Nipper Plant

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Nipper Plant
Nipper Plant spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
A Nipper Plant's spirit artwork from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Fire Nipper Plant
Petit Piranha
Sad N. Plant
Nipper Dandelion
Nipper Spore

Nipper Plants, also known as Walking Piranhas[1] (also misspelled as Walking Piranas[2]), White Piranhas,[3] White Piranha Plants,[4] and Baby Piranha Plants,[5] are small Piranha Plants.[6] They have white heads and short green stems with two leaves on either side. In the Yoshi games, it was revealed that they are produced from Nipper Spores.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

NES Super Mario Bros. 3 Walking Piranha
Super Mario All-Stars (Super Mario Bros. 3) Walking Piranha
NES and All-Stars Walking Piranhas

They first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they would either patrol an area or wait in place, with both jumping up towards the player when they pass over them. Walking Piranhas can hop around, making it more difficult for the player to land safely, since the plants will harm the player if they attempt to stomp on one. Instead, Walking Piranhas can be defeated by Invincibility, Fire Mario and Fire Luigi's fireballs, Hammer Mario and Hammer Luigi's hammers, Raccoon Mario and Raccoon Luigi's tail attack and Tanooki Mario and Tanooki Luigi's transformation. In subsequent remakes, they were re-colored pink rather than the usual white. In all versions, a jumping Walking Piranha is a recolor of two Muncher frames.

A sessile, fire-breathing variety is encountered at the end of World 7-8, and is the only one in the entirety of the game.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Nipper Plant
A Nipper Plant as it appears in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Nipper Plants make a few appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. In these appearances, they behave much like their game counterparts in that they are capable of hopping around. On the show, Nipper Plants sport visible jaws that make them appear to be more menacing than their in-game counterparts.

In "Reign Storm", Mario intends to send via Warp Pipe a letter to Princess Toadstool, in which he prompts her to return to the Mushroom Kingdom. However, a Nipper Plant that was taking shelter inside the Warp Pipe intercepts and eats Mario's letter. The Nipper Plant then travels to King Koopa to inform him about the letter's content.

In "A Toadally Magical Adventure", Cheatsy Koopa uses a Magic Wand to increase a Nipper Plant's size and sends it to attack Mario. However, the plant lunges at the pipe creature that was having Mario in its grip, accidentally releasing Mario. Of note is that Cheatsy only refers to the Nipper Plant as "Piranha Plant".

Super Mario Bros. Print World[edit]

Artwork of Nipper Plants appears in Super Mario Bros. Print World, but they are incorrectly labeled as Munchers, the similar, but black-colored enemy from Super Mario Bros. 3 (which the poses of the artwork are borrowed from). There is additional artwork of Mario jumping over a Nipper Plant, labeled as "Mario 1".

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

Wendy O. Koopa is revealed to have a pet Nipper Plant, which she keeps in a pot in her room, in Koopa Capers; the plant had shredded a note possibly pertaining to her whereabouts. If Luigi chooses to begin his search for the missing Koopaling by looking through her room, he accidentally wakes up the sleeping Nipper Plant when he tries to look under it. Some wild Nipper Plants later appear prowling the stairs leading up to the secret camp being used by Wendy and her rebellion.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Nipper Plants do not jump at the player and are much easier to defeat, but they appear in groups which adds to the challenge of defeating them. They hatch from Nipper Spores that slowly fall to earth and have no visible eyes. These Nipper Plants can be stomped or eaten and turned into eggs; their spores can also be swallowed, though no eggs will be produced as a result.

Nipper Plants and their spores reappear in Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island. In Yoshi's New Island and onward, they appear with eyes.

Nipper Plants reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, acting the same as in previous games.

Nipper Plants also reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World, once again acting the same as in previous games.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

SMRPG: Concept artwork of a Chompweed
A Chompweed in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Nipper Plants, under the name Chompweed[7] (also parsed as chompweed)[8] appear in the Pipe Vault, and cannot be battled. Rather than fighting the player, they jump up and steal a few coins if they get too close. Stolen coins can not be recovered in the final game, but battle data for them still exists, suggesting that they may have been intended to be standard enemies at one point. Another potential artifact of this is them being among the enemies that can be thrown in the Chomp attack. Aside from this, it also was one of the incorrect answers to Dr. Topper's quiz section in the final level, specifically for "What's the first monster you see in the Pipe Vault?" (This answer only exists in the English version; in the Japanese version, it was instead a reference to Exdeath from Final Fantasy V).

Game & Watch Gallery series[edit]

In Game & Watch Gallery 3 and Game & Watch Gallery 4, Nipper Plants appear in the Modern versions of Donkey Kong Jr.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

A Nipper Plant from Super Princess Peach

Nipper Plants reappear in Super Princess Peach, where they are identical to the ones that appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. A Gloom vibe-infused variety known as Sad N. Plants also appear in this game.

Mario Kart Arcade GP[edit]

Castle Wall from Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
Nipper Plants near the right side of the track

Some Nipper Plants make a cameo appearance in Mario Kart Arcade GP in the course Bananan Ruins. They are at the right side of the course. They also appear in the course Castle Wall.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Nipper Plants appear as background enemies in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. In battle, a Piranha Plant may spit out Nipper Spores into the background, each one instantly becoming a Nipper Plant. Once created, they shoot fireballs at Mario individually, which he must deflect with his hammer to avoid taking damage and to also randomly hit the Piranha Plants in the process.

Occasionally, a Piranha Plant will spit a fireball towards the Nipper Plant, who will bounce the fireball about until each Nipper Plant has touched the fireball at some point, where the last Nipper Plant to touch it sends the fireball towards Mario, who must hammer it back at the Piranha Plant who created it to counter-attack and avoid taking damage. The Nipper Plants are defeated when the Piranha Plant that spawned them is defeated. They can also be defeated by throwing a Taunt Ball at them.


