Lava Piranha

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Lava Piranha
Paper Mario official art of a Lava Piranha.
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Variant of Fire Piranha Plant
Variants
Lava Bud
Comparable
Naval Piranha
“WE MAKE THINGS HOT FOR YOU! WE BEAT YOU, MARIO!”
Lava Piranha, Paper Mario

A Lava Piranha is a Venus Fire Trap capable of living in lava. One appears as the boss of Chapter 5 in Paper Mario, and bears some resemblance to the boss Naval Piranha from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, except smaller and with fewer buds and tendrils, and inhabits lava instead of water. The Lava Piranha has a large tongue and white ring markings instead of filled white spots on its head, like typical Piranha Plants.

Despite only one appearing in the game, Goombario and Koopa Koot refer to them as a species. Given its Japanese name, this is likely referring to Venus Fire Traps in general, with Goombario expressing slight surprise one could even survive in lava in that version.[1] In the English version, however, he treats the ability to survive in lava as a defining trait of the species, but still keeps the slightly surprised wording.

History[edit]

Mario battles the Lava Piranha

The Lava Piranha featured in Paper Mario is the ruler of Mt. Lavalava on Lavalava Island. It is found in a small lava pool where Putrid Piranhas report to him. The Lava Piranha speaks in shouts and shrieks, blathering out insults at Mario when it confronts him for the fifth Star Spirit, Misstar, whom Bowser ordered the fiery Piranha Plant to guard.

Its attacks are rather simple. Most of its attacking is done via Lava Buds, which can spit out Petit Piranhas. When it attacks, it spits out an orb of fire at Mario that does five attack damage to Mario.

After Mario initially defeats the Lava Piranha, it suddenly emerges from the lava and gets forty more HP. This time, the Lava Piranha's head is on fire and its tongue is sticking out. If Sushie is Ultra-rank, her Tidal Wave ability stuns the Lava Piranha for two full turns. After the second round, it slowly falls to the ground and then sinks back into the lava, relinquishing the Star Spirit.

It has a cameo appearance in the credits of Paper Mario, poking its head out from behind Lavalava Island, alternating with Raphael Raven.

In Super Mario-Kun, the Lava Piranha is encountered after Sushie destroys a Spiny Tromp. Mario and his partners attempt to attack it by using a Snowman Doll, but it results in Kooper getting crushed. The Lava Piranha then spews Nipper Plants that attack Mario and his partners. Sushie then encases Mario in Water Block and squirts the Lava Piranha. Mario walks out of the water block and shouts, distracting Sushie. The Lava Piranha then burns and injures Sushie. Despite this, Sushie inflates Mario with water and pushes him to the Lava Piranha. Mario bursts, spraying the water over the Lava Piranha and thus defeating it.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario Enemy
Lava Piranha (1)
Sprite of Lava Piranha, from Paper Mario. Max HP 40 Attack 5 Defense 0 Type Elevated
Level 45 Strong Fire Weak Ice (+2), Water (+2) Moves Flame Spew (5)
Sleep? 25%, -1 Dizzy? 25%, -1 Shock? 40%, -1 Shrink? 0%, -1
Stop? 40%, -2 Fright? 0% Air Lift? 0% Hurricane? 0%
Coins N/A Items N/A Run N/A Location(s) Mt. Lavalava
Tattle This is a Lava Piranha. Lava Piranhas are plants that can somehow survive in lava. Max HP: 40, Attack Power: 5, Defense Power: 0 They blow out huge balls of fire to attack. That is one big flower! Wow!
Paper Mario Enemy
Lava Piranha (2)
Sprite of Lava Piranha, from Paper Mario. Max HP 40 Attack 7 Defense 0 Type Elevated, Fiery
Level 45 Strong Fire, Egg Missile Weak Ice (+2), Water (+2) Moves Fire Stream (7), Ignite (becomes fiery again)
Sleep? 25%, -1 Dizzy? 25%, -1 Shock? 40%, -1 Shrink? 0%, -1
Stop? 40%, -2 Fright? 0% Air Lift? 0% Hurricane? 0%
Coins N/A Items N/A Run N/A Location(s) Mt. Lavalava
Tattle This is a Lava Piranha. Lava Piranhas are plants that can somehow survive in lava. Max HP: 40, Attack Power: 5, Defense Power: 0 Since their bodies are on fire, you'll take damage if you step on 'em. Don't worry if you're fireproof. They'll try to burn you with their fire breath. They're creatures born of fire, so water attacks will work extremely well against them.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアパックン[1]
Faia Pakkun
Fire Piranha
Chinese 火焰食人花
Huǒyàn Shírénhuā
Fire Piranha Plant
French Piranha-lave Lava-Piranha
German Lava-Piranha Lava Piranha
Spanish Piraña Lava Lava Piranha

See also[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Due to a glitch, if the player uses the Double Dip badge and then uses an Egg Missile on the Lava Piranha, the game crashes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 「ファイアパックンだよしょくぶつなのにようがんの中でもへっちゃらなんだ」 (That's a Fire Piranha. This plant is even in lava, somehow.) - from Japanese Tattle