A Fire Flower's artwork from New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. (1985)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)|
|Effect||Turns Mario into Fire Mario or Super Mario (if small in some games).|
- “Screaming pulsars! What in the universe is that thing?! It looks like a flower with a face! Wow... It's a Fire Flower? Hrm... Well, I gotta say there, you collect some of the most interesting stuff I've ever seen!”
- —Lubba, Super Mario Galaxy 2
Fire Flowers (alternatively written as Fireflowers), also known as Flame Flowers, are power-ups that can be obtained in most games in the Super Mario franchise, particularly the 2D platformers in the main series. Originating from Super Mario Bros., they are usually found inside ? Blocks and enable the player to throw fireballs, which can be used to defeat enemies, melt Ice Blocks, and illuminate dark places. Unlike the Super Mushroom, the Fire Flower is stationary after spawning. In many depictions, the Fire Flower is simply grabbed and wielded as opposed to being consumed like Mushrooms, which is most noticeable in the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario series, as well as in other media such as the Super Smash Bros. series and Super Mario Bros.: Trapped in the Perilous Pit, though some media, such as Club Nintendo and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (which also uses Fire Flowers as ingredients for recipes), do suggest characters eat Fire Flowers. While Mario in Club Nintendo remarks that the Fire Flower tastes "disgusting," the bio for Fire Flower's constellation in Mario Party 9 describes it as a spicy and "surprisingly tasty snack."
Fire Flowers have commonly been portrayed as more potent than a Super Mushroom. For instance, in the Mario Kart and Mario Tennis series, the Flower Cup is usually after the Mushroom Cup in terms of difficulty progression; in Super Mario 64 DS's minigame Picture Poker, the Fire Flower is a tier higher than the Mushroom; in Mario Party Advance's minigame Match 'Em, matching three Fire Flowers is worth slightly more than three Super Mushrooms.
The Fire Flower, being a common and recognizable item, has seen a number of variants. Its ice counterpart is known as the Ice Flower, which is a common power-up after New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and its golden counterpart is known as the Gold Flower. The Fire Flower is used as a basis for flower points (a Super Mario stand-in for magic points in other RPGs) in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and in the subsequent two Paper Mario games.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
In Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, if Mario collects a Fire Flower, he obtains the ability to shoot fireballs by pressing . The fireballs are strong and handy projectiles to use because they can defeat most enemies or even Bowser with just seven hits. Only two fireballs can be thrown at once. If Mario gets hit while he is in his Fire Mario form, he reverts back to Small Mario. If Small Mario gets a Fire Flower, he only transforms into Super Mario.
Super Mario Bros. 3
In Super Mario Bros. 3, they are the third most common power-up, the first being a Super Mushroom and the second being a Super Leaf. Like before, the power-up grants Mario the ability to shoot fireballs. Not much has changed since Super Mario Bros. regarding their function. They can still defeat Bowser, although he can now withstand a total of 35 fireball hits. The game also introduces the mechanic of melting Ice Blocks with fireballs.
The American version of this game introduced the idea that Fire Mario reverted to Super Mario upon being hit, rather than Small Mario, as in other games. This was retained in all subsequent releases of this game.
In the original NES version, due to alternative values occasionally being assigned to the typical "green" palette, Fire Flower stems sometimes appear other colors, being cyan in fortress levels, light blue in tank levels, and white in ice levels containing beanstalks.
Super Mario World
In Super Mario World, Fire Flowers received a change in appearance. They appear as happy orange tulip-like plants, though early test cartridges used a circular appearance like in the other games. Other than this change, nothing has been changed in function. Due to the introduction of the Cape Feather, Fire Flowers are somewhat rarer than in previous games.
This game introduces the idea of storing power-ups, having the previous one released when Mario is hit by an enemy when in a super powered form. Because of this, Fire Mario reverts back to Small Mario in the SNES version, as he can get the Super Mushroom (or better) that he had before. Additionally, because of the added feature of spin-jumping when Mario does so by pressing , he shoots out fireballs left and right while in the air.
In the Game Boy Advance version, Mario retains the new behavior added on by Super Mario Bros. 3 in which Fire Mario immediately becomes Super Mario upon being hit.
In previous games, if Small Mario grabbed a Fire Flower, he would become only Super Mario. This is the official first game in which he can bypass the Super form and become Fire Mario right away. (The NES and Super Mario All-Stars versions of Super Mario Bros. 3 allow Small Mario to morph straight to Fire Mario, but only through a glitch.)
