Fire Breath

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This article is about Bowser's fire breath in the Mario franchise. For his Offensive Power Shot in Mario Power Tennis and Mario Tennis: Power Tour, see Fire Breath (Power Shot).
Fire Breath
Bowser using his fire breath
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
“Time for some burnage!”
Bowser, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Fire Breath is an ability Bowser can use in various games. True to its name, Fire Breath is a stream of fire that is expelled from the user's mouth. Although it is the signature ability of Bowser and, by extension, his skeletal form, other members of his species have been seen breathing fire, most notably Bowser Jr. and Bowser's Brother. Despite being unrelated to the Koopas, Yoshi has also demonstrated the ability to breathe fire.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

Bowser's first appearance

Bowser, along with his impostors, first use Koopa's fire[1] (or Bowser's Fireballs[2]) in Super Mario Bros. As Mario goes mid-way through castles, they are used to hinder his progression. Koopa's fire is used when fighting Mario from World 1 to World 5 as well as in World 8. While fire is encountered in World 6 and World 7 before the fakes appear, the impostors only use hammers when they scroll onscreen. Only the real Bowser is capable of using both hammers and fire.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels follows the same sequence but also introduces Bowser's Brother in World 8-4, who fights with both hammers and fire too. When he reappears in World 9-3, however, he uses only hammers. All the bosses from World A onward use only fire. In Super Mario All-Stars, this was changed to using only hammers.

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

The final battle between Mario and Bowser, in Super Mario Bros. 3.
One of Bowser's fireballs from Super Mario Bros. 3.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser's attack pattern involves spitting fireballs, then jumping diagonally and ground pounding.

Super Mario World[edit]

Bowser's flame from Super Mario World

Bowser uses Fire Breath in Super Mario World. When Mario or Luigi throws Mechakoopas at him, he flies out of control and flies aways and spits Flames[3] down at Mario or Luigi. He also does this a second time when they throw Mechakoopas at him again. A Spin Jump can be used to safely bounce off of them. Aside from Bowser, Ludwig and to a lesser extent Iggy and Larry are also depicted as using the Fire Breath attack in their boss fights. While Ludwig's is a typical forward-moving flying projectile, Iggy and Larry form theirs into spheres and roll them. Iggy and Larry's spheres can be defeated with a slide, but they will show glitchy sprites.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Bowser Fire Breathing in Bowser in the Dark World.
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 DS

Bowser uses Fire Breath in Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS. He spits single balls of fire. Bowser also has a variation of fire-based attacks: shooting fireballs into the air, causing several small fireballs to fall; another involves Bowser spitting a number of fireballs that disappear after a while; and the third involves shooting a continuous stream of fire for a short time.

Additionally, Super Mario 64 DS provides a few instances where Yoshi can breathe fire. The most notable instance is Yoshi's Power Flower ability, Fire Power. Yoshi's Fire Breath can melt blocks of Ice, destroy signs, and defeat most enemies on contact. Alternatively, Yoshi can also breathe a single breath of fire by eating a source of fire and spitting it out, or by swallowing enemies such as flame throwers and Fly Guys. In any of the aforementioned cases, the player can make Yoshi breathe fire by pressing A Button.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

Final battle
Bowser fire breathing

In Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser uses Fire Breath. He attacks by breathing massive gusts of flames over the sections of the slime-filled tub Mario is traversing.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Fire Mario fighting Bowser Jr. and Bowser in World 8-Bowser Castle.

In New Super Mario Bros., Bowser spits fireballs at Mario or Luigi during their battles. He also spits barrages of blue-colored fireballs. In the first world, Bowser attacks similarly to the way his impostors did in Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Fireballs from Bowser encircling the last planet

In Super Mario Galaxy, Bowser uses Fire Breath. In Bowser's Star Reactor, when Mario reaches the stairs, Bowser appears and starts spitting fireballs at Mario or Luigi. In the battle, when Bowser stomps on the planet's glass and his tail burns, and when Mario or Luigi spins into him, he will start shooting fireballs at them. In Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, Bowser attacks by shooting fire in rapid succession. Unlike the first battle, he is more aggressive and he shoots them faster.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Super Bowser

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Bowser uses Fire Breath. In the last castle of World 8, Bowser sends out fireballs toward Mario, similarly to his function in Super Mario Bros. In the battle, Bowser is fought in a similar way as in New Super Mario Bros., attacking by shooting fireballs. When the switch is pressed and he is plummeted into the abyss, Kamek revives him and he grows giant. He attacks by spitting massive fireballs and destroying the structures on contact.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Bowser's Gravity Boss.png

