Piranha Bean

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Piranha Bean
MLSSBMPiranhaBean.png
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)
Parent species 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.

During the battle, the Piranha Bean shoots small fireballs out of its mouth at Luigi. The boss can attack from various spots on the battlefield, which makes its attacks slightly harder to dodge. It takes critical damage from Thunderhand. After defeating it, Luigi discovers that Prince Peasley was also swallowed by the Piranha Bean, and was shrunk to a very small size (the Piranha Bean itself sometimes uses the prince as a projectile during battle).

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, and, after spotting Peasley (whom he had a rather unpleasant conversation with at the start of the level), makes the Piranha Bean spot Peasley, telling it how tasty Peasley looks, revealing Captain Goomba as the reason why Peasley was eaten by the Piranha Bean.

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 Enemy
Piranha Bean
MLSSPiranhaBean.gif HP 180 (280) POW 74-85 Defense 138 (80) Speed 60 Experience 150 (250)
Fire Normal Thunder Critical Jump Spiny Hammer Normal Coins 1 (150)
Stat Down? 100% Stun? 30% Burn? 60% Hand Normal Item Drop Piranha Swing – 100%
Piranha Suit – 61.29% (Super Nut - 0%)
Level           27 Location(s) Beanbean Outskirts Notice
  • 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 Enemy
Piranha Bean
MLSSBMPiranhaBean.png HP: 230 POW: 115 DEF: 95 SPEED: 54 Experience: 250
Fire: Heal 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
Spanish (NOA) Piraña Haba Piranha Bean
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Judía Piranha Bean
French (NOA) Fève Piranha Bean Piranha
French (NOE) Pois Piranha Pea Piranha
Dutch Piranha Bean -
German Piranha-Beanie Piranha Beanie
Italian Fagiolo Piranha Bean Piranha
Russian пиранья Боб
piran'ya Bob
Piranha Bean
Chinese 食人豆
Shírén Dòu
Human-Eating Bean

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.