Petea Piranha is a minor boss fought in Plum Park of Paper Mario: Color Splash. He first emerges folded up like a teabag when Mario and Huey attempt to squeeze the Teapot, engaging the two in a boss battle. According to the game's digital instruction manual, the two Snifits who were having tea in Plum Park originally stuffed Petea Piranha, in place of a teabag, into the teapot, which they stole from Dark Bloo Inn. He is also the one responsible for poisoning the water in Plum Park.
He resembles Petey Piranha, with his internal filenames confirming that he is based on Petey, since he is referred to with the BPK and B_PKF abbreviations in the game code, with the script controlling his behavior in battle also having the BossPakkun string, all of which reference Petey Piranha's Japanese name, Boss Pakkun (ボスパックン). Despite this, his complete internal name is instead Tea Pakkun (ティーパックン), which is also his actual name in the Japanese version. The French and Italian localizations maintain this distinction, with the latter using a direct translation of the Japanese name and even using different gibberish language for him mainly based on various spellings of tea in Italian. In terms of appearance, the sprite used for Petea Piranha is nearly identical to Petey Piranha, but the 3D model features a small paper teabag label attached to the head.
During the fight, Petea Piranha is able to use several moves against Mario: he can directly bite him, dealing 13 HP of damage; he can fly above and fall on him, dealing 33 HP of damage; or he can attack Mario while spinning, dealing 24 HP of damage. He also has the ability to eat non-boss enemies summoned by the player through Enemy Cards and spit them at Mario, dealing 13 HP of damage and causing them to fight for Petea Piranha. If the player attempts to jump on Petea Piranha, he will counter the attack by swallowing Mario, dealing 25 damage in the process. However, after the spinning attack, he is dizzy and he can miss his attacks. This leaves him susceptible to jump or hammer attacks which make him fall down, leaving him unable to move and vulnerable to jump attacks until he gets up again. He also falls down when the player uses the Lemon Thing or the Lemon Replica card. When he is down and a Koopaling Card is used, he gets up and escapes from the Koopaling. When he returns, he is dizzy.
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