Fire Piranha Plant

From the Super Mario Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Ads keep the MarioWiki independent and free :)
Fire Piranha Plant
Official artwork of a Fire Piranha Plant from New Super Mario Bros. U.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance WarioWare Gold (2018)
Parent species Piranha Plant
Derived species
Big Venus Fire Trap
Fiery Walking Piranha
Fire Pakkun Zō
Fire P-Pakkun
Fire Stalking Piranha Plant
Lava Bud
Paper Fire Piranha Plant
Petit Piranha
Related species
Glad Piranha Plant
Ice Piranha Plant
Notable members
Fiery Dino Piranha
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]

Artwork of a Fire Piranha Plant, from Super Mario Bros. 3.

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 consists of hiding in Warp Pipes, much like regular Piranha Plants, and, when Mario approaches, rising from the pipe and spitting an unstoppable fireball in his direction. Like regular Piranha Plants, they can only be defeated with power-ups, and depending on how tall they are, appear in red or green. In some levels, Venus Fire Traps can spit two times in a row, and some inhabit quicksand instead of pipes. Aside from the enemies, the king of Pipe Land was also transformed into an orange-headed Venus Fire Trap with a small pipe by Ludwig von Koopa in the original NES version of the game.

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. Unique to this game, they appear to have spikes on their heads, but only in the in-game sprites; this may be to justify Mario's inability to jump on them despite them not biting upwards. Fire Piranha Plant statues appear in Mario's castle; like their living counterparts, they spit fireballs, although they also come in comparatively big and small sizes, and are limited to shooting their much larger fireballs straight forwards.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Fire Piranha Plant from Super Mario 64.

They also appear rarely in Super Mario 64 and its remake in Tiny-Huge Island and Bowser in the Sky, where they are drastically smaller than their previous appearances in comparison to regular Piranha Plants. They attack by quickly sprouting from the ground with a harsh hissing noise, then blasting a small fireball before disappearing. Like with normal Piranha Plants, they can be defeated by being punched, which grants a single coin. Larger versions appear in a specific section of the huge side of the island, and are the focus of the island's first mission, Pluck the Piranha Flower. They attack the same way and can be defeated with a single punch; in the remake, touching them after collecting a Super Mushroom will also destroy them instantly. Defeating this version grants three coins each.

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, they behave the same as in New Super Mario Bros. and can be defeated in the same way as last time; however, they can now be frozen via Penguin Suit or Ice Flower. They first appear in World 1-3. Fire Piranha Plants can also be helpful to the player because they can be found in dark caves where there are no Light Blocks. 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, which can be used to defeat enemies, 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 spits a fireball and briefly retreats into the pipe; if it has no pipe, it spits a fireball then chomps in the air for a few seconds 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, with a slight change in appearance. They are now brown with orange spots, likely so they can be differentiated from regular Piranha Plants from afar, as they share the same stance in this game. 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, but when it is defeated Coins emerge from the Warp Pipe, like a normal Piranha Plant.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants in New Super Mario Bros. U

Fire Piranha Plants also reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U along with their ice counterparts. They mostly retain their behavior and appearance from their previous New Super Mario Bros. series appearances, except that they always face up while not spitting fireballs.

Their fireballs can also melt Ice Blocks.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants return in Super Mario 3D World. In this game they retain their appearance from Super Mario 3D Land.

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

Fire Piranha Plants reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, 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.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A Fire Piranha Plant after being captured by Mario.

Fire Piranha Plants appear in Super Mario Odyssey, where they can be found in the Lost Kingdom, the Luncheon Kingdom, and the Metro Kingdom. Unlike in prior 3D games, they look the same as normal Piranha Plants (which do not appear in this game), and when they are about to spit a fireball, their heads glow orange. Cappy will become trapped in a Fire Piranha Plant's mouth if Mario throws him at one, stopping it from spitting fireballs. If a rock is thrown at a Fire Piranha Plant, it will similarly hold it in its mouth, allowing Mario to capture the enemy and use it to shoot fireballs. Throwing Cappy at a fireball that a Fire Piranha Plant spits causes it to be knocked in a different direction.

DiC Cartoons[edit]

A Venus Fire Trap from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode, "Tag Team Trouble"

Venus Fire Traps make several appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Piranha Plants with fireball exhaling abilities predating Venus Fire Traps also appear in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, though though they are 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.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

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

Fire Piranha Plants, simply known as Piranha Plants[5], 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 (merely called a "ball"[6]), keeping their mouths open until they get their fireball back. They are invincible in this game. Two may swallow each other's fireballs, as if they were playing catch.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again![edit]

Fire Piranha Plants, again known as Piranha Plants[7], reappear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem![edit]

Fire Piranha Plants, now known as Piranha with Fire[8], appear alongside normal Piranha Plants in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants appear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, behaving as in previous titles.[9] This time, they are labelled under their current name in the Construction Zone.

