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
NSLU Piranhas in the Dark Screenshot.png
World-Level World 2-3
World Layer-Cake Desert
Game New Super Luigi U
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 will take the player to the underground portion of the level. There is a hidden Super Star above the warp pipe. The next portion of the level is very dim, with spotlights lighting the way throughout the course. It mainly consists of tilting platforms that move up and down.

Star Coins[edit]

  • Star Coin 1: Above the first Piranha Plant.
  • Star Coin 2: Underneath the Piranha Plant on the last platform before the second flat area.
  • Star Coin 3: In a green pipe near the end of the level with a Big Venus Fire Trap on it that must be killed with a Fire Flower or the secret Super Star.

Luigi Sighting[edit]

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



  • 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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (NOA) Esta gruta está que muerde
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

Level map[edit]

NSLU Piranhas in the Dark Map.png