Fire Piranha Plant

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Fire Piranha Plant
A Fire Piranha Plant.
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015)
Parent Species Piranha Plant
Derived Species
Big Venus Fire Trap
Shiny Fire Piranha Plant
Related Species
Fire Jumping Piranha
Fire Nipper Plant
Ice Piranha Plant
Inky Piranha Plant
Notable Members
Lava Piranha
Mama Fireplant

A Fire Piranha Plant[1][2] (also called a Fire Piranha[3] or Venus Fire Trap[4]) is a variety of Piranha Plant that can shoot fireballs, and some have the ability to fire three at a time. They come in either green or red varieties. Its other name, Venus Fire Trap, is a play on the name of a real life carnivorous plant, the Venus flytrap. The Ice Piranha Plant is the polar opposite of the Fire Piranha Plant.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]


In their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, Venus Fire Traps appear as common enemies in most worlds. Their attack pattern basically consist of them hiding in Warp Pipes, much like regular Piranha Plants, and when Mario approaches they would rise from their hiding place and spit an unstoppable fireball in his direction. The only way to defeat them is by using one of the many power-ups available in the game. There is also another variety of Venus Fire Traps that can spit two times in a row.

Super Mario 64[edit]

The bigger version of the Fire Piranha Plant, a Big Venus Fire Trap from Super Mario 64.

They also appear rarely in Super Mario 64 in Tiny-Huge Island and Bowser in the Sky, where they are drastically smaller than their previous appearances (or, in the case of the Huge part of Tiny-Huge Island, larger). They attack by appearing suddenly, then blasting a small fireball before disappearing. Like with normal Piranha Plants, they can be defeated by punching them. Larger versions called Piranha Flowers (later known as Big Venus Fire Traps) appeared, where they were approximately as large as Big Piranha Plants. They attack the same way and can be defeated with a single punch or by using a super mushroom in the remake.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros., Fire Piranha Plants appear as uncommon enemies, and the only grounded Fire Piranha Plant appears at World 2-6 blocking a Star Coin, but they reappear in pipes at World 3-B, World 5 Castle, and World 6-3. They attack and behave in the same way as in Super Mario Bros. 3. They can be defeated with a Fire Flower, Starman, Shell Dash, or by Mega Mario or Luigi.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Two Fire Piranha Plants from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Super Venus Fly Trap.png

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, their behavior is the same as in New Super Mario Bros. and can be defeated in the same way as last time; however, they can also be frozen via Penguin Suit or Ice Flower. They first appeared in 1-3. Fire Piranha Plants can also be helpful to Mario and the others. They can be found in dark caves where there are no Light Blocks. However, the fire these enemies spit can light up a small amount of the room, often revealing secret pipes and pits. Yoshi can swallow the fireball or the Fire Piranha Plant itself to be able to spit a fireball out, although this fireball can still hurt other players. Big Venus Fire Traps also reappear in this game; they are the same size as Big Piranha Plants and take three fireballs to destroy. The fireballs they spit are also larger. Just as before, if a Fire Piranha Plant is in a pipe, it'll spit its fireball and briefly retreat in the pipe; if it has no pipe, it'll spit its fireball then chomp in the air for a bit before doing it again.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A Fire Piranha Plant from Super Mario 3D Land.

Fire Piranha Plants appear in Super Mario 3D Land. However, their appearances have changed: they are now brown with orange spots and they slightly resemble Fiery Dino Piranha's colors. Some leave behind a Fire Flower when they are defeated by Mario.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. They reuse their appearance from the previous New Super Mario Bros. games, with red and white spots. Big Venus Fire Traps also appear in the game. In World 6-2, using a Gold Ring inside a bonus room turns the Fire Piranha Plant into a golden Fire Piranha Plant; it acts the same as a normal one, and when they are defeated Coins emerge from the Warp Pipe, like a normal Piranha Plant.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

See also: Ice Piranha Plant

Fire Piranha Plants also reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. They mostly behave and look in line in their previous New Super Mario Bros. series appearances, except that Fire Piranha Plants are always facing up while not spitting fireballs.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants return in Super Mario 3D World. This game retains their appearance from Super Mario 3D Land.

DiC Cartoons[edit]

A Venus Fire Trap from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Venus Fire Traps made several appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Piranha Plants with fireball exhaling abilities similar to Venus Fire Traps also appeared in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! though referred to as a Magic Piranha Plant. In the Super Mario World television series episode "Fire Sale", Kootie Pie kidnaps Mama Fireplant, a Venus Fire Trap from Dome City, and takes her to her ice castle to warm it up.

