Piranha Bean

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Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Piranha Bean
Location(s) Beanbean Outskirts
Level 26
HP 230
POW 115
Defense 95
Speed 54
Experience 250
Coins 180
Item Drop None (0%)
Piranha Swing (100%)
Fire Heal
Thunder Critical
Jump Spiny, Weak
Hammer Normal
Stat Down?
Superstar Saga Enemy
Piranha Bean
Location(s) Beanbean Outskirts
Level 27
HP 180 (280)
POW 74-85
Defense 138 (80)
Speed 60
Experience 150 (250)
Coins 1 (150)
Item Drop Piranha Swing – 100%
Piranha Suit – 61.29% (Super Nut - 0%)
Fire Normal
Thunder Critical
Jump Spiny
Hammer Normal
Hand Normal
Stun? 30%
Burn? 60%
Stat Down? 100%
  • 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.

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

The 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 find it. While looking for Bean Fruits, Luigi finds out that one of those had been swallowed by the Piranha Bean, and must to fight it so as to get it back.

During the battle, the Piranha Bean shoots small fireballs at Luigi. The boss can attack from various spots on the battlefield, which makes its attacks slightly harder to dodge. After the end, Luigi discovers that Prince Peasley too was 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, 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.

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


  • 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.