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Chain Chomp

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Chain Chomp
From Super Mario Wiki.

Official artwork of a Chain Chomp from Mario Party 8.

Universe Mario
Debut Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
Most recent non-Smash appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Chain Chomp
Place of origin Mushroom Kingdom
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto
Article on Super Mario Wiki Chain Chomp

Chain Chomps (ワンワン, Wanwan) are enemies from the Mario series.


A Chain Chomp in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Chain Chomps made their debuts as enemies in Super Mario Bros. 3, and has become a recurring enemy in the Mario series. They are spherical, metallic dog-inspired enemies with a giant mouth filled with large, sharp teeth. They are very aggressive and attempt to lunge and bite the player if they get too close.

Chain Chomps are often seen bound to a wooden pole by a metal chain, which means the player is safe if kept outside a certain radius. If possible, destroying the pole releases them, where they wildly bounce around the area, destroying everything in their path. This is sometimes necessary for progression, such as the Chain Chomp crashing through a wall and revealing a secret area. Chain Chomps are usually fought as enemies and hazards throughout the Mario franchise. They are also occasionally used as items, like in Mario Kart: Double Dash and several Mario sports games.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a background character[edit]

Two Chain Chomps appear as background characters in the Yoshi's Island stage.


Chain Chomp trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Chain Chomp's trophy in Brawl
Chain Chomp
NTSC A black, spherical character thought to be made of some metal, such as iron. Although usually tethered down with a chain, Chain Chomps will eagerly chomp at passersby, inflicting major damage. In Super Mario 64, a Chain Chomp appears in the first level. It cannot be defeated, but you can daze it temporarily by throwing bombs at it.
PAL A black, spherical character thought to be made of some metal, such as iron. Although usually tethered down with a chain, Chain Chomps will eagerly chomp at passers-by, inflicting major damage. In Super Mario 64, a Chain Chomp appears in the first level. It cannot be defeated, but you can daze it temporarily by throwing bombs at it.
NES: Super Mario Bros. 3
N64: Super Mario 64


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Chain Chomp Mario Party 8 TypeIcon(Bite).png Attack +23 Yoshi Pokémon Trainer Wario Wolf YoshiHeadSSBB.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.pngWarioHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Chain Chomp (Mario Party 8).png
Chain Chomp
(Mario Party 8)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an Assist Trophy and in Smash Run[edit]

Screenshot from "Super Smash Bros. Direct."
A Chain Chomp as it appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
A Chain Chomp in Smash Run.

Chain Chomps made their debut as an Assist Trophy and an enemy in Smash Run. While based on its appearance in contemporary 3D Mario games, the chain itself is simply a set of unconnected circles like in Super Mario Bros. 3.

The Chain Chomp Assist Trophy was announced during the Super Smash Bros. Direct in April 8, 2014. During the reveal trailer, the Chain Chomp is seen on the Palutena's Temple stage's Ω form unaffected by Mario's Fireball attack.

As an Assist Trophy, the Chain Chomp initially spawns above the summoner's head. It then disappears and reappears stuck to the ground by a wooden peg, where it will slowly patrol around its peg before biting out while being held back by its chain, dealing around 24% and moderate knockback. It will repeat this at least twice before disappearing. The Chain Chomp's body will do minor contact damage to any enemy it touches during that time. Should the Chain Chomp's bite cause its main body to get stuck under a solid platform (such as the underside of Battlefield), it will still attempt to bite, though it will travel less distance due to it being stopped by the stage.

As a Smash Run enemy, the Chain Chomp functions similarly as an Assist Trophy. They patrol around the peg they're chained to, lunge at the fighter, and get held back by its chain. Their bodies feature super armor, but their chain's wooden peg itself is vulnerable. Once it takes enough damage, the Chain Chomp will be set free and run away, leaving behind a large amount of stat boosts.

In Smash Tour[edit]

Item in Smash Tour

The Chain Chomp trophy appears as a blue trophy item. When used, it causes nearby opponents to be launched away, possibly dropping some characters.

As a Mii Costume[edit]

Mii Fighters wearing the Chomp Hat, next to a real Chain Chomp.

The Chain Chomp serves as the basis for the Chomp Hat headgear for the Mii Fighters.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, it can be obtained at random; however, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it can be unlocked by getting a chain of 100 or more in a single game of Trophy Rush.


