Fire Chain

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Fire Chain
GCN Waluigi Stadium in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
A Fire Chain on GCN Waluigi Stadium in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
First appearance Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (Mario vs. Luigi Tour) (2023)
Variant of Fire Bar

Fire Chains,[1] also called Fire Bars,[2] are spinning fireballs formed in a ring shape that originally appeared in the Mario Kart series. Similar to Fire Bars, Fire Chains serve as obstacles in all games in which they appear, and their rotating movement is similar to that of the Boo Buddies.


Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Waluigi Stadium
Approaching a Fire Chain

Fire Chains first appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. They appear in both Waluigi Stadium and Wario Colosseum alongside normal Fire Bars in the former, where they burn any racer that comes in contact with them. The Fire Chains in Waluigi Stadium are made up of eight fireballs while the ones in Wario Colosseum have seven.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Fire Chains reappear in Mario Kart DS, where they are found in Wario Stadium. They play the same role of burning any racer who touch them, except they only have five fireballs each.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Bowser's Castle from Mario Kart Wii
Several Fire Chains in the distance in Mario Kart Wii

Fire Chains reappear in Mario Kart Wii, where they are found once again in GCN Waluigi Stadium, and in the game's Bowser's Castle where they are made up of three fireballs each.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Fire Chains reappear in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, where they only appear in DS Wario Stadium and GCN Waluigi Stadium. Here they are once again the main obstacle along with normal Fire Bars.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A Fire Chain surrounding a Pull Star

Fire Chains also appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They appear in Bowser's Lava Lair, on the starting planet, and the fireball planet, and the Slipsand Galaxy on its starting planet. They behave the way they do in the Mario Kart games, though sometimes, they go around planets instead of circling in the air.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Fire Chains return in Super Mario Run, except with an appearance of a complete "ring of fire" rather than separate sets of fireballs. They appear only in the level Rings of Fire!.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Anello di fuoco
Fire ring


  1. ^ Musa, Alexander. Mario Kart 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 192. "Fire Chains: A returning obstacle from Bowser's Castle, the fire chains make the races through Wario Stadium more exciting for the crowd... at the cost of being more dangerous to the racers themselves."
  2. ^ Musa, Alexander. Mario Kart 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 130. "Fire Bars: Certain gaps and sections of the track are protected by rotating fire chain traps. Anticipate where the fire chains will be and position yourself to drive where they don’t be."