Fire (100m)

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A Fire from 100m from Donkey Kong, seemingly specifically for the Game Boy game.
Artwork of a Fire
First appearance Donkey Kong (1981)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Variant of Fireball (Donkey Kong)
F Boy

Fires[1] (also fireballs[2], firefoxes[3], and foxfires[4]) are enemies that exclusively appear in the 100 m level of Donkey Kong. In most versions, they are depicted as a slightly larger variant of the Fireball enemy that appears in other levels.


Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong[edit]

Sprite of a Fire from Donkey Kong (Arcade)
Blue Fire

Fires make their first appearance in the original Donkey Kong as enemies. They exclusively appear in 100 m, and as they are slightly larger than the Fireball enemies that appear in other levels, they are more difficult to jump over. Fires can climb ladders, but cannot reverse directions during the climb. If Mario jumps over a Fire, he receives points. If a bolt is removed while a Fire is on top of it, the enemy will become stuck over the gap. This will allow Mario to safely jump over the enemy repeatedly. Like Fireballs, the only way to destroy them is with a hammer. Picking up a hammer causes the Fires to turn blue. There can only be five or less Fires on the screen at the same time in the arcade version; that number was lowered to four in the Nintendo Entertainment System port of the game.

Donkey Kong (Game Boy)[edit]

In Donkey Kong for Game Boy, Fires appear in the Start, which is a recreation of the arcade original.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

During the events of Donkey Kong 64, Fires retain their role of enemies in a built-in port of the classic Donkey Kong game, playable through an arcade machine found inside Frantic Factory.

Family BASIC[edit]

In the Family BASIC accessory to the Family Computer, Fires are programmable sprites. In Family BASIC V3, they are enemies in a space shooter mini-game.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアボール[5]
ojama mushi


trouble bug
Dutch Fire[8] -
Italian Fiammetto[citation needed] Lava Bubble
Spanish Fuego[citation needed] Fire


  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 21.
  2. ^ Instruction manuals for Intellivision, ColecoVision, Atari 2600, Coleco Adam, NES, and Atari 7800 ports.
  3. ^ Instruction manual for Atari 8-bit port.
  4. ^ Instruction manuals for MS-DOS and Apple II ports:
  5. ^ Family BASIC handbook.
  6. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  7. ^ Instruction manual for Famicom home version.
  8. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 15: "Tips".