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Being replaced with Superball Flowers in Super Mario Land, Fire Flowers reappear in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins with the same design as in Super Mario World. While the Fire Flower acts in the same way as any other title, Mario's fire form in this game has a feather on top of his hat instead of changing the color of his clothes; this is most likely due to the lack of colors on a Game Boy. Wario also uses a Fire Flower to become Fire Wario during the third portion of the final boss battle. Unlike most other games, a Fire Flower appears regardless of Mario's current form, meaning one can appear even if Mario is Small Mario.
Super Mario 64 DS
In Super Mario 64 DS, Fire Flowers are seen in Luigi's minigames. In those which use cards, Fire Flowers are one of the images used. In Mushroom Roulette, it is one of the symbols on the roulette wheel. In Mario Slot and Super Mario Slot, matching three Fire Flowers multiplies the player's gambled coins by fifteen. In Wario's minigame Psyche Out!, Fire Flowers also appear on cards. They also make a cameo appearance in Slots Shot.
New Super Mario Bros.
In New Super Mario Bros., Fire Flowers are a very common item, and they act like they do in previous games, using their design from Super Mario All-Stars. Blocks containing Super Mushrooms or Fire Flowers are much more common than in previous games. Mario can still only shoot two fireballs at once, but if an enemy that is not fireproof is hit by a fireball, it will produce a coin, similar to Super Mario World. If Mario is Shell Mario, Fire Flowers do not transform him into Fire Mario and instead be put as a Stored Item. The Fire Flower playing cards return in some of the Table minigames that originally appear in Super Mario 64 DS.
Super Mario Galaxy
In Super Mario Galaxy, if Mario or Luigi obtains this item, they go into their respective Fire forms, allowing them to throw fireballs (by shaking the Wii Remote; this move replaces the Spin) to defeat enemies, destroy snow-based obstacles, and light torches. Unlike in prior games, the power-up only lasts for 20 seconds. If Mario takes damage in this form, the Fire Flower does not wear off. Also, unlike the other games, Mario can throw more than two fireballs at once, but he cannot use them underwater. These flowers first appear in the Freezeflame Galaxy along with its ice counterpart, the Ice Flower. They are later used to break boulders in the Dusty Dune Galaxy, light some torches to open a gate in the Deep Dark Galaxy and melt the snow in the Snow Cap Galaxy.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Fire Flowers appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, having the same effect as in New Super Mario Bros. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros., however, most bosses, while still weak to fireballs, require several fireballs before a "hit" (normally from a jump) is counted. If a fireball is thrown at a character in a bubble, the character's bubble pops. Fireballs thrown by the player can get eaten by Yoshi and spat out as projectiles. This game introduces the mechanic of lighting up dark places with fireballs while also bringing back the mechanic of melting Ice Blocks with fireballs. The power-up can be used to burn the shells of Prickly Goombas, which will revert them back into normal Goombas. Fire Flowers can also be used to defeat Cheep Chomps and Porcupuffers in levels such as World 4-4. The power-up is usually found in underground, underwater and snow levels.
Unlike in Super Mario Galaxy, Ice Mario looks completely different, and instead acts similarly to Fire Mario, except the ice balls freeze enemies instead of defeating them (although Lava Bubbles, enemy fireballs, and magic blasts are considered exceptions), are slower, and break after bouncing once.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
The Fire Flower reappears in Super Mario Galaxy 2, retaining its properties from Super Mario Galaxy. It makes its first appearance in a new minigame called Crate Burning, which appears in only two missions in the entire game: "The Great Crate Incinerator" in the Rightside Down Galaxy and "Burning Upside Dizzy" in the Upside Dizzy Galaxy. In this minigame, the player is presented with numerous breakable crates, all of which need to be burned within a short time limit via the use of a Fire Flower in order to earn the Power Star for the missions. Fire Flowers also appear while fighting Squizzard in the Slipsand Galaxy's first and third missions, and are necessary to defeat him.
Super Mario 3D Land
The Fire Flower reappears once more in Super Mario 3D Land, where it has the same functionality as in the 2D Super Mario games; unlike in the Super Mario Galaxy games, there is no time limit on Fire Mario. The fireballs thrown now bounce off walls and disappear after two seconds. Like Super Mario Galaxy, the Fire Flower can be used to light up torches. They can also be used to destroy thistles. They are rarer than usual due to the return of the Super Leaf and the introduction of the Boomerang Flower.
