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Paper Mario series
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. 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 Orange Baby Yoshi. The Frost Piranha uses recolored Putrid Piranha graphics.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
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, their teeth are purple and their lips are green. 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, and are not known to live in burning temperatures. They are also no longer larger than their relatives and lack a noticeable tongue, due to now being recolors of regular Pale Piranhas.
Super Paper Mario
These are the Putrid Piranhas that live in the Land of the Cragnons in Super Paper Mario. They look the same as the Putrid Piranhas from the previous game, but since their tongue is sometimes visible, it is shown to be blue. 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.
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.
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