Big Chain Chomp

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Big Chain Chomp
A Big Chain Chomp in Super Mario Odyssey
A Big Chain Chomp, from Super Mario Odyssey.
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Move It! (2023)
Variant of Chain Chomp
Incoming Chomp
Notable members

A Big Chain Chomp (referred to in the Yoshi's Island series as a Chomp Shark or Shark Chomp[1][2]) is an especially large variety of Chain Chomp. Large Chain Chomps appear in many other games, such as Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and the Mario Kart games; however, the ones in those games are treated as the normal-sized Chain Chomps.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

A Shark Chomp from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Shark Chomps (also named Bow Wow[3] or Giant Chomp-Chomp[4]) are introduced as one of the three varieties of "Chomps" in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they appear in Marching Milde's Fort and KEEP MOVING!!!! In the former level, the Shark Chomp appears right after a group of Incoming Chomps. These giant Chomps relentlessly chase after Yoshi, and destroy any soft rocks they touch as they do, flying through the air as they chase him. They are invulnerable to all of Yoshi's attacks. Backtracking is not possible in the sections in which they appear, as the entire ground in the sections they appear in is composed of soft rocks that are destroyed by the Shark Chomp. Shark Chomp chase sections always end with a solid platform on which the Shark Chomp breaks its teeth, causing it to tear up in pain and fall off the screen.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

In Yoshi's Island DS, Shark Chomps act exactly as they do in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and even use the same sprite, though due to the lighter colors it seems to have been based off the Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 sprite instead. One appears in Rompin', Stompin' Chomps.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

In Yoshi's New Island, a Chomp Shark is the main feature of Chomp Shark Chase. Their teeth no longer crack, although, they still tear in pain.

Mario Party 3[edit]

Game Guy's Sweet Surprise: Two differently sized Chain Chomps devouring their own cakes. From Mario Party 3.

In the Mario Party 3 minigame Game Guy's Sweet Surprise, a large Chain Chomp known as Big Chomp appears alongside a smaller Chain Chomp named Little Chomp. The two Chomps race to eat a cake, and the player must guess which one will win. If the player correctly predicts that Big Chomp will win, their coins are doubled. Little Chomp's coin multiplier varies; the higher it is, the higher Big Chomp's chance is of winning.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Big Chain Chomp

In Super Princess Peach, Big Chain Chomps are found in Wavy Beach and Giddy Sky, specifically Wavy Beach 5-2, Wavy Beach 5-4, Giddy Sky 7-2 and Giddy Sky 7-8. They are usually found bouncing down hills provided with gaps in which the princess and her umbrella may hide. Some of them are also seen periodically falling down pits. They can defeat other enemies, such as Nipper Plants, on contact. One is also seen in the background of the Wavy Beach world select screen, bouncing on the water surface, resembling Incoming Chomps' background sprites. According to the game's Glossary, Big Chain Chomp is "A giant Chain Chomp. Very dangerous!"

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Iggy's pet Big Chain Chomp

A Big Chain Chomp appears in New Super Mario Bros. Wii during Iggy's battle in the castle of World 5, having been transformed from a regular Chain Chomp via Magikoopa's spell. This Big Chain Chomp pulls a rail-based carriage Iggy rides in, as it hops around the platforms of the room. When Iggy is stomped, the Big Chain Chomp gets red and angry with the sound of a train whistle, akin to Wiggler, before beginning to temporarily move faster. This seems to stand in for having Iggy retreat into his shell. Once Iggy has been stomped three times, the Big Chain Chomp is defeated along with its master.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

The Big Chain Chomp in New Super Mario Bros. 2

A Big Chain Chomp, possibly the same one from before, also appears in New Super Mario Bros. 2 during Iggy's battle in World 2-Castle course icon. It acts much the same as the one from the previous game, but is somewhat smaller, and has more paths to take due to the different room layout. It is defeated the same way as previously.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Big Chain Chomps appear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2 alongside other giant enemies. They can be created by dragging a Super Mushroom onto a normal-sized Chain Chomp.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A Big Chain Chomp in Super Mario Odyssey
A Big Chain Chomp in Super Mario Odyssey
Several Chain Chomps in Super Mario Odyssey
Mario after capturing a Big Chain Chomp in Super Mario Odyssey

Big Chain Chomps reappear in Super Mario Odyssey alongside their smaller counterparts in the Cascade Kingdom. Like regular Chain Chomps, they are used to break open larger rocks and even mountainsides Mario usually wouldn't be able to reach. Madame Broode also has a golden Big Chain Chomp as a pet that she calls "Chain Chompikins".

