Fire Bro

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This article is about the recurring enemy. For information about the Bros. Attack from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, see Fire Bros. (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga). For the challenge from New Super Mario Bros. U, see Fire, Bro!.
Fire Bro

Artwork of a Fire Bro from New Super Mario Bros. U
General information
Variant of Hammer Bro
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021)
Similar entities
Dark Fire Bro
Fire Bro 8-Stack
Gold Bro
Heavy Fire Bro
Paper Fire Bro
Amazing Flyin' Hammer Bro
Boomerang Bro
Business Bro
Calm Amazing Flyin' Hammer Bro
Calm Hammer Bro
Chef Bro
Chomp Bro
Dark Boomerang Bro
Dark Fire Bro
Dark Hammer Bro
Gold Bro
Heavy Fire Bro
Ice Bro
Limbo Bro
Sledge Bro
Sumo Bro
Yo Bro
Ice Bro
Notable members

The Fire Bros. used to be a rare variety of Hammer Bro, but are more commonly employed in levels more than any of its brethren, making it a semi-common enemy in the present day. Instead of throwing Hammers like their relatives, Fire Bros. have the unique ability to throw (originally spit) Fireballs. These fireballs move very fast. Ice Bros. can be considered their polar opposites, as an Ice Flower is the polar opposite of a Fire Flower.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3

Fire Bro. sprites, from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Artwork of Fire Bro. from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Fire Bros. first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3 as rare enemies. In fact, only three appear in the entire game. Two appear in the Desert Hill, after breaking a boulder in the desert with a hammer. Once they're defeated, Mario/Luigi will obtain a Warp Whistle. Whether defeated or not, it is mentioned by Princess Peach's letter as an unidentified thief of the whistle that escaped to the east of the desert. One also appears in the first Hand Trap level of Dark Land.

On the map, their map icon was a Hammer Bro. in the original NES version. In the SNES remake for Super Mario All-Stars, their map icon was adjusted to resemble an actual Fire Bro. from the game. This adjustment remained in tact for Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3.

As well as that, Fire Bros. also appear in a few unreleased World-e levels; Hidden Koopa Castle, Don't Mess with the Koopalings!, and Koopa's Airship:Part 2.

New Super Mario Bros.

The pair of Fire Bros. in New Super Mario Bros.

Fire Bros. reappear in New Super Mario Bros. as very rare enemies. Only a single pair is found in World 8-7, right after the checkpoint. They still use the same attacks they had in the previous games they appeared in. In this game, Fire Bros. throw their fireballs with the hand, just like Fire Mario, rather than spitting them.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Fire Bros. reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, having the same attacks from New Super Mario Bros. Like in that game, these Fire Bros. throw their fireballs instead of spitting them out of their mouths. From being rare in the past games, they are semi-common in this game. They are more common than the Hammer Bros., the latter being common in the past games. They appear in Worlds 2-3, 3-4, 6-6, and 9-7. They usually appear as guardians of the end of the level. A single Fire Bro. is near the end of World 2-3. Three Fire Bros. are found in World 3-4: one at the start, another near halfway of the stage, and a third near the end. In World 6-6, the same number of Fire Bros. guard both the normal and alternate exits. In their last appearance in World 9-7, they appear as a duo on platforms near the end of the level. They are mostly teamed up with Venus Fire Traps.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

A Fire Bro. in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Fire Bros. also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They are found in 6-3 and behave the same way they did in the previous New Super Mario Bros. games. Fire Bros. can also be turned gold when Mario touches a Gold Ring. Golden Fire Bros. toss three coins as opposed to fireballs while the effects of the ring last. A single Fire Bro. appears in the second course of the DLC stage Coin Challenge Pack B.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Fire Bros., as they appear in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Fire Bros. reappear in the Wii U game, New Super Mario Bros. U. They behave the same way they did in the past installments, and are more commonly employed than any of their other brethren. Additionally, Fire Bros. have their own Enemy Course in Layer Cake Desert in which a lone Fire Bro. guards a star, as well as making their first appearance as a fortress/castle enemy. Two of them are also found in the Challenge Mode, Fire, Bro!, in which the player must dodge their fireballs within fifteen seconds. They area also featured in the challenge, Seriously! Fire, Bro!, which has the same objective, but with four Fire Bros.

