Fire Piranha Plant

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Fire Piranha Plant
FirepiranhaNSMBU.png
Official artwork of a Fire Piranha Plant from New Super Mario Bros. U.
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Mario Kart Arcade GP VR (2017)
Parent Species Piranha Plant
Derived Species
Big Fire Piranha Plant
Fire Pakkun Zō
Shiny Fire Piranha Plant
Related Species
Elasto-Piranha
Fiery Walking Piranha
Fire Jumping Piranha
Ice Piranha Plant
Inky 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.

History[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

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

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

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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. There is also another variety of Venus Fire Traps that can spit two times in a row. Aside from the enemies, the king of Pipe Land was also transformed into a Venus Fire Trap by Ludwig von Koopa in the original NES version of the game.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

The bigger version of the Fire Piranha Plant, a Big 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 (or, in the case of the Huge part of Tiny-Huge Island, larger). They attack by appearing suddenly, then blasting a small fireball before disappearing. Like with normal Piranha Plants, they can be defeated by being punched. Larger versions called Piranha Flowers (later known as Big Fire Piranha Plants) also appear, which are approximately as large as Big Piranha Plants. They attack the same way and can be defeated with a single punch or by using a Super Mushroom (in the remake only).

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 Fire Piranha Plants 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. However, their appearances have changed. They are now brown with orange spots and slightly resemble Fiery Dino Piranha's colors. 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 Fire Piranha Plant 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 Odyssey[edit]

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Fire Piranha Plants will appear in Super Mario Odyssey, where they can be found in an area in the Metro Kingdom that can be entered through a manhole. Unlike in prior 3D games, they look the same as normal Piranha Plants, 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.[5]

DiC Cartoons[edit]

A Venus Fire Trap from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Venus Fire Traps made several appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Piranha Plants with fireball exhaling abilities similar to Venus Fire Traps also appeared in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! though 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.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

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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. This game is the only one in which they have spikes on their heads. 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.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

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

They 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, 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, mislabelled Piranha Plants[6], 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[7]) 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.[8] 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Paper Fire Piranha Plants attack in stacks, though they will occasionally split apart. When they are split apart, they can spit their fireballs into the air, where they combine, creating a larger fireball. The Paper Fire Piranha Plants will then blow the fireball into one of the bros. When they are in a stack, Paper Fire Piranha Plants can attack by coming out of the ground in front of the bros. If a Paper Fire Piranha Plant turns sideways in front of one of the bros., it will not attack. Unlike regular Fire Piranha Plants, jumping on a Paper Piranha Plant will damage the bros. Dashing into one with Dash Socks will not damage the bros., unlike other spiked enemies.

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
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
Card
Defense Weak None
Moves
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.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Enemy
Paper Fire Piranha Plant
MLPJPaperFirePiranhaPlant.png HP 46 POW 125 (114) Defense 138 (120) Type Spiny, Paper Item Drop Ultra Mushroom - 5%
Shiny Battle Card - 3%
Experience 96 (91) Coins 55 Speed 105 Weakness Fire Location(s) Twinsy Tropics
Level           21 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[9]
Faia Pakkun
Fire Piranha
Spanish (NOA) Piraña Escupefuego SpitFire Piranha
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Pirómana Pyromaniacal Piranha
French Plante Pyro-Piranha Pyro-Piranha Plant
German Venus-Feuerfalle Venus Firetrap
Italian Pianta Piranha falò
Piranha Falò
Fiore Piranha (Super Mario 64)
Bonfire Piranha Plant
Bonfire Piranha
Piranha Flower
Korean 파이어뻐끔플라워
Paieo Ppeokkeum Peullawo
Fire Pakkun Flower

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ GameXplain. (June 15, 2017). Super Mario Odyssey - Finding Captain Toad & Obtaining 9 Moons in New Donk City! (E3 2017). YouTube. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem Construction Zone
  8. ^ Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars - Overview Trailer (Japanese)
  9. ^ Japanese Paper Mario: Sticker Star gameplay