For fighter info, see Piranha Plant (SSBU).

Piranha Plants are a species of carnivorous plant and common mob enemies throughout the Mario and Yoshi franchises.

It joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a free (for a limited time) DLC fighter and is the first downloadable character overall.

Character Description

Piranha Plants are recurring enemies that are commonly seen living in Warp Pipes. Inspired by venus flytraps, they will periodically pop their red-and-white heads out in an attempt to bite Mario and his allies. They are often seen as stationary enemies but there have been instances where they can move about and even be capable of speech. The standard Piranha Plants first appeared in Super Mario Bros., showing up in every Warp Pipe beyond World 1-1. Variants wouldn't be introduced until Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, where each new installment proceeded to introduce new subspecies, something that later expanded onto the Yoshi series.

Piranha Plants also appear in various spin-off games, usually as obstacles in the sports-based games and as active participants in minigames and boards in the Mario Party series. A Fire Piranha Plant was also made playable in a free update for Mario Tennis Aces on July 1, 2019. More recently, a Piranha Plant appears as an assistant in the mobile game Dr. Mario World.

Super Mario species

  • Red Piranha Plants - Introduced in The Lost Levels. Similar to the original Piranha Plants, but pop out much faster.
  • Introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3:
    • Fire Piranha Plants - A Piranha Plant that can shoot fireballs. Also known as a Venus Fire Trap.
    • Big Piranha Plants - A giant Piranha Plant. Also known as Pirhanacus Giganticus and Super Piranha Plants.
    • Ptooies - Piranha Plants that hover spiked balls over them with their mouth. They are also capable of walking freely.
    • Nipper Plants / Walking Piranhas - A small, white baby Piranha Plant variant that hop around a specific area.
  • Upside Down Pakkun / Reverse Pakkun - Introduced in Super Mario Land. Piranha Plants that hang upside down from ceiling Warp Pipes.
  • Introduced in Super Mario World:
    • Jumping Piranha Plants - Piranha Plants that jump out of pipes with their propeller leaves.
    • Munchers - Small and black variants of Piranha Plants that are impervious to any attacks.
  • Introduced in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars:
    • Chewies - Green and purple stemmed Piranha Plants that use its roots as legs. Commonly found in Bean Valley.
    • Megasmilax - The boss of Bean Valley. A Warp Pipe-dwelling Piranha Plant accompanied by two other Smilax buds that can shoot fire.
  • Introduced in Super Mario 64:
    • Piranha Plants shown outside of Warp Pipes, now shown growing in a small field of flowers. They will be asleep by default; however, if Mario comes closer, the Plant will suddenly awaken and attempt to bite him.
    • Big Fire Piranha Plants - A giant variation of the Fire Piranha Plants. Only found in Tiny-Huge Island.
  • Introduced in Paper Mario:
    • Putrid Piranha - A Piranha Plant that spews out a poison breath. Its bite is also capable of inflicting poison.
    • Frost Piranha - Similar to a Putrid Piranha, but instead releases an ice breath. It can also freeze enemies with its bite.
  • Introduced in Super Mario Sunshine:
    • Petey Piranha - A Boss that needs to be defeated using the F.L.U.D.D. Petey would later go on to be a recurring character in several Mario spin-offs.
    • Proto Piranhas / Gatekeepers - Goop-covered Piranha Plants (known in the game as Pakkun Flowers) that only appear in Bianco Hills.
    • Piranhabons - Giant Gatekeepers that resemble the head of Petey Piranha.
  • Introduced in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions:
    • Piranha Bean - A Piranha Plant variant that appears in the Beanbean Kingdom and resembles a miniature Petey Piranha. It is a miniboss near Beanbean Castle Town that is weak to Luigi's Thunderhand.
    • Mom Piranha - A boss found in the Beanbean International Airport. A giant stemmed-Piranha Plant that emerges from an egg and is capable of firing energy beams and sweeping with its large vine-limbs.
  • Pale Piranhas - Introduced in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. A monochrome Piranha Plant that Paper Mario encounters in the Glitz Pit as a member of the Mind-Bogglers.
  • Introduced in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time:
    • Elasto-Piranhas - A variant that can be found in Toadwood Forest. A Piranha Plant with elastic limbs that can extend and contract.
    • Piranha Planets - Miniature Piranha Plants wearing space suits and equipped with phasers that inhabit Warp Pipe balls. They are commonly found in the Star Shrine.
  • Introduced in Super Princess Peach:
    • Glad P. Plant - A Piranha Plant variant that hops around and spits fireballs.
    • Glad Ptooie - A variant of Ptooies that are capable of tossing the spiked ball to another location, running after it, and then catching it.
    • Sad Nipper Plant - A Nipper Plant variant that attacks at random intervals due to it being so sad.
  • Introduced in Super Mario Galaxy:
    • Spiny Piranha Plants - Purple Piranha Plants with spiky stems. They will attack Mario by slamming their heads down on the ground.
    • Dino Piranha - An alien Piranha Plant that resembles Petey Piranha. Mario first encounters it as an egg he accidentally cracks and needs to defeat it by hitting it with its own tail.
    • Firey Dino Piranha - Similar to the original Dino Piranha, but with a red and black head and a tail that is on fire
  • Piranha Plorp - Introduced in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. A Piranha Plant variant found inside Bowser's body. The head resembles a heart with ventricles and the stems resemble veins.
  • Introduced in New Super Mario Bros. Wii:
    • Stalking Piranha Plants - A walking Piranha Plant with stretchable stalks.
    • River Piranha Plants - A variant of the Ptooie that live in rivers.
  • Introduced in Super Mario Galaxy 2:
    • Peewee Piranha - A Dino Piranha that is trapped inside its own egg.
    • Prickly Piranha Plant - Similar to the Spiny Piranha Plants but now with spiked heads.
  • Inky Piranha Plants - Introduced in Super Mario 3D Land. A black variant that spits black ink to cover the player's screen.
  • Bone Piranha Plants - Introduced in New Super Mario Bros. 2. A skeletal variant of the original Piranha Plant in a similar vein to Dry Bones.
  • Introduced in New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe:
    • Ice Piranha Plants - A Piranha Plant that can shoot ice.
    • Piranha Pods - Eggs that Lakitu can throw. They will hatch into Piranha Plants once they land on the ground.
  • Introduced in Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury:
    • Potted Piranha Plants - Piranha Plants in pots that can be held. A usable item Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, and Rosalina can use to eat enemies.
    • Piranha Creepers - Large Plants with large stems that can retract each time the head is attacked.
  • Poison Piranha Plants - Introduced in Super Mario Odyssey. A Piranha Plant that can shoot gobs of poison and can also eat Cappy. Can only be captured if a rock has been thrown into their mouth.
  • Introduced in Paper Mario: The Origami King:
    • Origami Piranha Plants - As the name suggests, they are regular Piranha Plants made out of origami. They are capable of biting and spitting fireballs.
    • Paper Macho Piranha Plant - An extremely rare variant of a Paper Macho Soldier. It is a giant, three-dimensional Piranha Plant made of Papier-mâché.

