Chain Chomps are enemies in the Mario series that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. They're enemies that are chained up, though nevertheless are capable of attacking you if you happen to be within a certain range of them. This can easily be avoidable, though can also be a challenge in later games such as Super Mario 64 where they've dramatically grown.

In Super Mario 64, they'd, like in previous games, be chained up, though could be released if you're able to ground pound the pole that they're attached to.

They also appeared in Super Mario Sunshine, where they'd be covered with steaming goop. In this mission, Mario and F.L.U.D.D. would have to clean all of this junk off of them, which in turn would cool the beasts down.

In Super Mario Galaxy, they're not attached to any chain, and will roll around selected planets attempting to squash Mario.

In Super Mario Odyssey, they are mainly found in the Cascade Kingdom and can be captured by using Cappy. Once Mario has taken control of a Chomp, he can move toward a certain direction to have the chomp fly in the opposite direction and destroy most of what is in its path once released. A Golden Chain Chomp named Chain Chompikins also appears as Madame Broode's pet.

In a way they resemble dogs, and are, according to Shigeru Miyamoto, inspired by an event that occurred in his life when he was a child. Apparently a large dog chased after him, though was yanked back by his chain.

Chain Chomp variants

Mario spinoffs

The Legend of Zelda series

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, are found as enemies inside the Turtle Rock, they are chained to posts and try to attack Link by charging him like they do in most Mario games.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Chain Chomp (LA)

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Chain Chomps are docile animals known as BowWows; three of them are kept as pets by Madam MeowMeow in Mabe Village. Two of her BowWows are small, with one kept indoors and another inside the doghouse next to her house.

Link must save the larger BowWow after completing Tail Cave

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, a Chain Chomp, known as BowWow in the original version, can occasionally be obtained as an usable item in Vaati's Palace. When used, the Chain Chomp will appear chained to Link and will charge and bite any enemies that try to get too close to the hero.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Sword Adventure

In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, a lone Chain Chomp appears in Kakariko Village where it acts once again like his Mario self and attack Link if he get too close. He is indestructible and is only here to be an obstacle.

Hyrule Warrior series

In Hyrule Warriors, Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, the Chain Chomp appears as the ball in the level 3 version of Gauntlets, which is used by Link.

Other cameos

Super Smash Bros.

Chain Chomp appears as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and as an enemy in Smash Run

Bayonetta 2

The Chain Chomp appears as a weapon in Bayonetta 2. It is a weapon that can only be equiped on the legs and will attack anything near him. It can also be swinged around by Bayonetta to crush her enemies.

It is described as :

"A curious creature Rodin encountered while travelling through the ancient capital of Japan. Unable to get close to it due to its penchant for biting everything it comes into contact with, Rodin waited until it was sleeping, then dragged it away, chain and all. However, after multiple failed attempts to tame it, Rodin gave up and begged the witches to take it."

How to Obtain

To obtain it, the player must complete all main chapters on 3rd Climax difficulty. In the Nintendo Switch version however, the player can obtain it early by scanning either the Bowser, Bowser Jr., Goomba, Boo, or Koopa Troopa Amiibo.



  • Shigeru Miyamoto came up with the idea for the Chain Chomp because as a child, his neighbor's dog tried to attack him, but he was lucky because it was chained to a wooden pole.
  • The German translation of Chain Chomp is "Kettenhund" which means "Chain-Dog".
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