Piranha Pod

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Piranha Pod
Lakitu about to throw a Piranha Pod.
A Lakitu with a Piranha Pod
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Variant of Spiny Egg
Piranha Plant
A Piranha Pod's model from New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Piranha Pods are an alternate version of Spiny Eggs. Like Spiny Eggs, they are thrown by Lakitus, but turn into a Piranha Plant upon landing rather than a Spiny. They appear in New Super Mario Bros. U in the level Blooming Lakitus, and in New Super Luigi U in the levels Spinning Sandstones and Beanstalk Jungle.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Viridi briefly mentions them during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Piranha Pods reappear in Mario Party Superstars, replacing the Strawberry Seeds from the original Mario Party on the Peach's Birthday Cake board. The game also marks the debut of Big Piranha Pods, which sprout into Big Piranha Plants.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Pakkun Tane[2]
A romanization of「パックンタネ」, meaning "Piranha Seed"

Derived from a part of the name of the folktale character Jugemu
Chinese 刺刺球
Cìcì Qiú
Spiky Ball
Dutch Piranha Pod -
French (NOA) Gousse Piranha Piranha Pod
French (NOE) Pic-Piranha Spiky piranha
German Piranha-Spross Piranha Bud
Italian Bulbo di Pianta Piranha Bulb of Piranha Plant
Russian Пиранья-отпрыск
Offspring Piranha
Spanish (NOA) Semilla piraña Piranha Seed
Spanish (NOE) Bulbo Planta Piraña Piranha Plant Bulb


  1. ^ Nintendo. (June 15, 2021). Mario Party Superstars - Nintendo Treehouse: Live | E3 2021. YouTube. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U internal filename (pakkun_tane)