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Not to be confused with Chomps, relatives of Chain Chomps without chains.

Chain Chomps are a recurring species in the Mario franchise. They first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Profile[]

Physical description[]

Chain Chomps have the appearance of a large, black ball with a chain attached to it, essentially a ball and chain. Their facial features include a pair of eyes and a pair of sharp teeth.

In earlier installments of the Paper Mario series, Chain Chomps each have a face resembling that of a Chomp Shark's. In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Chain Chomps were changed to more closely resemble their updated design from the time rather than Chomp Sharks; they have fewer teeth, a smaller mouth, and trapezoid-shaped segments between their bodies and chains.

Behavior[]

Chain Chomp SMB3

Super Mario Bros. 3 artwork depicting a Chain Chomp's behavior of lunging while tethered

Chain Chomps have the behavior of dogs, especially guard dogs, which certain characters even use them as. Chain Chomps also have the same bark as a dog, and are constantly seen biting their teeth. A Chain Chomp is usually kept tethered to a post from its chain. From there, if Mario or another character approaches a tethered Chain Chomp, it lunges at them, but because it is tethered, the Chain Chomp can only move a certain distance. There are rare circumstances in which a Chain Chomp breaks free of its chain, mostly when angered. Chain Chomps have a tendency to frequently fall asleep, and if woken up, the Chain Chomp becomes infuriated and chases whoever woke it up. In some appearances, a Chain Chomp's body turns red while it is livid.

Chain Chomps have chainless relatives named Chomps, which are essentially the same as Chomps but without a large chain attached to their back.

Timeline[]

