Fire Flower

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Fire Flower
Type Power-Up
Debut Super Mario Bros.

The Fire Flower is a power-up appearing throughout the Mario series, known for the fireball-tossing abilities it grants to its users.



The Fire Flower is a special flower that contains special fiery powers. It has been used by Mario and Luigi commonly. When used, it changes their clothing colors (to a red-and-white color scheme) and changes them into Fire Mario or Fire Luigi. In this form, they can toss fireballs freely, which can destroy a wider range of enemies. Like most power-ups, it expires once Mario or Luigi is hit by an enemy, although the rules differ in some games.

This power-up originated in Super Mario Bros. as one of the original power-ups, along with the Super Mushroom. The Fire Flower is also the only way to defeat Bowser without hitting the axe at the end of his bridge. Afterwards, the Fire Flower becomes a regular in most of the 2-D Mario games, such as The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Fire Flower power-up instead runs on a time limit. Mini-Marios can also use Fire Flowers to shoot out fireballs for a limited time in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis.

It also appears in the RPG games, being used as an item in the Paper Mario series and as part of special attacks in the Mario & Luigi games. In Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the Fire Flower is planted in the ground and spits fireballs automatically which take away 3 HP each and have a chance of burning the enemy. In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, it appears as the Bros. Flower (one of the game's Bros. Items) and with this Mario and Luigi each toss fireballs (but only one at a time), and with the babies they could attack aerial enemies as well. In Bowser's Inside Story, the Fire Flower is an Attack Piece operating similarly to the Bros. Flower without the babies, and Mario and Luigi are also clearly shown using the Fire Flowers to transform into Fire Mario and Fire Luigi. Fire Flowers have also had different roles in other miscellaneous games; in Yoshi's Safari there are two Fire Flowers found in the game, and they can boost the Power Meter for the Super Scope. Fire Flowers are also among the symbols that could be used during the Mush Mode off Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, where they also melted Freezies.

Other Appearances

Video Games

  • The Fire Flower appears as an item in all of the Super Smash Bros. games, where it is used as a flamethrower-like weapon. It also appears as a trophy in Melee and Brawl, and a sticker of it from New Super Mario Bros. also appears in Brawl.

Other Media

  • The Fire Flower appears in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show and its sequel shows, where it is shown as a blue daisy. Mario and Luigi often do not change form while using it, or their clothes turn orange with red overalls.


  • There is some confusion in the games, as Mario and Luigi are sometimes shown to be capable of shooting fireballs without the aid of a visible fire flower, such as in Super Mario RPG and the Smash Bros. games. Additionally in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, he learns the Firehand technique, which allows him to generate fire independently. There is also confusion as to whether Mario or Luigi eats the Fire Flower or just touches it to gain its power.

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