Fire Flower

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Fire Flower

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985, overall)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (2006, Donkey Kong franchise)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Used by Mario franchise:
Various characters, especially Mario and Luigi

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis:
Mini Mario, Mini Toad, Mini Peach, Mini Donkey Kong
Effect Allows the user to shoot fireballs
Related items
Ice Flower

Fire Flowers are a recurring power-up from the Mario franchise. They originate from the Super Mario series, as they make their first overall debut appearance in Super Mario Bros.. If Mario or another character touches a Fire Flower, they turn into their Fire form and gain the ability to shoot fireballs.

In the Donkey Kong franchise Fire Flowers make their only appearance in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, as a power-up for the Minis, most commonly Mini Marios. A Fire Flower first shared an appearance with Donkey Kong character, Donkey Kong Jr. in particular, in Super Mario Kart, although the Fire Flower was only an emblem for the Flower Cup, as is the case for many Mario Kart titles. Super Smash Bros. is the first game where Donkey Kong, along with the fighters outside the Mario franchise, can use the Fire Flower as an item.


Mario Kart series[edit]

The Flower Cup emblem in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

In every Mario Kart game, since Super Mario Kart, the Fire Flower is most commonly featured as the emblem of the Flower Cup.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

A poster with a Fire Flower appears in Moonview Highway in Mario Kart Wii. When the player is racing using a Mii, the face of the Fire Flower changes to that of a random Mii stored on the game console. There is a store in Coconut Mall called Delfino Dream that sells Mario items, one of them being the Fire Flower.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart 7 artwork

In Mario Kart 7, the Fire Flower makes its first appearance in the Mario Kart series as a usable item that can be obtained from an Item Box. It can be obtained if the player is anywhere from 2nd to 5th place, with CPUs not being able to obtain it in 5th place. Using it, a racer can throw several fireballs forward or backward to make racers spin out and drop coins when hit. The Fire Flower lasts until ten seconds after it is first used or when the player uses ten fireballs. Fireballs can be thrown with this item by pressing the L Button button. Only three fireballs can be fired at a time; if a fourth is thrown while there are still three fireballs, the first one thrown disappears.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

The Fire Flower item returns in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and it works similarly to how it did in Mario Kart 7, with the difference being one can throw more than 3 fireballs at one time. A meter is added to indicate players how much time is left until the Fire Flower's effects disappear. Additionally, the statue of Princess Peach in Toad Harbor can be seen holding a Fire Flower in its lowered right hand. A flower patch with a Fire Flower design can also be found in the background of Baby Park. In Coconut Mall from the Booster Course Pass, there is a shop named "Fire Flower Curry House".

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Fire Flower returns in Mario Kart Tour as the special item of Mario, Luigi, Red Toad (Pit Crew), Red Koopa (Freerunning), Fire Bro, Metal Mario, Mario (Santa), Wario (Cowboy), Daisy (Yukata), Peach (Halloween), Fire Rosalina, Pauline (Rose), and the Mario and Luigi Mii Racing Suits. When deployed, fireballs orbit the player's kart and can fire a spread of three fireballs instead of throwing several fireballs, very much like the Fireball from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. When Fire Flower+ is active, a fourth fireball is added, allowing the player to use four fireballs as opposed to just three.

Mario Party series[edit]

Fire Flowers throughout the Mario Party series are usually background decoration and elements in various puzzle minigames instead of a power-up item.

Mario Party[edit]

Fire Flowers make their first appearance in the Mario Party series in the minigame Memory Match, where they can be seen on some of the panels. They also appear on the slots in the minigame Slot Machine. If the player lines up 3 Fire Flowers, they will get 8 coins.

Mario Party 5[edit]

In Mario Party 5, the Fire Flower appears as an item on the roulette of the minigame Panic Pinball. It also appears as one of the flooring types in the minigame Squared Away.

