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Podoboos (also referred to as Fire Bubbles even though they are a completely new enemy) are fireball-like creatures/enemies that are commonly found in castles in the Super Mario series. They jump out of the lava in random spots of the level. Contact with a Podoboo will cause Mario or Luigi to take one damage, losing all power-ups. In the Yoshi's Island series, Yoshi can swallow the Podoboos and gain limited fire breath. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they can be defeated by using the Ice Flower. Podoboo made its debut Super Mario Bros.. Podoboos also appear in the Mario Kart series. In more recent games, Podoboos will do a flip before landing back in the lava, and resemble a roundish jellyfish/octopus rather than just a fireball. Similar enemies called Embers from the Paper Mario series replace Podoboos as enemies in certain levels.

Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros.

A Podoboo's image as seen in the Super Mario Bros. Instruction Booklet.

Podoboos first appeared in Super Mario Bros., where they are seen in castle levels starting with World 2-4. They leap out of lava pits, only to fall down to jump out of the lava again. They are invincible and cannot be defeated. The game's instruction booklet describes them as Bowser's bodyguards.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

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Podoboos appear in the Japanese sequel to the previous game, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, where they act the exact same way as they did in the predecessor. Just as before Podoboos are completely invincible and cannot be destroyed in any way (even with a Starman which merely causes Mario to phase through them). A lone Podoboo also appears in World 9-4.

Super Mario Bros. 3

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Podoboos reappear in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they behave just the same as they did in Super Mario Bros. In this game, Podoboos can be defeated with the use of the Hammer Suit or the Starman. Podoboos are commonly found in Fortresses and some hop out of lava from the roof.

Super Mario World

A Podoboo hopping out of the lava in Super Mario World.

In Super Mario World, Podoboos appear to act the same as they have in the last game. For the first time in the series, Podoboos appear to have two black dotted eyes, which would become their stable appearance for a majority of Mario games. Several Podoboos appear during Larry's boss fight as an additional obstacle to avoid. They also appear during Lemmy and Wendy's battle, where they bounce around the room, creating an obstacle for Mario.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

A Podoboo as seen in Super Mario 64 DS.

Podoboos make their first 3D appearance in Super Mario 64. Here, they appear in several areas of Lethal Lava Land on various bridges bouncing from one side to the other. Getting hit by a Podoboo causes Mario to lose 3 points of health. In this game, they are indestructible.

Podoboos return in Super Mario 64 DS with the excact same role as in Super Mario 64 however this time, Yoshi can swallow them to spit out fire.

Super Princess Peach

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Podoboos also appear in Super Princess Peach where they are found in Fury Volcano and Bowser's Villa. Their behavior is identical to how it is in the Yoshi series except that they lack the ability to bounce off walls. In this game, they are invincible and cannot be defeated in any way. This game also introduces a blue version of the Podoboo called the Blue Podoboo which hops out of Blue Lava and homes in on Peach.

New Super Mario Bros.

A Podoboo as seen in New Super Mario Bros., their appearance in this game is heavily based on their appearance in both Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario 64 DS.

Podoboos also appear in New Super Mario Bros., where they behave the same as they have for past games. In this game, they once again lack eyes. Podoboos are found in World 1-Castle, World 4-Castle, World 6-Fortress 2, World 8-Castle, World 8-5, World 8-Fortress 2, and Bowser's Castle. They can only be defeated with the effects of the Mega Mushroom or the Starman.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

A Podoboo hopping out of a lava pool (New Super Mario Bros. Wii).

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Podoboos attack in the same manner as they have in previous games. In this game, their eyes return. Podoboos are commonly found in Castles such as World 2-Castle, World 5-Castle, World 6-Castle, World 8-6, World 8-Bowser's Castle, and World 9-6. In this game, Podoboos can easily be defeated with the effects of the Ice Flower or the Starman.

In the beta version of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, it was shown that Podoboos were going to appear in the boss fight with Morton Koopa Jr. instead of the Spike Pillars.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

A Podoboo hopping into a nearby lava pool in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Podoboos make their next 3D appearance in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they behave the same as they do in various other Mario games. For the first time in the series, they've been given the power to jump from one lava pit to another. Strangely, they have no eyes in this installment despite the Lava Bouncers (a sub-species of Podoboos which also appear in this game) possessing eyes. Podoboos can be found in Bowser's Lava Lair, Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet, the Melty Monster Galaxy, and Bowser's Galaxy Generator and are completely invincible.

