Piranha Creeper

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Piranha Creeper
Piranha Creeper SM3DW Prima.jpg
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Switch / Nintendo 3DS) (2018)
Parent species Big Piranha Plant
Related species
Prickly Piranha Plant

Piranha Creepers are a variant of Piranha Plants that debuted in Super Mario 3D World. They are sustained by long spiked stems, which allow them to creep in and out of their burrows and move in the directions determined by their growth pattern. Piranha Creepers are larger than regular Piranha Plants and their heads are generally purple in color, making them similar to Prickly Piranha Plants.


Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Princess Peach approaching a Piranha Creeper

In Super Mario 3D World, Piranha Creepers usually appear in jungle themed levels, such as Piranha Creeper Creek and Deep Jungle Drift. They often live in holes in walls both on ground and underwater, but some even live in Poisoned Water and, like normal Piranha Plants, in Warp Pipes. They snake along the ground and even in the air in various patterns, going to and from their living spot. Some of them are found sleeping unless they are attacked, after which they pause before moving back to their previous position and resuming their rest. Their heads turn from purple to blue with green spots in this state.

To defeat Piranha Creepers, the player must attack the heads of the Piranha Plants to make them back up and smack against their living spot. A Ground Pound or dive attack with the Cat Mario power-up knocks them back further than a regular jump. Tapping on a Piranha Creeper's head on the GamePad sends them back to their hole, but they cannot be defeated in this way; the final hit must always be landed by one of the player's attacks. The player is hurt if they jump on the stem of a Piranha Creeper, but a stomp from the player using Cat Mario's Lucky Cat form defeats them instantly. Piranha Creepers release three coins upon being defeated. Unlike most enemies, Piranha Creepers are not defeated when the player touches the Goal Pole.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Piranha Creepers return in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, having the same functions as in Super Mario 3D World. They populate the level Turnip Cannon Jungle and can be attacked by falling on top of, spinning onto, or throwing a Turnip at their heads.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Piranha Creepers appear in the minigame Jump to Conclusion from Mario Party: Star Rush. They occupy several steps that the players have to climb in order to reach the finish, moving back and forth on them longwise. When a character jumps onto a Piranha Creeper, they are stunned for a moment before being able to move again.


In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack of Minecraft, Shulkers and Lilacs are reskinned to resemble Piranha Creepers.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

In Mario Tennis Aces, sleeping Piranha Creepers can be seen lying around the Ancient Altar, where Petey Piranha is fought. They do not have any bearing on gameplay.

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Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Image Name Bio
MPSRCM PiranhaCreeper.png Piranha Creeper
A close relative of the Piranha Plant.
"They stretch out along stairs and other paths, creating a spiky obstacle for all who wish to pass by."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese のびのびパックン
Nobinobi Pakkun
Stretching Piranha
Spanish (NOA) Piraña reptante Creeper Piranha
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Reptante Creeper Piranha
French Piranha rampante Crawling Piranha
Dutch Piranha Creeper -
German Kriech-Piranha Crawling Piranha
Italian Pianta Serpiranha From "Pianta Piranha" (Piranha Plant) and "serpente" (snake)
Russian Пиранья-выползок
Piranha Creeper