Fire Piranha Plant

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Fire Piranha Plant
FirepiranhaNSMBU.png Artwork of a Fire Piranha Plant from Super Mario 3D Land
Artwork from New Super Mario Bros. U (left) and Super Mario 3D Land (right) respectively
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Notable members

A Fire Piranha Plant (also called a Fire Piranha in Paper Mario: Sticker Star and originally known as a Venus Fire Trap[1][2][3]) is a variety of Piranha Plant that can shoot fireballs from its mouth. Currently, Fire Piranha Plants have two different designs that are used inconsistently between games; one that resembles a standard Piranha Plant, and one that colored is black with orange spots. Their original name, "Venus Fire Trap," is a play on the name of the Venus flytrap. The Frost Piranha is a counterpart of the Fire Piranha Plant that spits ice balls instead of fireballs.


Super Mario series[edit]

Artwork of a Venus Fire Trap for Super Mario Bros. 3.
Artwork of a Venus Fire Trap, from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Venus Fire Trap
Venus Fire Trap

In their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, Venus Fire Traps appear as common enemies in most worlds. Their attack pattern basically consists of hiding in Warp Pipes, much like regular Piranha Plants, and, when Mario approaches, rising from the pipe and spitting an unstoppable fireball in his direction. Like regular Piranha Plants, they can only be defeated with power-ups, and depending on how tall they are, appear in red or green. In some levels, Venus Fire Traps can spit two times in a row, and some inhabit quicksand instead of pipes.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 has a sideways variant of the Venus Fire Trap with a red head and one layer of red leaves. They are seen in the World-e level Piped Full of Plants.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

Venus Fire Trap

In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Venus Fire Traps once again appear as common enemies and have the same attack pattern as in Super Mario Bros. 3. Unique to this game, they appear to have spikes on their heads, but only in the in-game sprites; this may be to justify Mario's inability to jump on them despite them not biting upwards. Venus Fire Trap statues appear in Mario's castle; like their living counterparts, they spit fireballs, although they also come in comparatively big and small sizes, and are limited to shooting their much larger fireballs straight forwards.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Main article: Big Fire Piranha
Main article: Small Piranha

While ordinary Venus Fire Traps do not appear in Super Mario 64 or its remake, large and small versions appear on Tiny-Huge Island and in Bowser in the Sky.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Venus Fire Trap

In New Super Mario Bros., Venus Fire Traps appear as uncommon enemies. Venus Fire Traps appear grounded in World 2-6, and World 5-Castle, and in pipes in World 3-B and World 6-3. They attack and behave in the same way as in Super Mario Bros. 3. They can be defeated with a Fire Flower, Starman, shell dash, or by Mega Mario or Luigi.

Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Firey Dino Piranha from Super Mario Galaxy.
Main article: Dino Piranha § Black

In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, normal Venus Fire Traps do not appear, but a fire-based variant of Dino Piranha, which is similarly able to shoot fireballs from its mouth, appears as a boss in both games.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

World 9-4
A Venus Fire Trap from New Super Mario Bros. Wii

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, they behave the same as in New Super Mario Bros. and can be defeated in the same way as last time; however, they can now be frozen via Penguin Suit or Ice Flower. They first appear in World 1-3. Venus Fire Traps can also be helpful to the player because they can be found in dark caves where there are no Light Blocks. The fire these enemies spit can light up a small amount of the room, often revealing secret pipes and pits. Yoshi can swallow the fireball or the Venus Fire Trap itself to be able to spit a fireball out, which can be used to defeat enemies, although this fireball can still hurt other players. Larger versions also reappear in this game; they are the same size as Super Piranha Plants and take three fireballs to destroy. The fireballs they spit are also larger. Just as before, if a Venus Fire Trap is in a pipe, it spits a fireball and briefly retreats into the pipe; if it has no pipe, it spits a fireball then chomps in the air for a few seconds before doing it again. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros. and previous games, however, they can no longer go through solid walls. In World 9-7, one Venus Fire Trap will spit three fireballs in a row (instead of one) before retreating into its pipe.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Artwork of a Fire Piranha Plant from Super Mario 3D Land
A Fire Piranha Plant from Super Mario 3D Land.

