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
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 size, 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, unlike their regular variant in Forever Forest, they can safely be jumped on without the Spike Shield badge. 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, where they work for the Lava Piranha who lives there. 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, which appears later in Shiver Snowfield, is an icy relative of the Putrid Piranha.

Putrid Piranha. Page 68, volume 26 of Super Mario-kun.
Super Mario-Kun; shows information for the game

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Putrid Piranhas reappear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, where they can be found on Keelhaul Key as uncommon enemies. They are no longer larger than their relatives, now being recolors of regular Pale Piranhas. Relating to this, 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. Unlike the previous ones, they stand upright, making them impossible to jump on normally (unless Mario has the Spike Shield badge equipped), and are not shown living in burning temperatures.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Putrid Piranhas live in the Land of the Cragnons and look the same as in the previous game. Here, they emerge from pipes and will only attack with their poisonous breath. 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. Uniquely to this game, it is mentioned in their Tattle description that Putrid Piranhas' poisonous nature is rumored to be a result of pollution, possibly serving as an early hint to the problem of the Cragnons' littering and explaining why the poisonous plants have come to reside in the Cragnons' land.

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]

Piranha Plant (in its Putrid Piranha form) attacking Toon Link with poison gas

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
Battle idle animation of a Putrid Piranha from Paper Mario Max HP 12 Attack 3 Defense 0
Role Common, boss 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 Official Nintendo Player's Guide: Even worse than a normal Piranha Plant, Putrid Piranha is equipped with the worst breath this side of Tayce T.'s garlic bread cook-off. If that isn't enough, it also possesses quick reflexes and a strong bite.[1]

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 Role Common Level 20
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)
Exp. points 0 Coins 0 - 3 Items Super Shroom, Maple Syrup (drop only), FP Plus (drop only)
Tattle Log #:
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
Sprite of a Putrid Piranha from Super Paper Mario. Max HP 5 Role Common Location(s) Downtown of Crag (5-1), Gap of Crag (5-2), Floro Caverns (5-3 and 5-4)
Attack 2 Card type Common
Defense 0 Items Horsetail, Keel Mango, Fresh Veggie, Peachy Peach Card location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Score 500
Card description It's a poisonous Piranha Plant. As they say, every rose has its venomous bite.
  List of Catch Cards  
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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

Chinese 毒食人花 (Paper Mario)
Dú Shírénhuā
毒吞食花 (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Dú Tūnshíhuā

Poison Piranha Plant

Dutch Putrid Piranha
French Piranha Pouah
Piranha kipu
Yuck Piranha
Piranha + a pun on qui pue ("stinking")
German Faul-Piranha
Rotten Piranha
Italian Piranha velenosa
Poisonous Piranha
Korean 포이즌뻐끔플라워
Poijeun Ppeokkeum Pellawo
Poison Piranha Plant

Russian гнилое растение-пиранья
gniloe rastenie-piran'ya
Putrid Piranha Plant

Spanish (NOA) Piraña hedionda
Heinous piranha
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Pocha
Rotten Piranha


  1. ^ Paper Mario Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 109.