Spiny Piranha Plant
- Not to be confused with Prickly Piranha Plant.
|Spiny Piranha Plant|
Spiny Piranha Plant artwork
|First appearance||Super Mario Galaxy (2007)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
|Variant of||Big Piranha Plant|
The Spiny Piranha Plant is a purple relative of Piranha Plant first appearing in the game Super Mario Galaxy. They are bigger, purple Piranha Plants whose stems are covered in spikes. To attack, a Spiny Piranha Plant attempts to slam its head into Mario or Luigi. It can be defeated by hitting it with rubbery bulbs, by stomping it after it has slammed its head on the ground, or shooting it with a fireball as Fire Mario. Some are necessary to be defeated in order to make a Sproutle Vine grow so Mario (or Luigi) can proceed. Shooting one with a Star Bit makes the Spiny Piranha Plant act immediately. They appear in the Good Egg Galaxy, the Beach Bowl Galaxy, and the Gusty Garden Galaxy.
In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Spiny Piranha Plant reappears with the same behavior. The game also introduces a new variation called the Prickly Piranha Plant, which attacks in a similar way, but is black and cannot be stomped due the spikes on its head. Spiny Piranha Plants appear in the Rightside Down Galaxy and the Throwback Galaxy.
Mario approaches a Spiny Piranha Plant in the Good Egg Galaxy
Two Spiny Piranha Plants visible in the Gusty Garden Galaxy
Mario near a Spiny Piranha Plant in the Throwback Galaxy
|Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
|ObjectData/PackunFlower.arc||PackunFlower||Piranha Plant (note that Piranha Plant is "Petit Packun")|
Names in other languages
|Sharp Point Piranha Plant|
|French (NOA)||Fleur Piranha épineuse||Spiny Piranha Flower; shared with Prickly Piranha Plant|
|French (NOE)||Ronce Piranha||Piranha Bramble|
|German||Lila Piranha-Pflanze
Petit Piranha (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
|Purple Piranha Plant|
Petit Piranha (erroneously derived from the internal filename for the basic Piranha Plant from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, which is PetitPackun; compare with its actual internal filename, which is PackunFlower)
|Italian||Rovo Piranha||Bramble Piranha|
|Spiny Piranha Plant|
|Spanish (NOA)||planta piraña púa||Thorn Piranha Plant|
|Spanish (NOE)||Planta Piraña lila||Purple Piranha Plant|
- Due to its file name relative to that of normal Piranha Plants, it seems that in early development, this was intended to be the "normal" Piranha Plant while the ones that are normal in the final would have been a "small" variant; the specific nomenclature implies they would be Nipper Plants.
- Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 29.