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Artwork of the Bitefrost enemy from Super Mario Odyssey.
Artwork of a Bitefrost from Super Mario Odyssey.
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

Bitefrosts are invincible enemies encountered in Super Mario Odyssey, appearing in both the Snow Kingdom and the Luncheon Kingdom. Their name is a reversal of the words compounded to form frostbite, the name of a medical condition that causes freezing to the skin or other tissues, and possibly a reference to the Bifröst from Norse mythology. They are in the shape of a large pillar, with the top of their bodies being their eyes and two sets of blocky teeth. Bitefrosts hide underground, awaiting for Mario to stand directly above them, and they will rise up above ground, carrying Mario with them. They will wait a few seconds before gnawing their teeth as an attack. Mario can know beforehand when a Bitefrost is below him, as a shadow of their faces will be present on the ground (similar to the Sandmaarghs from Super Mario 3D Land). Mario can use Bitefrosts to his advantage to reach higher up places, though he will quickly have to jump elsewhere before the Bitefrost shuts its teeth on him.

The Bitefrosts in Mount Volbono swim in the salt. This gives their bodies a different color.[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガブゾー
Portmanteau of「がぶがぶ」(gabugabu, onomatopoeia for guzzling noise) and「蔵」(-zō, masculine name ending), or possibly「ぞくぞく」(zokuzoku, shivering)
Dutch Bitefrost -
French Dengeleur From "dent" (tooth) and agentive form of "geler" (to freeze)
The name is written in lowercase for the Canadian version ("dengeleur") while it is capitalized in the European version ("Dengeleur")
German Gefrierbeißer From "gefrieren" (to freeze) and "beißer" (snappy)
Italian Mordighiaccio From "mordicchiare" (to gnaw) and "ghiaccio" (ice)
Korean 깨물지
From "깨물다" (kkaemulda, to bite hard)
Russian Грызолёд
From "грызть" (gryzt, to gnaw) and "лёд" (lyod, ice)
Spanish Mordihielo From "morder" (to nip) and "hielo" (ice)
The name is written in lowercase for the Latin American version ("mordihielo") while it is capitalized in the European version ("Mordihielo")


  • Bitefrosts are similar in behavior and function to the snakes that fight alongside Hisstocrat in Super Mario 3D World. Both are tall enemies that come up from the ground, are used as platforms to reach higher places, and may bite the player if they stand on one for too long.


  1. ^ Kazuya Sakai (ed.). The Art of Super Mario Odyssey. First English Edition. Translated by TransPerfect. Milwaukie: Dark Horse, 2019. page 217. ISBN: 978-1-50671-375-5.