Piranha Plant (SSBU)

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Piranha Plant
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Piranha Plant SSBU.png
Universe Mario
Availability Downloadable
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 1, 2018, it will be the first DLC character in Ultimate, and is scheduled to release around Feb. 2019. It will be available as a free bonus until January 31, 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.


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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 little feet when moving.
  • 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.

Known moveset[edit]

  • Two bites forward, presumably its neutral attack.
  • 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. Possibly its side special. 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. Possibly its neutral special move.
  • A move where it spins its leaves, propelling it upwards like a helicopter. Based on the Jumping Piranha Plants from Super Mario World. Presumably its up special.
  • 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 its down special.
  • Petey Piranha: Piranha Plant's Final Smash. As the name implies, it summons Petey Piranha, who stomps around the stage with his cages from The Subspace Emissary. Opponents that get too close will get trapped in the cages.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Piranha Plant was absent in the World of Light trailer, though the new mode presumably makes no concessions towards it due to its status as a downloadable fighter.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Piranha Plant Palette (SSBU).png

Reveal trailer[edit]


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • 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.
  • Piranha Plant is the only character who does not appear in the panoramic artwork despite having its own character trailer.
  • Piranha Plant is the first playable character to be a mob.
  • 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 "it" 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.
    • Coincidentally, both characters were first to be released as DLC in their respective games.
  • With its Final Smash, Petey Piranha will be the third boss character to be playable after Giga Bowser and Ridley.

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