Big Fire Piranha

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Big Fire Piranha
A Big Venus Fire Trap in New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Artwork of a Big Venus Fire Trap for New Super Mario Bros. 2
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Variant of Fire Piranha Plant
Big Piranha Plant

Big Fire Piranhas, also known as Big Venus Fire Traps[1] and Big Fire Piranha Plans,[sic][2] are enemies first appearing in Super Mario 64. They are larger Fire Piranha Plants; their fireballs are often comparatively larger as well.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Piranha Flower in Super Mario 64

In Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS, Big Fire Piranhas are known as Piranha Flowers[3][4] and are the target of the first mission of Tiny-Huge Island: Pluck the Piranha Flower. Five of them appear in this mission as a group boss. Like Small Piranhas, 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 attacked to obtain a Power Star. In Super Mario 64 DS, another way to deal with them is by using a mushroom hidden in one of the three wooden stumps in the same area, as a giant character will instantly defeat the enemies upon touch. Once defeated, they shrink like a normal-sized Piranha Plant before leaving the player with two coins (or, if defeated with a mushroom, three coins).

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, only two Piranha Flowers are found, in World 2-3. From this game forward, they can be defeated by shooting three fireballs at them or by using a Star.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

One Big Venus Fire Trap reappears in New Super Mario Bros. 2, in World 5-6. Rather than shooting large fireballs, Big Venus Fire Traps shoot out normal-sized ones like their smaller counterparts.

New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Light-Up-Lift Tower from New Super Luigi U.
A Big Venus Fire Trap in Light-Up-Lift Tower in New Super Luigi U

After an absence in New Super Mario Bros. U, Big Venus Fire Traps reappear in New Super Luigi U in Piranhas in the Dark, Slippery Rope Ladders, Light-Up-Lift Tower, and Rising Piranhas. They reappear in the New Super Luigi U levels in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Big Venus Fire Traps can appear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS if the player enlarges a Fire Piranha Plant with a Super Mushroom. It is the first game where Big Venus Fire Traps can appear in Warp Pipes.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Big Fire Piranhas return in Super Mario Maker 2, acting as they did before. In the Super Mario 3D World style, they have the same Super Mario 3D Land appearance as their smaller counterparts and can be safely stomped on.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Screenshot of a Big Fire Piranha from Super Mario Bros. Wonder
A Big Fire Piranha in Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Big Fire Piranhas reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, first appearing in Upshroom Downshroom and appearing as uncommon enemies throughout the game. Like in Super Mario Maker 2's 3D World style, they use the Fire Piranha Plant's 3D Land appearance and act the same as in previous 2D appearances, though they spit multiple fireballs at once just like their smaller relatives.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Big Fire Piranhas also appear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and its remake, where they were raised by Fawful and temporarily prevent Bowser from passing in Peach's Castle. Mario and Luigi must go to the Chest Station within Bowser's body and spring Bowser into the Big Fire Piranhas several times to defeat them. Getting hit by fireballs or any Piranha Plants and Chain Chomps along the way will cause Bowser to lose 10 coins.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

While Big Fire Piranhas do not appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant. Unlike most other variations generally mentioned in order of appearance, they are listed amongst New Super Mario Bros. Wii debuts. Big Piranhas, Nipper Spores, Small Piranhas, and Fire Stalking Piranhas are similarly listed out of order.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかファイアパックン[5]
Deka Faia Pakkun
Big Fire Piranha

Chinese 大火焰吞食花
Dà Huǒyàn Tūnshíhuā
Big Fire Piranha Plant

Dutch Reuze-Fire Piranha
Giant Fire Piranha
French (NOA) Pyro Piranha géante
Giant Pyro Piranha
French (NOE) Maxi-Pyro Piranha
Maxi-Pyro Piranha
German Pyro-Piranha Maxima
Pseudo-Latin for "Maxi-Pyro Piranha"
Giant Fire Piranha Plant
Italian Pianta Piranha falò gigante
Gigantic Bonfire Piranha Plant
Korean 점보파이어뻐끔
Jeombo Paieo Ppeokkeum
Jumbo Fire Piranha

Russian огромное огненное растение-пиранья
ogromnoe ognennoe rastenie-piran'ya
Huge Fire Piranha Plant

Spanish Grande Piraña Pirómana
Grand Pyromaniacal Piranha


  • Big Venus Fire Traps were meant to appear in the original New Super Mario Bros. and appear fully-functioning in the game's coding, but they were not implemented in the final game.[6]


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick (2012). New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-307-89552-3. Page 23.
  2. ^ English Super Mario 64 entry on the official Mario Portal. (English). Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:38:23 UTC via
  3. ^ Pelland, Scott and Dan Owsen (1996). Super Mario 64 Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 108.
  4. ^ Five Piranha Flowers - (Course 13). Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (American English). Archived June 10, 1998, 05:12:38 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  5. ^ October 19, 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 86, 145 and 195.
  6. ^ New Super Mario Bros.. The Cutting Room Floor (English). Retrieved June 5, 2024.