Spiny Piranha Plant

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Not to be confused with Prickly Piranha Plant.
A Spiny Piranha Plant model
Spiny Piranha Plant
Prickly Piranha Plant Galaxy.png
Spiny Piranha Plant artwork
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Parent species Big Piranha Plant
Derived species
Prickly Piranha Plant
Related species
Piranha Creeper

The Spiny Piranha Plant[1] is a purple variant of Big 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.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Spiny Piranha Plant reappears with the same behavior. There is only one Spiny Piranha Plant in the game, in Rightside Down Galaxy. 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. They appear in Sky Station Galaxy and Throwback Galaxy.

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

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲトゲパックン
Togetoge Pakkun
Thorny Piranha
Spanish (NOA) planta piraña púa Thorn Piranha Plant
Spanish (NOE) Planta Piraña Púa Thorn Piranha Plant
French (NOA) Fleur Piranha épineuse Spiny Piranha Flower; shared with Prickly Piranha Plant
French (NOE) Ronce Piranha Piranha Bramble
Dutch Spiny Piranha -
German Lila Piranha-Pflanze[citation needed]
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
Russian колючее растение-пиранья
kolyuchee rastenie-piran'ya
Spiny Piranha Plant


  1. Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 29.