New Super Mario Bros. 2
The Fire Flower reappears in New Super Mario Bros. 2 where it has the same behavior as in the previous 2D Super Mario games. They are also used to shoot fireballs into ! Pipes that release coins and items such as a Mega Mushroom, three 1-Up Mushrooms, or a Super Star. The Gold Flower is a golden variant of it that turns Mario into Gold Mario, who throws golden fireballs that create coins when they defeat enemies and turn Brick Blocks into coins.
New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
The Fire Flower reappears in New Super Mario Bros. U, its Nintendo Switch port and New Super Luigi U, where it behaves like in the previous 2D Super Mario games. Like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, it can be used to light up dark places and burn the shells of Prickly Goombas. It can also melt the ice platforms found in the levels Piranha Plants on Ice and Slippery Rope Ladders. Fire Flowers are also used to obtain some Star Coins that are guarded by Big Piranha Plants and Urchins. They can be obtained by the bubbles created by Bubble Baby Yoshi. They are mainly featured in underwater levels such as Porcupuffer Falls. Like its predecessor, the Fire Flower is commonly found in underground, underwater and snow levels. In New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, if the player uses Toadette, ? Blocks that contain Fire Flowers are usually replaced with Super Crowns, which makes them rarer.
Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
The Fire Flower reappears in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, and has the same mechanics as in Super Mario 3D Land. The fireballs thrown by Fire Mario can be used to reveal the invisible platforms found in Footlight Lane and Trickity Tower. The fireballs can also be used to destroy the spike balls in Clear Pipe Cruise and Crates in Double Cherry Pass to access other areas or reveal Green Stars. They can also be used to cause the snow on the Trees in Snowball Park to fall. Like Super Mario 3D Land, the Fire Flower is much rarer due to the introduction of the main power-up of the game, the Super Bell. Fire Flowers also appear on the Slot Blocks found in Lucky Houses.
Super Mario Maker series
Fire Flowers reappear as power-ups in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2. They look the same as in previous games, except in the Super Mario Bros. 3 game style, as they have changed colors to look like their modern counterparts. In the Course Maker, they can be placed anywhere, as well as dragged onto Mario to turn him into Fire Mario immediately. They can become status-dependent progressive items if the player drags a Super Mushroom onto one.
In Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Flowers move away from the player in the nighttime ground theme. They are also featured in various jobs such as Treetop Fireballs. Fire Flowers can also be transformed into a Superball Flower from Super Mario Land.
Super Mario Odyssey
Super Mario Bros. 35
Fire Flowers appeared in Super Mario Bros. 35. Collecting one would transform Mario into Fire Mario regardless of his previous state. If Fire Mario took damage, he would revert to Super Mario rather than Small Mario. Collecting the flower as Fire Mario would add 15 seconds to the timer instead. The Item Roulette had a chance of granting the player a Fire Flower.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
The Fire Flower appears once again in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, where it looks and behaves very much like in past titles.
Mario is Missing!
The Fire Flower, parsed "fire flower", appears exclusively in the PC version of Mario is Missing!. They appear after Luigi has returned all artifacts in each city. He can then use the fire flower to burn the Koopa Kid and make it to the next floor of Bowser's Castle.
In Mario's FUNdamentals, Fire Flowers appear in the Dominoes game. They are pictured on dominoes that represent the number 4. They use their appearance from Super Mario World.
Fire Flowers also appeared in the cartoon television series The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World. Most episodes have their outfit either be not changed at all (often due to animation errors) or turn white and red/green (in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and Super Mario World) or orange and red (in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3).
In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, when a character touches a Fire Flower, they sometimes first gain a temporary increase in size, then gain their fire powers as well as flight and/or extra speed and strength sometimes; they are called their Super forms in this show. The following shows use the same powers and form name as in the respective games. The Fire Flower first appears in the episode The Bird! The Bird!, where Mario uses it to melt the snow trapping him.
In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, due to their sprite's appearing blue in the coinciding game, Super Mario Bros. 3, Fire Flowers are depicted as blue and white flowers. During "Reign Storm", the Robot Princess orders all Fire Flowers to be extinguished, as if they were actual fires.
In Super Mario World, Fire Flowers look like realistic orange tulips with no eyes that are always connected to a ? Block. They sometimes spit out fireballs themselves. Mario is the only character in the show to be seen using Fire Flowers. The power-up first appears in The Wheel Thing, where he uses it to burn some holes into some wheels.
The Club Nintendo comic "Super Mario: Verloren in der Zeit" reveals that Fire Flowers have existed since the Stone Age. In this story, Mario uses a Fire Flower to throw Fireballs at a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Although most games make Fire Flowers simply disappear upon contact with Mario, this comic depicts Mario's eating Fire Flowers to use their powers. Mario claims that Fire Flowers "taste disgusting, but if I eat them, I can shoot Fireballs".
