Jumping Piranha Plant

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Jumping Piranha Plant
Artwork of a Jumping Piranha Plant, from Super Mario World.
A Jumping Piranha Plant's artwork in Super Mario World
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)
Variant of Piranha Plant

A Jumping Piranha Plant (alternatively Jumpin' Piranha Plant,[1] misspelled as Jumping Pirhana Plant in the Super Mario World ending sequence) is a variant of Piranha Plant that is not rooted to the ground.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

JumpPiranhaPlant SMW.png

Jumping Piranha Plants made their debut in Super Mario World as the most frequent Piranha Plant enemies in the game. Most of them live in Warp Pipes, but some can be found hiding in bushes. Their propeller-like stems enable them to fly up quickly out of their spots and descend slowly back in, damaging Mario or Luigi at direct contact. However, the playable characters can spin-jump on them without getting harmed, although this does not inflict damage on the enemies either. A Jumping Piranha Plant can be defeated by shooting a fireball at it while in Fire form, whipping it while in Caped form, or touching it while invincible.

A fire-breathing variant of Jumping Piranha Plant called Jumping Fire Piranha Plants also appears in the game.

After the Special Zone is completed, Jumping Piranha Plants turn into Jumping Pumpkin Plants (also named Pumpkin Plants),[2] which look like jack-o'-lanterns. However, they function exactly the same.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Jumping Piranha Plants return in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. They appear only in World-e's e-Reader accessible level Ground Work. The Jumping Piranha Plants behave exactly as they do in Super Mario World. They also look like they did in that game, though they have Super Mario Bros. 3's original Piranha Plant species' heads instead.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Jumping Piranha Plants appear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. They are available only in the Super Mario World style, replacing regular Piranha Plants. When shaken, however, they turn into Fire Piranha Plants instead of Jumping Fire Piranha Plants. They reappear in Super Mario Maker 2.

Jumping Piranha Plants behave just like in Super Mario World when placed inside Warp Pipes. When placed outside one, they first make contact with the ground or on a platform underneath them if needed, then make several short bounces before jumping up to attack. They can be enlarged in the level editor by dragging a Super Mushroom onto them. Putting wings on a Jumping Piranha Plant enables it to hover for a short while in the air after making a leap. If a Bill Blaster is loaded with a winged Jumping Piranha Plant, the enemy will continuously shoot in and out of it in a horizontal line.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

Jumping Piranha Plants make an appearance in Super Mario Adventures, being the first creature sent by Bowser to attack Princess Toadstool's palace by biting Mario's nose.

Super Mario Party[edit]

In Super Mario Party, a Jumping Piranha Plant, referred to as a Piranha Plant in this game, appears as the 21st level in the Rec Room minigame Puzzle Hustle, being based upon its Super Mario World sprite.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Piranha Plant's up special, Piranhacopter, allows it to fly by spinning its stem like a propeller in a similar fashion to a Jumping Piranha Plant.[3] On Palutena's Temple, Jumping Piranha Plants are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Jumping Piranha Plants return in Paper Mario: The Origami King, now able to breathe fire like their fiery variants, and are found in Spring of Jungle Mist. They can also attack Mario with Bite and Bite Barrage similarly to other Piranha Plant variants in the game. Also like them, they cannot be jumped on unless Mario uses the Iron Boots or their variants.

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

Jumping Piranha Plants reappear in WarioWare: Get It Together! in levels 1 and 2 of the Super Mario World microgame.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

  • Instruction booklets
    • Japanese: パックンフラワーの熱帯植物バージョン!?土管の中から、くるくる回りながら飛び出してぐるぞ。種を吐くこともあるので気をつけよう。[4](A tropical plant version of the Piranha Plant!? It pops out from inside a clay pipe, spinning around and around. Be careful, because it sometimes spits out seeds.)
    • English: These are a tropical plant version of the Volcano Plant! Be careful; they come madly whirling out of the pipes and can be very tough.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 フラワー族
性格 がんばり屋
登場ゲーム ワールド

Jumping Piranha Plant
Tribe: Flower clan
Disposition: Someone who battles on in difficult circumstances
Game appearances: World
Small but spirited
A tiny Piranha Plant. They emerge cheerfully from pipes and descend slowly, using their leaves as wings. Wait for it to enter the pipe and pass by, or pass under it when it jumps.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Jumping Piranha Plant
An origami Jumping Piranha Plant from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 24 Moves Location(s)
Type Spiked Bite (?), Bite Barrage (?), Fireball (?), Fireball Frenzy (?) Spring of Jungle Mist
Item drops Bag of confetti
They look like teeny Piranha Plants with leafy little feet. Though adorable, their fire is still fire, so stay alert.





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピーパックン / ピー-パックン[6]
"P-Piranha", 「パックン」(Pakkun) being from the Japanese name of Piranha Plants; officially romanized as "P-Pakkun". "P-" may be short for propeller or, given the early name "P-Hat" present in Super Mario World assets,[7] a reference to Peahat, a flying flower enemy from The Legend of Zelda.

Chinese (simplified) 跳跃食人花[8] (Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2)
Tiàoyuè Shírénhuā
跳跃吞食花 (since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Tiàoyuè Tūnshíhuā

Jumping Piranha Plant

Chinese (traditional) 跳躍吞食花
Tiàoyuè Tūnshíhuā
Jumping Piranha Plant

Dutch Jumping Piranha Plant (Super Mario Maker 2)
Jumping Piranha
French (NOA) Fleur Piranha sautant
Jumping Piranha Flower
French (NOE) Plante Piranha sauteuse
Jumping Piranha Plant
German Hüpfer-Piranha
Jumping Piranha
Italian Pianta Piranha salterella
Jumping Piranha Plant
Korean 점핑뻐끔플라워
Jeomping Ppeokkeum Peullawo
Jumping Piranha Plant

Russian прыгающее растение-пиранья
prygayushchee rastenie-piran'ya
Jumping Piranha Plant

Spanish (NOA) Planta Piraña saltarina
Jumping Piranha plant
Spanish (NOE) Planta Piraña Saltarina
Jumping Piranha Plant


A pre-release sprite of a Fire Flower-like creature with Mario's face in Super Mario World, supposedly meant for the Fall theme of Jumping Piranha Plant.
  • Prototype assets of Super Mario World show that Jumping Piranha Plants had alternate Fall-themed graphics resembling a Fire Flower with Mario's face.[9]
  • In the English instruction booklet of Super Mario World, the Jumping Piranha Plant is described as a tropical version of the "Volcano Plant" (likely referring to Volcano Lotus); however, the Japanese instruction booklet correctly refers to it as a Pakkun Flower (Piranha Plant).


  1. ^ Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 23.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power volume 28, page 11.
  3. ^ GameXplain (November 1, 2018). Piranha Plant in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Reveal Trailer (Petey Piranha Final Smash!). YouTube. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 166.
  6. ^ Super Mario World Shogakukan Book 1 (pg. 27)
  7. ^ TCRF. Prerelease:Super Mario World (SNES)/Background Graphics and Tilemaps#Enemy Cast List. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  8. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Frieze (July 24, 2020). Twitter post featuring prototype Super Mario World assets. Twitter. Retrieved July 25, 2020.