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

In the Nintendo Comics System story "The Fish That Should've Gotten Away", a giant green Fire Piranha Plant appears among the large group of monsters attacking and chasing Mario.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]


In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Fire Piranha Plants once again appear as common enemies and have the same attack pattern as in Super Mario Bros. 3. This game is the only one in which they have spikes on their heads.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants also appeared in Mario vs. Donkey Kong, in the worlds Donkey Kong Jungle and Mystic Forest. They look similar to the Piranha Plants' look in Super Mario Sunshine, but have no leaves. They usually appear when Mario is climbing a vine or a ladder, spitting fire at him has he walks by. They are invincible, and don't have teeth.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

They are common enemies in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. They aren't seen commonly in tubes, usually only in the boss fight of Pipe Works. They use their fire breathing ability, and have only one fireball, keeping their mouths open until they get their fireball back. They are invincible in this game. Two may eat each others fireballs, as if they were playing catch.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants appear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Here they have one fireball that they spit at the ground before it bounces back into their mouth.[5]

WarioWare series[edit]

In WarioWare: Twisted!, Fire Piranha Plants with their Super Mario Bros. 3 sprites appear in the microgame Super Mario Bros. 3-Lift, as one of the enemies who try to attack the player.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

In the track Mario Circuit there are two Fire Piranha Plants in Warp Pipes that spit fireballs at the racers.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

A few Fire Piranha Plants appear at the starting line on one of the courses, spitting fireballs into the air. However, they do not affect gameplay.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

While Fire Piranha Plants do not appear as normal enemies in the original Paper Mario, a big unique one called Lava Piranha appears as the boss of Mt. Lavalava. It shares the same name as a regular Fire Piranha Plant in the Japanese version.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Sticker Star Enemy
Fire Piranha
Location(s) Rugged Road, Rumble Volcano
Max HP 25
Attack 10
Moves Fireball (6), Fire Gas (10)

Fire Piranha Plant enemies make their Paper Mario series debut in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. They appear in Rugged Road and Rumble Volcano. They look like regular Piranha Plants, but will eventually start spitting fireballs at Mario as he nears them. If any of these fireballs touch Mario, he loses 5 HP. In battle, Fire Piranha Plants can either spew a fiery gas towards Mario or spit out a fireball at him. Their name was shortened to Fire Piranha in the North American version, but the European release uses its full name.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Paper Jam Enemy
Fire Piranha Plant
Location(s) Gloomy Woods
Level 15
HP 104
Power 90
Defense 108
Speed 58
Experience 60
Coins 40
Item Drop
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Easy Mode of the game.
Paper Jam Enemy
Paper Fire Piranha Plant
Location(s) Twinsy Tropics
Level 21
HP 46 (per copy)
Power 125
Defense 138
Speed 105
Experience 96
Coins 55
Item Drop Ultra Mushroom
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Easy Mode of the game.

Fire Piranha Plants also appear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, where they are found in Gloomy Woods. Their paper variants later appear in Twinsy Tropics.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants reappear in Super Mario Maker, appearing when the player shakes a Piranha Plant or a Jumping Piranha Plant, depending on which style. Despite never appearing in Super Mario Bros., they are given a new sprite based on the standard Piranha Plant's sprite in that style.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアパックン[6]
Faia Pakkun
Fire Piranha
Spanish (NOA) Piraña Escupefuego SpitFire Piranha
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Pirómana Pyromaniacal Piranha
French Plante Pyro-Piranha Pyro-Piranha Plant
German Venus-Feuerfalle Venus Firetrap
Italian Pianta Piranha falò
Piranha Falò
Fiore Piranha (Super Mario 64)
Bonfire Piranha Plant
Bonfire Piranha
Piranha Flower
Korean 파이어뻐끔플라워
Paieo Ppeokkeum Peullawo
Fire Pakkun Flower



  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U, Acorn Plains-3 1-Ups (Advanced) Bonus Video
  2. ^ European Paper Mario: Sticker Star in-game
  3. ^ American Paper Mario: Sticker Star in-game
  4. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 8.
  5. ^ Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars - Overview Trailer (Japanese)
  6. ^ Japanese Paper Mario: Sticker Star gameplay