Chomp Shark

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Not to be confused with Big Chain Chomp.
Chomp Shark

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island artwork
General information
Variant of Chomp
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
Similar entities
Incoming Chomp
Big Chain Chomp

Chomp Sharks, also named Shark Chomps,[1][2] or Giant Chomp-Chomps,[3] are giant Chomps who constantly move forward while gnashing their jaws. Chomp Sharks in Yoshi titles, and make their debut appearance in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. A Chomp Shark cannot be attacked, so Yoshis are forced to either run from them or avoid them entirely.


Yoshi's Island series

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Shark Chomps (named Bow Wow on one occasion[4]) are introduced as one of the three varieties of "Chomps" in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they appear in Marching Milde's Fort and KEEP MOVING!!!! In the former level, the Shark Chomp appears right after a group of Incoming Chomps. These giant Chomps relentlessly chase after Yoshi, gnashing through anything in their way. Their appearances in certain levels make backtracking impossible, as they are almost invulnerable and will often eat anything on which Yoshi can land. Eventually, the Shark Chomp chases Yoshi to a platform it cannot eat and breaks its teeth, causing it to tear up in pain and fall off the screen.

Yoshi's Island DS

In Yoshi's Island DS, Shark Chomps act exactly as they do in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and even use the same sprite, though due to the lighter colors it seems to have been based on the Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 sprite instead. One appears in Rompin', Stompin' Chomps.

Yoshi's New Island

In Yoshi's New Island, a Chomp Shark is the main feature of Chomp Shark Chase. Their teeth no longer crack, although, they still tear in pain.

Profiles and statistics

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

  • Official Nintendo Player's Guide: They eat everything in their path, including the path itself. Move fast or you'll be shark bait![1]


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグワンワン[5][6]
Biggu Wanwan
Big Chain Chomp; compare Deka Wanwan
Italian Maxi Categnaccio Maxi Chain Chomp
Korean 거대멍멍이
Big Chain Chomp
Russian Кусакула
Chomp Shark
Spanish (Europe) Tibu Chomp Chomp Shark


  • The Chomps in Yoshi's Story, which also constantly move forward while perpetually chomping, are quite similar to and may have been based on the Shark Chomp. The Nintendo Player's Guide also takes note of their in-game size.[7]


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128Media:SMW2 Guide 128.jpg.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide. Pages 73 and 112.
  3. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 43, page 66. "MARCHING MILDE'S FORT The first four coins and flower are all out in the open but Yoshi has to find them quickly before he is caught in the razor-toothed jaws of the Giant Chomp-Chomp."
  4. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (Australia) issue 30, page 12.
  5. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 6Media:Super Mario Yossy Island Shogakukan P6.jpg.
  6. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 20.
  7. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Player's Guide. Page 79. "Three mammoth Chomps guard four melons, and, to borrow a line from another story, “My what big teeth they have!”"