Frost Piranha

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Frost Piranha
Screenshot of a Frost Piranha
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Variant of Piranha Plant

Frost Piranhas (also known as Ice Piranha Plants)[1] are a type of Piranha Plant with a freezing bite and icy breath, generally found in similarly cold climates. They first appear in the Paper Mario series and later reappear in the Super Mario series.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Frost Piranhas first appear in Paper Mario. They are visually blue recolors of the game's Putrid Piranhas, and as such are larger than normal Piranha Plants and face the side, allowing them to be jumped on. Like all normal enemy Piranha Plants in the game, they burrow underground and spout up to attack. Mario first encounters Frost Piranhas while on his way to Starborn Valley. Along with being exceptionally strong, they have the ability to shoot icy blasts of breath that can freeze Mario and his allies (although the blasts themselves will not hurt them). Frost Piranhas are later encountered on Shiver Mountain, where they are less abundant.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Frost Piranhas reappear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where they, like Putrid Piranhas, are now depicted as Pale Piranha recolors and as such are now normal-sized and upward-facing, preventing jump attacks against them. They can be found on the way to Fahr Outpost and are slightly stronger than previously. They no longer have their icy breath attack, but their bites can freeze Mario or his partners if not guarded against.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Frost Piranhas return in Super Paper Mario, where they are found in The Underwhere. This time their stalk is green like normal Piranha Plants instead of blue, and they are only found popping out of Warp Pipes. They can attack by breathing an ice gust. Frost Piranhas sometimes drop an Ice Storm if defeated.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Frost Piranha
A Frost Piranha on a rock (upside down)

Frost Piranhas[2] appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and their Nintendo Switch port, making them the first Paper Mario enemy to cross into the New Super Mario Bros. games. They look and act similarly to Fire Piranha Plants, but shoot ice balls, which are capable of freezing playable characters as well as other enemies, similarly to Ice Bros. Additionally, Yoshi can eat their ice balls and spit them at other enemies. In New Super Mario Bros. U, Frost Piranhas inhabit the world of Rock-Candy Mines, where three of them appear in the level Fuzzy Clifftop, with two in a Warp Pipe and one on the ceiling, and in New Super Luigi U, Frost Piranhas appear in Broozers and Barrels.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Frost Piranha is mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Frost Piranha
Battle idle animation of a Frost Piranha from Paper Mario Max HP 10 Attack 4 Defense 0
Role Common Type Ground Level 22
Strong Ice Weak Fire (+2), Egg Missile (+2) Moves Bite (4), Icy Breath (Freeze - Good, 2)
Sleep? 95%, 1 Dizzy? 50%, 0 Shock? 90%, 0
Shrink? 75%, 0 Stop? 85%, 0 Fright? 20%
Air Lift? 20% Hurricane? 20% Coins 1 + 1-4
Items Fire Flower Run 18 Location(s) Shiver Snowfield, Shiver Mountain
Tattle This is a Frost Piranha. Frost Piranhas are frozen Piranha Plants. Max HP: 10, Attack Power: 4, Defense Power: 0 They'll try to freeze you with their icy breath. You'll be at their mercy if they freeze you, so you'd better try to immobilize them right away. Ice attacks won't work--they love ice! Fire attacks, though...

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Frost Piranha
Frost Piranha Max HP 10 Attack 5 Defense 0
Location(s) Fahr Outpost, Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 62, 64, 67) Role Common Level 26
Sleep? 100% Dizzy? 40% Confuse? 80%
Tiny? 85% Stop? 70% Soft? 85%
Burn? 100% Freeze? 0% Fright? 10%
Gale Force? 40% KO? 95% Moves Jaw Clamp (5, Frozen)
Exp. points 0 Coins 1 - 4 Items Dried Shroom (drop only), Fire Flower (drop only), Maple Syrup (drop only), Mushroom (drop only), POW Block (drop only), Volt Shroom (drop only)
Tattle Log #:
Log A Piranha Plant with ice powers that's weak against fire. Its biting attack sometimes freezes you.
Tattle That's a Frost Piranha. It's a cool customer with strong ice powers. Max HP is 10, Attack is 5 and Defense is 0. Its biting attack sometimes freezes us, so try to immobilize it first. It's weak against fire attacks, too, so use them as well.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario enemy
Frost Piranha
Sprite of a Frost Piranha from Super Paper Mario. Max HP 7 Role Common Location(s) The Underwhere (7-1)
Attack 3 Card type Common
Defense 0 Items Ice Storm Card location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Score 700
Card description Someone left this flower out in the winter cold. On the plus side, it can cool beverages in a hurry.
  List of Catch Cards  
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Tattle This frigid Frost Piranha has subzero breath... Max HP is 7 and Attack is 3. If you get breathed on, you'll be frozen for a bit... Originally hailing from a cold climate, this plant struck out in search of new prey... This plant loves ice cream, but hates hot-fudge sundaes.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アイスパックン[3]
Aisu Pakkun
Ice Piranha

Chinese (simplified) 冰冻食人花 (Paper Mario)
Bīngdòng Shírénhuā
冰冻吞食花 (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Bīngdòng Tūnshíhuā
Frost Piranha Plant


Dutch Frost Piranha
French Piranha gelée
Gelid Piranha
German Frost-Piranha
Italian Piranha gelida (Paper Mario series)
Ghiaccio Piranha[4] (New Super Mario Bros. U)
Gelid piranha
Ice Piranha
Korean 아이스뻐끔플라워
Aiseu Ppeokkeum Peullawo
Ice Piranha Plant

Russian морозное растение-пиранья
moroznoe rastenie-piran'ya
Frosty Piranha Plant

Spanish Piraña Hielo
Ice Piranha


  1. ^ Stratton, Steve. (2012). New Super Mario Bros. U Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. ISBN 978-0307896902. Page 147.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U entry on the official Mario Portal. (English). Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:41:11 UTC via
  3. ^ (2015). Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. U section. Shogakukan (Japanese).
  4. ^ (2018). Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 978-8893674362. Page 208.