Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988, overall)|
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii / Nintendo DS) (2009, Sega-related media)
|Latest appearance||Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (2022, overall)|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Sega-related media)
Chain Chomps are a recurring enemy in the Mario franchise, in which they first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3. Chain Chomps resemble a ball and chain and are typified by their large, tooth-filled maws and incessant biting. Chain Chomps' behavior is based on that of real-world canines, mainly their barking.
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii)
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the Wii, Chain Chomps are featured as an obstacle in both the individual and team versions of Dream Ski Cross. If a character is hit by a Chain Chomp, they get knocked over and lose speed for a few seconds, like in the Mario Kart series.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Nintendo DS)
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the Nintendo DS, Chain Chomps are featured as an obstacle in Extreme Snowboarding, where they attempt to lunge into the characters as they pass by. Like in the Wii version and the Mario Kart series in general, being hit by a Chain Chomp knocks the character over, causing them to lose speed briefly.
In Adventure Tours mode, a Chain Chomp is found blocking the path in Blizland. Wario is required to get the Chain Chomp to move, in the Blow Away Chain Chomp! mini-game, where he must use his Wario Waft to blow the Chain Chomp off the platform.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii)
A Chain Chomp appears as an obstacle in Dream Equestrian in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where it chases the characters for part of the course and tears up a bridge behind them, causing the cart to overbalance. One also appears as a ? mark effect in London party mode, where it removes a number of stickers from an opponent's current sticker sheet.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)
In the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, a Chain Chomp only appears in the Story Mode episode The Life of a Minion, where Magikoopa makes one appear to stun Knuckles.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
While Chain Chomps do not physically appear in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, hot air balloons shaped like them appear in various Dream Events.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Chain Chomps appear as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. They attack by lunging at opponents from their posts and chomping them for multiple hits. If the Chain Chomp falls off the stage, then it leaps back up onto it.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Chain Chomps are also enemies in Smash Run, and attack in the same manner as the Assist Trophy. Their bodies are invulnerable to any attack; the only way to defeat them is by attacking the post until it is free.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
A Chain Chomp returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Assist Trophy. Additionally, a Chain Chomp appears as an Advanced-class Attack-type primary spirit. It allows no support slots and, when equipped, makes the user slower but more difficult to launch. The corresponding spirit battle involves a metallic Pac-Man and a hostile Chain Chomp Assist Trophy on the Yoshi's Island stage. In addition to the Spirit Board, the Chain Chomp spirit can be obtained from Beedle's Tent for 1,000 Spirit Points.
Names in other languages
|Japanese onomatopoeic term for dog's barking|
|Translation from Japanese name|
|French (American)||Boulouf||From "boule" (ball) and "ouf" (crazy)|
Bouchée enchaînée (Super Mario Bros. 3 instruction booklet)
Chomp (older games)
Catena Dentata (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Categnone (Super Mario Galaxy)
|Portmanteau of "catena" (chain) and "cagnaccio" (bad dog)|
Portmanteau of "Categnaccio" (the usual Italian name of the Chain Chomps) and the augmentative suffix "-one"
|From "멍멍" (meongmeong, onomatopoeia for dog barking) with diminutive suffix "이" (-i)|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Chomp Chomp||-|
|Portuguese (Europe)||Corrente Dentada
Chomp da Corrente
Chomp of the Chain
|Romanian||Ghiulea (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)||Cannon ball1|
|Russian||Кусалкин на цепи
Kusalkin na tsepi
|Chomper on Chain|
|Spanish||Cadena Mordelona (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
|Spanish (Americas)||Chomp cadenas
|Spanish (Europe)||Chomp Cadenas||Chomp Chains|
- English: "I bet the aliens took human form to trick the Mario brothers into helping them. But I'll trick them all. Chain Chomps away!"
- Romanian: "Pun pariu că extratereștrii au luat formă umană ca să-i păcălească pe frații Mario. Dar îi păcălesc eu pe toți. Lansați ghiulelele!"
- Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater, page 19.
- Club Nintendo 70 - Año 07 Nº 06, TIPS section