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Artwork of a Dino-Torch from Super Mario World.
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2001)
Variant of Dino Rhino

Dino-Torches, sometimes called Mini-Dinos[1] or Mini-Rhinos[2], are turquoise, large-eyed dinosaurs encountered in Super Mario World. They only appear in Chocolate Island levels.


Super Mario World[edit]

In Super Mario World and its Game Boy Advance port Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, Dino-Torches attack by either charging at Mario and Luigi or attempting to burn them with their fire breathing, which can be sprayed upward or forward. A Dino-Torch can be defeated with a stomp or Super Star, but care must be taken that Mario or Luigi does not jump into its flames.

When a Dino-Rhino is jumped on, it transforms into a Dino-Torch. While Dino-Rhinos are immune to fire; their smaller counterparts are not. The Dino-Torches are also more agile and mobile; they can jump higher and move faster.

There is a glitch in Super Mario World where if a Dino-Torch hits Mario with its flame while he is riding Yoshi, Mario would lose his power-up if he had one but keep Yoshi.[citation needed]

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Dino-Torches appear quite frequently in the Super Mario World animated series.

A Dino-Torch first appeared in the episode The Wheel Thing, where one is used by Kooky von Koopa as a welding torch flame while he is building his Mega Mechanasaur. Later in the episode it is revealed that the source of the Mega Mechanasaur's fire breath is an oddly winged Dino-Torch hidden in its mouth; this Dino-Torch is not seen again after the destruction of the Great Mechanasaur.

In "Send in the Clown", two Dino-Torches are shown to inhabit a cage with a Dino-Rhino in Bowser's "Koopa kid Bros. Circus"; after Mario is forced into this cage by Bowser, the chair he is given to defend himself with is burnt to a crisp by these Dino-Torches, which Mario later defeats by blasting them with fireballs as Fire Mario.

In "King Scoopa Koopa", several Dino-Torches, along with some Rexes, are shown to be employed as chefs at Bowser's fast-food stand. Later in the episode, Mario, after breaking into Bowser's stand, is attacked by Bowser, who wields a Dino-Torch as a flamethrower. After he is defeated by Cape Mario, Bowser and his Dino-Torch and Rex minions manage to escape down a Warp Tube. Occasionally, the dark green Rex in the episode is mistakenly shown with a Dino-Torch's head.

In "Party Line", one is briefly seen pulling a caveman's vehicle.

Dinosaur Dilemma[edit]

In the Nintendo Adventure Book Dinosaur Dilemma, a Dino-Torch appears to attack Mario riding Yoshi when they first enter the Valley of Bowser, spewing fire balls. If the duo decides to hide from the Dino-Torch instead of fleeing from it, it will find and singe the two with its fire, sending them running and causing Mario to lose his items when they fall out of his charred pocket.


Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[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.[3]
  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 "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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チビライタ
Chibi Raita
Mini Dino Rhino
Chinese 小打火龙[4]
Xiǎo Dǎhuǒ Lóng
Tiny Lighter Dragon
French (NOA) Mini-Rhino -
French (NOE) Dino-Torche Dino-Torch
German Mini-Rhino -
Italian Mini-Rino[5] Mini-Rhino
Portuguese Mini-Rhino -
Spanish Dino-Antorcha Dino-Torch


  1. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 51.
  2. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 instruction booklet, "Denizens of Dinosaur Land" poster.
  3. ^ Super Mario World Instruction Booklet, pg. 25
  4. ^ YouTube - Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World Credits (iQue version)
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 55