Li'l Cinder

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Li'l Cinder
Li'l Cinder artwork
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Li'l Brr
Lava Bubble
A screenshot of Mario in the Battle Belt Galaxy.
Li'l Cinders on the Li'l Cinder Planet in the Battle Belt Galaxy

Li'l Cinders,[1] originally known as Lava Bubbles,[2] are enemies in Super Mario Galaxy. Their name directly references "cinder," which is a small part of any highly combustible material. They have an ice counterpart called Li'l Brrs. Li'l Cinders spawn from lava pools, though sometimes they are encountered above land. They slowly chase Mario (or Luigi) upon spotting him and attempt to ram into him to inflict damage. If Mario touches a Li'l Cinder, he catches fire and starts running around uncontrollably while losing a wedge of his life meter. Mario can use a spin attack nearby or shoot a Star Bit to put out the flame surrounding a Li'l Cinder, making it fall on the ground vulnerable. In this state, the enemy attempts to escape Mario by hopping away and seeks a pool of lava to regenerate its flame. However, in its cold state, the Li'l Cinder can be kicked or jumped on to defeat it, producing a coin. In the first game, Lava Bubbles are found in the Freezeflame Galaxy and Melty Molten Galaxy.

Li'l Cinders return in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they behave the same as in the previous game. They can also be spawned by Magikoopas. If Mario rolls a snowball into a Li'l Cinder, he instantly defeats it. Li'l Cinders appear in the Freezy Flake Galaxy, Battle Belt Galaxy, and Mario Squared Galaxy.

Although the Li'l Brrs have a boss variant, the Li'l Cinders do not.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メラメラ
Japanese onomatopoeia for something flaring up; shared with Flaret
French Mélaméla Same as Japanese name
German Feuer-Flamy Fire Flamy
Italian Vampy Diminutive of "vampata" (blaze)
Spanish (NOA) Roca Volcánica Volcanic Rock
Spanish (NOE) Mera From Japanese name


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Premiere Edition guide. Page 27.
  2. ^ Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 185, 280–285, 287, 290–292.