Super Mario 3D Land

A Podoboo from Super Mario 3D Land.

Podoboos reappear in their next 3D appearance in Super Mario 3D Land, where they behave more like in New Super Mario Bros. They regained their dotted eyes in this entry. They are commonly found in Castles and are commonly found in groups. Podoboos can be defeated with the effects of either the Starman or the Invincibility Leaf.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

A Podoboo doing an extraordinarily high jump as seen in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Podoboos reappear, acting the same as they have in previous Mario titles. There are some types of Podoboos that jump much higher and others that jump in rows in an arc. Podoboos can only be defeated with the effects of the Starman, Gold Flower, Invincibility Leaf, or the Mega Mushroom. Podoboos are commonly found in Castles and various levels of World 6.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

A Podoboo doing a jump from a Lava Mound (New Super Mario Bros. U)

Podoboos reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, where they behave exactly the same as in other installments. They can once again only be defeated with the effects of the Ice Flower or the Starman. Podoboos are commonly found in Castles such as Lemmy's Swingback Castle, Iggy's Volcanic Castle, and various others. Podoboos are also seen in various levels of Peach's Castle. In the New Super Luigi U level Hot Cogs, there are some Podoboos that leap sideways and at a much quicker pace.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

A Podoboo as seen in Super Mario 3D World.

In Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Podoboos reappear behaving as they did in Super Mario 3D Land, Podoboos can be defeated with the effects of the Starman, Invincibility Leaf, or Invincibility Bell. They are commonly found in fiery levels such as Lava Rock Lair and various levels of World Castle. The Blue Podoboo from Super Princess Peach also returns in this game.

Super Mario Maker/Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS/Super Mario Maker 2

A Podoboo near several Boos and Thwomps in Super Mario Maker.

Podoboos reappear in Super Mario Maker and its two sequels, where they are placable enemies. Like all enemies, they can given a Super Mushroom to grow into a Big Podoboo or wings to make them a Para-Podoboo. In Super Mario Maker 2, they can be given a Parachute. They are also called "Lava Bubbles" in both of these games. Similarly, the Blurp is referred to as a Cheep Cheep in these games.

In all the games' themes, Podoboos behave as they do in the 2D Platformers, they hop out of the lava or abyss but they can sometimes spawn from ? Blocks or Bill Blasters. In all themes, Podoboos can only be defeated with the effects of the Starman.

Super Mario Run

Mario evades several Podoboos in Super Mario Run.

Podoboos reappear in Super Mario Run, where they behave the same as they have for past Mario games. This game also introduces a new varitey of the Podoboo called the Poison Podoboo which jumps out of Poisonous Swamps. Podoboos once again are commonly found in Volcanoes or Castles and can only be defeated with the effects of a Starman.

Super Mario Odyssey

A Podoboo in the Luncheon Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey.

In Super Mario Odyssey, Podoboos appear as enemies, commonly found in the Luncheon Kingdom. When Mario Captures one, he is able to swim across lava. There are cannons in the lava with a Podoboo's emblem on them. If Mario jumps into one of these while Capturing a Podoboo, he is able to be shot out of the cannon, taking him to another location in the Luncheon Kingdom. If Mario touches land as a Podoboo, the Podoboo will dissipate and Mario will automatically return to normal, Mario can also bounce on the Magmatoes as a Podoboo to create a lava puddle to continue swimming in. Mario can also ride Lava Plumes and use them to gain some extra height while having captured a Podoboo. Podoboos are also seen in some bonus sections of The Mushroom Kingdom, the Lost Kingdom, the Cloud Kingdom, and the Darker Side.

Various 2D sections also have 8-bit Podoboos which cause damage upon contact (like how they did in Super Mario Bros.)

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

A Podoboo as seen in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Podoboos also appear in their Paper Mario series debut, Paper Mario: Sticker Star where they appear during the third phase of Bowser's boss fight. During the fight Bowser will order the Podoboos to attack at which point the Podoboos will rain down on Mario doing 2 damage each. Mario can freeze the Podoboos with cold-based Thing Stickers (such as the Shaved Ice, Air Conditioner, or the Refrigerator). After the Podoboos are frozen, they cannot attack Mario. Mario can either continue to attack Bowser or use a wind-based Thing Sticker (such as the Bellows, Paper Fan, or the Fan) to unfreeze the Podoboos and cause them to rain down on Bowser dealing some damage to him causing Bowser to move onto the next phase.