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Bowser uses his fire breath as one of his attacks, spewing a continuous stream of fire across the planet as he chases Mario or Luigi.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Mario fighting Bowser in the Nintendo 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land

Bowser uses Fire Breath, along with fake Bowsers in Super Mario 3D Land. Bowser and his fakes shoots fireballs to block Mario's path in crossing the bridge to press the switch. Bowser, in his giant form, chases Mario and shoots massive fireballs at him, which destroys anything blocking Mario's path, and the platforms he is standing on.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Bowser uses Fire Breath. He attacks by using fire and iron mallets in battle, reminiscent of Super Mario Bros. He attacks in a similar way as in New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. After he is defeated, the Koopalings in the Koopa Clown Car use their wands' magic to revive him and he grows giant. In two segments of the battle, he breathes fire at Mario on a full platform.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Meteors in World 8 in New Super Mario Bros. U
Bowser's Flames in New Super Mario Bros. U

Bowser's Fire Breath (referred to in the Prima Games guide as Bowser's Flames[4]) reappears in New Super Mario Bros. U, though it acts more similarly to the raining molten rocks from previous games than his normal fire. On two stages of Peach Castle, Meteor Moat and Firefall Cliffs, the flames rain down from the sky, destroying any Brick Blocks they come into contact with. Bowser is also seen using the move in The Final Battle. These obstacles also appear in the challenge, Cloudy with a Chance of Fire.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Mario fighting multiple Meowsers at the top of The Great Tower of Bowser Land.

Bowser uses Fire Breath in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port. He spits fireballs that leave residue. He also attacks by throwing explosive soccer balls at Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Rosalina. In Bowser's second encounter, he spends most of the battle spewing residue-producing fireballs at the characters. Meowser clones also breathe fire.

Mario avoiding Fury Bowser's fire breath in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.
Fury Bowser' Fury Blast

In Bowser's Fury, Fury Bowser uses Fury Blasts, an enhanced version of his normal Fire Breath, which can be avoided by diving with Plessie or hiding behind walls. Fury Bowser's Fury Blasts can also destroy Disaster Spikes and Fury Blocks, which may reward coins and a Cat Shine, respectively, when destroyed. Upon being purged of the black paint, Giant Bowser also spews fireballs to stop Mario and Plessie from regaining the Giga Bells.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Bowser's Fire Breath in Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Breath in Super Mario Odyssey

Bowser uses his Fire Breath in his final fight against Mario in Super Mario Odyssey. After Bowser is damaged, he jumps to the center of the room and sweeps a large stream of fire around the arena in an attempt to burn Mario. The attack is rather fast, and can only be dodged by jumping over it. A ring of fire forms around Bowser as he uses the attack, protecting him and preventing Mario from getting too close.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Although Bowser does not use Fire Breath during battle in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, he does briefly use it in the prologue right before grabbing the Wonder Flower and becoming Castle Bowser.

Super Mario Kart[edit]


In Super Mario Kart, Bowser tosses fireballs on the track that, when characters make contact with them, will spin them out.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Fire Breath is one of the special moves used by Bowser and Giga Bowser in the Super Smash Bros. series. Bowser and Giga Bowser use this move whenever the B Button Button is pressed. It is exactly the same as a Fire Flower, except that the flames become smaller the more it is used; in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Bowser begins to exhale smoke that does not deal damage after a while, though in later games this does not happen. Giga Bowser's Fire Breath can be used indefinitely in Super Smash Bros. Melee, although it adopts the weaknesses of Bowser's version as of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, due to him becoming Bowser's Final Smash. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Yoshi can also use Fire Breath, although he can only do so via his own Final Smash, Super Dragon. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Petey Piranha can also breathe a continuous stream of fire during Piranha Plant's Final Smash.

The box art for Super Smash Bros. Melee was originally going to feature Bowser hurting Mario with his Fire Breath, but was changed in the final version of the game.

Bowser and Giga Bowser's Fire Breath is somewhat of a long-distanced move, and is usually best to use when the enemy is coming in for close-range combat. Starting in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, players can also angle the flames up and down with the control stick. However, the move will leave Bowser and Giga Bowser motionless while using the attack, and will leave their backs open for attack. If Bowser or Giga Bowser fully use up this attack, they will have to wait about 10 seconds for it to be fully recharged again. In comparison, Super Dragon's Fire Breath functions quite differently. Not pressing any buttons will result in Yoshi exhaling a stream of flames, similarly to Bowser. Conversely, pressing the attack button will result in him exhaling a powerful Fireball. One of Ridley's attacks, Plasma Breath, has a similar function to Fire Breath.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U introduces customizable special moves that only Bowser can utilize, as Giga Bowser can only use the default Fire Breath. Fire Breath, like all others, has two variants. The first one is Fire Shot, which has Bowser exhale a single Fireball that travels forward and pierces enemies; the move can be used consecutively by holding down the special attack button, and does not decrease in power the more it is used. The second is Fire Roar, which is more powerful and has longer range at first, but loses power faster and takes longer to recharge.


