Spiny Piranha Plant

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Not to be confused with Prickly Piranha Plant.
Spiny Piranha Plant
Prickly Piranha Plant Galaxy.png
Spiny Piranha Plant artwork
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Variants
Prickly Piranha Plant
Comparable
Big Piranha Plant
Piranha Creeper

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

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.

The Piranha Creeper introduced in Super Mario 3D World has a similar appearance to the Spiny Piranha Plant.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲトゲパックン
Togetoge Pakkun

Packun Flower[2]
(internal)
Thorny Piranha


Piranha Plant (file name)
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
Chinese 尖刺吞食花
Jiāncì Tūnshíhuā
Sharp Point Piranha Plant

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 29.
  2. ^ PackunFlower, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal file name