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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 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 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Booster Course Pass, Wave 4) (2023)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Notable members
“You make me so mad I could spit!”
Ptooie, "Never Koop a Koopa"

Ptooies are a type of Piranha Plant that can hover Spike Balls over their mouths. Many of them are also capable of walking, though some are stationed within pipes instead. Their name is an onomatopoeia for spitting.


Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Artwork of a Ptooie from Super Mario Bros. 3
A Ptooie as seen in Super Mario Bros. 3

Ptooies, also referred to as Ptooie Plants,[1] 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, letting passing travelers jump between them. 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 episode "Never Koop a Koopa".

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

Ptooies return 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]

Mario in a jungle with origami Ptooies in Paper Mario: The Origami King
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.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

GBA Riverside Park in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
A Ptooie in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Ptooies make their Mario Kart series (and overall fully three-dimensional) debut in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass as obstacles in GBA Riverside Park. They blow items such as Dash Mushrooms and Banana Peels instead of Spike Balls, which fall onto the course when the Ptooies are hit by an item such as a Green Shell.[2] The Ptooies do not blow any items in Time Trials or when the item settings are not set on Normal Items.

In tweets made about GBA Riverside Park's appearance in the Booster Course Pass, Nintendo mistook the Ptooies for Stalking Piranha Plants.[3] The mistake was later corrected.[4]

Unused appearances[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

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

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

フーフーパックン (JP) / Ptooie (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
種族しゅぞく フラワーぞく Tribe Flower clan
性格せいかく すぐむきになる Disposition Quick to take offense
登場とうじょうゲーム 3 Game appearances 3


Flower with amazing lung capacity

They open their mouths wide and blow their spiked black balls, called "Shūringan", right up into the air. There are two types: those that stay in pipes all the time and those that walk around. Be careful, because there are places where there are two of them walking around.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
A Ptooie sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash. HP 64 Type Spiny Role Common Card
Strong Jump Weak None Card drop rate 3
A Ptooi card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
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 48 Moves Location(s)
Type Spiked Bite (?), Bite Barrage (?), Ball Toss (?), Spell Toss (?), Team Toss (?), Plant Pitch (?) Spring of Jungle Mist
Role Common
Item drops Large bag of Confetti
Word to the wise: those spiky balls they keep aloft by breath alone hurt a fair bit if they fall on you.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Ptooie.

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Paper Mario: Sticker Star huhupakkun From the Japanese name
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe TekutekuPackun.bfres TekutekuPackun Stalking Piranha Plant

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フーフーパックン[6]
Fūfū Pakkun
Portmanteau of「フーフー」(fūfū, onomatopoeia for blowing on something) 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 Ptooie[7]
Sparamine ("Never Koop a Koopa")
Sputamine volanti ("Kootie Pie Rocks")
Pianta sparamine ("Crimes R Us")
Pianta Canterina
Mine Shooter
Flying Mine Spitter
Mine shooter plant
Singing Plant
Korean 후후뻐끔
Huhu Ppeokkeum
Blowing Piranha

Portuguese Planta Cuspideira
Spitter Plant
Romanian Scuipătoare (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Russian тьфуша
From тьфу (t'fu, onomatopoeia for spitting) with Russian masculine diminutive suffix -ша (-sha)

Spanish Flor Metralla (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Spanish (NOA) Piraña Petraña
Spanish (NOE) Plantarina
From planta ("plant") and bailarina ("ballerina")



  1. ^ (June 1990). Nintendo Power Volume 13. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 54.
  2. ^ 任天堂ホームページ (March 2, 2023). GBA リバーサイドパーク. YouTube (Japanese). Retrieved March 2, 2023.
  3. ^ @NintendoUK (March 8, 2023). Time to make a splash! Dodge the Stalking Piranha Plants and burst through the waterfall of Mario Kart: Super Circuit’s Riverside Park, coming in Wave 4 of the #MarioKart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass. X (British English). Archived March 8, 2023, 15:36:58 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  4. ^ @NintendoUK (March 9, 2023). Looks like we need to brush up on our botany! Thanks for letting us know that we got our Stalking Piranha Plants and Ptooies mixed up when we originally posted this.. X (British English). Retrieved March 9, 2023.
  5. ^ (1994). 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 185.
  6. ^ Nintendo (1988). スーパーマリオブラザーズ3 (Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Surī) instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 41.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Italian manual. Page 40.