Big Piranha Plant

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Big Piranha Plant
Big Piranha Plant SM3DW Prima.jpg
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Parent species Piranha Plant
Derived species
Big Bone Piranha Plant
Big Poison Piranha Plant
Big Venus Fire Trap
Gold Big Piranha Plant
Piranha Creeper
Pit Plant
Polluted Piranha
Prickly Piranha Plant
Notable members
Big Bungee Piranha

A Big Piranha Plant[1] (also known as Piranhacus Giganticus[2], Giant Piranha Plant[3] or Super Piranha Plant[4][5]) is a gigantic variety of Piranha Plant.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Piranhacus Giganticus from Super Mario Bros. 3.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, they only appear in Giant Land. Although they are huge, a single fireball will destroy them, and they are mostly the same as any other typical Piranha Plant, other than presenting a larger target and obstacle; however, they will pop out even if Mario is next to their pipes, like the red normal-sized Piranha Plants in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. They also appear in larger pipes than other Piranha Plants. Most of them are red, except for the ones in World 4-6, which are green (in the NES version only).

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Super Piranha Plants are found in the game New Super Mario Bros. Unlike their previous appearance, Super Piranha Plants are never seen in pipes due to their size. Fire Mario must shoot three fireballs at one to destroy them. When defeated, they give up eight coins instead of the usual one coin.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Super Piranha Plant in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Piranha Plants function the same as before. Upon defeat, they now give up three coins instead of eight. A similar enemy, the Big Venus Fire Trap, also makes its debut in a sidescroller.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario finding a Big Piranha Plant and two Big Paragoombas in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Big Piranha Plants[6] appear alongside Big Goombas, Big Paragoombas, and Big Koopa Troopas in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where they appear in the Supermassive Galaxy. They are shown in giant pipes similar to how they appear in Super Mario Bros. 3, only much 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. 2[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Big Piranha Plants are among the enemies that are affected by the Gold Ring. When defeated, the location they once stood upon spouts coins. They once again exclusively appear outside pipes, just like in New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

A lone Big Piranha Plant in New Super Mario Bros. U.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, Big Piranha Plants are seen in numerous stages, such as Rise of the Piranha Plants. One Big Piranha Plant is also featured in the Boost Rush level Piranha Plant Hideaway. A shortcut for this level is to have the player utilizing the Wii U GamePad rapidly tap on the Big Piranha Plant, creating room for the player to jump over its head, reaching the Goal Ring. Notably, Jungle of the Giants is the only level to feature the classic pipe-dwelling Big Piranha Plants, making this the first game to show them alongside the newer grounded variant.

New Super Luigi U[edit]

Luigi encountering the Big Piranha Plants of Soda Jungle.

Both forms of the Big Piranha Plant reappear in New Super Luigi U. Piranhas in the Dark introduces upside-down versions in dirt, and Giant Swing-Along introduces upside-down versions in pipes.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Big Piranha Plant in Super Mario 3D World

Big Piranha Plants appear in Super Mario 3D World. Like normal-sized Piranha Plants in modern 3D games, these can be stomped to be defeated, but two stomps are required to do so. This is the second appearance of Big Piranha Plants in a 3D Mario game.[7]

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

Big Piranha Plants reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. The player can enlarge a normal Piranha Plant with a Super Mushroom, and it will transform into its larger variant.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

While regular Big Piranha Plants do not appear in Super Mario Odyssey, Big Poison Piranha Plants can be found in the Wooded Kingdom, the Metro Kingdom, and the Dark Side.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Big Piranha Plants appear as obstacles in Mario Golf: World Tour. This is the first appearance of Big Piranha Plants in a Mario Golf game.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Exclusively in the Wii U version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, one Big Piranha Plant reappears in the bonus level, Shadow-Play Alley.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大パックンフラワー[8]
Kyodai Pakkun Furawā
Dai Pakkun Flowā
Deka Pakkun Furawā
Giant Pakkun Flower

Big Pakkun Flower

Big Pakkun Flower
Spanish Gran Planta Piraña[citation needed] Big Piranha Plant
German Piranha Maxima[citation needed] Pseudo-Latin for "Maxi Piranha"
Italian Pianta Piranha gigante[1] Giant Piranha Plant


  • The "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, itself a practice known as Dog Latin.


  1. ^ a b New Super Mario Bros. U, Stingy Big Piranha Plants and Cloud-Top Coin Evasion Bonus Videos
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 8.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 37.
  4. ^ Loe, Casey. New Super Mario Bros. Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 13.
  5. ^ Bueno, Fernando. New Super Mario Bros. Wii PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 14.
  6. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (PackunFlowerBig)
  7. ^ Super Mario 3D Land - Cat Suit Luigi Gameplay
  8. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section, page 36.
  9. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. section, page 114.
  10. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, pages 145, 160, 195, 210, 226.