Yoshi's Island species

  • Introduced in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island :
    • Piranha Plants as they appear in Yoshi's Island function a little differently than in the Mario games; they are shown growing on the ground and instead of biting Yoshi, they will eat him instead and spit him back out, causing him to lose Baby Mario. They cannot be jumped on or swallowed and must be hit by an Egg.
    • Nipper Plants - Smaller, baby-like Piranha Plants that differ from their depiction in Super Mario Bros. 3. They come from Nipper Spores and can be eaten and turned into eggs.
    • Naval Piranha - A boss that starts out as a regular Piranha Plant until being enhanced by Kamek's magic.
  • Introduced in Yoshi's Story:
    • Piranha Pests - Plants commonly seen as only a head with propeller stems and long tongues like Yoshi's that attempt to capture Baby Yoshi and shrink him. They only appear in Piranha Grove.
    • Piranha Sprouts - A derivation of Piranha Pests, though they have little feet instead of propeller stems.
  • Introduced in Yoshi's Island DS
    • Polterpiranhas - Ghost Piranha Plants that are winged and upside down who attempt to eat Yoshi whole.
    • Bungee Piranhas - Plants attached to ceilings that use their stems as bungee cords.
    • Nipper Dandelions - Nipper Plants that fire Nipper Spores into the air.
    • Big Bungee Piranha - The Boss of World 2. A Bungee Piranha that has been enlarged by Kamek.
  • Spike the Piranha - Introduced in Yoshi's Crafted World. The boss of Acron Forest, who is a Naval Piranha enchanted by Kamek. It is made of a Party Ball, acorns, and thorns.

In Super Smash Bros.

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Piranha Plants appear at random from the Warp Pipes on the Mushroom Kingdom stage. Just as in the original Super Mario Bros., Piranha Plants will not appear when a player is standing on top of the Warp Pipe or directly next to one. A powerful attack will knock it out of the Pipe, although not permanently as another will simply take its place.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl



Main article: Petey Piranha

Petey Piranha, the first boss of The Subspace Emissary, is a type of Piranha Plant. It appears to trap Peach and Zelda in its cages, forcing Kirby to choose one to free and let the other be kidnapped. It attacks by jumping and swinging the cages along the ground.

Stage Hazard

A Piranha Plant may sometimes appear as a stage element on PictoChat. However, they don't go up or down, and they stay on the stationary platform.

Trophy Description

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A vicious, plantlike monster that typically hides in pipes. Piranha Plants emerge with mouths open, awaiting victims. A poorly timed jump means a chomping--hence the "piranha" name. While there have been exceptions--there are many Piranha Plants with unique traits-- they generally don't appear if Mario waits on top of or just next to a pipe. They hate fireballs.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Piranha Plant's only appearance is in Trophy form in both versions.