Mario vs. Donkey Kong series

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

A Podoboo as seen in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis.

In the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, Podoboos appear as obstacles in Fire Mountain and Lava Dome in Mario vs. Donkey Kong and Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. They behave identically to how they do in the mainstream Mario games. Touching a Podoboo will instantly burn Mario or a Mini Mario.

Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Mario near a Podoboo in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

The Podoboos in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions now have eyes.

Podoboos also appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga where they can be found in the side-scrolling section of Bowser's Castle. Touching a Podoboo will send Mario back to the beginning of the section. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, they've been given eyes.

Their appearance in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga closely resembles their appearance in the original Super Mario Bros. while their appearance in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions resembles their appearance in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Yoshi series

Yellow Yoshi jumping over a Podoboo.

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Outside the Mario series, Podoboos have also appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island DS. These games also introduce variants of Podoboos that can bounce off walls and leap much slower. Yoshi can defeat them by either swallowing them or throwing an egg at them. In Yoshi's Island DS Podoboos are among the few enemies that only need to be encountered to appear in the Island Museum and egg-throwing isn't required. Podoboos can be found in Underground Volcanoes and Castles.

Mario Kart series

A Podoboo as seen in Mario Kart Wii.

In the Mario Kart series, Podoboos appear as obstacles in various courses such as the Bowser's Castle courses where players have to dodge them. Driving into a Podoboo will cause the racer to spin out and likely fall into the lava below. Several Bowser's Castle courses as well as Waluigi Stadium and Wario Stadium also feature Podoboo Cogs which players must dodge. Podoboos are also found in lava-themed courses such as Grumble Volcano.

Mario Sports Series

A Podoboo from Mario Sports Mix.

In the Mario Sports series, Podoboos are seen in Mario Sports Mix on the Bowser's Castle court. They emerge from the lava through the mesh grounds of the court. Running into a Podoboo will cause the player to be stunned temporarily and cause them to drop the ball if they were holding it. Podoboos are also seen in Mario Golf: Super Rush in the course Bowser Highlands where they are seen hopping out of the lava seas around the course near several Magmaarghs.

Mario Party series

Podobos appear in a majority of the Mario Party games. They appear in mini-games as obstacles that the characters must avoid. They also appear as decorations on the board maps. Podoboos' biggest role in the Mario Party series is an appearance as a capsule in Mario Party 5 and an orb in Mario Party 6.

Item Appearances

  • Bubble Capsule - Three Podoboos will form a circle around a character and propel them ten spaces forward by burning them, bypassing any stars and board events. The character will also lose any capsules they are carrying when this capsule is used.
  • Podoboo Orb - Podoboo creates a roadblock on the boards, causing any characters that pass them to lose ten coins.

Board Appearances

Podoboos surrounding Toad in Mario Party 8.

Mini-game Appearances

Podoboos in the Mario Party Superstars version of Hot Rope Jump.

  • Hot Rope Jump - The Podoboos will form a giant chain in this mini-game and start rotating it in a clockwise fashion. The characters must jump over the Podoboo chain in order to avoid being burned. The more rotations the character completes, the faster the rope will move. In Mario Party 2, Hot Rope Jump returns, except the Podoboos start out as small blue Podoboos and change into orange Podoboos as the mini-game progresses.
  • Treadmill Grill - The characters are on a giant treadmill-type grill that is surrounded by blue-colored Podoboos. The objective of the mini-game is to avoid touching the Podoboos that appear on the edge of the grill. As the mini-game progresses, orange Podoboos will start to wander around the grill, seeking out characters to attack.
  • All Fired Up - The characters are transported into an enclosed room that is full of tiny Podoboos. The Podoboos will start to create chains, shapes, and other designs that the characters must avoid.
  • Eye Sore - Podoboos as obstacles the characters must avoid in this mini-game while trying to circle Mr. I. If a character makes contact with a Podoboo, then they will be burned and unable to move for a few seconds.
  • Daft Rafts - The nighttime version of this rafts contains Podoboos rather than Spinies. If a character touches one of the Podoboos, they are automatically eliminated.

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