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart Wii
A poster with a Fire Flower appears in Moonview Highway in Mario Kart Wii. When the player is racing using a Mii, the face of the Fire Flower changes to that of a random Mii that has been created by the player. Also, a store in Coconut Mall (called "Delfino Dream") sells Super Mario items. One of these items is a Fire Flower.
Mario Kart 7
In Mario Kart 7, the Fire Flower makes its first appearance in the Mario Kart series as a usable item that can be obtained from an Item Box. It can be obtained if the player is anywhere from 2nd to 5th place, with CPUs not being able to obtain it in 5th place. Using it, a racer can throw several fireballs forward or backward to make racers spin out and drop coins when hit. The Fire Flower lasts until ten seconds after it is first used or when the player uses ten fireballs. Fireballs can be thrown with this item by pressing the button. Only three fireballs can be fired at a time; if a fourth is thrown while there are still three fireballs, the first one thrown disappears.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The Fire Flower item returns in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and it works similarly to how it did in Mario Kart 7, with the difference being one can throw more than 3 fireballs at one time. A meter is added to indicate players how much time is left until the Fire Flower's effects disappear. Additionally, the statue of Princess Peach in Toad Harbor can be seen holding a Fire Flower in its lowered right hand. A flower patch with a Fire Flower design can also be found in the background of GCN Baby Park. In Wii Coconut Mall from the Booster Course Pass, there is a shop named "Fire Flower Curry House".
Mario Kart Tour
The Fire Flower returns in Mario Kart Tour as the special item of Mario, Luigi, Red Toad (Pit Crew), Red Koopa (Freerunning), Fire Bro, Birdo (Green), Metal Mario, Mario (Santa), Wario (Cowboy), Daisy (Yukata), Peach (Halloween), Fire Rosalina, Pauline (Rose), Gold Mario (outside of Coin Rush), and the Mario, Luigi, and Piranha Plant Mii Racing Suits. When deployed, fireballs orbit the player's kart and can fire a spread of three fireballs instead of throwing several fireballs, very much like the Fireball from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. When Fire Flower+ is active, a fourth fireball is added, allowing the player to use four fireballs as opposed to just three.
Mario Party series
Fire Flowers throughout the Mario Party series usually appear as simple background decoration and elements in various puzzle minigames rather than as power-up items. Their first appearance in the series is the Nintendo 64 game Mario Party, where they appear on some of the panels in the minigame Memory Match, and as slots in Slot Machine, where if three Fire Flower are lined up, the player gets 8 coins. In Mario Party 5, the Fire Flower is a roulette item in the minigame Panic Pinball and one of the flooring types in the minigame Squared Away. In Mario Party 6, similarly to Mario Party's Slot Machine, Fire Flowers appear as slots in the minigame Slot Trot, and the game also features them as one of the pictures in Pixel Perfect and as a target in the introductory cutscene of Hyper Sniper. In Mario Party Advance, Fire Flowers appear in the minigames Match 'Em and Pair 'Em, appearing on the slots and the cards, respectively, and if three three Fire Flowers are matched on the slots in Match 'Em, the player earns 150 coins. In Mario Party 8, there is a possibility of a Fire Flower being projected by the projectors in the minigame Picture Perfect. In Mario Party DS, Fire Flowers are among the pair of cards in Memory Mash. In Mario Party 9 and Mario Party: Island Tour, a Fire Flower is one of the puzzles in the minigame Jigsaw Jumble and Tile Savvy, respectively, and Fire Flowers also appear in the latter game's Xylophone Home. In Mario Party: Star Rush, Fire Flowers appear in the minigame One-Stop Toad Shop, where they can be requested by some Toads, and on some pictures in Top It Off. In Mario Party: The Top 100, Fire Flowers retain their appearances in Slot Trot and Jigsaw Jumble, but not Squared Away, which removed the Fire Flower flooring. In Mario Party Superstars, a Fire Flower frame is added to the Mario Party minigame Tipsy Tourney.
Super Smash Bros. series
In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Fire Flower appears as an item in every installment to date. Once picked up, the player, instead of gaining the ability to throw fireballs, can shoot a continuous but short stream of fire from it to damage anyone nearby. It does have a limit to how much fire it can use, and loses its abilities after constant use. The Fire Flower also deals fire damage if it hits an opponent when thrown. In Super Smash Bros., the Fire Flowers are alike to their debut appearance, but in Super Smash Bros. Melee, they look like daisies with eyes and white petals, a design which is original to Super Smash Bros. From Super Smash Bros. Brawl onwards, the Fire Flower is given its appearance from Super Mario All-Stars.
