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First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Notable members
King Totomesu

Gao[1][2] are fire-breathing, sphinx-like enemies that are located within the borders of the Birabuto Kingdom in Super Mario Land. They stay in one place and shoot fireballs at Mario. These fireballs can even be shot backwards, and therefore Mario is not safe while they are on the screen. As with most enemies, they can be defeated after a single jump or Superball, awarding Mario with 400 points. King Totomesu is the ruler of the Gao. They are only seen towards the end of the stage in World 1-3, along with throughout the stage in World 1-1 on subsequent playthroughs. In appearance, they look like a mix between a pyramid sphinx and a lion.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: "This stiff creature doesn't move, but it spits out fireballs aimed at Mario."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガオー[3]
Japanese onomatopoeia for roaring sound by monsters
German Gao -
Spanish Gao -


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 14.
  2. ^ The Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide, page 5.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 16.