Piranha Flower

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Not to be confused with Piranha Plant.
Piranha Flower
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A Piranha Flower.
First Appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Maker (2015)
Parent Species Fire Piranha Plant
Related Species
Big Piranha Plant

Piranha Flowers[1][2] (also known as Big Venus Fire Traps[3]) are enemies first appearing in Super Mario 64. They are Fire Piranha Plants with one big difference: Piranha Flowers have bloomed to an enlarged state, and their fireballs are often comparatively larger as well.

In Super Mario 64, they are the target of the first mission of Tiny-Huge Island. Like regular Fire Piranha Plants in this game, they blend in the grass at first. When Mario approaches, they grow in size at an alarming rate, spit a fireball, then quickly shrink back to their invulnerable selves. All of them appear in one area, and they must be punched to obtain a Power Star.

In subsequent appearances, they can be defeated by shooting three fireballs at them or by using a Super Star. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, only two are found in World 2-3. One reappears in New Super Mario Bros. 2, in World 5-6. Rather than shooting large fireballs, they shoot out normal-sized ones like their smaller counterparts.

After an absence in New Super Mario Bros. U they reappear in New Super Luigi U in Piranhas in the Dark, Slippery Rope Ladders, Light-Up-Lift Tower, and Rising Piranhas.

They can appear in Super Mario Maker if the player enlarges a Fire Piranha Plant with a mushroom.

Although they are about same size as Big Piranha Plants, Piranha Flowers have not used pipes.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese きょだいパックンフラワー[1]
Kyodai pakkunfurawā
Giant Piranha Flower
German Piranha-Pflanze Piranha Plant


  1. ^ a b Pluck the Piranha Flower
  2. ^ Super Mario 64 Player's Guide, page 108
  3. ^ New Super Mario Bros. 2 Prima eGuide, "Common Critters" tab.