In addition, a Fire Flower appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which can be used on a fighter in The Subspace Emissary to grant them a Fire Flower at the beginning of a stage. A Fire Flower also appears as a Novice-class support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When used, it similarly equips the fighter with a Fire Flower at the beginning of a battle. This spirit's core can be combined with the cores of Metal Mario and a Super Mushroom to summon the Gold Mario spirit, or with the cores of Charlotte Aulin and a Freezie to summon the Koume & Kotake spirit.
Mario and Luigi use Fireballs as their standard special move. Mario shoots red fireballs, and Luigi shoots green, like in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! This is the first game in which Mario and Luigi use the flower itself to throw fireballs rather than transforming into their Fire forms, a tactic that would later be used in the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series.
Paper Mario series
|Paper Mario description||A flower that burns all enemies with fireballs. Attack Power: 3|
|The Thousand-Year Door description||Attacks all enemies with fireballs and burns them.|
The Fire Flower is a one-use item in Paper Mario series and can be found in shops, enemy item drops (such as from Piranha Plants), and item blocks. Rather than transforming Mario, Mario plants the Fire Flower, and the Fire Flower emits fire that burns opponents. If used against ice enemies, it deals an extra 2 damage points, whereas it replenishes the health of fire enemies such as the Lava Bubble and Ember. These items can be purchased in many shops, such as in the Shroom Grocery from Toad Town, Koopa's Shop from Koopa Village, and Yoshi's Cabana from Lavalava Island from the Nintendo 64 game Paper Mario.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, they can be purchased in Toad Bros. Bazaar from Rogueport, Niff T.'s shop from Petalburg, and Keelhaul Galleria from Keelhaul Key. If the Fire Flower is used against ice enemies, it deals an extra damage point. Fire Flowers can be also used as ingredients to be made into new items with a help of Tayce T. or Zess T. Recipes can be found below.
Like in the Club Nintendo comic mentioned above, this game seemingly confirms that Mario does indeed eat Fire Flowers: a certain optional scene in the Glitz Pit has Mario informing a Lakitu cameraman that he "shoots fire when he eats a flower".
|Recipe||Result of Cooked Item||Game that Recipe is in|
|Dried Fruit + Strange Leaf||Fire Flower||Paper Mario|
|Fire Flower||Spicy Soup|
|Dried Shroom + Fire Flower||Fried Shroom|
|Goomnut + Fire Flower||Bland Meal|
|Volt Shroom + Fire Flower|
|Super Shroom + Fire Flower|
|Life Shroom + Fire Flower|
|Egg + Fire Flower||Egg Missile|
|Iced Potato + Fire Flower||Frozen Fries|
|Mushroom + Fire Flower||Hot Shroom|
|Ultra Shroom + Fire Flower||Yummy Meal|
|Cake Mix + Fire Flower||Fire Pop|
|Fire Flower||Spicy Soup||Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door|
|Dried Bouquet + Fire Flower|
|Hot Sauce + Fire Flower|
|Cake Mix + Fire Flower||Fire Pop|
|Coconut + Fire Flower||Coconut Bomb|
|Mystic Egg + Fire Flower||Egg Bomb|
|Mushroom + Fire Flower||Shroom Roast|
|Super Shroom + Fire Flower||Zess Dinner|
|Ultra Shroom + Fire Flower||Zess Special|
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, Fire Flowers appear in the skies of Lineland and at Fort Francis, in the room on the left, thus giving them cameos as non-collectible items. Fire Bursts replaced the Fire Flowers from the previous Paper Mario games. The Fire Flower uses the Super Mario World appearance for these games.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
The Fire Flower returns as a sticker in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, having its appearance from Super Mario All-Stars and onward. Using it in battle turns Mario into Fire Mario, allowing him to throw fireballs at any ground and low-altitude enemies, causing them to disintegrate into ash if their HP is fully depleted. A Fire Flower can be placed in the Sticker Museum as #67, having a two-star attack rating. They are commonly found in World 1, and are available at the Whammino Mountain sticker shop for 20 coins. Shiny and Flashy variants of this sticker also exist, which inflict more damage. Fire Flowers also appear on the Battle Spinner, where lining up three of them has the same effect as a Fire Flower sticker. To open the door to Drybake Desert, Mario must Paperize either a Fire Flower or Ice Flower into a specific spot. A similar puzzle appears on the final floor of Drybake Stadium.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Fire Flowers return in Paper Mario: Color Splash, taking the form of a card and keeping their appearance from the previous game. They come in normal and Big variations, and are found since the very beginning of the game, first appearing in Ruddy Road. They commonly appear on the Battle Spin. Fire Flower cards use a high amount of red paint to color. At Prisma Cardware, a pre-painted Fire Flower costs 200 coins, while an unpainted one costs 40.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Fire Flowers reappear as items and function the same as in the previous two Paper Mario games, allowing Mario to shoot fireballs at enemies in a line formation. Shiny versions also return. They are strong against Sumo Bros and the Boss Sumo Bro. They can also be used to deal some damage to the Ice Vellumental while it is encased in ice. Fire Flowers can be bought at Toad Town, Picnic Road, and the Souvenir Shop in Shogun Studios for 240 coins. In Whispering Woods, a Faded Fire Flower can be collected. If it is thrown into the forest spring, it transforms into a regular Fire Flower. The Fire Flower Set is a box of three Fire Flowers that is sold at Toad Town for 640 coins. A Collectible Treasure of a Fire Flower can be found in the Fire Vellumental Cave.
