Fire Breath (Mario franchise)

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Fire Breath is an ability that involves one breathing a continuous stream of fire from their mouth. This ability is typically associated with dragons, although in the Mario franchise, Fire Breath has mainly been used by Bowser. Certain other Koopas, such as Bowser Jr. and Dry Bowser, have also been able to breathe fire.


Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)[edit]

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Bowser uses Fire Breath as his special shot in the Dream Table Tennis event.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Nintendo DS)[edit]

In the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Bowser uses Flame Dash, a variation of the Fire Breath, as his special skill: it encases him in a fiery aura that allows him to move very fast.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Bowser using his Fire Breath in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Fire Breath is one of the special moves used by Bowser and Giga Bowser throughout the Super Smash Bros. series. Either character uses the move whenever B Button is pressed. Using Fire Breath releases a stream of flames in the same fashion as a Fire Flower, although the difference is that the Fire Breath's flames become gradually smaller the more it is used.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Yoshi can also use Fire Breath, although he can only do so using his own Final Smash, Super Dragon. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Petey Piranha can also breathe a continuous stream of fire during Piranha Plant's Final Smash.

Bowser and Giga Bowser's Fire Breath is somewhat of a long-distanced move, and is usually best to use when the enemy is coming in for close-range combat. Starting in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, players can also angle the flames up and down using the control stick. However, doing so leaves Bowser and Giga Bowser motionless while using the attack and their backs vulnerable to attack. If Bowser or Giga Bowser fully use up Fire Breath, they need to wait about ten seconds for it to be fully recharged again. One of Ridley's attacks, Plasma Breath, functions similarly to Fire Breath.

Super Dragon's Fire Breath functions quite differently, as not pressing any buttons results in Yoshi exhaling a stream of flames, similar to Bowser. Conversely, pressing the attack button results in him exhaling a powerful Fireball.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U introduces customizable special moves that only Bowser can utilize, as Giga Bowser can only use the default Fire Breath. Like the other moves, Fire Breath has two variants. The first one is Fire Shot, which has Bowser exhale a single Fireball that travels forward and pierces enemies; the move can be used consecutively by holding down the special attack button, and does not decrease in power the more it is used. The second is Fire Roar, which is more powerful and has longer range at first, but loses power faster and takes longer to recharge.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]


  • Once Bowser's used up his fire once, he needs time to recharge. Give him 10 seconds, and he'll be ready to roast!
  • You can change the angle of Bowser's flame. Try aiming slightly above the enemy to make it harder for them to escape! Bowser's not above dirty tricks.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパブレス
Kuppa Buresu
Koopa Breath
Chinese (Simplified) 酷霸王吐息
Kùbàwáng Tùxī
Chinese (Traditional) 庫巴吐息
Kùbā Tǔxī
Dutch Vurige Adem
French (American) Soue de feu (3DS / Wii U)
Souffle de feu (Ultimate)
German Feuerodem
Italian Soffio di fuoco
Korean 쿠파 브레스
Kupa Beureseu
Koopa Breath
Russian Огненное дыхание
Ognennoye dykhaniye
Spanish Aliento de fuego