They also appear in Snaking above Mist Valley, Slide Lift Tower and Ludwig's Clockwork Castle. This game also shows the first case of Fire Bros. being flipped, as proved in the level Fire Snake Cavern if the player stuns it with the light of a Glowing Baby Yoshi. In Light Blocks, Dark Tower, Fire Bros. can ignite Bob-ombs with their fireballs. This made it a dangerous guardian of one of the Star Coins in the level, as Bob-ombs will repeatedly drop from a pipe in the cave ceiling, increasing the probability of the Fire Bros. blowing them up. One way to prevent any danger due to their fireballs is to simply neutralize it with an iceball.

Super Mario 3D World

Fire Bros. appear in the Wii U game Super Mario 3D World, making their first appearance in a 3D Mario platformer game. They have the ability to shoot fireballs down Clear Pipes, which can be put out by Fire Mario, Luigi, Peach or Toad's fireballs.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Kootie Pie using a small Fire Brother as a welding torch, from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Fire Bros. made two appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where they retained their status as soldiers in Bowser's army. Like in the game, only three individuals appeared.

In the episode "Reptiles in the Rose Garden" two Fire Bros. and two Boomerang Bros. had been ordered to guard Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad while they were held captive in Castle Koopa's dungeon. However, Princess Toadstool fooled the two pairs into fighting each other so that she and her friends could escape.

In "The Venice Menace", Kootie Pie Koopa briefly used a miniature Fire Bro. as a welding torch, which shot a stream of fire rather than their usual fireballs and had Bowser stuck to the door.

Nintendo Adventure Books

In Koopa Capers, six Fire Bros. appear in the first chamber of Wendy O. Koopa's secret hideout in the Magma Pits, attacking Luigi by spitting fireballs from the top of a ramp. If he is Fire Luigi, Luigi defeats five of the Fire Bros. and chases the final one into a smaller chamber, where the two get into a stand-off, their fireballs always colliding in mid-air. If he angles it correctly, Luigi defeats the Fire Bro. by shooting a fireball at a wall, which it ricochets off of, right into the Fire Bro.

Mario Baseball series

Mario Superstar Baseball

Fire Bro. from Mario Superstar Baseball.

Fire Bro. is made playable for the first time in Mario Superstar Baseball, as a color swap for Hammer Bro. He is one of the unlockable characters in the games.

The Fire Bro. also appears on Bowser's team in challenge mode. He has slightly less speed than his counterparts, and uses an everyday bat rather than the usual hammer or boomerang of the Hammer Bro. and Boomerang Bro. characters. Starting with this game, the Fire Bro.'s appearance has been developed to be wearing a red helmet and a red shell. Oddly, even though the Fire Bro. uses a bat, his batting range remains the same as that of the Hammer Bro. and Boomerang Bro..

Mario Super Sluggers

Fire Bro. from Mario Super Sluggers.

The Fire Bro. later appears in Mario Super Sluggers with the same bat as in Mario Superstar Baseball. His fielding abilities have improved, and he has the best batting abilities among his counterparts. However, his pitching skills aren't very good; the worst when compared to the Hammer Bro. and Boomerang Bro..

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Flare, a Fire Bro., is a fighter in the Glitz Pit alongside Bamma and Hamma Jamma. He is the only Fire Bro. to appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Like Fire Bros. in earlier appearances, he spits fireballs as a main attack. These fireballs not only damage opponents, but may also cause them to catch fire as well.

Super Paper Mario

Fire Bros. make an appearance in the third installment of the Paper Mario series, Super Paper Mario. They are encountered on the stairs in Castle Bleck and in also in the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials, and act just as they did in Super Mario Bros. 3. Some Fire Bros. also have the unique ability to flip between dimensions.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Fire Bros. make an appearance in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They are encountered in Rugged Road, Rumble Volcano and Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla. They have a red shell and helmet, just like they do in other Paper Mario games, but the only change is they do not have arm bands. the color outline of the shell is white instead of yellow. Their only attack is to throw a fireball at Mario. They are immune to all fire-based stickers (i.e. Fire Flowers and Burnhammer stickers); However, their main weakness is ice. When an Ice Flower or a Chillhammer sticker is used against them, they will take double damage. When a Thing sticker is used in the first area of Rugged Road, the Fire Bros. turn into Ice Bros.

