Piranha Pest

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Piranha Pest
A Piranha Pest
A Piranha Pest's artwork from Yoshi's Story
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Jumping Piranha Plant
Piranha Sprout (Yoshi's Story)
Propeller Piranha

Piranha Pests[1] are Piranha Plants species that appear in two games: Yoshi's Story and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.


Yoshi's Story[edit]

Sprite of a Piranha Pest from Yoshi's Story
“If eaten by a Piranha Pest, Yoshi becomes tiny, and can't use eggs! Don't be sad! Climb up and gather eggs to throw at him!”
Message Block in Piranha Grove, Yoshi's Story

In Yoshi's Story, Piranha Pests simply resemble the bud of a Piranha Plant with a propeller instead of a stem or stalk. They have tongues almost as long as a Yoshi's, but instead of making eggs, they attempt to swallow the Yoshi and shrink it temporarily. They can only be defeated with a Yoshi's egg.

Piranha Pests are an exotic variation of Piranha Plant indigenous to P.4-3, Piranha Grove. They appear to weave in and out of the many large Piranha Plants in search of food.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Mario and Luigi fighting a Piranha Pest

In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Petey Piranha can spit out Piranha Pests (referred to in the Player's Guide as a "plant-pendulum"[2]). These plants use their long tongues to swing on a block, trying to slam into Mario or Luigi. If they are hit with a hammer a few times, they will be defeated.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi's Story[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide (shared with Piranha Plant and Piranha Sprout): 新種も増えて、ますます手ごわいパックンフラワー。飲みこまれるて、ミニヨッシーになっちゃうぞ。

New species have been introduced to the Piranha Plant family, making them even more formidable. It will swallow you up and turn you into a mini Yoshi.[3]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペロペロパックン[3]
Peropero Pakkun
Bero Pakkun (Ko)
「ペロペロ」is an onomatopoeia for licking and「パックン」is from the Japanese name of Piranha Plant.

「ベロ」is a colloquialism for "tongue",「パックン」is from the Japanese name of Piranha Plant, and「子」means "child".
Chinese 长舌花
Chángshé Huā
Long-Tongue Flower
Dutch Piranha Pest -
French Peste Piranha Piranha Pest
German Schleck-Piranha-Pflanze Lick Piranha Plant
Italian Parassita Piranha Piranha Parasite
Russian пиранья-вредина
Nasty Piranha
Spanish (NOA) plaga piraña Plague Piranha
Spanish (NOE) Plaga Piraña Plague Piranha


  1. ^ Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Hoffman, Chris. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Player's Guide. Page 53. "When Petey uses his plant-pendulum, a block appears on the top screen with the initial of one of the bros on it. Knock the attack back with the appropriate bro's hammer, then alternate between bros, using hammer strikes to bust the pendulum."
  3. ^ a b 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 5.
  4. ^ Super Mario Kun volume 36