Thunder Lakitus are enemies debuting in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where they first appear in the level, BLIZZARD!!!. They are Lakitus that shoots out a ball of energy, which sets the ground on fire. The fire moves out in a disappearing wave shape. When Thunder Lakitus attack, they make a loud noise the screen flashes, so that the player knows when they are about to attack. These pink Lakitus reappear in Yoshi's New Island, where they can only be found in the level, Bandit Valley.
In Mario Power Tennis, a Thunder Lakitu has a major appearance in the DK Jungle Court. They are able to clear the field from Klaptraps, by burning them with lightning bolts in the gimmick courts mode. Here, their skin and shell are that of a normal Lakitu.