Piranhas in the Dark

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This article is about Piranhas in the Dark, a level in New Super Luigi U. For other uses, see Layer-Cake Desert-3.
Piranhas in the Dark
New Super Luigi U level.
Level code World 2-3
World Layer-Cake Desert
Game New Super Luigi U
Primary power-up Fire Flower
Time limit 100 seconds
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Piranhas in the Dark, or Layer-Cake Desert-3, is the third course of Layer-Cake Desert in New Super Luigi U. It is unlocked by completing Spike's Tumbling Desert, and its own completion unlocks Wind-Up Tower.


The level starts in a desert setting with a Warp Pipe that takes the player to the underground portion of the level. There is a Hidden Block containing a Super Star above the Warp Pipe. The underground section is dark, with spotlights lighting portions of the area. The area begins with a section of tilting platforms on tracks, as Big Piranha Plants on Warp Pipes. A Big Piranha Plant is found on one of the tilting platforms, and is followed by a section of the ground with a ? Block containing a Glowing Baby Yoshi. A section of tilting platforms on diagonal tracks follows, with Fire Bros. on some of them. After the Fire Bros., Big Venus Fire Traps are found on Warp Pipes. A Warp Pipe is found at the end of the area, which leads above ground to the area with the Goal Pole.

Star Coins[edit]

  • Star Coin 1: The first Star Coin is found above the first Piranha Plant.
  • Star Coin 2: The second Star Coin is below the Piranha Plant on the last platform before the second flat area.
  • Star Coin 3: A green Warp Pipe located near the end of the level has a Big Venus Fire Trap on it. It must be defeated with a Fire Flower or a Super Star, allowing the player to access the Warp Pipe. Alternatively, the player can pass through the enemy and enter the pipe if able to take the resultant damage. The third Star Coin is found above the exit Warp Pipe.

Luigi Sighting[edit]

If the Piranha Plant guarding the Warp Pipe leading to the third Star Coin is defeated, an 8-bit Luigi can be seen.


Image Name Count
A Big Piranha Plant from New Super Mario Bros. U Big Piranha Plant 4
Fire Bro in New Super Mario Bros. U Fire Bro 2
Piranha Flower Big Venus Fire Trap 5

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 暗やみパックンの どうくつ
Kurayami Pakkun no Dōkutsu
Dark Piranha Plant's Cave

Chinese 黑暗吞食花的洞窟
Hēi'àn Tūnshí Huā de Dòngkū
Dark Piranha Plant's Cave

Dutch Piranha Plants in het pikkedonker
Piranha Plants in the Pitch Darkness
Italian Piante Piranha al buio
Piranha Plants in the dark
Korean 어두운 뻐끔 동굴
Eoduun Ppeokkeum Donggul
Dark Piranha Cavern

Portuguese Plantas Piranhas à Meia-Luz
Piranha Plants on the Half-light
Spanish (NOA) Esta gruta está que muerde


  • The Big Piranha Plants of this level are seen on top of pipes, but do not go in them as if they were on the ground. This also occurs near the beginning of Slippery Rope Ladders. This may be because the pipes themselves are normal-sized rather than huge.

Level map[edit]

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