Mario & Luigi series
|BP/SP/CP needed||4 (BiS)|
6/7 (BiS+BJJ; Normal/Easy)
|Location||Pump Works (BiS/BiS+BJJ)|
Dozing Sands (DT)
Peach's Castle (PJ)
|First appearance||Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005)|
|Latest appearance||Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)|
|Partners in Time description||1: Quickly press the button of the bro with the big fireball to chuck fire!|
2: Use the baby's button to throw high fireballs and hit flying enemies!
|Bowser's Inside Story description||Repeatedly press the button of whoever's holding the big fireball!|
Target: All (random)
Bonus effect: Burn
|Dream Team description||Use the A and B Buttons for the bros. When the fireballs get big, throw 'em! If you throw all big fireballs, it's bonfire time! Mash the A and B Buttons!|
|Paper Jam description|
Repeatedly press the button of the bro holding the bigger fireball. The sizes of the fireballs will change from time to time. Whenever the sizes of the fireballs change, the thrower will also switch. Throw lots of fireballs to go into a bonus mode. Just keep mashing and !
|Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey description||To throw lots of fireballs, tap when Mario's fire is at its maximum size, and when Luigi's fire is at its maximum size. If they manage to throw lots of fireballs, the Bros. will be able to finish things off by throwing many giant fireballs together. The more fireballs you throw, the more damage you will deal to the enemy. Keep tapping those buttons!|
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Fire Flowers are referred to as Bro Flowers and use the design from Super Mario All-Stars. If used, the player attacks all the enemies with a certain amount of fireballs by constantly pressing the button if the big fireball is passed on to Mario or the button if it is passed on to Luigi. The player can also attack flying enemies by pressing the button (if passed to Mario) or the button (if passed to Luigi), making their baby counterparts shoot fireballs, which damage airborne enemies. In addition, the attack may burn their foes. Three new flower items appear in the game: the Mix Flower, Ice Flower, and Copy Flower. Ice Flowers damage enemies like Fire Flowers do, though Fire Flowers burn them, while Ice Flowers randomly decrease their stats, such as attack, defense, and speed. Bro Flowers never deal more than one damage to Elasto-Piranhas, Dark Boos, red Wonder Thwacks, or enemies with 999 DEF, such as Gold Koopeleon.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
Fire Flowers again appear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey as a Special Attack obtained by collecting all ten Pump Works Attack Pieces. They are used almost the same as in Partners in Time, but after a certain number of hits, the player can hit both and buttons to attack simultaneously. The move costs 4 SP (3 with a Budget Charm or Thrift Charm, 2 with a Tight Belt) in the original, and 6 BP (7 on Easy mode) in the remake. Rapidly pressing the button is required to get an Excellent rating on this attack. As of this game, Mario and Luigi now turn into their Fire forms from the Super Mario games for the duration of the move.
In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, after finishing the Fire Flower Bros. Attack, Mario cleans his hands, spin around and tip his hat, while Luigi spins around and does a finger gun motion.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
The Fire Flower returns as Luigi's second available Bros. Attack in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, costing 5 BP (3 if Casual Bros is equipped). Its Attack Pieces are found in Dozing Sands. This attack can hit any enemy on the ground and airborne enemy, and may inflict the Burn status. Damage is inflicted only after the attack ends, and thus it is impossible for enemies to be defeated during the attack.