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. They reprise this role in WarioWare Gold. They also may appear in 9-Volt’s Super Mario Maker microgame if the player is instructed to shake a Piranha Plant.

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 / Mario Kart Arcade GP VR[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, with the English version also implying its connection with them with Goombario and Koopa Koot referring to Lava Piranha in a context that indicated there was more than one.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants 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.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants return in Paper Mario: Color Splash. They can be found in Redpepper Crater and shoot fireballs at Mario even outside battle, which produce an 8HP damage.

Another one is found in Plum Park inside a bucket, and has to be First Strike-attacked with a hammer in order to not get damaged. The Fire Piranha Plant in Plum Park does not shoot fireballs outside of battle.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

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. Fire Piranha Plants can attack by spitting fireballs at the bros. They can either spit two small fireballs, which target Mario and Luigi, or a large fireball, which targets Paper Mario. The fireballs occasionally cause the burn status ailment. Fire Piranha Plants can also attack by stretching their head backwards, causing it to be pulled forwards quickly into one of the bros., which can be countered with a hammer.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants appear in Mario Tennis Aces, in the mission Rapid Fire in Adventure Mode . Mario must defeat 30 Fire Piranha Plants within 180 seconds. They spit fireballs, which must be hit back at them to defeat them. As more Fire Piranha Plants are defeated, they begin spitting purple fireballs, which are faster and must be blocked. They are red with white spots when spitting fireball and they use their coloration from Super Mario 3D Land when they are about to spit purple fireballs. The Super Mario 3D Land version of the Fire Piranha Plant also appear in Piranha Plant Forest as stage hazards which they spit a tennis ball with a purple trail, as if the Zone Shot was performed.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Enemy
Fire Piranha Plant
Piranha Plant PMSS.png Max HP 25 Location(s) Rugged Road, Rumble Volcano, Bowser's Sky Castle
Attack 10 Moves Fireball (6), Fire Gas (10)
Defense 0 Stickers N/A
Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy
Fire Piranha Plant
PMCS Fire Piranha Plant.png HP 64 Type Spiny 3
PMCS Fire Piranha Plant Card.png
Attack 12 Strong None
Defense Weak None
Location(s) Plum Park, Redpepper Crater
Quotes N/A
Dropped Items
Hammer Scraps 20 Red Paint 35 Yellow Paint 35 Blue Paint 0 Orange Paint 0 Green Paint 35 Purple Paint 0 Coins

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Fire Piranha Plant
FirePiranhaPlantPaperJam.gif HP 104 POW 90 (82) Defense 108 (94) Type Normal Item Drop Super Mushroom - 5%
Flame Hammer - 3%
Experience 60 (55) Coins 40 Speed 58 Weakness Fire Location(s) Gloomy Woods
Level           15 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアパックン[10]
Faia Pakkun
Fire Piranha
Spanish (NOA) Piraña pirómana (Super Mario Odyssey)
Piraña Escupefuego
Pyromaniacal piranha
SpitFire Piranha
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Pirómana Pyromaniacal Piranha
French Pyro Piranha
Plante Pyro-Piranha
Pyro Piranha
Pyro-Piranha Plant
Dutch Fire Piranha Plant -
German Feuer-Piranha-Pflanze
Fire Piranha Plant
Venus Firetrap
Italian Pianta Piranha falò
Piranha Falò
Fiore Piranha (Super Mario 64)
Bonfire Piranha Plant
Bonfire Piranha
Piranha Flower
Russian Огненное растение-пиранья
Ognennoye rasteniye-piran'ya
Fire Piranha Plant
Korean 파이어뻐끔플라워
Paieo Ppeokkeum Peullawo
Fire Piranha Plant
Chinese 火焰吞食花 (Simplified)
Huǒyàn Tūnshí Huā
火焰食人花 (Traditional)
Huǒyàn Shí Rén Huā
Flame Piranha Plant



  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 2: March of the Minis object graphics filename (data/data/anims/pirahnaplant1_anim.bin[sic])
  6. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis object graphics filename (data/data/anims/pirahnaplant1_Ball_anim.bin[sic])
  7. ^ Piranha Plant – Piranha Plants shoot fireballs in the direction they are facing. Be careful or Mini Mario might get burned! Piranha Plants cannot be hurt by the hammer. - Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! help.
  8. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem Construction Zone
  9. ^ Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars - Overview Trailer (Japanese)
  10. ^ Japanese Paper Mario: Sticker Star gameplay