Mario Party 6[edit]

A Fire Flower on one of the slots of Slot Trot

In Mario Party 6, Fire Flowers reappear as items on the slots in the minigame Slot Trot. Fire Flowers also appear as one of the pictures in Pixel Perfect and a target in the introductory cutscene of Hyper Sniper.

Mario Party 8[edit]

A Fire Flower in Picture Perfect

In Mario Party 8, a Fire Flower is one of the possible objects that can be projected by the projectors in the minigame Picture Perfect.

Mario Party DS[edit]

In Memory Mash in Mario Party DS, the Fire Flower makes a cameo appearance on some of the cards.

Mario Party 9[edit]

A Fire Flower appears in Mario Party 9 as one of the puzzles in the minigame Jigsaw Jumble.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Fire Flowers are also found in the minigame One-Stop Toad Shop in Mario Party: Star Rush, where they can be requested by some Toads. They can also appear on some pictures in Top It Off.

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

Fire Flowers reappear in the returning minigames Slot Trot and Jigsaw Jumble in Mario Party: The Top 100. Squared Away also reappears in the game, but the Fire Flower flooring was removed.

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

In Mario Party Superstars, a Fire Flower frame is added to the Mario Party minigame Tipsy Tourney.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

A Fire Flower in Super Smash Bros.
A Fire Flower in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Fire Flower appears as an item in every installment to date. Once picked up, the player, instead of gaining the ability to throw fireballs, can shoot a continuous but short stream of fire from it to damage anyone nearby. It does have a limit to how much fire it can use, and loses its abilities after constant use. The Fire Flower also deals fire damage if it hits an opponent when thrown.

In addition, a Fire Flower appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which can be used on a fighter in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary to grant them a Fire Flower at the beginning of a stage. A Fire Flower also appears as a Novice-class support spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When used, it similarly equips the fighter with a Fire Flower at the beginning of a battle. This spirit's core can be combined with the cores of Metal Mario and a Super Mushroom to summon the Gold Mario spirit, or with the cores of Charlotte Aulin and a Freezie to summon the Koume & Kotake spirit.

Mario and Luigi use Fireballs as their standard special move. Mario shoots red fireballs, and Luigi shoots green, like in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! This is the first game in which Mario and Luigi use the flower itself to throw fireballs rather than transforming into their Fire forms, a tactic that would later be used in the Paper Mario and the Mario & Luigi series.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Diddy Kong winning a trophy based on a Fire Flower

The Flower Cup is one of the eight cups in Mario Power Tennis. The Fire Flower can also be found on one of the trophies.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

The Fire Flower is the emblem of the Flower Cup in Mario Tennis Open. A tennis racket, uniform, wrist bands, and shoes are designed based on this item and are available for Miis to use. In Super Mario Tennis, collecting a Fire Flower makes the ball shoot two fireballs in different directions every time the ball hits the screen, which can defeat enemies and collect coins.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

A trophy of the Fire Flower

The Fire Flower appears as an emblem on the second cup in the COM Tournament mode of Mario Tennis Aces, the Flower Cup.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, similar to the Mario Kart series, the Fire Flower is used as an emblem for the Flower Cup, which is for one of the tourneys.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Fire Flowers are introduced in Tropical Island. When a Mini touches a Fire Flower, it turns into its fire form for a limited time; for example, a Mini Mario that touches a Fire Flower turns into Fire Mini Mario and begins throwing fireballs within a limited time to defeat temporarily stun enemies. Fire Flowers can be obtained from a ? Block if a Mini hits the ? Block from below.

When a Mini collects a Fire Flower, the sound effect of collecting a Fire Flower from Super Mario Bros. is played. However, the "Ground Theme" can be faintly heard within this sound effect, implying that the sound was not properly isolated, and was instead recorded indirectly from gameplay of Super Mario Bros.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

The Flower Cup appears as one of the playable tournaments in Mario Sports Mix.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

In Mario Golf: World Tour, Fire Flowers appear as usable item shots. In addition to increasing shot distance, they also allow the ball to burn through obstructions such as trees. It is the signature item for Princess Daisy. A clothing set, golf ball and set of golf clubs are designed based on this item and are available for use by Miis.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

A Pro Soccer Gear Fire Flower Ball card from Mario Sports Superstars

The Fire Flower has several cameo appearances on Mario's gear in Mario Sports Superstars. The Flower Cup also reappears in the game.