  • Once Bowser's used up his fire once, he needs time to recharge. Give him 10 seconds, and he'll be ready to roast!
  • You can change the angle of Bowser's flame. Try aiming slightly above the enemy to make it harder for them to escape! Bowser's not above dirty tricks.

Mario Party series[edit]

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Scaldin' Cauldron minigame in the game Mario Party 5.
Bowser's fire breath in Scaldin' Cauldron

In the Mario Party series, Bowser uses his Fire Breath to hinder the characters' progress in the minigames. He also uses it for any other purposes in the games, such as Bowser minigames.

Uses of Fire Breath appear the following places:

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Before damage
After damage
Fire Breath

In the opening of Paper Mario before Mario falls near Goomba Village, Bowser finishes Mario off with a powerful fire breath attack that does 10 damage. Bowser uses this same technique on the Power Platform at the very end of the game.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

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In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Bowser uses Fire Breath in the battles between him and Mario. He can also use it in his side-scrolling levels with B Button.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Bowser in Super Paper Mario, breathing fire.
Artwork of Bowser using his fire breath in Super Paper Mario.

Bowser uses this move in Super Paper Mario and it is his special move in the game when the player presses the +Control Pad down. It can be used to light candles, and it can also attack enemies from a distance, giving Bowser a slight advantage.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Artwork of Bowser using the fire breath in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Bowser uses fire in the battle with Mario and uses different variations of the move. During the second phase, a more powerful variant of the move can cause a page of Mario's sticker album to be cleared.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

A pair of Wild Dino Rhinos about to perform in Paper Mario: Color Splash
Wild Dino Rhinos using Fire Breath

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Bowser, Dino Rhinos, and Wild Dino Rhinos use Fire Breath in battle. Draggadon breathes fire at Mario and Huey before they use the Basin Thing to stop him from being hostile. Magma Burgers can also cause several Shy Guys to breathe fire.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Origami King, Bowser uses Fire Breath to attack enemies while he is allied with Mario in his folded state, dealing 50 damage (25 to Fire Bros and 75 to Ice Bros), or 75 damage if the Ally Tambourine is equipped (37 to Fire Bros and 112 to Ice Bros). This can sometimes fail, resulting in Bowser only spitting a small puff. Mechakoopas can also attack Mario with a Fire Breath move.

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

In Luigi's Mansion, King Boo uses Fire Breath during his final battle, where he dons a Bowser suit.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Main article: Fire Breath (Power Shot)
Bowser using his Fire Breath Power Shot in Mario Power Tennis

In Mario Power Tennis and Mario Tennis: Power Tour, the Fire Breath is the Offensive Power Shot used by Bowser. It involves Bowser breathing fire on the ball and sending it over the court alight.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Bowser use his the Fire Breath in Mario Tennis Aces as part of his Special Shot. The movie is called the "Fire Breath Barrage" and consists of Bowser setting his tennis racket ablaze with his fiery breath to hit the ball.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

In Mario Sports Mix, Bowser uses fire in Dodgeball. In this sport, he spits a fireball on the court, near the goal, and throws the sports object toward the goal.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Bowletta's most powerful attack from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Bowletta using the Fire Breath