When used, Mario and Luigi begin charging and hurling fireballs at the enemies erratically. The player must press or for Mario and Luigi, respectively, to launch fireballs randomly at the enemies, with orange fireballs (fully charged fireballs that flash to signal this) doing the most damage. If red fireballs (not charged) are fired, they do considerably less damage and none at all if the fireballs are charged too long. If all fireballs are thrown appropriately, Mario and Luigi eventually start charging fireballs rapidly, the player having to press and rapidly in order to throw as many as possible at the enemies.
The greater the amount of fireballs thrown, the better the ranking the player receives in the aftermath of the attack, ranging from "OK!" to "Excellent!" ratings. The damage dealt from this attack is given a Fire attribute, and thus deals critical damage to Caccacs and Beehoss.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
The Fire Flower returns in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Like in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, it is one of Luigi's Bros. Attack moves. However, the attack is available from the start of the game, obtained at Peach's Castle along with the 3D Red Shell, and now acts like it did in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. This move also deals critical damage to paper enemies.
Mario Tennis series
In the Mario Tennis series, a Fire Flower typically appears as the Flower Cup emblem. In Mario Power Tennis, aside from the Flower Cup's appearance, a Fire Flower appears on one of the trophies. In Mario Tennis Open, the Flower Cup returns, and there is a tennis racket, uniform, wrist bands, and shoes designed after a Fire Flower that Miis to use. Furthermore, in the Mario Tennis Open minigame, Super Mario Tennis, collecting a Fire Flower makes the ball shoot two fireballs in different directions every time the ball hits the screen, capable of defeating enemies and collecting coins. In Mario Tennis Aces, the Fire Flower is once again an emblem for the Flower Cup.
Yoshi Touch & Go
In Yoshi Touch & Go, the Fire Flower and an 8-bit sprite version of it appear as two of the ranking icons to pick from when a high score is achieved.
Mario Superstar Baseball
In Mario Superstar Baseball, the Fire Flower appears as the emblem of the Flower Cup.
Super Mario Strikers
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Fire Flowers are introduced in Tropical Island. When a Mini touches a Fire Flower, it turns into its fire form for a limited time; for example, a Mini Mario that touches a Fire Flower turns into Fire Mini Mario and begins throwing fireballs within a limited time to defeat temporarily stun enemies. Fire Flowers can be obtained from a ? Block if a Mini hits the ? Block from below.
When a Mini collects a Fire Flower, the sound effect of collecting a Fire Flower from Super Mario Bros. is played. However, the "Ground Theme" can be faintly heard within this sound effect, implying that the sound was not properly isolated, and was instead recorded indirectly from gameplay of Super Mario Bros.
Mario Sports Mix
The Flower Cup appears as one of the playable tournaments in Mario Sports Mix.
Mario Golf: World Tour
In Mario Golf: World Tour, Fire Flowers appear as usable item shots. In addition to increasing shot distance, they also allow the ball to burn through obstructions such as trees. It is the signature item for Princess Daisy. A clothing set, golf ball and set of golf clubs are designed based on this item and are available for use by Miis.
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition
In Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, Fire Flowers are used in the place of the Fire Element tiles. Fire Flowers are also used as transformation items to turn various teammates into their stronger forms, allowing them to use stronger versions of their Skills, such as transforming Bullet Bill into Banzai Bill.
In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Flint and Steel is replaced by a Fire Flower.
Mario Sports Superstars
The Fire Flower has several cameo appearances on Mario's gear in Mario Sports Superstars. The Flower Cup also reappears in the game.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Fire Flowers appear in a scene in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, where Peach transforms into Fire Peach after touching one of them. During his battle with Donkey Kong, Mario manages to get one from a ? Block, but Donkey Kong extinguishes it before he can use it. Donkey Kong also transforms into Fire Donkey Kong after touching one that appeared out of a ? Block that was kicked to him by Mario.
The Fire Flower is available as a furniture item in all five main Animal Crossing games. In most games the Fire Flower resembles its original Super Mario Bros. incarnation, with later games using 8-bit stylized graphics, though in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Fire Flower, along with all other Super Mario-based items, are given their current appearances.
Fire Flowers also appear in the Wii U version of Scribblenauts Unlimited where they can be created using Maxwell's notebook. They can be given to Mario and Luigi to turn them into their respective Fire forms.
The Fire Flower's appearance has changed over the past games. In Super Mario Bros., it has white petals and is orange in the middle, a green stem and two green leaves. In Super Mario World, its design was changed to resemble an orange tulip with a happy face. The second design has a shorter stem and smaller leaves. This design was used until Super Mario All-Stars, which introduced the current design, which has red and yellow petals, a white face with eyes and a green stem with two leaves, though there is artwork for the Fire Flower for Super Mario Bros. which looks similar to the current design. The Fire Flower also has some other appearances. In Super Smash Bros., the Fire Flower has taller leaves and a round flower while in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Fire Flower has pink petals, a yellow face with eyes, and thinner leaves. Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door uses the design from Super Mario World, albeit with a yellow face with open eyes in the middle.
