Piranha Plant (SSBU)

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Piranha Plant
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Piranha Plant SSBU.png
Universe Mario
Availability Downloadable
Final Smash Petey Piranha
Piranha Plant Pipes Up!
—Introduction Tagline

Piranha Plant (パックンフラワー, Packun Flower) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Revealed alongside Ken and Incineroar on November 1st, 2018, it will be the first DLC character in Ultimate, and is scheduled to release in February 2019. It will be available as a free bonus until January 31st, 2019 to anyone who pre-purchases the digital version of Ultimate or registers their physical version with My Nintendo. While Piranha Plant is not part of the Fighters Pass, it will be available for purchase separately after January 31st. Piranha Plant is classified as fighter #70.


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  • Piranha Plant resides in a pot, as its species are depicted in the Mario Party 3 minigame Storm Chasers and in Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 as items. It sprouts small feet when moving, and moves like a Ptooie.
  • An animation in which Piranha Plant rises up and retreats back into its pot continuously (a reference to its basic attacks in the main Mario series games), presumably one of its taunts.
  • A taunt where Piranha Plant viciously snaps forward, similar to Bowser's side taunt.
  • A taunt where Piranha Plant spins before striking a joyous pose.
  • Datamining has revealed a weight value of 112, meaning that Piranha Plant weighs more than all heavyweights but less than all super heavyweights.
  • Datamining has also revealed he has one of the lowest dash speeds in the game.

Known moveset[edit]

  • Two bites forward, presumably its neutral attack. It resembles the attacks a Piranha Plant performs in Super Mario 64 after waking up.
  • A rapid jab attack, discovered through datamining of the game.
  • A leaf swipe down tilt.
  • A pot-first lunge dash attack.
  • Forward smash - Transforms into a Spiny Piranha Plant from Super Mario Galaxy 2 and headbutts.
  • Up smash - Lunges upward and bites. Appears to have two hitboxes.
  • Down smash - Sweeps its pot around itself. First in the back, then in the front.
  • An aerial where it spins rapidly with its leaves extended, similar to Ivysaur's neutral aerial. Hits multiple times.
  • An aerial where it swings its pot upwards, presumably its forward aerial.
  • A pot stomp down aerial. A meteor smash with quick startup compared to other meteor smashes.
  • A headbutt forward throw, a backward fling back throw, and an upward bite up throw. Piranha Plant grabs with its leaves and bites for its pummel.
  • A move where it spits a cloud of poison in front of it, dealing damage with seemingly no knockback or flinching. Piranha Plant changes its color to match the Putrid Piranha enemy from the Paper Mario series when executed.
  • A move where Piranha plant spits out a metal spike ball, and blows air upwards. The ball can then be blown to the left or right. Only one can be active at a time. Based on the Ptooie enemy introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • A move where it spins its leaves, propelling it upwards like a helicopter. Based on the Jumping Piranha Plants from Super Mario World.
  • A move where it retreats into its pot and pauses briefly before stretching out to bite an opponent. The pot can be tilted in order to aim the attack. It possesses a form of armor while inside the pot, shrugging off various attacks. Likely a reference to Elasto-Piranhas or Stalking Piranha Plants, possibly a tether recovery.
  • Petey Piranha: Piranha Plant's Final Smash. As the name implies, it summons Petey Piranha, who stomps around the stage with his cages from his boss fight in The Subspace Emissary. Opponents that get too close will get trapped in his cages.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Piranha Plant Palette (SSBU).png

Reveal trailer[edit]


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Piranha Plant's official artwork has a UV Mapping error near the base of its pot, where the texture appears to squish vertically.
  • Despite the fanbase's bewildered reaction to Piranha Plant's reveal, Masahiro Sakurai stated in an interview that he does not aim to surprise players, stating that "The surprise element quickly fades once the announcement has been made. Rather, I believe it’s important to have a good balance as a game. In the past titles in the series, Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B. and Duck Hunt Dog were some of the examples we offered outside of people’s typical expectations. However, if we don’t have these types of fighters, and we only had typical “hero/heroine” type fighters in the lineup, there’s not much difference. It’s probably not very interesting. Correct? Also, unlike some main characters from some (not widely known) franchises, Piranha Plant is a character everyone knows well." [1]
  • Piranha Plant is the first newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to have all its alternate costumes shown in its reveal trailer; in fact, they were all shown in one shot, excluding the main.
  • Piranha Plant is the first playable character to be a mob.
    • In addition, Ultimate is the first time a generic Piranha Plant has been playable in any game. However, Petey Piranha, a Piranha Plant himself, has been playable in various Mario spin-off games.
  • Piranha Plant is the first (and only, so far) playable character who isn't a Pokémon in the Smash Bros. series to be referred to with gender-neutral pronouns, barring the error in which Dark Samus was referred to as "it" until the mistake was corrected.
  • Piranha Plant is the second DLC character to be free for a limited time after launch, the first being Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. 4.
    • Both characters were first to be released as DLC in their respective games.
  • Piranha Plant is the first original newcomer in Ultimate to not have a CGI reveal trailer.
  • Although a red Piranha Plant has artwork for being in a pipe, the red Piranha Plant is never in the pipe in the game, only in the pot.
  • The splash art for Piranha Plant is so far the only one that uses a different font, opposite to the font "DF Gothic Japanese" that was used in every single splash art since Super Smash Bros. 4.

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