Piranha Plants (パックンフラワー, Packun Flower) are enemies from the Mario series.
Piranha Plants are Mario enemies that come from pipes and attempt to bite Mario. They are based on Venus Flytraps--in fact, one of the names for the fire-breathing variety is Venus Fire Trap--and first appear in the original Super Mario Bros.. Some Piranha Plants breathe fire and have other powers. Petey Piranha is the leader of all Piranha Plants.
Piranha Plants sometimes appear out of the Warp Pipes on the Mushroom Kingdom stage. They are enemies and don't seem to have a settled schedule between the two pipes. These are one of the easiest enemies to avoid in the entire Smash series, as they won't appear if the character is on the pipe or on the side of the pipes. The pipes are also very low, making them easy to jump over.
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. Also, Petey Piranha, the first boss of Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, is an oversized, mobile Piranha Plant.
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.
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 1, 2018, making its debut as a playable character for the first time in any game. Piranha Plant will be available for free to players that register the game with My Nintendo before January 31, 2019, but will be paid DLC separate from the Fighters Pass after that date.
As a stage element
Piranha Plants once again appear in 2D sprite form on the returning Mushroom Kingdom stage.
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