Profiles and statistics
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros.
- Wii Virtual Console manual: Turns Mario into Fire Mario.
Super Mario Bros. 3
- Wii Virtual Console manual: Changes Mario into Fire Mario.
- 3DS Virtual Console manual: Changes Mario into Fire Mario.
Super Mario World
- Wii U Virtual Console manual: Collect to turn into Fire Mario.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
- North American website bio: The classic power-up gets a massive upgrade out in the galactic wilderness! Fire Mario can take out enemies, snow sculptures, and much more with these powerful fireballs.
Super Mario 3D Land
- North American website bio: Grab a red hot Fire Flower to have an endless supply of flaming fireballs at your disposal. These red hot projectiles bounce off walls until they burn out, letting you attack from unexpected angles.
- European website bio: Grab one of these to turn Mario into Fire Mario!
New Super Mario Bros. 2
- North American website bio: This exotic flower is common throughout the Mushroom Kingdom. Grab it, and you can toss scorching hot fireballs at your foes.
- European website bio: Collect a Fire Flower to become Fire Mario, and throw fireballs to blaze a trail through your enemies! Heck, these things are so hot you can even use them underwater!
Super Mario 3D World
- Instruction manual: Transforms Mario into Fire Mario.
- North American website bio: Shoot fireballs at baddies using this handy flower.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- North American website bio: These red-hot flowers grant you the ability to throw fireballs.
- European website bio: Enemies are sure to feel hot under the collar (if they even have collars) when your heroes start flinging Fireballs their way!
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
- North American website bio: Change into the classic Fire Mario and hurl fireballs.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart 7
- Electronic manual: While activated, allows you to throw fireballs using or for a short time. Karts hit by a fireball will spin out of control.
- North American Website bio: Hurl bouncy fireballs in any direction you like with the powers granted to you by this potent plant.
Mario Party series
Mario Party 9
- Constellation: Fire Flower: A constellation resembling a lovely flower. Though it makes a surprisingly tasty snack, it's spicy enough to cause any who eat it to breathe fire.
Mario Kart 8
- Electronic manual: Lets you throw fireballs for a short time by pressing . Any vehicle you hit will spin out of control.
Mario Kart Tour
- Tips & Tricks: Three fireballs will revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them all at once, spinning out any kart they hit. You're really burning up the track now!
- Driver info: Lets you throw three fireballs. Spin out your opponents while you burn up the track!
- Driver info (Fire Flower+): Adds another fireball, allowing you to throw four total.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
- Collectible Treasure No. 71: Use this to become Fire Mario! He flings those fireballs without suffering a single singe upon his shiny 'stache. Such skill!
- Item description: Use this to throw fireballs at enemies in a straight line.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Image||Artwork from||Effect in The Subspace Emissary|
|New Super Mario Bros.||Carry Fire Flower|
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|#||Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|19||Fire Flower||Super Mario Series||Support (1)||Novice||Fire Flower Equipped||Timmy and Tommy's||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Fire Flower.
Super Mario World animated series ("Send in the Clown")
- The Superball Flower, an item from Super Mario Land which turns Mario into Superball Mario.
- The Ice Flower, the ice counterpart of the Fire Flower.
- The Gold Flower, the golden variant of the Fire Flower.
Names in other languages
|Flower of Fire|
|French||Fleur de feu||Fire Flower|
|Hungarian||Tűzes virágok||Fiery flower|
|Italian||Fiore di fuoco
|Portuguese (NOA)||Flor de fogo||Fire Flower|
|Portuguese (NOE)||Flor de Fogo||Fire Flower|
|Romanian||Floare de foc (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Floarea Focului (McDonald's Romania 2017 Happy Meal box, Super Mario promotion)
Flower of Fire
|Spanish (NOA)||Flor de fuego
Flor (Super Mario Land 2)
|Spanish (NOE)||Flor de fuego
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
|French||Fleur frères||Brothers flower|
|Italian||Fiori Fratelli||Bros. Flowers|
|Spanish||Flor tándem||Tandem Flower|
- A Fire Flower makes a cameo in an E3 2014 Robot Chicken sketch, where then-Nintendo CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé uses it to set an indignant fan asking for Mother 3 on fire.
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