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Bowser uses the Fire Breath during the tutorial battle as his only attack. As Rookie, he uses it along with throwing hammers at the Mario Bros. Bowletta, a transformation between Cackletta's spirit and Bowser, also uses it when the Mario Bros. encounter her in the throne room of Bowser's Castle to engage the bros in battle. In battle, one of her attacks involves her placing blocks with numbers on them above Mario and Luigi's heads which need to be destroyed by rapidly striking them before she, after a few seconds, tries to burn them both with this attack to avoid taking damage.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Bowser, along with his baby self, Baby Bowser, breathes fire at Mario and Luigi. In the first battle with Baby Bowser, he only attacks by spitting a fireball at Baby Mario, which can be avoided by jumping. In the second battle against him, along with his adult self, he jumps high and ground pounds Bowser, releasing flames from his mouth. If he is alone, however, he uses his hammer to send the fireballs he spits out at the bros.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Bowser burning a tree with Fire Breath in Dimble Woods
Bowser burning a tree in Dimble Woods with Fire Breath in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Fire Breath is also one of Bowser's commands in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its 3DS remake, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. When used in battle, Bowser will inhale and when his face turns red, the player must press and hold X Button or Y Button to execute the technique, burning any enemy in his path. In Giant Battles, the action changes. The player must blow into the DS microphone (tap the Touch Screen in the 3DS remake) for the attack to be successful. The attack can also be used out of battle by pressing Y Button to ignite Launch Fits, burn trees and flowers, and more. However, when Bowser first appears in Cavi Cape, he is unable to use this ability due to (as later found out in Plack Beach) a Scutlet clogging his Flame Pipe. Once the Mario Bros. defeat the Scutlet, Bowser's Flame Pipe returns back to normal and he can use his Fire Breath again. The Dark Star uses the Fire Breath when absorbing Bowser's DNA in the Airway late in the game, and Dark Bowser uses this move as well.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team screenshot

In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Bowser uses Fire Breath and it functions the same as in the previous games in the Mario & Luigi series. Bowser, supercharged by Antasma, he uses his Fire Breath and knocks Mario and Luigi unconscious. In battle, Bowser curls up into a ball, chases Mario and Luigi, and spits fire at them. Dreamy Bowser also uses this move during the final battle.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Bowser uses his Fire Breath along with his paper counterpart in the final battle. Shiny RoboBowser can also use it during the battle.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

In Super Princess Peach, Bowser makes use of his Fire Breath ability. Other than attacking Peach by breathing continuous streams of fire, he creates a column of fire, breathes a massive fireball, and breathes multiple, bigger fireballs at her.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Bowser uses a variation of the Fire Breath as his Special Shot known as Bomber Dunk. When he performs it, he sets the ball on fire and he leaps into the air and dunks it, with a column of flames appearing afterward.

Mario Strikers series[edit]

Super Mario Strikers[edit]


Bowser uses his Fire Breath in Super Mario Strikers. Anyone hit by it will be knocked back and appear to be burned for a short time.

Mario Strikers Charged[edit]

Fire Storm!

In Mario Strikers Charged, Bowser uses a Super Ability! called Fire Storm: when he uses it, he breathes fire that will render the characters on fire, including his teammates. He also uses it in one of his losing animations, in which he angrily breathes fire all around himself, setting his own teammates on fire in the process.

Mario Strikers: Battle League[edit]

In Mario Strikers: Battle League, Bowser's Hyper Strike involves him setting the ball on fire through his Fire Breath before tossing it towards the ball. His losing animation in the same game also has him furiously breathing fire towards the sky.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games[edit]

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Bowser uses Fire Breath as his special shot in the Dream Table Tennis event.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Bowser uses Flame Dash, a variation of the Fire Breath, as his special skill: it encases him in a fiery aura that allows him to move very fast.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

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In Mario Super Sluggers, Bowser uses a Star Swing move called Breath Swing. He creates a column of fire from the fireballs.

Mario Golf series[edit]

In the Mario Golf series, Bowser uses a variation of the move as his skill shot. In the opening clip of Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, he is seen breathing fire when he got angry from receiving a black eye. In Mario Golf: World Tour, Bowser uses this attack on the camera when he gets an eagle or better.

In Mario Golf: Super Rush, Bowser's Fire Breath is referred to as the Power of Flame. He uses it to conquer Mount Snow by awakening the dormant volcano and make it erupt and destroy the kingdom so he can terraform it into his own golf course: Bowser Highlands. After Fire Mario wakes up Bowser at the end of the Golf Adventure mode, he uses the Power of Flame again to defeat the Snow King and restore his course.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

Fire Breath
Fire Breath in one of his golf post-hole animations in Mario Golf: World Tour and Mario Sports Superstars

In Mario Sports Superstars, Bowser uses this attack on the camera during golf after getting an Eagle or better, same as Mario Golf: World Tour. Most of his specials involve him breathing fire.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパブレス
Kuppa Buresu
Bowser Breath

Italian Soffio di fuoco (Super Smash Bros. series)
Fire breath
Portuguese (NOE) Fogo do Bowser[5]
Bowser's Fire
Spanish Aliento de fuego
Fire breath


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  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide. Page 35.
  3. ^ M. Arakawa. Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 52.
  4. ^ Stratton, Steve. New Super Mario Bros. U PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 190.
  5. ^ Canal New Super Mario Bros. U (January 30th, 2013). New Super Mario Bros. U - Desafios: Proibido Escalar (Wii U) video description.
  6. ^ Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Italian manual, pag. 22