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
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 will unlock Wind-Up Tower.


The level starts in a desert setting with a Warp Pipe that will take the player(s) to the underground portion of the level. There is a secret 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 Star Coin is killed, they will see an 8-bit Luigi.



  • The Big Piranha Plants of this level are seen on top of pipes, but don't 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