Stalking Piranha Plant

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This article is about the enemy. For the similarly named Rock-Candy Mines course, see Walking Piranha Plants!.
Stalking Piranha Plant
StalkingPiranhaPlant.pngFrozen Stalker Plant.png
A Stalking Piranha Plant (left) and a frozen variant (right)
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Parent species Piranha Plant
Derived species
Fire Stalking Piranha Plant
Related species

Stalking Piranha Plants[1] are a type of Piranha Plant that appear in the Mario franchise, as enemies that often have the ability to stretch their necks. Their design is similar to the design of Elasto-Piranhas from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Stalking Piranha Plants in an Enemy Course in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Stalking Piranha Plants first appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they appear in World 5 as common enemies and World 6 as rare enemies. When the player(s) are not nearby, they walk around on two legs, like Ptooies, and when the player(s) approach them they stretch out their necks up and downwards in order to block the player's paths and to attack them. Stalking Piranha Plants also appear as the enemy of the World 5 Enemy Course. These enemies can be defeated by a fireball, being Ground Pounded when frozen by an ice-ball, a Super Star, or a shell. Like most Piranha Plants, these enemies cannot be picked up when frozen.

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

Stalking Piranha Plants reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and their Nintendo Switch ports where they act the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Yoshi's Wooly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

A Stalking Piranha Plant in Yoshi's Woolly World

Stalking Piranha Plants reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and in its 3DS port, being made of yarn and ribbon. They mainly appear in the level Naval Piranha's Sewer. In this game, if the stalk of the plant is hit, then the head will fall down next to the body, and the two will rejoin each other shortly after. When the head and body rejoin, a sound plays similar to that of a Dry Bones' regeneration sound. Attacking the head will permanently defeat the Stalking Piranha Plant. They attack similarly to how they attack in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Main article: Fire Stalking Piranha Plant

While Stalking Piranha Plants do not appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, a new variant of Stalking Piranha Plants known as Fire Stalking Piranha Plants appear in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Piranha Plant has an attack where it stretches its stem to bite distanced opponents, which is based off of Stalking Piranha Plants and Elasto Piranhas.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese テクテクパックン
Tekuteku Pakkun
Tekuteku is the onomatopoeia for walking. Pakkun is the Japanese name of Piranha Plant.
French Plante Piranha errante Wandering Piranha Plant
Italian Piranha Vagante Wandering Piranha



  1. ^ Scrapbook Theatre, Yoshi's Woolly World