Big Venus Fire Trap
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Big Venus Fire Traps (previously known as Piranha Flowers) are enemies first appearing in Super Mario 64. They are Fire Piranha Plants with one big difference: Big Venus Fire Traps have bloomed to an enlarged state, and their fireballs are often comparatively larger as well.
In Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS, they are the target of the first mission of Tiny-Huge Island: Pluck the Piranha Flower. Five of them appear in this mission. Like regular Fire Piranha Plants in this game, 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 punched to obtain a Power Star. In Super Mario 64 DS, another way to deal with them is by using a Super Mushroom hidden in one of the three wooden pegs in the same area. Once defeated, they shrink like a normal sized Piranha Plant before leaving Mario with two coins.
In subsequent appearances, they can be defeated by shooting three fireballs at them or by using a Super Star. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, only two are found in World 2-3. One reappears in New Super Mario Bros. 2, in World 5-6. Rather than shooting large fireballs, they shoot out normal-sized ones like their smaller counterparts.
They 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.
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