Inky Piranha Plant

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Inky Piranha Plant
Artwork of an Inky Piranha Plant from Super Mario 3D Land
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (Bangkok Tour, 2022)
Variant of Piranha Plant

Inky Piranha Plants are ink-spitting variants of Piranha Plants that first appear in Super Mario 3D Land. They resemble normal Piranha Plants, but they are black instead of red and can spit ink to cover the player's screen, similar to a Blooper in the Mario Kart series.


Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

An Inky Piranha Plant spits ink onto the screen

Inky Piranha Plants appear mainly in the underground levels. They spit ink out of their mouths to cover the screen. If the player blows into the microphone, though, the ink will be blown off, removing it from the screen. They can be defeated by any attack method, just like a normal Piranha Plant.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Inky Piranha Plants in the Mario Tennis Open minigame Ink Showdown

Inky Piranha Plants appear in Mario Tennis Open. In Ink Showdown, a revamped version of the Piranha Challenge from Mario Tennis, they shoot tennis balls to the player, as well as ink blobs that will block their screen making it harder to see.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Dream Team enemy
Inky Piranha Plant
Inky Piranha Plant, from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
Location(s) Neo Bowser Castle
Role Common
Position Background
Level 30
HP 3
Power 1
Defense 190
Speed 125
Weakness None
Experience 100 (120)
Coins 80 (100%)
Item drop None (0%)
None (0%)
No Hitter
World Real

Inky Piranha Plants appear as background enemies in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Inky Piranha Plants do not appear in the field due to their nature of a background enemy, and only randomly appear during battles against Fire Bros and/or Flaming Antasmatons in the later segments of Neo Bowser Castle.

In battle, Inky Piranha Plants will spit ink at the screen, just as in Super Mario 3D Land, making it difficult to see and avoid enemy attacks. Unlike most background enemies, it cannot be brought into the foreground whatsoever, and the use of a single Taunt Ball will simply knock it unconscious, rendering it unable to shoot ink for several turns. Once again, unlike most other background enemies who are defeated through use of a Taunt Ball, Inky Piranha Plants can be defeated if a total of three Taunt Balls are thrown at one by either Bro.

After an Inky Piranha Plant spits ink on the screen, it can be cleared off quickly by blowing into the 3DS microphone.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Inky Piranha Plants (just called Inky Piranhas) are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

An Inky Piranha Plant in Bangkok Rush from Mario Kart Tour
An Inky Piranha Plant on Bangkok Rush in Mario Kart Tour

Inky Piranha Plants make their Mario Kart series debut in Mario Kart Tour as obstacles in Bangkok Rush and Madrid Drive 3R/T. In the latter course, they also appear on the back of trucks. In this game, they spit out ink piles, which act similarly to oil slicks. If the player is hit by the ink, they will spin out and ink will cover the screen. The player can obtain points by hitting them with Bob-ombs or a Super Horn. A large Inky Piranha Plant appears in the R/T variant of DS Peach Gardens, replacing the Big Piranha Plant that is usually located there.

In Tour Bangkok Rush's appearance in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass, Inky Piranha Plants are replaced with small Piranha Plants.

Unused appearances[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Inky Piranha Plants were going to appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, but were cut from the game.[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese インクパックン
Inku Pakkun
Ink Piranha

Chinese (simplified) 喷墨食人花[2] (Super Mario 3D Land)
Pēn Mò Shírénhuā
喷墨吞食花 (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Pēn Mò Tūnshíhuā
墨水吞食花 (Mario Kart Tour)
Mòshuǐ Tūnshíhuā
Spraying Ink Piranha Plant

Spraying Ink Piranha Plant

Ink Piranha Plant

Chinese (traditional) 噴墨食人花[3]
Pēn Mò Shírénhuā
噴墨吞食花 (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Pēn Mò Tūnshíhuā
墨水吞食花 (Mario Kart Tour)
Mòshuǐ Tūnshíhuā
Spraying Ink Piranha Plant

Spraying Ink Piranha Plant

Ink Piranha Plant

Dutch Inky Piranha
French Piranha encre
Ink Piranha
German Tinten-Piranha-Pflanze
Inky Piranha Plant
Hungarian Piranha Virág[4]
Italian Pianta Piranha sparamacchia
Blot-firing Piranha Plant
Korean 잉크뻐끔
Igkeu Ppeokkeum
Ink Piranha

Portuguese (NOA) Planta-tinteiro
Inkwell Plant
Portuguese (NOE) Planta Piranha Tintómana
Ink-maniac Piranha Plant (based on Planta Piranha Pirómana)
Russian чернильное растение-пиранья
chernil'noe rastenie-piran'ya
Inky Piranha Plant

Spanish Piraña Tintómana
Ink-maniac Piranha (based on Piraña Pirómana)


  1. ^ Paper Mario: Sticker Star § Inky Piranha Plant. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved January 23, 2022.
  2. ^ 超级马力欧 3D乐园:游戏画面. (Simplified Chinese). Retrieved April 9, 2024. (Archived August 21, 2016, 02:50:10 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  3. ^ Official traditional Chinese website for Mario Tennis Open. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "Az új ellenfelek között találunk Goombákat farokkal, Goomba-rakásokat és Piranha Virágokat is, melyek tintát köpnek a kamerára, nehezítve ezzel a játékos látását." – New Nintendo 2DS XL + Super Mario 3D Land (DLC). Retrieved April 9, 2024. (Archived December 9, 2022, 07:06:21 UTC via Wayback Machine.)