3DS trophy


These guys aren't so much carnivorous as Mario...nivorous. Ahem. There are lots of varieties, like Frost, Wild Ptooie, Ghost, Prickly, Dino, Bone, Elasto-Piranhas, Stalking, Naval... A helpful mnemonic is "Fireballs with Ground Pounds defeat baddies, even super nasties."

Wii U trophy


These carnivorous plants are hungry for one thing - Mario! There are all sorts of them, including the Naval Piranha, Fire Piranha Plant, Inky Piranha Plant, Piranha Creeper, Bone Piranha Plant, Stalking Piranha Plant... But all you need to know is "plants with teeth want to eat Mario".

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Main article: Piranha Plant (SSBU)

Piranha Plant was revealed in the final Ultimate Nintendo Direct held on November 1, 2018 making its playable debut for the first time in any game.

Its moveset derives from its multiple subspecies and summons Petey Piranha for its Final Smash, swinging its cages from The Subspace Emissary.

It was made free for a limited time to anyone that pre-purchased and registered the game to My Nintendo before January 31, 2019. It was released on January 29, 2019 for those who registered as a part of Ver2.0.0. It was later made available to purchase separately from the Fighters Pass on February 1, 2019.

Stage Hazard

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Piranha Plants also return as a Stage hazard in the Mushroom Kingdom stage, functioning identically to the original game. The sprite has been updated to resemble the ones from Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.


A Nipper Plant appears as collectible Spirit in the base game. It is a Primary Attack Spirit under the Novice class. Its Spirit battle uses a tiny Pac-Man team, who will constantly jump and attack with Power Pellet and Pac-Jump; this is due to Nipper Plants resembling Pac-Man's classic form as well as the Nipper Plant's tendency to jump up to try to attack Mario. The stage is the Battlefield form of Super Mario Maker and the song that plays is "Ground Theme (Super Mario Bros. 3) - Remix", the latter being a reference to its debut on Super Mario Bros. 3. The Nipper Plant Spirit is also enhanceable; when it reaches Level 99, it will transform into the Petey Piranha Spirit. It is a Primary Grab Spirit under the Ace class.

There is also a separate Spirit of Petey Piranha as it appears in Mario Strikers Charged. It is a Primary Grab Spirit under the Advanced class. Its Spirit Battle uses a giant Ivysaur (a reference to Petey's size) and only Soccer Balls will spawn (a reference to Mario Strikers Charged's gameplay). The stage is the Swordplay Colosseum section of Wuhu Island and the song that plays is "Country Field: Away Team".

An additional Fighter Spirit of Piranha Plant can be obtained after beating its Classic Mode route. As it is a Fighter Spirit, it does not have its own Spirit Battles and cannot be used.

No. Spirit Name Artwork Origin Type Rating Effect Slots
53 Nipper Plant Spirit SSBU.png Nipper Plant Super Mario Bros. 3 Grab Spirit.png Enhanceable 2
54 Petey Piranha Spirit SSBU.png Petey Piranha Mario Super Sluggers Grab Spirit.png ★★★ Giant 2
125 Petey Piranha (Super Mario Strikers) Spirit SSBU.png Piranha Plant (Super Mario Strikers) Mario Strikers Charged Grab Spirit.png ★★ N/A 1
1303 Piranha Plant (Mario Party DS).png Piranha Plant Mario Party DS Fighter N/A N/A N/A


  • Piranha Plant is the only:
  • Piranha Plant is one of six characters to be playable in Super Smash Bros. but not in any other game, following the Wii Fit Trainer, Palutena, the Duck Hunt dog, Ridley, and Dark Samus.
    • This is discounting Petey Piranha (who is playable in several Mario spin-off games) and Fire Piranha Plant (who was made playable in Mario Tennis Aces as a free DLC character) as they are considered subspecies.
  • Piranha Plant is the oldest newcomer in Ultimate, debuting in September 1985.
  • Piranha Plant is one of two generic enemies to become fighters, preceding Zombie and Enderman.
    • It is also the first villain DLC character in Ultimate, later succeeded by Zombie and Enderman, Sephiroth, and Kazuya Mishima
  • Piranha Plant and Corrin are the only two DLC newcomers in Smash to not come with a stage.
    • Of the two, Piranha Plant is the only one to not come with any new music.
  • Piranha Plant is one of three DLC characters to not be human, the other two being Mewtwo and Banjo & Kazooie.
  • Piranha Plant is one of four characters to lack a proper "face" of some kind, following Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B., and Dark Samus.
  • Piranha Plant currently has the longest duration of time of being introduced in Smash Bros. in a non-playable capacity and eventually becoming a fighter, at over 20 years, due to its cameo as a stage hazard in the first Super Smash Bros.


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