Dino Piranha

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This article is about the boss in the Good Egg Galaxy. For the mission in the galaxy, see Dino Piranha (mission).
Dino Piranha
Dino Piranha
Artwork of the normal Dino Piranha
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Notable members

Dino Piranhas are giant Piranha Plants resembling Petey Piranha with a dinosaur-like body that hatch from eggs. They appear as bosses in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Every battle is started after Mario or Luigi crash into their egg after being shot from a Launch Star, causing them to hatch and chase after him. They are split between a normal purple type and a black, fiery type; the latter are distinguished as Dino Piranha (Black),[1][2] though Fiery Dino Piranha[3][4] (taken from the mission title from the first game and sometimes written with a "the" at the beginning)[5] has also been used. The King Kalientes and Gobbleguts are similarly paired between a normal version and a fire-based blackened version. The Dino Piranhas share their boss theme with Tarantox.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario using Dino Piranha's only weekness by spinning into it.
Dino Piranha's only weakness: the large ball on the end of its tail

Dino Piranhas debut in Super Mario Galaxy, where they share a battle theme with each other and Tarantox. The basic one resides in the Good Egg Galaxy. The top of its egg becomes cracked when Mario crashes into it after being shot from a Launch Star on the preceding planet, thereby exposing its tail and legs. Dino Piranha then begins moving slowly around the planetoid from inside the egg, and when Mario Star Spins the large ball on the end of its tail, the shell breaks, revealing Dino Piranha, initiating the battle. Dino Piranha will then start to run around the planet attempting to attack Mario. Mario must run behind the Dino Piranha and spin its tail once again, causing it to hit itself a second time, which will make it very angry. Its head will turn bright red like Petey Piranha's head and it will chase Mario even faster than before. To finally defeat it, Mario must get behind it and hit its tail two more times. After being hit a final time, it falls over, screams and explodes in a cloud of purple dust, releasing a Power Star.

The player must fight this Dino Piranha twice in the Good Egg Galaxy. The second fight will only be available when a Speedy Comet orbits the Good Egg Galaxy. This Dino Piranha also can be seen in the ending celebrating the universe being recreated in the castle gardens.

Fiery Dino Piranha
The black, fiery Dino Piranha hatches

The black Dino Piranha is fought in the final level of the Melty Molten Galaxy, itself the final standard world. In general, it moves much faster than its normal counterpart. The beginning of the battle is much like that of the previous Dino Piranha fight, with Mario landing on top of the egg, cracking the egg and waking the Dino Piranha. As Dino Piranha trots around, the bulb of the tail ignites and extinguishes in a steady rhythm, forcing Mario to wait until the tail is extinguished to attack and break the egg away.

Once it emerges from the egg, it spots Mario and chases him, as with the previous version. However, the bulb's fire still flickers on and off, still forcing Mario to wait until the tail is not on fire before striking.

After the first strike, Dino Piranha stomps in anger, and it continues chasing Mario, leaving a trail of fire behind its footsteps. After the second strike, it begins shooting fireballs out of its mouth, making it harder to maneuver around the planet to reach its tail, and the bulb's fire also flickers on and off in a faster pace. After Mario hits the tail a final time, it is defeated.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Both Dino Piranhas, along with King Kaliente, Major Burrows, and Bouldergeist, reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 in the Boss Blitz Galaxy in a reenactment of the respective original fight. Due to being located in World S, fighting the Dino Piranhas is completely optional for a normal run of the game, though in a complete run, the first must be encountered four times (counting Green Star missions) and the second twice. The standard Dino Piranha is the first boss to be encountered in the Boss Blitz Gallery, while the black one is the final one. Both act exactly the same as before, though heat effects have been added to the black one's planet. If Mario loses a life while fighting the Black one, he must fight Bouldergeist again due to the placement of the Checkpoint Flag. A different Dino Piranha called Peewee Piranha appears in the first level of the Sky Station Galaxy, thus acting as a successor to the original Dino Piranha's role in the previous game.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Dino Piranha appears in the Dream Spacewalk event

Dino Piranha appears as an opponent during the Dream Spacewalk event in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It resides on Peewee Piranha's planet from the Sky Station Galaxy. The player's main objective is to pass through the rings provided by the Lumas, then perform a Rolling Attack toward Dino Piranha. After taking several hits, Dino Piranha will spit fireballs at players (similar to the black ones in previous games), who must perform a Spin Attack to send them back at it. The players must execute these methods repeatedly to defeat Dino Piranha and complete the event.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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

General information[edit]

Physical appearance[edit]

The first Dino Piranha shown in profile

The first Dino Piranha's head looks similar to Petey Piranha, despite the fact that the color of its head is purple with white spots when relaxed, as opposed to red with white spots. However, Dino Piranha's body is much different in comparison to Petey Piranha. Dino Piranha's body beneath the giant Piranha Plant head is that of a dinosaur's, (as would be expected given the name) with a green hue. Its tail has a brown club at the end which may be inspired by the club of a real life Ankylosaurus. When it first breaks out of its egg, its head is purple, but when enraged, it turns red with anger.

