Fire Snake

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Fire Snake

Artwork of a Fire Snake from Super Mario Bros. 3.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Variant of Podoboo
Bound Fire

Fire Snakes are long, snake-like Podoboos with bodies made up of fireballs. They have appeared as uncommon enemies in several Mario games, mostly in Desert-themed levels.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3

Two Fire Snakes, as seen in the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3.

The first appearance of Fire Snakes is in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they appear in Desert Hill. If a Fire Snake sees Mario, it begins to chase him by bouncing and trying to collide with him. A Fire Snake can only be defeated by either hitting it with a Shell or Hammer, by having Mario touch it while he is empowered by a Starman or by having Mario whack it with his tail as either Raccoon Mario or Tanooki Mario or a stomp from Statue Mario. He can also make them to fall into an abyss, however, they reappear after a few seconds. In the remakes of this game, Fire Snakes have eyes, while they never had them in the original NES version.

Super Mario World

While Fire Snakes did not appear in Super Mario World, a subspecies called Bound Fire did.

New Super Mario Bros.

Fire Snakes in New Super Mario Bros..

Fire Snakes also appear as uncommon enemies in New Super Mario Bros. in the stage 2-5. These Fire Snakes will try to attack Mario by chasing him by bouncing and by trying to touch him, like in Super Mario Bros. 3. The Fire Snakes of New Super Mario Bros. can be defeated by throwing a Shell at them and by touching them when Mario is empowered by a Starman or Mega Mushroom. He can also make them to fall into an abyss, however, they reappear after a few seconds. They only appear twice. They have eyes in this game, similar to in the remakes of Super Mario Bros. 3.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Two Fire Snakes enlarging their heads in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

They also appear in the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii acting like they did in New Super Mario Bros., but they have a new ability. After one or two hops, their heads will enlarge, then go back to normal size. They only appear in World 2-3 and can be defeated with a Starman or ice balls.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Fire Snakes reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, this time they also appear in Lava-themed levels. They only make an appearance in World Star-7.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Fire Snakes reapper in the Wii U title New Super Mario Bros. U acting exactly as in the predecessors, They also retain the ability adopted in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, in this game have their own level based called Fire Snake Cavern located in Layer-Cake Desert in which are very common alongside the Fire Bros, Fire Snake can now be eaten for any Baby Yoshi.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

A Fire Snake in the episode "Princess Toadstool for President" from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Fire Snakes make a few minor appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Princess Toadstool for President

In "Princess Toadstool for President", Mario and Luigi end up in Dark Land and while there, they get ambushed by many enemies, including a Fire Snake.

Crimes R Us

In "Crimes R Us", the Koopalings break in to the Mushroom Kingdom Treasury, using a Chain Chomp to open the barred window, a Ptooie to blast a hole in the wall, and a Fire Snake to bust a hole in the roof.

Recycled Koopa

In "Recycled Koopa", a Koopa Zombie attacks Luigi with three Fire Snakes which get out of his case.

Nintendo Adventure Books

In Double Trouble, a swarm of Fire Snakes can be encountered in the Koopahari Desert if Mario decides to take a shortcut to Fort Koopa. Depending on how an accompanying puzzle is solved, Mario either dodges and escapes them, or is sent running after being singed twice, losing his Super Mushroom in the process. Far fewer Fire Snakes can be encountered on the main road to Fort Koopa, and Mario can easily avoid them.

Two Fire Snakes appear as competitors in the International Mushroom Games in Leaping Lizards, being members of a team called the Sneaks. During the Beetlebowl, an all-team game, they may (depending on who the reader chooses as their offensive line) leap into the middle of the ring when the event begins and flare up, blinding everyone nearby besides Roy Koopa and their Rocky Wrench teammate, due to their sunglasses. When one of the Fire Snakes grabs a Hoopster and tries to dunk it into the Mushroom Kingdom Royals's bucket, Mario unintentionally stops it when the Mushroom King (who had been turned into a rabbit) hops by, causing him to sneeze and blow the Fire Snake out. What other events the Fire Snakes compete in besides the Beetlebowl are unspecified.

In Koopa Capers, Wendy O. Koopa, needing some Fire Snake scales for a potion she is brewing, captures several and locks them in a freezing cave in the Magma Pits, causing them enter a catatonic state and begin shedding.

Yoshi's Safari

In Yoshi's Safari, only two Fire Snakes appear as mini-bosses; in order to defeat these Fire Snakes, who will try to touch Mario and Yoshi, Mario must blast them repeatedly with his Super Scope.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart DS

In the Mario Kart DS course Desert Hills, an Angry Sun shoots Fire Snakes (they do not have eyes in this game) down on the course where they cause any racers that touched them to spin out.

Mario Kart Wii

Fire Snakes also appear in Mario Kart Wii, acting the same way as they did in Mario Kart DS. They appear on two courses; one of which is Desert Hills from Mario Kart DS itself. They also appear in Grumble Volcano where they are found near the end hopping out of pipes on the side of the course, attempting to spin out any racers that touched one. They have a new appearance in this game; they have eyes on their heads.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアスネーク
Faia Sunēku
Fire Snake
French Serpenflamme
German Feuer-Schlange Fire Snake
Italian Vampaserpe
Portuguese Chamiço From "chama" (flame)
Spanish Serpiente de Fuego Snake of Fire


  • The Fire Snakes of Yoshi's Safari are blue, possibly symbolizing their status as mini-bosses, as a blue flame is hotter than a red one. Additionally, the Fire Snakes of Yoshi's Safari have eyes on all their body segments, instead of just one.
  • Fire Snakes were originally written into the desert sequence of the Super Mario Bros. film, but were cut for unknown reasons. Scripts state that they "[...]resemble moray eels, their mouths filled with pointed piranha-like teeth," and that "They gnaw through the skin, burrow into the body cavities, and lay their larvae. It can take weeks for the host to die."

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