The Chain Chomp trophy appears in both versions. In for Wii U it is part of the Super Mario Bros. 2 & 3 Trophy Box.

Chain Chomp's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Chain Chomp's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Chain Chomp
NTSC This beast frequently appears in the Super Mario series, and it is definitely equal parts bark and bite. No surprise it's often chained to something. In Smash Bros., it's connected to a stump in the ground and will lash out at anyone who gets close. Don't even bother trying to teach it manners.
NES: Super Mario Bros. 3 (02/1990)
Wii: New Super Mario Bros. Wii (11/2009)
PAL An iron ball with a face, complete with shiny white teeth, that shows up fairly often in the Mario series. They're impossible to tame, so they're almost always chained to a post, and this game's no exception. Seriously, don't go anywhere near them unless you want to end up a Chomp's dinner.
NES: Super Mario Bros. 3 (08/1991)
Wii: New Super Mario Bros. Wii (11/2009)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

Chain Chomp returns as an Assist Trophy. It has a dark blue color scheme instead of a black color scheme, and its chain is more realistic and is now connected to a metallic post, similar to the ones in Super Mario Odyssey.

The Chain Chomp Assist Trophy functions similarly as it did in Super Smash Bros. 4; however, it can be KO'd, which earns the player an extra point. Training Mode describes the Assist Trophy: "Jumps at nearby opponents, biting at them fiercely." They cannot be summoned on the 3D Land, Balloon Fight, Brinstar Depths, Luigi's Mansion, Mute City SNES, Rainbow Cruise, Spirit Train, and Tomodachi Life stages.

As a Mii Costume[edit]

Chomp Hat.

The Chomp Hat returns as a default headgear for the Mii Fighters.


Chain Chomp appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Advanced-class primary spirit, and is featured on the Goo Goo Buggy spirit. It can be purchased from Timmy & Tommy's.

Chain Chomp's Spirit Battle uses a Metal Pac-Man puppet fighter and is fought on the Yoshi's Island stage's Battlefield form with a hostile Chain Chomp Assist Trophy. During the battle, Metal Pac-Man favors Power Pellet which transforms him into his classic form, resembling the Chain Chomp's shape.

During the Goo-Goo Buggy Spirit Battle, the Chain Chomp Assist Trophy is fought along with the Mario and Luigi puppet fighters on the Figure-8 Circuit stage. During the battle, the puppet fighters' move speed will increase, referencing the Goo-Goo Buggy's high acceleration stats.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Chain Chomp.png
Chain Chomp
★★ 0 1754 7062 968 3898 687 2765 Weight ↑ Super Mario Series
SSBU spirit Goo-Goo Buggy.png
Goo-Goo Buggy
★★ 2 1721 6928 902 3631 753 3031 Weight ↓ Mario Kart Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ワンワン Wanwan; onomatopoeia for barking (e.g. "bow-wow")
UK English Chain Chomp
France French Chomp
Germany German Kettenhund Chain dog
Spain Spanish Chomp cadenas Chain Chomp
Italy Italian Categnaccio Chained dog
China Chinese 汪汪 Wāngwāng; onomatopoeia for barking (e.g. "bow-wow")
South Korea Korean 멍멍이 Meongmeong-i; childish way to refer to a dog (e.g. "doggy")
Netherlands Dutch Chain Chomp
Russia Russian Кусалкин на цепи Chomper on a Chain


  • While the Assist Trophy and Smash Run versions of Chain Chomps in Super Smash Bros. 4 have a simple chain inspired by their original appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, its trophy depicts it with a more realistic chain depicted in more recent Mario games.
  • The Chain Chomp's Brawl trophy description is incorrect, as the Chain Chomp in Bob-omb Battlefield can actually be defeated in Super Mario 64 by ground pounding the wooden pole it is attached to.
  • Ironically, the two spirits that feature Chain Chomp in Ultimate have opposite effects: the Chain Chomp spirit increases weight, while the Goo-Goo Buggy spirit decreases it.
  • Chain Chomp appears in the most spirit battles as an Assist Trophy enemy, with a total of six, including the Chain Chomp, Goo-Goo Buggy, Master Beast, Zip, Link (Link's Awakening), and Peach (Paper Mario: The Origami King) spirit battles.