River Piranha Plant

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River Piranha Plant
A River Piranha Plant from New Super Mario Bros. U.
First Appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest Appearance New Super Luigi U (2013)
Parent Species Piranha Plant
Related Species

River Piranha Plants[1] are variant of Piranha Plants that appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U. They appear in World 5-1 as common enemies in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They also appear in Fliprus Lake and Seesaw Bridge in New Super Mario Bros. U. As their name implies, they live in rivers. When Mario is not around, they blow green spike balls like a Ptooie's method of attacking. When Mario approaches, however, 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 Starman. The spike ball itself can be taken out with a shell or the Starman, after which the River Piranha Plant will sweat and panic in place, unable to do anything.

In New Super Luigi U, River Piranha Plants appear in quicksand as well as water. Their behavior does not change.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウキパックン[2]
Float Piranha
German Fluss-Piranha[citation needed] River Piranha


  1. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Prima eGuide. Enemies tab.
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U official Dengeki Kouryaku Japanese guide, page 12