Artwork of a male Pianta from Mario Super Sluggers
|First appearance||Super Mario Sunshine (2002)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
|Latest portrayal||Scott Burns (male)|
Hironori Miyata (male, Mario Baseball series)
Dolores Rogers (female)
Piantas are a group of island-dwelling people that debuted in Super Mario Sunshine. They are humanoid, appear in a variety of colors, and sport small palm trees growing out of the top of their heads. Their name means "plant" in Italian.
Piantas typically wear grass skirts or grass dresses, although other Piantas have been seen wearing more conventional attires. Piantas are generally laid back and friendly, yet they also have a fairly short temper. Despite their placid temperament, they also boast impressive strength. Since their debut in Super Mario Sunshine, Piantas have made recurring appearances, most notably in Super Mario Galaxy 2, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and the Mario Baseball series.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Sunshine
In Super Mario Sunshine, Piantas share their island home with the Nokis. While the Nokis mostly live in Noki Bay, the Piantas mainly reside in Pianta Village. However, while Pianta Village is their primary home, Piantas live all over the island. Many Piantas make a living by producing and selling fruits in small markets in Delfino Plaza. When sprayed with FLUDD or otherwise gotten wet, many of them shake off the water, then shout angrily at Mario. They also shout at him if he jumps on them.
Certain Piantas can throw Mario. Mario can sometimes use this to his advantage by having a Pianta toss him to higher ledges and cliffs or across pits.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Piantas appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in one galaxy, the Starshine Beach Galaxy, which seems to be based on the different areas from Isle Delfino. They are the only friendly characters not to have a representative on Starship Mario. The Piantas that appear are all male, and their role is similar to that of the Piantas from Super Mario Sunshine, hurling Mario to various spots; Mario does not need to initiate a conversation in order to be thrown. As before, jumping on them makes them yell at Mario.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart Wii
Piantas appear as spectators in Coconut Mall, Daisy Circuit, DS Delfino Square, GCN Peach Beach and Delfino Pier in Mario Kart Wii. The Pianta statue in Delfino Square reappears in this game. In Coconut Mall, Piantas not only appear as spectators, but indicate the correct escalator for the players to use and a yellow one appears as the shop assistant in the store "Delfino Dream", which can be passed through as a shortcut. They also appear on posters around this course, and on the "Tropical Mart" and "Tropical Grocery" advertisements.
Mario Kart 7
Piantas no longer appear as spectators in GCN Daisy Cruiser and Wii Coconut Mall in Mario Kart 7, with the ones indicating the escalators in the latter in particular being replaced by arrows, though the Pianta on the "Coconut Mall" sign is still present.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Piantas appear as spectators in Sunshine Airport, DS Cheep Cheep Beach and Super Bell Subway in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as well as 3DS Wuhu Town exclusively in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. As well as spectating in Super Bell Subway, Piantas run the cafés throughout the course. A Pianta can also be seen on the sign for the Coconut Cafe. In the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass, Piantas return as spectators for Wii Cocount Mall.
Mario Kart Tour
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Piantas are one of the many peoples living in Rogueport. Here, the attitude of the Piantas is different, and they are organized in the criminal organization known as the Pianta syndicate, led by Don Pianta, and later Frankie. They have control of Rogueport's west side, and are rivaling with the Robbo Thieves led by Ishnail, who operate on the east side.
Mario Tennis series
Mario Baseball series
Piantas are playable characters in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers for the first time. In both installments, all the playable Piantas are males, come in the blue, red, and yellow variants, and have the Laser Beam ability. The male Red Pianta is more magenta-colored than red in the Mario Baseball series. In Mario Super Sluggers, while the Piantas share good chemistry with the Toads and Toadsworth, the Nokis have good chemistry with Toadette, whose chemistry is neutral with the Piantas. In a similar manner, the Toads and Toadsworth have neutral chemistry with the Nokis. Their bats are trees.
In Mario Superstar Baseball, Piantas are the weakest batters among all the Power characters, with the Red Pianta featuring slightly better batting than the other Pianta colors (rivaling King Boo). They are also decent pitchers, but have poor fielding skills, and are very slow runners.
In Mario Super Sluggers, all three Piantas have their batting skills improved, making it easier for them to score home runs. They are still rather slow, and they are still poor fielders. Their pitching is also slightly weaker, although the blue Pianta's pitching remains unchanged.
