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A Splorch from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Chain Chomp

Splorches[1] are uncommon enemies that first appear in Super Mario 3D World and reappear in its Nintendo Switch port Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. Their name is a pun on "torch" and the onomatopoeia "sploosh". They are large orange fireballs that have dark red masks around their eyes, quite similar to Fryguy's eyes, and a large grin. They first appear in Brolder Blockade Is Back, and after that, they usually appear in levels with lava. Their appearance is unaffected by the color of lava, as seen in Broken Blue Bully Belt, a level with blue lava.

Screenshot of Super Mario 3D World.
Tanooki Mario being chased by a Splorch.

Splorches pop out of lava and roll towards the players. They can be pushed back into the lava using projectiles such as those of the Boomerang Flower and Fire Flower, or by hitting them with Tanooki Mario's tail spin or Rosalina's Spin Attack. Splorches also leave a trail of lava that damages the players. These enemies can only be defeated by Invincible Mario, Lucky Cat Mario or White Tanooki Mario.

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Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 3D World content/ObjectData/MeraWanwan.szs MeraWanwan Charred Chain Chomp (note that its rolling behavior is reminiscent of Chomps from Super Mario Galaxy)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マグマン[2]
Portmanteau of "magma" and "man"; shared with Magmad
German Lavaball Lava Ball
Spanish (NOE) Magmabola Magma Ball


  1. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. Super Mario 3D World PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 24.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D World section, page 227.