Flame thrower (Flame Chomp)

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Flame thrower
Fire Chomp
A flame thrower as it appears in Super Mario 64 DS
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Flame Chomp

A flame thrower[1] (or flame-thrower)[2] is an enemy found in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS. Flame throwers are tiny black spheres that hover in place a tiny distance off the ground. In the Nintendo DS remake, they appear identical to Fire Chomps without the trail of fire behind them, and they fire at a much slower pace compared to them in the original game. They usually line the edges of pathways. Flame throwers are motionless and harmless until the player character passes by, in which case they expand to about twice their size and shoot a tiny fireball that chases him for a short period of time before snuffing out. If hit by the flame, the player runs around uncontrollably while steadily losing three health wedges, although they are still able to jump. In the Nintendo DS version, Yoshi is capable of spitting out fire if he ingests a flame thrower.

Flame throwers appear in the following levels: Hazy Maze Cave; Shifting Sand Land; Dire, Dire Docks; Wet-Dry World; Tiny-Huge Island; Tick Tock Clock; and Rainbow Ride. They also appear in a few secret courses: Vanish Cap Under the Moat, Bowser in the Fire Sea, and Bowser in the Sky.

In Super Mario 64, there are two flame throwers in the downtown area of Wet-Dry World that, due to an error in the level design, do not spit fire. Even at its shallowest point, the water level in the area is high enough that the two flame throwers are submerged, rendering them harmless. Through the use of a water-raising/lowering glitch, the water can be lowered to an abnormal level, which activates them. These flame throwers were removed in Super Mario 64 DS.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 爆弾ばくだん[3] (Super Mario 64)
ケロンパ[4] (Super Mario 64 DS)
ケロンパボール[5] (Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.)
Keronpa Bōru
Bomb; shared with the game's mine

Fire Chomp

Flame Chomp Ball
German Flammen-Ball Flame Ball
Italian Fiammorco[6] Fire Chomp


  1. ^ M. Arakawa. Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Pages 114 and 115.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #53. Pages 44, 45, and 48.
  3. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオ64」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario 64). Pages 52, 70, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, and 90.
  4. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオ64DS」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario 64 DS). Page 24.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section. Page 92.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Page 92