Fire Breath (Japanese: Koopa Breath - クッパブレス, Kuppaburesu) is Bowser's Neutral Special Move in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Bowser continuously exhales a stream of fire in front of him, which gradually decreases in length over time.


In Brawl, the flames can also be angled up and down, and they will never completely recede, as they did in Melee, where Bowser would eventually begin to exhale smoke instead.

The move's long duration is useful for staving off opponents and preventing their return to the stage. Unfortunately, an opponent using DI can escape the flames fairly easily in most directions. The fire will flow off of floors and walls, and can actually split in two directions, if the angle is perpendicular.

This special attack is shared by Giga Bowser, both in his boss appearance in Melee and in his playable appearance in Brawl. There is no time limit to how long the attack can be held in his Melee incarnation.

This move is also similar to Charizard's Flamethrower in both appearance and function. However, Flamethrower cancels out Fire Breath.

Bowser's Special Moves
Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Fire Breath
Side Special Koopa Klaw Flying Slam
Up Special Whirling Fortress
Down Special Bowser Bomb
Final Smash Giga Bowser Giga Bowser Punch

Custom Variations

Fire Shot

Fire Shot is one of Bowser's Neutral Special Moves that can be used through customization. Bowser spits out a fireball, the power won't change even if the attack is used in rapid succession.

Fire Roar

Fire Roar is one of Bowser's Neutral Special Moves that can be used via customization. It's more powerful than Fire Breath, but it runs out quickly and takes longer to recharge.

Bowser's Custom Special Moves
Custom 1 Custom 2
Standard Special Fire Shot Fire Roar
Side Special Dash Slam Dash Slash
Up Special Flying Fortress Sliding Fortress
Down Special Turbulent Bomb Slip Bomb


Bowser's ability to breathe fire has been demonstrated in many games he has appeared in, including his debut in Super Mario Bros., where he would shoot fireballs at Mario, but it was not until Super Mario 64 that he could breathe continuous streams of fire.