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This article is about the Piranha Plant that can walk and carry a tiny spiked ball at the same time. For the Piranha plant that can only walk, see Stalking Piranha Plant. For the Piranha Plant that can only carry a spiked ball, see River Piranha Plant. For the special move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, see Ptooie (move).
A Ptooie in Paper Mario: The Origami King
A Ptooie from Paper Mario: The Origami King
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Glad Ptooie
River Piranha Plant
Stalking Piranha Plant
Wild Ptooie Piranha
Notable members
“You make me so mad I could spit!”
Ptooie, "Never Koop a Koopa"

Ptooies, or Ptooie Plants[1], are a type of Piranha Plant that can hover spiked balls over their mouths. Many of them are also capable of walking, though some are stationed within pipes instead. Their name comes from an onomatopoeia for spitting.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Ptooie as seen in Super Mario Bros. 3

Ptooies make their debut in Super Mario Bros. 3 as regular enemies. A Ptooie can be identified by the spiked ball it suspends in the air over its mouth. Occasionally, Ptooies will blow the spiked ball high into the air in order to inflict damage on passing travelers. As with standard Piranha Plants, Ptooies can be destroyed with fireballs, hammers, Koopa Shells, or Raccoon or Tanooki Mario's tail whips. Additionally, the spiked ball can be crushed by Tanooki Mario (in statue form) for 2000 points.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Two Ptooies from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Ptooies make a few appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where they always attack Mario and/or his friends on sight. They are sometimes used as guns. Unlike in the game, where they are limited to blowing a single spiked ball in the air, Ptooies can shoot a whole barrage of spiked balls in any direction.

Ptooies in the show are capable of speaking in the episode "Never Koop a Koopa", despite the fact that most members of the Piranha Plant family never speak at all.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

Two Ptooies appear in Koopa Capers, presumably brought to Dark Land by Wendy O. Koopa, who needs one to season a potion she intends to create. Encountered by Luigi in a Fortress, the plumber escapes the plants by jumping over them while absentmindedly wondering what they are doing wandering around in a dark and dank fortress, instead of being outside.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

A Ptooie from Super Princess Peach

In Super Princess Peach, if Princess Peach uses Rage to pound the ground or simply uses Poundbrella nearby, the ball will be lost, but Ptooie will survive. They will then simply move back and forth slowly until defeated. Even without the ball, Ptooies cannot be stomped. In this game, Ptooies had a green skin coloration similar to the Wild Ptooie Piranha, a species of Piranha Plant found in the Yoshi franchise. A species of Ptooie under the Vibe Scepter's spell called Glad Ptooies appear.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

“Sometimes I just get the urge to beat up a Ptooie. You ever get that urge? They're just so annoying!”
Huey, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Ptooies return in Paper Mario: Color Splash, found in Mossrock Theater and the Emerald Circus. In battle, they can blow their spiked balls with enough force to fall on Mario, but without them, they bite him. They can be summoned by Lemmy Koopa to assist in battle, along with Circus Bros. and Juggler Bros.

There is also a character named Piper that is a Ptooie.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Origami Ptooies in Paper Mario: The Origami King

Ptooies make an appearance in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where origami Ptooies can be encountered as regular enemies. In the Shroom City café, a singing Ptooie can be found alongside a singing Dino Rhino and a Sombrero Guy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Piranha Plant can produce a spiked ball and hover it in place in the same fashion as a Ptooie. In addition, it can direct the spiked ball to other fighters and attack them. This Piranha Plant also has feet like the Ptooie, but does not leave its flower pot in order to move. On the Palutena's Temple stage, Ptooies are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Other appearances[edit]

Ptooies were originally going to appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, but they were removed for unknown reasons.

Despite Ptooies not appearing in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, similar enemies called Stalking Piranha Plants and River Piranha Plants appear in World 5 as common enemies and in World 6 as rare enemies.



Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy
A Ptooie sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash. HP 64 Type Spiny 3
A Ptooi card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Strong Jump Weak None
Moves Bite Attack (9), Ball Attack (36), Ball Counterattack (5), Group Attack (9), Blowback Attack (24)
Location(s) Mossrock Theater
Quotes N/A
Enemy Class
Dropped Items
Hammer Scraps 20 Red Paint 35 Yellow Paint 35 Blue Paint 0 Orange Paint 0 Green Paint 35 Purple Paint 0

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King Enemy
An origami Ptooie from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 40-50? Moves Location(s)
Type Spiked Bite (?), Bite Barrage (?), Ball Toss (?), Spell Toss (?), Team Toss (?), Plant Pitch (?) Spring of Jungle Mist
Item Drops None
Word to the wise: those spiky balls they keep aloft by breath alone hurt a fair bit if they fall on you.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フーフーパックン[2]
Fūfū Pakkun
Portmanteau of「フーフー」(fūfū, onomatopoeia for blowing sound) and「パックンフラワー」(Pakkun Furawā, Piranha Plant)
Chinese 呼呼吞食花
Hūhū Tūnshí Huā
Blow Piranha Plant
Dutch Ptooie -
French Ptooie -
German Flora Morgenstern
Spucki (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Spucker (Never Koop a Koopa only)
Flora Morning Star
Spit Plant
Italian Pianta Canterina
Sparamine (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Singing Plant
Mine Shooter
Korean 후후뻐끔
Huhu Ppeokkeum
Blowing Piranha
Portuguese Planta Cuspideira Spitter Plant
Romanian Scuipătoare (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3) Spitter
Russian тьфуша
From тьфу (t'fu, onomatopoeia for spitting)
Spanish Flor Metralla (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Spanish (NOA) Piraña Petraña
Spanish (NOE) Plantarina From planta (plant) and bailarina (ballerina)



  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 54.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 41
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Bros. 3 section, pages 35 and 37.