Mario Strikers series
Mario Party series
Mario Party 8
Piantas appear throughout Goomba's Booty Boardwalk in Mario Party 8. Two pink females are seen hula dancing at the beginning, similar to the Doot-Doot Sisters, but have no certain purpose. Yellow Pianta Throwers toss the player about five to eight spaces ahead if the player lands on one of their Green Spaces. Blue fishing Piantas fish a piece of Candy for the player if their Green Space is landed on. Lastly, small purple females run the Candy shops. A blue Pianta also appears as one of the thirty Mario characters racing in Moped Mayhem.
Mario Party 9
In Mario Party 9, one blue Pianta appears in the minigame Pianta Pool. During the game, he throws rings out into the pool, which the players must grab so that Cheep Cheeps can jump through them. He only tosses the rings into the pool once all of them have been used during that round.
Mario & Sonic series
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Piantas return as spectators in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, where one can also be found as a VIP member that rewards the player with 100 star points.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Piantas appear in Snow Day Street Hockey. They appear on the Main Street rink, where they appear from windows after a puck is shot into their box to return it as a Red or Green Shell, and the Market Street rink, where they appear behind the fruit stands but do not affect gameplay.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
A male and female Pianta appear as stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In The Subspace Emissary, both stickers can be used on any fighter. The male Pianta sticker reduces dizziness time by 94 frames, while the female Pianta sticker increases the power of energy-based attacks by 15 points.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
A group of Piantas appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Novice-class support spirit. When used, the fighter starts the battle with a Banana Gun. The spirit battle takes place on the Delfino Plaza stage and features multiple variously-colored Kirbys meant to simulate Piantas. The spirit can be obtained by winning this battle on the Spirit Board or by clearing the challenge of purchasing an item during a Sunday sale in the Vault Shop.
Mario Sports Mix
In Mario Sports Mix, Piantas appear as spectators and are often seen in several courts of the game.
Profiles and statistics
Super Mario Sunshine description
These mountain folk are strong, sociable, and curious. The trees on their heads provide relief from the island's heat.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl stickers
|Super Mario Sunshine||[Energy] - Attack +15|
|Super Mario Sunshine||Dizzy Time –94|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|Name||Image||Game||Type||Class||Effect||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|Piantas||Super Mario Series||Support (1)||Novice||Banana Gun Equipped||Challenge (Other: Purchase an item during a Sunday sale in the Vault Shop.); Spirit Board||Kirby ×8||Rule: Item Tidal Wave (Banana Peels); Item: Mushrooms
||Delfino Plaza||Delfino Plaza (original)|
|Blue Pianta||Strong but slow with a powerful arm.||Laser Beam||Right||Right||Pitch||5/10|
|Red Pianta||A defensive specialist among Piantas.||Laser Beam||Right||Right||Pitch||4/10|
|Yellow Pianta||His brawn give pitches extra oomph!||Laser Beam||Right||Right||Pitch||4/10|
|Character||Good Chemistry||Bad Chemistry|
|Pianta||Mario, Noki, Toad, Toadsworth, Mii (according to color)||Bowser Jr., Petey Piranha, Goomba|
Collectible Card Info
This hefty resident of Isle Delfino swings away with a palm tree branch instead of a bat, but it must be dense wood, because Blue Pianta can hit it a mile when he charges all the way up!
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Pianta.
Names in other languages
|Italian word meaning "mountain"|
|From the Japanese name with「族」(zú, tribe)|
|German||Palma||Italian word meaning "palm tree"|
|Italian||Palmense||From Italian word "palma" (palm tree)|
|From Japanese name|
|Spanish (NOE)||Forestano||From foresta (Italian for "forest") and possibly the diminutive suffix "-ino"|
- In Episode 7 of Ricco Harbor, a blue Pianta near the fish market uses one of the voice clips reserved for Nokis. An orange Pianta next to the Pianta-shaped tree in Episode 8 of Pinna Park does the same. Conversely, a few Nokis will occasionally use a voice clip reserved for Piantas. This appears to be a developmental oversight.
- Black and white Piantas were included in an early build of Super Mario Sunshine. Several other unused color variants of Piantas were also discovered in the game's files.
- In the Super Mario 3D All-Stars version of Super Mario Sunshine, Piantas wearing glasses also have them placed behind their eyes rather than in front of them.
- Nintendo (February 9, 2022). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass DLC – Nintendo Switch. YouTube. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
- Black, Fletcher. Mario Party 8 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 27.