Nipper Spore

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Nipper Spore
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Parent species Piranha Plant
Derived species
Nipper Spore Patch
Related species
Nipper Plant
Petit Piranha
Watage Pakkun
Yoshi's Story

Nipper Spores[1] are red spheres that are attached to white balls of fluff via small, green stems in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island. There are four Nipper Spores on one Watage Pakkun. When strong gusts of wind blow (usually caused by Windbags), the Nipper Spores are blown off of the Watage Pakkun and into the air, until they land and become Nipper Plants. No eggs are produced when Yoshi eats a Nipper Spore.

In Yoshi's Story, Nipper Spores have spikes on them. They are also foul tasting, meaning that they'll hurt any Yoshi (except for the Black and White Yoshi) that eats them.

Nipper Spores also appear in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, where Piranha Plants in battle spit them out into the background to create Fiery Walking Piranhas.

Nipper Spores reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, acting the same as in previous games. Nipper Spore Patches, a related species, also appear.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プチパックンのタネ[2][3]
Puchi Pakkun no Tane
Petit Piranha Seed
Italian Spora Tenaglia Pincer Spore


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 21.
  3. ^ Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Dream Book, page 14.
  4. ^ Omoide Theatre, Yoshi Wool World