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Not to be confused with "Rhino Dino", another name for Reznor.
Dino Rhino
A Dino Rhino in Paper Mario: The Origami King
A Dino Rhino from Paper Mario: The Origami King
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)

Dino Rhinos, sometimes hyphenated as Dino-Rhinos, are Ceratopsian dinosaurs first seen in Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Artwork of a Dino-Rhino, from Super Mario World.
Artwork of a Dino-Rhino from Super Mario World

Dino-Rhinos reside in Chocolate Island, located in Super Mario World. They will follow Mario and jump over short obstacles to get him. When Mario jumps on one, it turns into a Dino-Torch. Dino-Torches are capable of breathing fire, unlike their bigger form, although there are unused sprites of Dino-Rhinos breathing fire. Mario can also defeat the enemy in one go by Spin Jumping on one or jumping on it with Yoshi. Yoshi can eat Dino-Torches, but not the large Dino-Rhinos. Additionally, Dino-Rhinos are immune to fireballs.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In both the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Game Boy Advance remake of the game, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, the king of World 3, Sea Side, was transformed into a purple Dino Rhino.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

A Dino-Rhino from the Super Mario World television series

Dino-Rhinos, though never named as such, appeared only once in the Super Mario World television series. In the episode "Send in the Clown", a Dino-Rhino, along with two Dino-Torches, was shown to be held in a cage in King Koopa's "Koopaling Bros. Circus". After being shoved into this cage by Koopa, Mario narrowly avoids being eaten by the Dino-Rhino, which he defeats by shooting fireballs into the creature's mouth after transforming into Fire Mario by using a Fire Flower.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

While traveling through a forest in the Nintendo Adventure Book Flown the Koopa, Mario, Luigi, Toad, and the Mushroom King encounter a herd of Dino Rhinos that, depending on how the reader solves the accompanying puzzle, will either narrowly miss the quartet or run them down, causing them to lose their International Dino-Flying Derby tickets and some Coins. In Unjust Desserts, after shedding his Toad disguise around the beginning of the story, Bowser escapes Mushroom Palace by jumping out a window and onto the back of a waiting Dino Rhino. Other Dino Rhinos are shrunk by Magikoopa, and some of them are eaten by Yoshi and can be encountered by Mario, both inside and outside the dinosaur's body.

In the final book, Brain Drain, Mario and Luigi (who is in the body of a Koopa Troopa due to Iggy Koopa's Synapse Switcher) can encounter a group of Dino Rhinos and Sumo Bros. Luigi can gain the trust of these enemies if he "scares" Mario away, but will wind up switching bodies again (if he does not have pizza to plug his ears with) when the group decides to celebrate by listening to a radio that Iggy is using to broadcast the Synapse Switcher's signal.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

AlbinoDino PM.png

In Paper Mario, a white version of Dino Rhinos, called Albino Dinos, appear as guards in the Crystal Palace. They would have additionally (or instead) been enemies that Mario could fight, but they were removed. However, their battle data remains complete within the game's files.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Dino Rhinos appear in Mossrock Theater. They attack by ramming and breathing fire, like a Dino-Torch. Stronger counterparts known as Wild Dino Rhinos appear in The Emerald Circus, alongside an Animal Trainer Shy Guy.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

A Dino Rhino in the Shroom City café

One Dino Rhino appears as an NPC in Paper Mario: The Origami King. It appears in the Shroom City café, singing alongside a Ptooie and a Sombrero Guy.

The in-game concept art shows that origami Dino Rhinos were originally going to be enemies.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

  • Super Mario World instruction booklet: These are dragons from Chocolate Island. Jump on Dino-Rhino and it becomes Mini-Rhino. Watch out, they breathe fire.[1]
  • Mario Mania: Big but nearsighted. Dino Rhino looks more dangerous than he is. Mario can easily evade the big lug, but he also can stomp him down to size.[2]
  • Nintendo Power Issue #28: Dino-Rhinos: When they're hit, these lugs shrink.[3]

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

  • Denizens of Dinosaur Land poster: Chocolate Island is home to these dinosaurs. Dino Rhinos change into Mini-Rhinos when stomped on, but the little ones breathe fire, so be careful.[4]

Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's Egg[edit]

火を吹く点から、インド系ヨッシーと関係が 深いと考えられているが、どう深いのかは不 明。彼とヨッシーのイキサツについては秘密。[5]

Dino Rhino & Dino Torch
Due to their fire-blowing points, they're thought to be closely related to the Indian Yoshi, but how deep is unknown. The history between them and Yoshi is a secret.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ライタ (JP) / Dino Rhino (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
種族しゅぞく 恐竜族 Tribe Dinosaur clan
性格せいかく しつこい Disposition Persistent
登場とうじょうゲーム ワールド Game appearances World


He's going to come after you with a big body

These dinosaurs appear only on Chocolate Island. It rushes at Mario without regard for any bumps on the road. Even when he jumps past, it turns around and persistently chases him. Even if he steps on it once, it transforms into a Dino-Torch and starts to breathe fire.
Originally, the Dino-Torch was also...
There are two types of Dino-Torches: those that become small by stepping on a Dino Rhino and those that are already Dino-Torches. They are fast-moving and strong opponents that can make big fires.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
Dino Rhino
Dino Rhino sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash HP 56 Type Normal Role Common Card
Strong None Weak None Card drop rate 3
A Dino Rhino card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Moves Body Attack (16), Fire Attack (32), Group Attack (12), Blowback Attack (24)
Location(s) Mossrock Theater
Quotes N/A
Enemy class
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 10 Red paint 0 Yellow paint 0 Blue paint 0 Orange paint 74 Green paint 0 Purple paint 0


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ライタ
Pun on "lighter" and possibly "rhino"; officially romanized as “Raita”

Chinese (simplified) 打火龙[7]
Dǎhuǒ Lóng
Lighter Dragon

Chinese (traditional) 打火龍
Dǎhuǒ Lóng
Lighter Dragon

Dutch Dino Rhino
French Dino-Rhino
German Dino-Rhino
Italian Dino Rino
"Rino" comes from rinoceronte ("rhinoceros")
Korean 라이터
Transliteration of the Japanese name

Portuguese Rinossauro
Portmanteau of rinoceronte ("rhino") and dinossauro ("dinossaur")
Portuguese (NOA) Dino Rhino (Super Mario World manual)
Russian Носозавр
From носорог (nosorog, "rhino") and -завр (-zavr, suffix for dinosaurs)

Spanish Dino-Rino
Llamasaurio Rex (Super Mario World manual)
"Rino" comes from rhinocerotidae ("rhinoceros")
Blazesaurus Rex, a play on "blaze" and "Tyrannosaurus rex"


  1. ^ Nintendo (1991). Super Mario World instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 25.
  2. ^ (August 1991). Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 51.
  3. ^ (September 1991). Nintendo Power Issue #28. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 11.
  4. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 promotional flyerMedia:SMW SMA2-Protional Flyer.png
  5. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ヨッシーのたまご」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's Egg). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 61.
  6. ^ (1994). 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 226.
  7. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.