Piranha Plants (パックンフラワー, Packun Flower) are enemies from the Mario series.
Piranha Plants are recurring Mario enemies that primarily live in Warp Pipes and attempt to bite Mario and other characters. They are based on venus flytraps and first appear in the original Super Mario Bros., and have appeared frequently throughout the Mario franchise. Piranha Plants usually start popping out of their pipes for a few seconds then retract when the player is far away or above the pipe, but usually stay hidden when the player gets closer. Piranha Plants typically cannot be jumped on, as doing so would damage the player. They instead need to be taken out with attack-based power ups, such as the Fire Flower and Super Star. A large number of Piranha Plant subspecies exist, including variants that breathe fire, spit poison, and other abilities. There are also larger Piranha Plants that serve as bosses, such as Petey Piranha, a boss debuting in Super Mario Sunshine, and Naval Piranha, a recurring boss from the Yoshi series. Petey Piranha is the leader of all Piranha Plants.
As a stage element
Piranha Plants sometimes appear out of the Warp Pipes on the Mushroom Kingdom stage. They are enemies that don't have a set schedule between the two pipes. They won't appear if the character is on the pipe or on the side of the pipes, and the pipes are very low, making them easy to jump over.
As a stage element
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.
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.
A colossal Piranha Plant. Unlike its pipe-inhabiting cousins, it uses its legs to walk around. It can fly, too. As you might expect, it often appears as a boss character in Mario's adventures. This may come as a surprise, but it also displays surprising dexterity in kart races and ball games.
Piranha Plants reappear as just a 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."
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".
As a playable character
Main article: Piranha Plant (SSBU)
Piranha Plant was confirmed as a DLC character on November 1st, 2018, making its debut as a playable character for the first time in any game. Piranha Plant was released on January 29th, 2019, and was available for free to players that registered the game with My Nintendo by January 31st, 2019. It was later made available as paid DLC separate from any Fighters Pass on February 1st, 2019. In Smash, Piranha Plant is a semi-super heavyweight with various unique attacks. Its neutral special, Ptooie, is a spiked ball projectile which can be held above itself or directed left or right, flying further depending on how close the ball is to its mouth when it is sent out. Piranha Plant's side special, Poison Breath, is a chargeable poison cloud projectile that can rack up massive amounts of damage when fully charged. Its up special is its recovery move, Piranhacopter; it is an easily maneuverable and long-lasting recovery that deals damage to any players caught in it. Long-Stem Strike is Piranha Plant's down special; it is a rotatable attack that becomes more disjointed the longer it is charged for. Lastly, its Final Smash involves summoning Petey Piranha in his Subspace Emissary incarnation to imprison other fighters in his cages, breathe fire on them, and slam them into the ground.
As a stage element
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