Prickly Piranha Plant

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A Prickly Piranha Plant model
Prickly Piranha Plant
Prickly Piranha Plant Galaxy.png
Prickly Piranha Plant artwork
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Parent species Big Piranha Plant
Derived species
Spiny Piranha Plant
Related species
Piranha Creeper

Prickly Piranha Plants[1] are a purple variant of Big Piranha Plant first appearing in the game Super Mario Galaxy. They are bigger, purple Piranha Plants whose stems are covered in spikes. To attack, a Prickly Piranha Plant attempts to slam its head into Mario or Luigi. It can be defeated by hitting it with Stretch Plants, by stomping it after it has slammed its head on the ground or shooting it with a fireball as Fire Mario. Some are necessary to be defeated in order to make a Sproutle Vine grow so Mario (or Luigi) can proceed. Shooting one with a Star Bit makes the Prickly Piranha Plant act immediately.

They reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 with the same behavior, though they are very rare. One appears in Throwback Galaxy near the elevator and another appears in the Rightside Down Galaxy. The game also introduces a new variation called the Spiny Piranha Plant, which attacks in a similar way, but is black and cannot be stomped due the spikes on its head. There is only one Spiny Piranha Plant in the game, in Sky Station Galaxy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Ronce Piranha Piranha Bramble
German Lila Piranha-Pflanze Purple Piranha Plant
Italian Rovo Piranha Bramble Piranha


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Premiere Edition guide. Page 29.