Physical appearance[edit]

The Fire Flower typically has red and yellow petals, a white face with eyes and a green stem with two leaves.

In Super Smash Bros., the Fire Flower has taller leaves and a round flower, with a thin outer layer of white petals, an inner layer of orange petals, and a large, circular core of red petals. The white outer petals are similar to the Fire Flower's original design from Super Mario Bros., albeit larger. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Fire Flower has pink petals, a yellow face with eyes, and thinner leaves. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and subsequent Super Smash Bros. titles, the Fire Flower uses its common appearance instead.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Fire Flower Super Mario Bros.
Once you grab this item, press and hold down the A Button to make the flower breathe flames until its power gives out. The Fire Flower is incredibly useful when you want to push someone off the edge of a stage. In Super Mario Bros., it transformed Mario into Fire Mario, changing his garb and enabling him to throw fireballs.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Fire Flower NES Super Mario Bros.
NES Super Mario Bros. 3
A flower that breathes flames when you press and hold the attack button. The flames don't last forever, though--after a while, the flower will lose its fiery power. You can also throw Fire Flowers at enemies to set them on fire for a brief moment. In Super Mario Bros., Fire Flowers were used to transform Mario into Fire Mario.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Name Image Game Effect
Fire Flower New Super Mario Bros. Carry Fire Flower

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

Name 3DS trophy Wii U trophy Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Fire Flower Item NES Super Mario Bros. (10/1985)
NES Super Mario Bros. 3 (02/1990)
7: Super Mario Bros. This Fire Flower won't transform you like in the Mario series, but it will still let you unleash some fiery damage! Holding down the attack button lets you spew fire at your opponents, dealing constant damage to them. You can also throw it at them, but it just doesn't look as cool that way.
Unfortunately, picking up this item won't get you a cool outfit like in the Mario series, but you can still use it to shoot fire, and that's what matters. It doesn't do much damage on its own, but fire it continuously and it'll all add up! If you get bored, just throw it at your opponent, but don't expect a massive explosion or anything.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
19 Fire Flower Super Mario Series Support (1) Novice Fire Flower Equipped Timmy and Tommy's N/A N/A N/A N/A

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Electronic manual: While activated, allows you to throw fireballs using L Button or X Button for a short time. Karts hit by a fireball will spin out of control.
  • North American Website bio: Hurl bouncy fireballs in any direction you like with the powers granted to you by this potent plant.

Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Electronic manual: Lets you throw fireballs for a short time by pressing ZL Button. Any vehicle you hit will spin out of control.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Tips & Tricks: Three fireballs will revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them all at once, spinning out any kart they hit. You're really burning up the track now!
  • Driver info: Lets you throw three fireballs. Spin out your opponents while you burn up the track!
  • Driver info (Fire Flower+): Adds another fireball, allowing you to throw four total.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 9[edit]

  • Constellation: Fire Flower: A constellation resembling a lovely flower. Though it makes a surprisingly tasty snack, it's spicy enough to cause any who eat it to breathe fire.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フラワー
Faia Furawā

Fire Flower
Chinese 火之花[1][2]
Flower of Fire
Dutch Vuurbloem Fire Flower
French Fleur de feu Fire Flower
German Feuerblume Fire Flower
Italian Fiore di fuoco Fire Flower
Korean 파이어플라워
Paieo Peullawo
Fire Flower
Portuguese (Brazil) Flor de fogo Fire Flower
Portuguese (Europe) Flor de Fogo Fire Flower
Russian Огненный цветок
Ognennyy tsvetok
Fiery Flower
Spanish Flor de fuego Fire Flower
Swedish Eldblomma Fire flower


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