Giga Bowser

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SmashBros Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. Character
Giga Bowser
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (non-playable)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Final Smash move)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (Final Smash move)
Special Moves
Standard:  Fire Breath
Side:  Koopa Klaw (SSBM); Flying Slam (SSBB)
Up:  Whirling Fortress
Down:  Bowser Bomb

Giga Bowser is the final boss of Adventure mode in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Bowser's Final Smash in all further Super Smash Bros. games. As his name suggests, he is a gigantic version of Bowser, and can only be fought after completing Adventure Mode in normal or higher difficulty within 18 minutes without using any continues. In the cutscene that follows when the player accomplishes this, Giga Bowser is created when a Bowser trophy falls onto the Final Destination stage, and is then immediately struck by lightning, right after the player defeats the giant Bowser. This revives the trophy, but the energy surge from the lightning causes the strange mutation that turns Bowser into Giga Bowser. Defeating Giga Bowser in Adventure Mode awards the player 100,000 points, along with the Giga Bowser trophy. Additionally, he is one of the opponents in the final Event Match; The Showdown, with Ganondorf and Mewtwo fighting alongside him.

Giga Bowser was created as a throwback to the older "aggressive" look of Bowser from the pre-Super Mario 64 games. According to the Smash series director, Masahiro Sakurai, he disliked having to use the newer design; he thought this original design was more frightening, appropriate for the character.[1]

Giga Bowser returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as Bowser's Final Smash. Many of Bowser's moves are hugely powered up in this form, and his roar is deeper. However, some of his attacks are actually weaker than that of the regular Bowser (such as the forward smash). He still takes damage from hits, but he won't flinch, making him possible to KO only by hitting him when off-screen, and at the top border of the screen. Giga Bowser's Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy incorrectly states that he can't take damage at all. Because of his large size, Giga Bowser is able to easily attack and KO an opponent. The duration of this move decreases if Giga Bowser is attacked.

Giga Bowser also appears as Bowser's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, but while Bowser's moveset has been altered, Giga Bowser maintains his moveset from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Additionally, if Bowser is using any Custom Moves, Giga Bowser's moveset will not be affected.

Giga Bowser is officially considered to be a Super Smash Bros. character, and not a Mario character. In the game, his icon is not a Mushroom (as is the case with Mario characters), but a Super Smash Bros. symbol (as is the case with Super Smash Bros. characters). In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Bowser's Final Smash has a mushroom icon, but this is because it is a move of Bowser's, and not a separate entity like the Giga Bowser in Super Smash Bros. Melee.


In addition to being much larger than the original king of the Koopas, Giga Bowser looks far more ferocious, with a larger body, a spikier scaled shell, more muscular physique, and a new curve to his lengthened horns. As well as being an intimidating sight to behold, Giga Bowser is far more difficult to battle than his smaller counterpart.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Giga Bowser possesses the same moveset as Bowser in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but several moves have an elemental effect; his down smash can freeze opponents, and his forward smash is explosive. However, unlike Bowser, Giga Bowser does not have a swim animation; when Giga Bowser jumps into the water, he falls right through it and gets KO'd. Giga Bowser also cannot pick up items (except in Super Smash Bros. Melee), but he can still possess the effects of the Bunny Hood and Superspicy Curry. Lastly, thanks to his huge size, Giga Bowser is immune to grab attacks, including both Kirby's Inhale and Yoshi's Egg Lay moves.

Oddly, Giga Bowser is unaffected by Metal Boxes, as he does not gain a metallic appearance, even when players are playing a Metal Special Smash. Similarly, Super Mushrooms, Poison Mushrooms, and Lightning won't affect Giga Bowser's size, but his size can be altered by playing a Giant or Tiny Special Smash.

On a side note, while Giga Bowser is huge in size, his overall attack power is surprisingly less powerful than that of a Bowser who acquires a Super Mushroom. This is especially notable with the forward smash.

Trophy information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Giga Bowser Trophy82.PNG Super Smash Bros. Melee
An even more imposing figure than the original King of the Koopas. Giga Bowser is roughly twice the size of his scaly, fire-breathing, spike-studded Super Smash Bros. Melee counterpart. Predictably, this monstrous creature's offensive and defensive powers are a grade higher than those of regular Bowser. Good luck defeating this colossus!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Giga Bowser BrawlTrophy018.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Bowser, transformed into the terrible and brutal form first seen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. While in this form, he's invulnerable--he takes no damage and cannot be budged. His appearance is so fierce, it's as if he doesn't even belong in the Smash Bros. universe. He cannot maintain this form for long, so dealing out damage efficiently is key.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Giga Bowser SSB4TrophyGigaBowser.png N/A Prepare to behold Bowser in all his Koopa glory. This fearsome form first appeared all the way back in Melee. While transformed, Bowser deals extra damage, is better at launching foes, and even gains special effects on some of his attacks. He won't flinch and can't be thrown, but he does still take damage. The definitive way to prove that Bowser's the king. This fearsome form made its debut all the way back in Melee. While transformed, Bowser deals more damage, launches foes further, and certain attacks have extra effects like freezing opponents. He won't flinch, and he can't be thrown either, but he will still take damage.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ギガクッパ
Giga Kuppa
Giga Koopa
Italian Giga Bowser Giga Bowser


  • Giga Bowser is the only transformation Final Smash that has a victory animation.
  • In the NTSC-U version of Super Smash Bros. Melee, an unused voice clip has the narrator referring to Giga Bowser as "Giga Koopa" (Giga Bowser's Japanese name) when the language settings are set to English.
    • Additionally, when the language is set to Japanese, the narrator calls Giga Bowser, "Giga Bowser", despite the fact that Bowser is named "Koopa" in Japan.
  • Giga Bowser was briefly considered as a transformation for Bowser for his Skylanders: SuperChargers appearances before being declined in favor of the original Molten Bowser.[2]
  • Although Giga Bowser shares the exact same voice clips as Bowser, their pitch level is altered so that they sound deeper in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. It is possible to give Bowser the exact same pitch level for his voice clips as Giga Bowser by having him grow to giant-size by the Lightning.



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  2. ^ Nintendo. (June 17, 2015). Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3 2015 Day 1 Skylanders SuperChargers. YouTube. Retrieved August 14, 2015.