Bowser's Airship

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This article is about Bowser's personal airship. For the levels in World-e of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, see Bowser's Airship 1 and Bowser's Airship 2. For Bowser's floating castle-airship in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, see Bowser's Castle § The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
Bowser's Airship
Rendered 3D model of Bowser's Airship.
Bowser's Airship in Super Mario Odyssey
First appearance The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)

Bowser's Airship is Bowser's signature airship, which first appears in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Like other airships, it is equipped with cannons, Bullet Bills, Burners, and Bob-ombs. Its size and design vary from game to game, though it is always seen with a figurehead of Bowser on the front. Princess Peach is usually held captive on this ship whenever Bowser captures her.


The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

The Doom Ship in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Reptiles in the Rose Garden".

Bowser's Airship, referred to as the Doom Ship, appears regularly throughout The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Like the airships in Super Mario Bros. 3, the Doom Ship is equipped with a large amount of artillery and also possesses a trait not seen in any games featuring airships: the ability to teleport to other locations. According to the bonus disc on the Shout! Factory DVD set, the Doom Ship was built by Kooky von Koopa.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

The Doom Ship reappears in two Nintendo Adventure Books. In Double Trouble, Luigi is held captive on the Doom Ship by Roy Koopa, but he can be rescued by Mario, who can also hijack the Doom Ship and use it to travel to Fort Koopa in the Koopahari Desert. In Leaping Lizards, Iggy has possession of the Doom Ship and first appears with it after Morton signals him for backup after being confronted by Luigi, though upon sighting the plumber, the cowardly Koopaling abandons his brother out of fright. Luigi can choose to board the Doom Ship and, if he chooses to stay in hiding instead of trying to attack Iggy, is taken to the Koopaling's secret laboratory.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Main articles: Bowser's Airship 1, Bowser's Airship 2

Bowser's Airship makes its first game appearance in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, where it is the setting of two levels in World-e, which feature Boom Boom and Bowser as a boss at the end, respectively.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U
Boarding the Airship in New Super Mario Bros. U

Bowser's Airship is used as the setting for two courses in both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. Like World 6-Airship in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they are auto-scrolling with Bowser Jr. fought in the end. The first time is in the beginning of Soda Jungle, in The Mighty Cannonship (All Aboard! in New Super Luigi U), which takes place on the deck, then the underwater cabin and ends with a boss fight against Bowser Jr. in a submarine Junior Clown Car. The second time is at the end of Meringue Clouds right after Ludwig's Clockwork Castle, in Boarding the Airship (Bowser Jr. Showdown in New Super Luigi U). Unlike the other airship courses in the series, the level starts on the ground, working its way up to the bottom of the airship, to a boss fight with Bowser Jr. in his armed Junior Clown Car. At the very end of this course, Bowser Jr. accidentally damages the airship and crashes it right outside Peach's Castle and remains there until the game is completed.

The airship appears one more time in the ending, patched up and sputtering, as the Koopalings and Bowser Jr. use it to escape. It eventually crashes into a hill because of Bowser jumping aboard and his weight bringing it down, completely destroying it.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

E3 2017 screenshot of Mario running to Bowser's Airship in the Sand Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey.
Bowser's Airship flying above the Sand Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey

Bowser's Airship, now colored white and purple and heavily decorated, appears in Super Mario Odyssey. The airship has undergone a small redesign, now resembling one of the airships from Super Mario Galaxy and sporting fifteen propellers, sails, what appear to be Power Moon tanks and a variety of smaller embellishments. Rather than the original theme, the new airship theme from Super Mario Maker for the Super Mario Bros. style plays during scenes in which it flies away.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Main article: Koopa Cruiser

Another personal airship of Bowser's, known as the Koopa Cruiser, appears in the Mario & Luigi series. This airship more closely resembles Bowser himself.

Mario Party 10[edit]

“From here on, Bowser's ship will fire a Bullet Bill at the space it's locked on to! You'll lose half of your Mini Stars if a Bullet Bill hits you, so be careful!”
Blue Toad, Mario Party 10

Bowser's Airship, referred to as simply Bowser's ship, also appears in Mario Party 10 on the Airship Central board, though only in the second and third sections on the board. It also appears in the background of the Bowser Board during amiibo Party.


Bowser's Airship in Minecraft

In the premade world for the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Bowser's Airship from New Super Mario Bros. U can be found near the entrance to the Valley of Bowser. The player can reach the airship via a cannon and enter its interior from a pipe on the deck. The first floor contains various traps, such as Dispensers releasing Arrows and Skeletons, which the player needs to avoid to pull some Levers that open doors leading to the rest of the airship. The second floor begins with a room containing a group of Zombies. After approximately 40 seconds, the doors to the next room open, revealing a Large Chest with the Music Disc "blocks" and the airship's exit.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Bowser's Airship in the sky battling the Paper Plane Squadron
Bowser's airship in a battle in the sky against the Paper Plane Squadron
Mario manning the cannon of Bowser's Airship in Paper Mario: The Origami King
Mario manning the cannon of Bowser's Airship
“Whaddaya think, Mario? We probably woulda used this against you! Maybe we still will. Don't look around too much when you're on board!”
Bowser Jr., Paper Mario: The Origami King

Bowser's Airship appears near the end of Paper Mario: The Origami King, after Mario and Olivia have destroyed all five streamers. In this game, it resembles one of the airships from Paper Mario: Color Splash but with the Bowser figurehead in the front and has eight propellers this time. It is stored inside a garage in an indoor hangar of Bowser's Castle until Mario presses a button (next to the one that Kamek had pressed by mistake) that makes the airship emerge from the garage and dock itself at the hangar. Once the remnants of Bowser's army all climb aboard, they travel to Peach's Castle, but are intercepted by King Olly's Paper Plane Squadron. The minions manage to fend some of them off with their own weaponry, while Mario picks up the slack via a Bob-omb cannon hidden within the ship's figurehead, but everyone is caught off guard when a particularly large plane crashes into the ship's side, sending it and its occupants crashing into Hotfoot Crater. Though the ship is beyond repair, its cannon is still functional, as Mario, Olivia, and Bowser use it to blast themselves the rest of the way to the castle.

A Collectible Treasure of Bowser's Airship (No. 112) can be found in the hangar of Bowser's Castle after Mario reaches Peach's Castle. It was initially bought by a Shy Guy who was excited about the airship, but became disheartened to the point of not wanting to keep it any longer after getting left behind at the hangar. Mario can return to the hangar to find this Shy Guy; when talked to, the Shy Guy will give the treasure to Mario.

LEGO Super Mario[edit]

Bowser's Airship from New Super Mario Bros. U, complete with the Mecha Hand, appears as a LEGO Super Mario set, which also includes Kamek, a Rocky Wrench, and a Goomba wearing a pirate hat.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie[edit]

Main article: Bowser's Castle § The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Although Bowser's Airship itself does not appear in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Bowser's floating island-like ship holding his castle has a similar role to it.


Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Bowser's Airship
  • Collectible Treasure No. 112: Bowser's latest fuel-guzzling airship. Absolutely loaded down with armor and weapons—it should NOT be able to fly.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Hungarian Koopa király Végzethajója/A Halálhajó (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
King Koopa's Doomship/The Death Ship
Italian Nave Flagello di Attila(The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Veliero (volante) di Bowser
Koopa's Bane Ship
Bowser's (flying) ship
Romanian Nava blestemului (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
The curse ship
Spanish Nave Calamidad (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Calamity Ship