Naval Piranha

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Naval Piranha
SMW2 NavalPiranha.jpg
Official Artwork of the Naval Piranha and two Naval Buds.
Full Name Naval Piranha
Species Piranha Plant
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Yoshi's Woolly World (2015)

“Go home and cry, babeh!”
Naval Piranha, Tetris Attack

Naval Piranha is a recurring Piranha Plant boss. She started out as a normal Piranha Plant, but was altered by Kamek's magic during the events of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. She grew to gigantic proportions, with long thorny stalk and two secondary Naval Buds. As her name suggests, Naval Piranha inhabits the water. In battle, she spits out Nipper Plants; it is unknown if they could grow into large, water-dwelling plants like Naval Piranha.

Another Piranha Plant boss that is similar in appearance to Naval Piranha appears in Paper Mario. It is called Lava Piranha, and in accordance with its name, it inhabits lava instead of water.


Yoshi series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Blue Yoshi vs Naval Piranha.

Naval Piranha is the boss of World 3 in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and reprises the role later in the GBA remake. After being magically enlarged and enhanced, she battles the Blue Yoshi, who throw eggs at her only weak point which is her large and bandaged belly button (with the "X" band-aid). After being hit with enough eggs, Naval Piranha is defeated.

Kamek looking shocked at what happened to Naval Piranha.

A famous cheat, exclusive to only this boss, is that Yoshi can beat her before the fight even starts. If Yoshi stands on the very edge of the ledge Naval Piranha is rooted to (or jump from the water and aim) without triggering the scene, he can simply throw an egg at her "unmodified" form to defeat her in one hit. A surprised Kamek then approaches, shouts "OH, MY!!!" and flies away, thus Yoshi clears World 3.

Tetris Attack[edit]

In Tetris Attack, Naval Piranha, allied with her Naval Buds, is in the tenth level and the last boss of Easy Vs. mode. She frequently uses hearts in her dialogue, and calls Yoshi "Babeh."

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

During the introduction to Yoshi's Island DS, Naval Piranha makes an appearance alongside the other castle bosses in the game as the events of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island are recapped.

Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

Naval Piranha reprises the role of a boss, in this case being the boss of World 4. After being enlarged by Kamek's magic, the monstrous plant jumps to the foreground inside the pipe, and calls forth its Naval Buds. Shy Guys will then throw bombs at the foreground, which Yoshi must swallow and spit it at the mutant flower. It will explode in its inside revealing its weak spot: its belly button. Yoshi must ground-pound it. Then, the Naval Buds will create a series of attacks that Yoshi must avoid. Repeating the process two more times will end the boss battle.

Like Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi can throw a projectile (Yarn Ball in this case) at the sleeping Piranha before triggering Kamek's appearance. This causes a slightly different scene, but Navel Piranha cannot be skipped and must be fought this time.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Naval Piranha makes a reappearance in Mario Party Advance. At the Bowser Lab, choosing to see the "scary monster" unveils Naval Piranha. Afterward, Bowser has the player face her in the minigame Koopa Kurl. After winning, the player gets to keep the minigame. The end of game credits say she now lives and thrives in the desert.


Like Birdo and Vivian, Naval Piranha has had some controversy surrounding her gender in the past. In the original Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Naval Piranha's gender was not mentioned, and since there was no visible evidence that she was a female, most players referred to Naval Piranha as a "he". Later appearances, however, have stated that Naval Piranha's gender is female. While this may sound strange at first, some species do have separate male and female plants; these are known as dioecious plants. Other Mario plant individuals with definite genders include Petey Piranha and Hayzee.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグパックン
Big Piranha
Spanish Piraña Ombligona Belly-Button Piranha
French Ultra Piranha
German Audrey Reference to the plant in Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey II
Italian Piranha Ombelico Navel Piranha (i.e., "Belly-Button Piranha")
Chinese 大食人花
Dà Shírénhuā
Great Piranha (literally "big man-eating flower")


  • Naval Piranha's name is a double entendre, referring both to her aquatic area and the large belly button she grows.
  • In the SNES version of Yoshi's Island, before Naval Piranha is in her boss shape, Kamek will say "Give it up Yoshi, you cutie without a navel! Ooopp- forget it..." But in the GBA version of the game Kamek will say "Give up, Yoshi, you egg-throwing maniac! Ooops... Forget that." This was changed to make it sound more sinister.
  • Naval Piranha and Raphael the Raven are the only world bosses in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island to use the extended variation of the boss theme.