Chain Chomp's art work from Mario Party 8
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. 3|
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
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 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
- Chomp: A loose chain chomp.
- Shromp: The Shroob's version of a Chomp.
- Big Chain Chomp: A giant invincible Chomp.
- Chomp Pup : Tiny versions of Chomps. They can be found rolling around in places like the first planet in Sky Station Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
- Stone Chomp : These kinds of Chomps appear in Dry Dry Ruins in Paper Mario. Like their name says, these kind of Chomp is made of stone, and have a tan color.
- Chomp Country: The two Red Chomps Ranked #2 in the Glitz Pit.
- Nibbles : The Chain Chomp fish in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door that bites you if you fall in the water.
- Chain Chawful: Fawful's version of a Chain Chomp, with a swirly eyes and a Fawful head sticking out of the top.
- Chain Chomplets: Chain Chomps with dog bodies that appear in Super Mario Sunshine.
- Bow-Wow appears in The Legend of Zelda series and functions as an ally who eats any enemy who stands in Link's way.
The Legend of Zelda series
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
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
Super Smash Bros.
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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