Mario Party 9

Fire Bro. makes his Mario Party debut in Mario Party 9, appearing as a co-host of the Battle minigames. Whenever a player lands on a Battle Space, either Fire Bro. or Hammer Bro. show up, although Fire Bro. appears less frequently. When Fire Bro. does show up, he makes the players play a Free-for-All minigame, of either the captain or the player in last place's choice. Afterwards, he takes ten Mini Stars from the player who finished in last place and distributes them amongst the other players based upon their ranks. If the loser does not have ten Mini Stars, Fire Bro. provides the rest. Additionally, if everybody ends up in first place, Fire Bro. will not give or take any Mini Stars from any player, as there is no one in last place for him to take Mini Stars from. Therefore, everybody's amount of Mini Stars stays the same.

Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Dream Team Enemy
Fire Bro
Location(s) Neo Bowser Castle
Level 30
HP 172
Power 252
Defense 190
Speed 94
Experience 300
Coins 50
Coin Rate 100%
Item Drop(s) 1-Up Deluxe (4%)
Rare Drop(s) Crystal Boots (3%)
Related Boomerang Bro

Fire Bros make their debut in the Mario & Luigi (series) in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team in Neo Bowser Castle. In the field, they throw fireballs upon sight at Mario and Luigi. Making contact with any of them will initiate the battle with the Bro. who threw them. They will disappear when they eventually touch the ground.

In battle, Fire Bros. can rapidly hurl fireballs with the occasional 5-coin at the Bros, who must jump to avoid the fireballs. They may also throw a large fireball into the sky for it to rain down on the targeted Bro on the next attack turn of the thrower or at the end of the battle. If the Fire Bro. hurls it up with his right arm, it'll fall on Mario, who must smack it back to sender with his hammer. If with his left arm, it'll fall on Luigi, who must instead smack it back.

Paper Mario series Stats and Tattle Information

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Fire Bro
Max HP 7
Attack 3
Defense 1
Location(s) Glitzville
Log A relative of the Hammer Bros. who can spit fire. If one of his blasts hit you, you may catch on fire!
Items Repel Cape
Moves Flame Spit (3, Burn), Doubleflame (2x2, Burn), Multiflame (1x6, Burn)
That's a Fire Bro. This relative of the Hammer Bros. spits out fire. If you get hit by a fireball, you might catch on fire, so guard well, OK? When his HP gets low, he gets desperate and totally starts attacking like a fiend.
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Super Paper Mario Enemy
Fire Bro
Max HP 10
Attack 3
Defense 1
Location(s) Castle Bleck, Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Rooms 39, 94 and 96)
Card Type Uncommon
Card Description
This elite Koopa has an unhealthy fireball fixation. However, it's a big hit at Koopa cookouts.
It's a Fire Bro. These lethal Koopas spit searing balls of flame... Max HP is 10. Attack is 3. Defense is 1. Learning to shoot fire from your mouth must have taken some practice... Those fireballs bounce on the ground, so watch it very carefully...
List of Catch Cards
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Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy
Fire Bro
Max HP 26
Attack 10
Defense 2
Location(s) Rugged Road, Rumble Volcano, Bowser Jr.'s Flotilla
Moves Fireball (10)


For this subject's image gallery, see Fire Bro/gallery.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアブロス
Faia Burosu
Fire Bros.
French Frère Pyro Pyro Bro.
German Feuer-Bruder Literal translation
Italian Fire Bros.
Fuoco Bros. (Paper Mario: Sticker Star)
Fire Bros.
Korean 파이어브러스
Paieo Beureoseu
Fire Bros.
Portuguese Mano Chama Flame Bro.
Spanish Hermano Fuego Fire Bro.