The second Dino Piranha has a red and black color scheme. It has a dark red body and a head that is black with dark red spots. Its petals are also similar to those of the normal one, but appear more singed, with small cracks along the edges. When on fire, the Dino Piranha's entire body becomes a glowing orange.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Dino Piranha
Dino Piranha
Dome Terrace Galaxy Good Egg Galaxy
Mission Dino Piranha
Dino Piranha Speed Run
Reward Power Star icon from Super Mario Galaxy.Smg icon speedycomet.png
Dino Piranha (Black)
Firey Dino Piranha from Super Mario Galaxy.
Dome Garden Galaxy Melty Molten Galaxy
Mission Fiery Dino Piranha Reward Power Star icon from Super Mario Galaxy.

Trading card descriptions[edit]

It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to include more information. Reason: include fiery Dino Piranha description

Image Name Description

DinoPiranhaTradingCard.png Dino Piranha "To collect the first Power Star, battle Dino Piranha in the Good Egg Galaxy. This boss is awakened when Mario breaks open its egg and forces it into battle. Even though Dino is gigantic, Mario can defeat it by star spinning the ball at the end of its tail. Do this three times in order to win and collect the Power Star!
FieryDinoPiranhaTradingCard.png Fiery Dino Piranha -

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Dino Piranha
Dino Piranha
World World S Galaxy Boss Blitz Galaxy
Mission Throwback Throwdown
Throwback Throwdown Speed Run
Green Star 1
Green Star 2
Reward Launch Star
Dino Piranha (Black)
Firey Dino Piranha from Super Mario Galaxy.
World World S Galaxy Boss Blitz Galaxy
Mission Throwback Throwdown
Throwback Throwdown Speed Run
Reward Power Star icon from Super Mario Galaxy 2.Prankster Comet icon in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

List of appearances[edit]

# Title Role Release date Format

1 Super Mario Galaxy Boss 2007 Wii
2 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Boss 2010 Wii
3 Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Boss 2011 Wii
4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Mention 2018 Nintendo Switch
5 Super Mario 3D All-Stars Boss 2020 Nintendo Switch


Dino Piranha[edit]


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/DinoPackun2.arc DinoPackun2 Dino Piranha 2

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese ディノパックン
Dino Pakkun
Dino Pakkun (kuro)
Dino Piranha

Dino Piranha (black)

Chinese 恐龙吞食花
Kǒnglóng Tūnshí Huā
Dino Piranha

Dutch Dino Piranha
French Dino Piranha
Pyro Dino Piranha[citation needed]
Pyro Dino Piranha
German Dino-Piranha
Dino Piranha
Italian Dino Piranha
Focoso Dino Piranha[citation needed]
Fiery Dino Piranha
Korean 디노뻐끔
Dino Ppeokkeum
Dino Piranha

Portuguese Dino Piranha
Russian Пираньязавр
From "Пиранья" (Piran'ya, Piranha) and "-завр" (-zavr, a suffix used for creating dinosaur names)

Spanish Planta Dinopiraña
Dinopiranha Plant


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  2. ^ English Super Mario Galaxy 2 entry on the official Mario Portal. nintendo.co.jp (English). Retrieved August 13, 2022. (Archived August 12, 2022, 23:39:46 UTC via archive.today.)
  3. ^ Black, Fletcher (November 9, 2007). Super Mario Galaxy: PRIMA Official Game Guide (Collector's Edition). Roseville: Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-7615-5713-5. Page 262.
  4. ^ Browne, Catherine (May 23, 2010). Super Mario Galaxy 2: PRIMA Official Game Guide. Roseville: Random House Inc. ISBN 978-0-30746-907-6. Page 258, 262.
  5. ^ Black. Super Mario Galaxy: PRIMA Official Game Guide (Collector's Edition). Page 289.
  6. ^ Sakai, Kazuya (Ambit), kikai, Akinori Sao, Junko Fukuda, Kunio Takayama, and Ko Nakahara (Shogakukan), editors. (October 19, 2015). 『スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック』. Tokyo: Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 127 and 160.

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