Petey Piranha

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Petey Piranha
A boss in Brawl
Universe Mario
Japanese voice actor Toru Minegishi
Article on Super Mario Wiki Petey Piranha

Petey Piranha (ボスパックン, Boss Piranha), is a recurring villain (usually a boss) in the Mario series.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Petey Piranha appears as the first boss in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's The Subspace Emissary mode, holding the cages of both Princess Peach and Princess Zelda at the end of the Midair Stadium. The player, who is controlling Kirby, must destroy one of the cages to defeat Petey. The player can also attack Petey's head, which splits the damage received to both cages.

Once a cage's health is depleted, it will break and free the princess inside while Petey catches on fire, collapses, and explodes. If both cages' health are depleted simultaneously via an attack on Petey's head, the game will randomly decide which princess is freed. The unsaved princess will be turned into a trophy by Wario. At the last level, Tabuu resurrects Petey, along with the other bosses, and sends him after the heroes in The Great Maze.

Like all bosses, Petey can be fought outside of The Subspace Emissary in Boss Battles Mode. During this mode or in The Great Maze, Petey's cages will be empty and the sky in the arena will be blue (compared to in the Midair Stadium, where his cages will contain the two princesses and the sky will be an ominous red).

Unlike in most Mario games, where Petey has a cartoonish voice provided by Toru Minegishi, Brawl has him using fearsome roars, similar to Bowser, Diddy Kong and Donkey Kong.

Petey Piranha's attacks[edit]

Petey has only two main attacks. The first involves swinging one of the two cages along the ground. The second is a jumping attack, where Petey tries to stomp the player while holding both cages vertically. Any contact with Petey or the cages during this attack will meteor smash the player as he comes down from a jump.

When either cage is reduced to half health, Petey will roar and his head will glow red momentarily. Petey will then speed up his attacks and often jump in a different pattern, usually two times in a row; his attacks also deal slightly more damage.

HP and damage taken[edit]

HP Values Lowest difficulty Below-middle difficulty Middle difficulty Above-middle difficulty Highest difficulty
Midair Stadium 127 157 180 217 255
  EffectIcon(Normal).png EffectIcon(Slash).png EffectIcon(Electric).png EffectIcon(Freezing).png EffectIcon(Flame).png EffectIcon(Grass).png EffectIcon(Water).png EffectIcon(Darkness).png EffectIcon(Aura).png Specials: Direct Specials: Indirect
Damage taken ×0.7 ×0.7 ×0.7 ×0.7 ×1.0 ×0.7 ×0.7 ×0.7 ×0.7 ×0.7 ×0.3

It is currently believed that attacking a cage always deals ×1.0 damage, while attacking Petey will deal the above damage to each cage.


The Petey Piranha trophy in Brawl.

A gigantic Piranha Plant. Unlike his pipe-inhabiting cousins, he uses his legs to walk around. He can fly, too. As you might expect, he often appears as a boss character in Mario's adventures. This may come as a surprise, but he also displays surprising dexterity in kart races and ball games.

  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
  • New Super Mario Bros. (2006)


Name Game Effect Characters
Petey Piranha Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour AttackDarkness+047EffectIcon(Darkness).png Attack +47 GanondorfGanondorfHeadSSBB.png
Petey Piranha Mario Strikers Charged AttackBite+032TypeIcon(Bite).png Attack +32 Yoshi Wario Wolf Pokémon TrainerYoshiHeadSSBB.pngWarioHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Petey Piranha (Mario Golf TT).png
Petey Piranha
(Mario Golf: TT)
Brawl Sticker Petey Piranha (Mario Strikers Charged).png
Petey Piranha
(Mario Strikers Charged)

Moveset gallery[edit]


Mario and F.L.U.D.D. encounter Petey Piranha in Super Mario Sunshine.

Petey Piranha first appeared in Super Mario Sunshine as the boss for episodes 2 and 5 of Bianco Hills. In both battles, his main methods of attacks are spitting out large amounts of brown goop on Mario, and if the player gets close enough, hitting Mario with his head by spinning it around himself. In episode 5, he gains the ability to swing his arm to cause a tornado that sends Mario flying upward.

Petey Piranha also appears as a boss in New Super Mario Bros. as the boss of World 5. In that game, he flies above the player and will try to stomp on them.

In Brawl, Petey Piranha's attack where he swings the cages he is holding is similar to his swinging motion in Super Mario Sunshine, except it does not cause a tornado. His stomping attack in Brawl is very similar to his attack in New Super Mario Bros..

While the cutscene prior to the first fight with him seemingly depicts him spitting out a cannonball at Mario, Petey Piranha has never had the ability to do so in the Mario series.


  • If one battles against Petey using Peach or Zelda in their default costumes, they will still be seen in the cage with the same costume.
  • The models used for Peach and Zelda in the cages are of much lower resolution than the characters themselves, and do not have fingers or legs.
  • If one looks closely at the cages in the cutscene "Princesses, Both Captured and False", the cages that hold the trophies of Peach and Zelda are the exact ones Petey used.
  • When idling, if Zelda's cage is attacked, Petey will make a deep grunt, but if Peach's cage is attacked, he will make two sharp grunts. He will not respond to hits on his head.
  • Petey Piranha is the only boss to have two health bars, with both being dedicated to objects outside of himself. During the Midair Stadium battle, "Peach's Cage" and "Zelda's Cage" are displayed next to the health bars; in The Great Maze and in Boss Battles, the cages as aforementioned are empty, and the health bars are simply labeled "Cage".
The easter eggs of Petey's cages.
  • The cages' designs have several easter eggs, some of which can only be seen via a camera hack:
    • The rears of the hooks have a small Chain Chomp attached.
    • The interior roof is patterned with Bob-omb and Blooper sprites.
    • The bottom trim is patterned with various Piranha Plant and Nipper sprites. In addition, the back features a human face of unknown origin; this face is modelled as opposed to textured and is reasonably large in Petey's texture files.
  • Like Meta Ridley, Petey is fought just after the countdown of a Subspace Bomb starts; however, Petey's boss fight has no time limit.

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