Keronpa Ball

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Keronpa Ball
Fire Chomp
A Keronpa Ball 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 Keronpa Ball is an obstacle found in Super Mario 64 and its portable remake, Super Mario 64 DS. Keronpa Balls are tiny black spheres that hover in place a tiny distance off the ground. In the DS remake, they appear identical to Fire Chomps without the trail of fire behind them, and fires at a much slower pace compared to the original game. They usually line the edges of pathways. Keronpa Balls are motionless and harmless until the player character passes by, in which case it expands to about twice its size and shoots a tiny fireball that chases them for a short period of time before snuffing out. If hit by the flame, the player will run around uncontrollably while steadily losing three health wedges, although they will still be able to jump. In the DS version, Yoshi is capable of spitting out fire if he ingests a Keronpa Ball.

Keronpa Balls appear in the following levels:


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クロマメ[citation needed]
Keronpa Bōru
Black Bean (Super Mario 64)

Fire Chomp (Super Mario 64 DS)

Flame Chomp Ball (Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.)
German Flammen-Ball Flame Ball
Italian Fiammorco[3] Fire Chomp


  • There are two Keronpa Balls in the downtown area of Wet-Dry World that, due to an error in the level design, are unable to spit fire. Even at its shallowest point, the water level in the area is high enough that the two Keronpa Balls 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 Keronpa Balls were removed in the remake.


  1. ^ Super Mario 64 DS, internal filename data/enemy/keronpa/keronpa.bmd
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 64 section, page 92.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 92