Piranhacus Giganticus

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Piranhacus Giganticus
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A Piranhacus Giganticus from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Species Origin Piranha Plant
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Mario Golf: World Tour (2014)
Related Species
Big Piranha Plant
Not to be confused with Big Piranha Plant.

A Piranhacus Giganticus is a gigantic Piranha Plant that first appeared in the game Super Mario Bros. 3. Unlike Super Piranha Plants, they can actually fit in pipes.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Piranhacus Giganticus from Super Mario Bros. 3.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, they only appear in Big Island. Although they are huge, a single fireball will destroy them. Despite their size, they are essentially exactly the same as any other typical Piranha Plant, other than they present a larger target and obstacle. They also appear in larger Warp Pipes than other Piranha Plants. Most of them are red, expect for the ones in World 4-6, which are green.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Piranhacus Giganticus on Tiny-Huge Island in Super Mario 64.

In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, Piranhaci Gigantici make their sole appearance on Tiny-Huge Island, where depending on which side of the island Mario is on they could either be tiny or huge. They also had the ability to breath fire. In this game they were referred to as Venus Fire Traps in English but still possessed their original Japanese name.[citation needed]

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario finding a Piranhacus Giganticus and two Huge Paragoombas in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Piranhacus Gigantici appear alongside Grand Goombas, Huge Paragoombas, and Gargantua Koopa Troopas in the Wii game, Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they appear in the Supermassive Galaxy. They are similar to how they appear in Super Mario Bros 3 only a lot bigger. However, in contrast to their original appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, they are invincible, thus serving more as an obstacle than an enemy. They can, however, be stunned with a Spin or a Star Bit, but that just hinders the player as it stops the plant from going back in the pipe.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Piranhacus Giganticus as seen in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Piranhacus Gigantici reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. They act the same way they did in Super Mario Bros. 3 although this time need to hit with three Fireballs to be defeated, similar to Super Piranha Plants, yet they can also be defeated with Gargantua Koopa Troopa shells as well. They are found in Soda Jungle, more specifically in Jungle of the Giants, which is the only level they appear in.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Piranhacus Gigantici appear in Mario Golf: World Tour on Hole 6 of Wiggler Park. As a reference to Super Mario 64, they are originally found sleeping, although being hit by the ball will cause them to wake up.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかパックンフラワー
Deka Pakkun Furawā
Huge Piranha Plant
German Piranha Maxima Pseudo-Latin for "Maxi Piranha"

Trivia[edit]

  • Piranhacus Giganticus' name is given in binomial nomenclature, a scientific way of naming species, with the words 'piranha' and 'gigantic' altered to fit the Latin grammatical form.