In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Peonies are replaced by a group of Nipper Plants.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Three Munchers and a Nipper Plant in the shadows at the Ancient Altar
A Nipper Plant obscured by shadows, behind a toppled column, along with several Munchers in Mario Tennis Aces

In Mario Tennis Aces, two Nipper Plants can be seen bouncing in the background of Petey Piranha's battle in the Forest Monster mission.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A Nipper Plant appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Novice-class Grab-type primary spirit. It can be enhanced to a Petey Piranha spirit at level 99. The Nipper Plant spirit battle takes place on the Battlefield form of the Super Mario Maker stage and involves eight tiny Pac-Men. To earn the spirit, the player either has to win this battle by defeating all opponents or purchase it from Beedle's Tent for 500 Spirit Points at regular price.

On the Palutena's Temple stage, Nipper Plants are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Nipper Plant from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
An origami Nipper Plant

Nipper Plants appear as enemies in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Nipper Plants are mentioned to spit fire in the Musée Champignon description for them, although they do not actually spit fire. In battle, Nipper Plants face either straight or upwards, and attack by biting Mario either solo or with a barrage of bites. If Nipper Plants are facing upwards, they cannot be jumped on without a type of Iron Boots. Nipper Plants are first fought in the purple streamer area, and reappear in the Spring of Jungle Mist.

Unused appearances[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

A 2017 interview reveals that Nipper Plants were going to appear in Super Mario World, as shown in a prototype sprite sheet.[9]

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく フラワーぞく
性格せいかく 活発かっぱつ
登場とうじょうゲーム 3

Nipper Plant
Tribe: Flower clan
Disposition: Lively
Game appearances: 3
They may be tiny, but don't let your guard down
Piranha Plant children. Some stay in the same position, some walk around, and some breathe fire. If you try to jump over them, they will jump at you, so jump high and mountainous to avoid them.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: パックンフラワーのこども。綿毛のついたタネが、地面にふれるとプチパックンになる。タネのうちは、食べてもタマゴにならない。[11] (Piranha Plant children. Seeds with fluff attached become Nipper Plants when they touch the ground. They do not turn into eggs when eaten while they are still seeds.)
  • Player's Guide: Hatched when Nipper Spores touch ground, these hopping choppers make excellent eggs.[12]

Yoshi's Story[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: うっかりぶってしまいがち。足元あしもとにはをつかて。[13] (It's easy to accidentally bump into them. Watch your step.)
  • Nintendo 64 Spieleberater: Mit den scharfen Beißerchen sind sie ganz schön gefährlich. Also fress' ich sie immer sofort! [14] (With their sharp bite they are quite dangerous. So I always eat them immediately!)

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: パックンフラワーのこども。からだちいさいので、ふみつけたりするよりもべてしまったほうがらくたおせる。[15] (Piranha Plant children. Since they are small, it is easier to defeat them by eating them rather than by stepping on them.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 地上ちじょうびはねて移動いどうするちいさなてき綿毛わたげつきのタネが着地ちゃくちすると、プチパックンになる。プチパックンをべるとタマゴになるが、タネはタマゴにならない。[16] (A small enemy that moves and hops around on the ground. When the fluffy seeds land on the ground, they become Nipper Plants. When a Nipper Plant is eaten, it turns into an egg, but the seeds do not turn into eggs.)

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

  • Play Nintendo:
    Baddie: Nipper Plant
    Size: Itty bitty
    Feature: They start off as puff balls and turn into Nipper Plants

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team enemy
Nipper Plant
Nipper Plant HP 1 Power 106 Defense 1 Speed 54
Level 21 No Hitter Weakness None Location(s) Dreamy Driftwood Shore
World Dream Experience 0 (0) Coins 10 (100%) Item drop None (0%)
None (0%)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

# Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
53 Nipper Plant Nipper Plant spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Super Mario Series Primary (2) Novice Grab
Can be enhanced to Petey Piranha at Lv. 99
Beedle's Tent; Spirit Board Tiny PAC-MAN ×8
  • The enemy loves to jump
  • Defeat an army of fighters
Super Mario Maker (Battlefield, Super Mario World style) Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros. 3

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Nipper Plant
An origami Nipper Plant from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 22 Moves Location(s)
Type Spiked Bite (?), Bite Barrage (?) Heart Island, Hammer Island, Club Island, Spring of Jungle Mist
Item drops Bag of confetti
They look like adorable origami flowers, but don't be fooled. If left to their own devices, they'll spit fire at you.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プチパックン[18][11][15]
Puchi Pakkun
Petit Piranha; shared with the Paper Mario enemy of the same name
Chinese 钳人花 (Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Qiánrén Huā
微小吞食花 (Paper Mario: The Origami King)
Wēixiǎo Tūnshíhuā
From "钳" (qián, "pincer") and "食人花" (Shírénhuā, "Piranha Plant")

Micro Piranha Plant

Dutch Nipper Plant -
French Nipper
Mini Piranha (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
German Zangen-Piranha
Hoppel Hopps[14]
Möchtegern-Pflanze (newer games)
Pincer Piranha
Hopping Hop
Wannabe Plant
Italian Pianta Tenaglia
Piraña Mobile[19]
Pincer Plant
moving Piranha
Korean 새끼뻐끔
Baby Piranha
Romanian Plantă Piranha (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3) Piranha Plant
Russian грызоцвет
Nipper flower
Spanish Blantita From blanca ("white") and plantita, the diminutive of planta ("plant")


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