Fiery Walking Piranha

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Fiery Walking Piranha
Fire Nipper Plant.png
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013)
Parent species Nipper Plant
Fire Piranha Plant

Fiery Walking Piranhas[1], also known as "Walking Ptooies"[2], are rare fire-breathing versions of Nipper Plants.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 3, only one appears in the entire game, near the end of World 7-8. Once it spots Mario it will attack him by spitting fireballs similar to Venus Fire Traps, though a Fiery Walking Piranha can shoot up to four fireballs at once.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Fiery Walking Piranhas appear as background enemies in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. However, they are referred to as "Nipper Plants"[citation needed]. In battle, a Piranha Plant may spit out Nipper Spores into the background, each one instantly becoming a Fiery Walking Piranha. Once created, they shoot fireballs at Mario and Luigi individually, which they must deflect with his hammer to avoid taking damage and to also randomly hit the Piranha Plants in the process.

Occasionally, a Piranha Plant will spit a fireball towards the Fiery Walking Piranhas, who will bounce the fireball about until each Fiery Walking Piranha has touched the fireball at some point, where the last Fiery Walking Piranha to touch it sends the fireball towards Mario, who must hammer it back at the Piranha Plant who created it to counter-attack and avoid taking damage. The Fiery Walking Piranhas are defeated when the Piranha Plant that spawned them is defeated.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Enemy
Fiery Walking Piranha
M&LDT Nipper Plant.png HP 1 Power 106 Defense 1 Speed 54
Level 21 No Hitter Weakness None Location(s) Dreamy Driftwood Shore
World Dream Experience 0 (0) Coins 10 (100%) Item Drop None (0%)
None (0%)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Fiery Walking Piranhas are mentioned briefly by Viridi in the Japanese Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant. They are not mentioned at all in the English version; however, when set to Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese or Korean, its name is subtitled as Fire Nipper Plant in English.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアプチパックン[3]
Faia Puchi Pakkun
Fire Nipper Plant
Spanish (NOE) Blantita[citation needed] Nipper Plant (Mario & Luigi: Dream Team)
Russian Грызоцвет
Nipper flower (same as Nipper Plant)


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 71.
  2. ^ "The rarest enemy that you'll come across in any Super Mario game is the Walking Ptooie. This odd plant only appears once in World 7-8 of Super Mario Bros. 3. The second rarest enemy is the Yellow Koopa Troopa. You'll find three of them in Super Mario World." - Mario Mania, pg. 168.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section, page 37.