River Piranha Plant

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River Piranha Plant
SMR River Piranha.png
In-game artwork from Super Mario Run
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Variant of Ptooie

River Piranha Plants are a variant of Piranha Plant that, as their name implies, lives in rivers. They appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, Super Mario Run starting from the version 3.0.4 update, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. They greatly resemble the Jumping Piranha Plant of Super Mario World in design, as well as real-life floating plants, like duckweeds and frogbit.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

River Piranha Plants first appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they appear in World 5-1 as common enemies. When Mario is not around, they blow green spike balls like a Ptooie's method of attacking. When Mario approaches, they suck in and bring the spike ball to their lips and slowly blow it upwards to attack. Just like regular Piranha Plants, they can be defeated with fireballs or a Star. Hitting it with an iceball will also freeze it in place. The spike ball itself can be taken out with a shell or the Star, after which the River Piranha Plant will sweat and panic in place, unable to do anything.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

River Piranha Plants reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U and its Nintendo Switch port as rare enemies that only appear in Fliprus Lake and Seesaw Bridge. In New Super Luigi U, River Piranha Plants appear in Spinning Sandstones and Fliprus Floes. Their behavior does not change.

Super Mario Run[edit]

River Piranha Plants appear in Super Mario Run starting with the version 3.0.4 update. In the World Tour mode, they only appear in the level Spike Bar Jungle.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, River Piranha Plants (just called River Piranhas) are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.



Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Notebook bio: "This may look like a regular Piranha Plant, but they can move objects by blowing on them."

Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. U
1 Data/files/Object/pakkun_water.arc
pakkun_water Water Piranha; compare walking version

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウキパックン
Uki Pakkun
Float Piranha

Chinese 漂浮吞食花
Piāofú Tūnshíhuā
Float Piranha Plant

Dutch River Piranha
French Aqua Piranha
Aqua Piranha
German Teich-Piranha
Pond Piranha
Italian Piranha acquatica (Super Mario Run)
Pianta Piranha di fiume[1] (New Super Mario Bros. Wii)
Pianta Piranha di Fiume[2] (New Super Mario Bros. U)
Pianta Piranha acquatica (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Aquatic Piranha
River Piranha Plant
River Piranha Plant
Aquatic Piranha Plant
Korean 둥둥뻐끔
Dung-dung Ppeokkum
Floating Piranha

Portuguese (NOA) Piranha-d'água
Water Piranha
Portuguese (NOE) Lírio-Piranha[3]
Piranha Lily
Russian пиранья-лилия
Lily piranha

Spanish (NOA) Piraña fontana
Fountain piranha
Spanish (NOE) Lirio Piraña
Piranha Lily


  1. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 144
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 209
  3. ^ Canal New Super Mario Bros. U (February 18th, 2013). New Super Mario Bros. U - Selva Gelatinosa-6 - Derrote os Lírios-Piranha por 1UPs (Wii U) video title and description.