Dino Rhino

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Dino Rhino
PMCS Dino Rhino.png
A Dino Rhino in Paper Mario: Color Splash
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: Color Splash (2016)
Derived species
Albino Dino
Wild Dino Rhino

Dino Rhinos[1], sometimes spelled Dino-Rhinos,[2] are Ceratopsian dinosaurs first seen in Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

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Artwork of a Dino Rhino from Super Mario World

Dino Rhinos reside on Chocolate Island in Super Mario World. They will follow Mario and will jump over short obstacles to get him. When Mario jumps on one, it turns into a Dino-Torch, or Mini Rhino. 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. Also, 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 creatures mouth after transforming into Fire Mario 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 which, 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 decide to celebrate by listening to a radio, which Iggy is using to broadcast the Synapse Switcher's signal.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

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In Paper Mario, a pure white version of Dino Rhinos, called Albino Dinos, appear as guards in the Crystal Palace. They were initially going to be enemies Mario could fight, but they were removed. However, their battle data remains complete within the games files.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Dino Rhinos appear in Paper Mario: Color Splash in Mossrock Theater and in The Emerald Circus under the control of a Shy Guy. In battle, they are shown to have a lot of HP. They attack with fire breath, like a Dino-Torch, and ramming. In the Emerald Circus, if an Animal Trainer Shy Guy is not present in the battle, Dino Rhinos get out of control and transform into Wild Dino Rhinos.[3]

It is noteworthy that Dino Rhinos can breathe fire without turning into a Dino-Torch.


Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy
Dino Rhino
PMCS Dino Rhino.png HP 56 Type Normal 3
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Strong None Weak None
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
The English word "Lighter";
officially romanised as "Raita"
Spanish Llamasaurio Rex Blazesaurus Rex, a pun of the word Blaze, and the Tyrannosaurus Rex
French (NOA) Dino-Rhino -
German Dino-Rhino -
Italian Dino Rino "Rino" comes from "Rinoceronte" ("Rhinoceros")
Portuguese Dino Rhino -
Russian Носозавр
From Носорог (Rhino) and -завр (Suffix for dinosaurs)
Chinese 打火龙[4]
Dǎhuǒ Lóng
Lighter Dragon


  1. ^ Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 instruction booklet, "Denizens of Dinosaur Land" poster.
  2. ^ e.g. in Nintendo Power Volume 28, p. 11
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G59LgSoGQQ
  4. ^ 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.