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. A large number of Piranha Plant subspecies exist, including variants that breathe fire, spit poison, and have other powers. 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.
Piranha Plants sometimes appear out of the Warp Pipes on the Mushroom Kingdom stage. They are enemies that don't have a settled 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.
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 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 the Fighters Pass on February 1st, 2019. If Piranha Plant is used in All-Star Smash, Piranha Plant can corrupt the game's save data.
As a stage element
Piranha Plants once again appear in 2D sprite form on the returning Mushroom Kingdom stage.
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