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Chomp Ruins
The Big Chain Chomp in Chomp Ruins

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Big Chain Chomps are more common than their regular variant (of which only one appears in the final battle with Bowser) and appear in World 5: one in Chomp Ruins and three in Rumble Volcano. They cannot actually be harmed (outside of jumping on them pre-battle when they are asleep, which is mitigated by the fact that they, like all enemies and even Mario, recover health when asleep); instead, they are actually the basis of a puzzle. The player has to hammer their post down while they are asleep, then engage them in battle and use any attacks before they wake up. They can be put to sleep with a Thing sticker or a Baahammer. Afterwards, the Big Chain Chomp will then lunge at the player, dealing 10 damage and ending the battle early due to escaping confinement. This attack cannot be blocked. After the battle in Chomp Ruins, the Big Chain Chomp knocks down the back wall, revealing the Comet Piece, then jumps into the background (similar to the Chain Chomp in Super Mario 64, where it bounces around, destroys the jail cage containing the Power Star, then bounces off to the summit). In Rumble Volcano, the Big Chain Chomps are needed in order to reach Petey Piranha, the guardian of the fifth Royal Sticker.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Château Chanterelle from Paper Mario: Color Splash

A Chain Chomp named Princess becomes a Big Chain Chomp in Paper Mario: Color Splash, by way of Kamek's magic. In this form, she is made out of interlocking pieces of cardboard. The music theme during when she appears is a remix of the one used in the Big Chain Chomp scenes in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Iggy running away from a Big Chain Chomp
Iggy Koopa, Mario, and Luigi run away from the Big Chain Chomp

A single Big Chain Chomp appears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Iggy and Morton use the Big Chain Chomp for one of their attacks.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 足場をバクバク食べながら、猛スピードで追いかけてくる。こんなにデカいと、ほんとにヒヤ汗もの。[5] (They chase after you at breakneck speed, eating the platforms. When they are this big, they really make you sweat.)
  • Player's Guide: They eat everything in their path, including the path itself. Move fast or you'll be shark bait![1]

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 足場をバクバク食べながら、猛スピードで追いかけて来る。ひたすら逃げるしかない![6] (They chase after you at breakneck speed, eating the platforms. All you can do is run!)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 画面の左側から現れ、壊れるブロックをかみ砕きながら猛スピードで右へ進む。接触するとミスとなるので、追いつかれないように走り続けよう。倒す方法はない。[7] (It appears from the left side of the screen and moves to the right at high speed, crushing blocks in its path. If you make contact with it, you will miss, so keep running to avoid it catching up to you. There is no way to defeat it.)

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Glossary profile
  • 71: A giant Chain Chomp. Very dangerous!

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star enemy
Big Chain Chomp
A Big Chain Chomp from Paper Mario: Sticker Star Max HP 99 Location(s) Chomp Ruins, Rumble Volcano
Attack 10 Moves Lunge (10, flees battle)
Defense Stickers N/A


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグワンワン[5][6] (Yoshi's Island series, Mario Party 3, Super Princess Peach)
Biggu Wanwan
でかワンワン[8] (Super Mario series, Paper Mario series)
Deka Wanwan
Big Chain Chomp
Chinese (Simplified) 巨型汪汪
Jùxíng Wāngwang
Giant Chain Chomp
Chinese (Traditional) 大汪汪
Dà Wāngwang
Big Chain Chomp
Dutch Reuzen-Chain Chomp Giant Chain Chomp
French (NOA) Boulouf géant Giant Chomp
French (NOE) Maxi-Chomp
Chomp Requin (Yoshi's Island series)
Big Chomp
Shark Chomp
German Maxi-Kettenhund
Kettenhai (Yoshi's Island series)
Big Chain Chomp
Chain Shark
Italian Maxi Categnaccio (Yoshi's Island series)
Carrozzaccio[9] (Iggy's Chain Chomp)
Categnaccio gigante (Super Mario Odyssey)
Maxi Chain Chomp
Portmanteau of "Categnaccio" (Chain Chomp) and "carrozza" (chariot/wagon)
Giant Chain Chomp
Korean 거대멍멍이
Big Chain Chomp
Russian Кусакула (Yoshi's Island series)
Огромный кусалкин на цепи (Super Mario series, Paper Mario series)
Ogromnyy kusalkin na tsepi
Chomp Shark

Giant Chain Chomp
Spanish Gran Chomp Cadenas
Tibu Chomp (Yoshi's Island series)
Big Chain Chomp
Chomp Shark


Sprite of a Chomp from Yoshi's Story
  • The Chomps in Yoshi's Story, which also constantly move forward while perpetually chomping, are quite similar to and may have been based on Shark Chomps. The Nintendo Player's Guide also takes note of their in-game size.[10]


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128Media:SMW2 Guide 128.jpg.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide. Pages 73 and 112.
  3. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) #30, page 12.
  4. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) #43, page 66. "MARCHING MILDE'S FORT The first four coins and flower are all out in the open but Yoshi has to find them quickly before he is caught in the razor-toothed jaws of the Giant Chomp-Chomp."
  5. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 6Media:Super Mario Yossy Island Shogakukan P6.jpg.
  6. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 20.
  7. ^ 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 23Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P23.jpg.
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 145 and 210.
  9. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pagg. 145 and 195
  10. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Player's Guide. Page 79. "Three mammoth Chomps guard four melons, and, to borrow a line from another story, “My what big teeth they have!”"