Bro by using five Fire Flowers to transform a Hammer Bro.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Fire Bro
Flare2.PNG Max HP 7 Attack 3 Defense 1 Location(s) Glitzville
Sleep? 80% Dizzy? 70% Confuse? 80% Tiny? 80%
Stop? 80% Soft? 95% Burn? 100% Freeze? 70%
Fright? 70% Gale Force? 60% KO? 95% Moves Flame Spit (3, Burn), Doubleflame (2x2, Burn), Multiflame (1x6, Burn)
Level 20 Exp. points 0 Coins 2 - 4 Items Repel Cape
  25      26      27  
Log A relative of the Hammer Bros. who can spit fire. If one of his blasts hit you, you may catch on fire!
Tattle That's a Fire Bro. This relative of the Hammer Bros. spits out fire. If you get hit by a fireball, you might catch on fire, so guard well, OK? When his HP gets low, he gets desperate and totally starts attacking like a fiend.
Super Paper Mario Enemy
Fire Bro
34. Fire Bro Card.PNG Max HP 10 Attack 3 Defense 1 Location(s) Castle Bleck, Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Rooms 39, 94 and 96)
Score 800 Items Card Type Uncommon Card Location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Card Description This elite Koopa has an unhealthy fireball fixation. However, it's a big hit at Koopa cookouts.
  List of Catch Cards  
  33      34      35  
Tattle It's a Fire Bro. These lethal Koopas spit searing balls of flame... Max HP is 10. Attack is 3. Defense is 1. Learning to shoot fire from your mouth must have taken some practice... Those fireballs bounce on the ground, so watch it very carefully...
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy
Fire Bro
Fire BroPPSS.png Max HP 26 Location(s) Rugged Road, Rumble Volcano, Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla
Attack 10 Moves Fireball (10)
Defense 2 Stickers


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Fire Bro.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアブロス[2]
Faia Burosu
Fire Bros.
Spanish Hermano Fuego Fire Brother
French Frère Pyro Pyro Brother
German Feuer-Bruder Fire Brother
Italian Fire Bros.
Fuoco Bros. (Paper Mario: Sticker Star)
Fire Bros.
Portuguese Mano Chama Flame Bro
Korean 파이어브러스
Paieo Beureoseu
Fire Bros.


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 41.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 42.