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Used on Bowser
Power(s) given Run up walls, scratch enemies with claws, tail whip
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

Meowser is the name used for the Cat form of Bowser introduced in Super Mario 3D World. Bowser obtains the form only once during the final battle in The Great Tower of Bowser Land. He has white and orange fur with brown stripes similar to a tiger's, a ringed tail, cat ears instead of horns, whiskers, and his nose is black. His hands and feet retain their claws, but become white and adorned with pink paw prints. His hair is colored red, white, and brown, his shell appears to become more gray-blue, looking similar to Dry Bowser's (but without red gaps), and the rings around his spikes are more red. He retains his ability to breathe fire in this form, but it is pink (and blue when the player reaches the top of the tower) instead of its usual orange. Even his trademark roar becomes different, giving off more of a meow-like sound. Additionally, he is larger than normal Bowser. Like Cat Goombas and Cat Bullet Bills, the form is more akin to a transformation than a suit. The name is a portmanteau of "Bowser" and "meow", the onomatopoeia for the sound that a cat makes.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Meowser as seen in Super Mario 3D World
Bowser Jr. in his Cat form

During the final battle in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, like Cat Mario, Meowser can climb walls and swipe his claws at his enemies. Unlike Cat Mario, however, his tail is large enough to whip, like Tanooki Mario, as well as retaining his ability to breathe fire (though he uses this less often). After the player(s) attack him with a POW Block, Meowser uses the power of Double Cherries to become Double Meowser, spawning up to five doubles to fight them. The player cannot harm Meowser directly; the only way to finish the fight is to hit the Super POW Block four times at the top of the tower to defeat Meowser. The Clear Pipe to the Goal Pole will then be revealed.

The final boss battle against Meowser is reminiscent of the final boss battle against Wario at the end of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, where the final boss uses power-ups against the player. It is also similar to The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Super Koopa", where Bowser also uses power-ups against the Mario Bros. (though through the use of a pendant, rather than the power-ups themselves, and only in the Real World).

In Bowser's Fury, Bowser Jr. gains a Cat form if the player collects all 100 Cat Shines, which is similar in appearance to Meowser.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Meowser in Super Mario Maker 2

Meowser appears as a placeable enemy in Super Mario Maker 2 in the Super Mario 3D World style, in place of regular Bowser.

Meowser can walk on all-fours and will start breathing fireballs when the player gets close to him, like with normal Bowser. If Meowser is given a Super Mushroom, his fireballs also get bigger. He can also sometimes breathe 3 fireballs in a circular motion.

Meowser can also roll off the ground and climb up onto the surface in front of the player or slide near the player.

The player can only place up to three Meowsers on a single course layer.

If the player gives Meowser wings, he can flutter for a little bit. Sometimes when he jumps off, he will flutter in the background and breathe fireballs from there.

If the player gives Meowser a parachute, he will float down before acting as normal.

Like with normal Bowser, Meowser is immune to jump attacks and will be defeated if he gets hit 20 times, whether they are through fireballs or with certain items. As Builder Mario, he can be defeated in 7 hammer whacks. With a POW Block, he will be defeated in 2 hits; he also flinches briefly after getting hit. He will be defeated instantly if a Thwomp hits him, if the player runs through him while invincible, or if crushed by a Bill Blaster. Giant items can double the amount of damage on him as well. If Meowser is giant-sized, the number of hits he takes before getting defeated doubles. If Meowser is defeated, he falls down and leaves behind fireworks, unlike in the original game, where he is blown away before exploding into fireworks. On a side note, Meowser is unaffected by lava, and making Meowser fall into an abyss will not defeat him.


In the Super Mario Mash-up of Minecraft, Meowser appears as one of the various replacement skins for cats.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ネコクッパ
Neko Kuppa
Cat Bowser
Chinese (Simplified) 猫咪酷霸王
Māomī Kùbàwáng
Cat Bowser
Chinese (Traditional) 貓咪庫巴
Māomī Kùbā
Cat Bowser
Dutch Meowser -
French Bowser chat Cat Bowser
German Miauser Meowser
Italian Miauser Meowser
Russian Мяузер[1]
Spanish (NOA) Bowser felino Feline Bowser
Spanish (NOE) Bowser Felino Feline Bowser


  • While recording Meowser, Kenny James strained his voice so bad that he could taste blood as doing Bowser hurts his voice and he had been recording for 2 hours.[2]