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Game Role Year Console Notes
Super Mario Bros. 3 Enemy 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Enemy 1991 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Species 1993 Game Boy
Super Mario All-Stars Enemy 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Appears in the remake of Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Enemy 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Enemy 1995 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Enemy 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario 64 Enemy 1996 Nintendo 64
Mario Golf Cameo 1999 Nintendo 64 Hole 14 of Mario's Star is shaped like a Chain Chomp
Mario Party 2 Non-playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Paper Mario Enemy 2000 Nintendo 64
Mario Party 3 Enemy 2000 Nintendo 64 Appears in the minigame Merry-Go-Chomp
Super Mario Sunshine Enemy 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 4 Non-playable character 2002 Nintendo GameCube Using the Chomp Call causes four to appear and relocate the Star. Chain Chomps appear in the minigames Chain Chomp Fever and Long Claw of the Law.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Item 2002 Game Boy Advance
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Enemy 2003 Game Boy Advance Same as in Super Mario Bros. 3
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Obstacle 2003 Nintendo GameCube Aside from appearing in the opening cinematic, Chain Chomps appear as obstacles in various holes of Peach's Castle Grounds and Bowser Badlands.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Obstacle, item 2003 Nintendo GameCube Appears in both Mario Circuit and Luigi Circuit as an obstacle, as well as the Special Item of both Baby Mario and Baby Luigi.
Mario Party 5 Item, non-playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube Featured in the form of an item, Chain Chomp Capsules, and in the Night-Light Fright, Chomp Romp, and Rumble Fumble minigames
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Enemy 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy 2004 Nintendo GameCube Encountered in the Palace of Shadow and the Pit of 100 Trials
Mario Power Tennis Species 2004 Nintendo GameCube Featured in the minigame Chain-Chomp Challenge
Mario Party 6 Species 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS Enemy 2004 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Touched! Brief role 2004 Nintendo DS A red Chain Chomp appears in the souvenir Reel-to-Reel
Mario Party Advance Species 2005 Game Boy Advance Aside from having a representative character, Chain Chomps appear in the Chomp Romp and Barrel Peril minigames.
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix Non-playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube Featured in the minigame Chain-Chomp Chase
Mario Superstar Baseball Obstacle 2005 Nintendo GameCube Obstacles in the Wario Palace field; one appears in Chain Chomp Sprint
Super Princess Peach Enemy 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario Party 7 Species 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart DS Enemy 2005 Nintendo DS Appears in the returning GCN Luigi Circuit
Super Mario Strikers Item 2005 Nintendo GameCube
New Super Mario Bros. Enemy 2006 Nintendo DS
Super Paper Mario Enemy 2007 Wii
Mario Strikers Charged Item 2007 Wii
Mario Party 8 Species 2007 Wii Appears in three minigames: Chomping Frenzy, At the Chomp Wash, and Cardiators
Super Mario Galaxy Enemy 2007 Wii
Mario Kart Wii Obstacle 2008 Wii Appears in Mario Circuit and the returning GCN Mario Circuit and DS Peach Gardens.
Mario Super Sluggers Obstacle 2008 Wii Appears on the Bowser Jr. Playroom field and in the minigame Graffiti Runner.
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Species 2009 Wii Same as in Mario Power Tennis
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Species 2009 Nintendo DS
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Obstacle 2009 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Obstacle 2009 Nintendo DS
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Enemy 2009 Wii
Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition Enemy 2010 Wii Same as in Super Mario All-Stars
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Item 2011 DSiWare Same as in the original The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords
Super Mario 3D Land Enemy 2011 Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Obstacle 2011 Wii Appears as an obstacle in Dream Equestrian
Fortune Street Non-playable character 2011 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Brief role 2012 Nintendo 3DS Appears in a cutscene of The Life of a Minion episode
Mario Party 9 Boss, cameo 2012 Wii As a boss, a giant-sized Chain Chomp is fought in Chain Chomp Romp, and may sometimes appear in Bowser's Block Battle. A Chain Chomp cameos on one of the jigsaw puzzles in Jigsaw Jumble.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Enemy 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Non-playable character 2012 Nintendo 3DS One appears only during the final battle against Bowser.
New Super Mario Bros. U Enemy 2012 Wii U
New Super Luigi U Enemy 2013 Wii U
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Enemy 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party: Island Tour Species 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Yoshi's New Island Enemy 2014 Nintendo 3DS Only one appears, in a hidden room in Chomp Shark Chase.
Mario Kart 8 Cameo, obstacle 2014 Wii U Cameos on adverts of the fictional sponsor, Chain Chomp Racing Chains. As of Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8, two Chain Chomps also appear in GBA Cheese Land.
Mario Golf: World Tour Obstacle 2014 Nintendo 3DS Appears in the Bowser's Castle golf course
Hyrule Warriors Item 2014 Wii U A Chain Chomp is Link's level three Ball and Chain weapon upgrade when using his Gauntlets moveset.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Non-playable character, enemy 2014 Nintendo 3DS Appears as an Assist Trophy character and as an enemy in Smash Run
Bayonetta 2 Item 2014 Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Non-playable character 2014 Wii U Appears as an Assist Trophy character
Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Enemy 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party 10 Species 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Enemy 2015 Wii U Chain Chomps can be used in all four game styles.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Hyrule Warriors Legends Item 2016 Nintendo 3DS Same as in Hyrule Warriors
Paper Mario: Color Splash Species 2016 Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush Species 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Enemy 2016 Nintendo 3DS Same as in Super Mario Maker
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Obstacle; cameo 2017 Nintendo Switch Same as in Mario Kart 8
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Enemy 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Ally 2017 Nintendo 3DS Appears as troops in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode
Super Mario Odyssey Enemy 2017 Nintendo Switch Chain Chomps are encountered in the Cascade Kingdom, and can be captured using Cappy.
Mario Party: The Top 100 Species 2017 Nintendo 3DS Appears in the returning minigames, Night Light Fright and At the Chomp Wash, as well as part of the Chomp Call item.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Item 2018 Nintendo Switch Same as in Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends
Mario Tennis Aces Non-playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario Party Non-playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Non-playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch Appears as an Assist Trophy character and as a spirit
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Species 2018 Nintendo 3DS Same as in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and also allies in Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch Retains its role from both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U
Super Mario Maker 2 Enemy 2019 Nintendo Switch
Dr. Mario World Non-playable character 2019 iOS, Android
Mario Kart Tour Obstacle 2019 iOS, Android
Paper Mario: The Origami King Non-playable character 2020 Nintendo Switch
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Non-playable character 2022 Nintendo Switch

Trivia[]

  • In the Japanese guide book for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, it is stated that Chain Chomps were supposed to debut in games of the The Legend of Zelda, but would mainly appear as enemies in the Mario franchise. Similarly, Fire Bars were planned to first appear in the first The Legend of Zelda, but ended up being first used in Super Mario Bros.
  • Chain Chomps were inspired by Shigeru Miyamoto's childhood experience when a fierce dog lunged towards him and almost bit him. However, the dog was tethered by a chain, holding it back.

Gallery[]

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image gallery, click here.

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