Piranha Bean

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Piranha Bean
Sprite of Piranha Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions.
Piranha Bean's sprite from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Variant of Piranha Plant

A Piranha Bean is a Beanbean Kingdom species of Piranha Plant that somewhat resembles a smaller version of Petey Piranha, except with the head of a normal Piranha Plant.

A single Piranha Bean is one of the bosses in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga found near Beanbean Castle Town. It must be fought so the Mario Bros. can get a Bean Fruit, which allows them to get the Beanstar piece in the Yoshi Theater, and Luigi must be separated from Mario to fight it. While looking for Bean Fruits, Luigi sees the Piranha Bean eat one, and must to fight it so he can get it back. Upon defeating it, Luigi discovers that Prince Peasley was also swallowed by the Piranha Bean, and was shrunk to a very small size.

During the battle, the Piranha Bean shoots small fireballs out of its mouth at Luigi, and can do so from various spots on the battlefield, which makes its attacks slightly harder to dodge. The Piranha Bean can also shoot the miniaturized Peasley at Luigi as well. It takes critical damage from Thunderhand.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, alongside the single Piranha Bean reappearing with the same role as in the original game, multiple Piranha Beans are found in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode as enemies. They are first encountered in the level Hunger Pains, where one of them bites Captain Goomba at the beginning of the level. They are Ranged troopers, and attack by spitting fireballs at their enemies. Their special attack is Spitfire Fury, which allows them to spit multiple fireballs at a targeted enemy. After the level, Captain Goomba finds a Piranha Bean watching him; after spotting Peasley (whom he had a rather unpleasant conversation with at the start of the level), he directs the Piranha Bean at Peasley, telling it how tasty he looks and prompting the Piranha to eat the Prince.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Piranha Beans are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga enemy
Piranha Bean
Piranha Bean from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. HP 180 (280) POW 74-85 Defense 138 (80)
Speed 60 Experience 150 (250) Coins 1 (150)
Location Beanbean Outskirts Jump Spiny Hammer Normal
Hand Normal Fire Normal Thunder Critical
Stat down? 100% Stun? 30% Burn? 60%
Level 27 Role Boss Item drop Piranha Swing – 100%
Piranha Suit – 61.29% (Super Nut - 0%)
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions enemy
Piranha Bean
Piranha Bean HP 230 POW 115 DEF 95 SPEED 54 Experience 250
Fire gray Thunder Critical Jump Spiny, Weak Hammer Normal Coins 180
Stat down 60% Dizzy 60% Burn 0% Speed down 30% Item drop None (0%)
Piranha Swing (100%)
Piranha Swing (100%)
Level           26 Location(s) Beanbean Fields
  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: They spit out powerful flames. Still, they're easily burned themselves, what with being plants and all.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マメパックン
Mame Pakkun
Bean Piranha

Chinese 食人豆
Shírén Dòu
From "食人花" (Shírénhuā, Piranha Plant) and "豆" (dòu, bean)

Dutch Piranha Bean
French (NOA) Fève Piranha
Piranha Bean
French (NOE) Pois Piranha
Piranha Pea
German Piranha-Beanie
Piranha Beanie
Italian Fagiolo Piranha
Piranha Bean
Korean 콩뻐끔
Kong Ppeokkeum
Bean Piranha

Russian пиранья Боб
piran'ya Bob
Piranha Bean

Spanish (NOA) Haba Piraña
Piranha Bean
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Judía
Bean Piranha


  • Unlike most bosses, Piranha Bean's battle music is that of a normal fight with an enemy, though this may be due to the fact that it only fights Luigi.
  • Piranha Bean has a battle script for both Bros., despite only being fought by Luigi.