Petey Piranha (ボスパックン, Boss Piranha), is a recurring villain (usually a boss) in the Mario series.
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).
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
It is currently believed that attacking a cage always deals ×1.0 damage, while attacking Petey will deal the above damage to each cage.
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.
Petey Piranha first appeared in Super Mario Sunshine as the boss for levels 2 and 5 of Bianco Hills. In both level 2 and 5, 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 level 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.
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