Putrid Piranha

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This article is about the enemy in the Paper Mario series. For the enemy in Super Mario Odyssey, see Poison Piranha Plant.
Putrid Piranha
Putrid Piranha.png
A Putrid Piranha in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (cameo, version 2.0.0) (2019)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Frost Piranha
Piranha Plorp
Poison Piranha Plant
Putrid Piranha, Paper Mario

A Putrid Piranha is a Piranha Plant with a poisonous bite and poisonous breath, found in the Paper Mario series.


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

The Putrid Piranhas of Paper Mario are found on Lavalava Island. These Putrid Piranhas are red with white spots and have yellow-stained teeth. Putrid Piranhas are close relatives of the Piranha Plants, but are distinctly larger, and have lolling tongues. Their posture, teeth, and tongues make them resemble the Piranha Plants from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, fitting with the other references to the game on the island. Due to their forward-facing head, they can be safely jumped upon in this game. Some of them appear as mini-bosses in the Jade Jungle located on Lavalava Island, while they appear as common enemies in Mt. Lavalava itself. During battle Putrid Piranhas can use a poison breath attack, which poisons Mario while doing two points of damage. In Jade Jungle, a few of them attack the orange Baby Yoshi. The Frost Piranha uses recolored Putrid Piranha graphics.

Super Mario-Kun; shows information for the game

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Putrid Piranhas reappear in the sequel of Paper Mario as well and can be found on Keelhaul Key as uncommon enemies. Instead of being red with white spots, they are yellow with red spots. In addition, they have purple teeth, green lips, and a blue tongue. Like their Lavalava relatives, the Putrid Piranha has glands that turn their breath into a lethal poison. Unlike their Lavalava relatives, they stand upright, making them impossible to jump on normally (unless Mario has the Spike Shield badge equipped), and are not known to live in burning temperatures. They are also no longer larger than their relatives, due to now being recolors of regular Pale Piranhas.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

These are the Putrid Piranhas that live in the Land of the Cragnons in Super Paper Mario looking the same as the Putrid Piranhas from the previous game. This Putrid Piranha emerges from pipes and will only use its poisonous breath instead of the chomp. These Putrid Piranhas have a high chance of dropping items, especially Horsetails due to the poison status being very deadly if the player has no items. It is possible to stomp it when it is exhaling the poisonous gas by jumping on its exposed head.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Putrid Piranhas appear in volume 26 of Super Mario-Kun. When a White Magikoopa ambushes Mario and his partners in Lavalava Island, he uses Putrid Piranha plants. They bite Mario's head and let out a bad breath, poisoning Mario and Goombario. The Fearsome 5, however, comes to the rescue and attack the White Magikoopa while sealing the Putrid Piranhas' mouth with tape. One of the Yoshis then defeats the White Magikoopa by using a Thunder Rage on him.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Piranha Plant turns into a Putrid Piranha during its Poison Breath move, and spits poisonous gas to damage other fighters. It is also mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.


Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario Enemy
Putrid Piranha
Putrid Piranha Paper Mario.png Max HP 12 Attack 3 Defense 0 Type Ground
Level 17 Strong None Weak None Moves Bite (3), Poison Breath (2, Poison - Good, 3)
Sleep? 95%, 1 Dizzy? 50%, 0 Shock? 90%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 85%, 0 Fright? 30% Air Lift? 20% Hurricane? 20%
Coins 1 + 1-3 Items Fire Flower, Super Shroom Run 24 Location(s) Jade Jungle, Mt. Lavalava
Tattle This is a Putrid Piranha. Max HP: 12, Attack Power: 3, Defense Power: 0 Putrid Piranhas sometimes bite, but the truly scary thing is their nasty, poisonous breath. The power of their bad breath is 2, but your HP will begin to fall if you get poisoned. You should try to recover as quickly as possible if you get poisoned.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Enemy
Putrid Piranha
Putrid Piranha.png Max HP 8 Attack 3 Defense 0 Location(s) Keelhaul Key
Sleep? 105% Dizzy? 50% Confuse? 95% Tiny? 90%
Stop? 80% Soft? 95% Burn? 100% Freeze? 70%
Fright? 20% Gale Force? 40% KO? 95% Moves Jaw Clamp (3), Poison Breath (2 to Mario and Partner, Poison, Piercing)
Level 20 Exp. points 0 Coins 0 - 3 Items Super Shroom, Maple Syrup (drop only), FP Plus (drop only)
Log A poisonous Piranha Plant. It'll poison your allies. Use your guard effectively to avoid poisoning.
Tattle That's a Putrid Piranha. It's a poisonous Piranha Plant. That color is totally sickly... Max HP is 8, Attack is 3, and Defense is 0. It bites, AND it attacks with super-rank poison breath. Breath mint, table four! If you get poisoned, your HP will slowly go down, so, y'know, try not to.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario Enemy
Putrid Piranha
SPMPutridPiranha.png Max HP 5 Attack 2 Defense 0 Location(s) Downtown of Crag (5-1), Gap of Crag (5-2), Floro Caverns (5-3 and 5-4)
Score 500 Items Horsetail, Keel Mango, Fresh Veggie, Peachy Peach Card Type Common Card Location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Card Description It's a poisonous Piranha Plant. As they say, every rose has its venomous bite.
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Tattle This disgusting weed is a Putrid Piranha. It will spew poisonous sludge at you... Max HP is 5 and Attack is 2. if you are poisoned, you will lose HP quickly... Thankfully, most items that restore HP also cure poison. Some say that pollution turned them into poisonous weeds...


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポイズンパックン
Poizun Pakkun
Poison Piranha
Spanish (NOA) piraña hedionda Heinous Piranha
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Pocha Rotten Piranha
French Piranha Pouah
Piranha kipu
Yuck Piranha
Stinking Piranha. "Kipu" is pun on qui pue (stinking).
Dutch Putrid Piranha -
German Faul-Piranha Rotten Piranha
Italian Piranha velenosa Poisonous Piranha
Russian гнилое растение-пиранья
gniloe rastenie-piran'ya
Putrid Piranha Plant
Korean 포이즌뻐끔플라워
Poijeun Ppeokkeum Pellawo
Poison Piranha Plant
Chinese (Simplified) 毒食人花 (Paper Mario)
Dú Shírénhuā
毒吞食花 (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Dú Tūnshíhuā
Poison Piranha Plant