Fire Piranha Plants appear under their current name in Super Mario 3D Land, with a slight change in appearance. They are now a brownish black with orange spots, likely so they can be differentiated from regular Piranha Plants from afar, as they share the same stance in this game. Some leave behind a Fire Flower when they are defeated by Mario.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Venus Fire Traps also appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2 where they are referred by this name for the last time. They reuse their appearance from the previous New Super Mario Bros. games, with red and white spots. Big Venus Fire Traps also appear in the game. In World 6-2, using a Gold Ring inside a bonus room turns the Venus Fire Trap into a golden Venus Fire Trap; it acts the same as a normal one, but when it is defeated Coins emerge from the Warp Pipe, like a normal Piranha Plant.

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

Piranha Plants on Ice
Fire Piranha Plants in New Super Mario Bros. U

Fire Piranha Plants also reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U and it's Nintendo switch port along with their ice counterparts. They mostly retain their behavior and appearance from their previous New Super Mario Bros. series appearances, except that they always face up while not spitting fireballs.

Their fireballs can also melt Frozen Coins.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

A Fire Piranha Plant from Super Mario 3D World.
A Fire Piranha Plant from Super Mario 3D World.
Cat Fire Piranha Plant in Bowser's Fury
A cat-like Fire Piranha Plant

Fire Piranha Plants return in Super Mario 3D World. In this game they retain their appearance and behavior from Super Mario 3D Land.

They return in the game's port, where their fireballs are now more realistic-sounding. In Bowser's Fury, Fire Piranha Plants are replaced by Cat versions of themselves which act the same way as normal ones.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, appearing when the player shakes a Piranha Plant or a Jumping Piranha Plant, depending on which style. Despite never appearing in Super Mario Bros., they are given a new sprite based on the standard Piranha Plant's sprite in that style. They are also given new sprites in the Super Mario World style.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A captured Fire Piranha Plant in Super Mario Odyssey.
A Fire Piranha Plant after being captured by Mario.

Fire Piranha Plants appear in Super Mario Odyssey, where they can be found in the Lost Kingdom, the Luncheon Kingdom, and the Metro Kingdom. Unlike in prior 3D games, they look the same as normal Piranha Plants (which do not appear in this game), and when they are about to spit a fireball, their heads glow orange. Cappy will become trapped in a Fire Piranha Plant's mouth if Mario throws him at one, stopping it from spitting fireballs. If a rock is thrown at a Fire Piranha Plant, it will similarly hold it in its mouth, allowing Mario to capture the enemy and use it to shoot fireballs. Throwing Cappy at a fireball that a Fire Piranha Plant spits causes it to be knocked in a different direction. If a Fire Piranha Plant's fireball makes contact with a torch, the torch will light up.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Flying Fire Piranha Plant

Fire Piranha Plants reappear in Super Mario Maker 2. In the Super Mario 3D World style, they retain their appearance from the game, and are able to be defeated by being jumped on.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Piranha Plant and cohorts room in Magma Flare-Up
Fire Piranha Plants in KO Arena Magma Flare-Up

Fire Piranha Plants reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, acting the same as in previous appearances, but can spit multiple fireballs at once. Unlike previous 2D Mario games, they have their Super Mario 3D Land color scheme.

DIC cartoons[edit]

The Magic Piranha Plant with eyes from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode, "Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid"
Magic Piranha Plant
A Venus Fire Trap from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode, "Tag Team Trouble"

Piranha Plants with fireball exhaling abilities appear in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, though they are referred to as Magic Piranha Plants. Kid Koopa used one during his draw with Butch Mario in "Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid", where it briefly gained eyes when squeezed. Venus Fire Traps also make several appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. In the Super Mario World television series episode "Gopher Bash," Cheatsy sends a Venus Fire Trap (here called a fire plant)[4] as a replacement for one of the Cave People's crops. Here, it is depicted as a normal piranha plant with three spikes on top. When Yoshi eats it he notes that it tastes like salsa, while a normal piranha plant tastes bland. In "Fire Sale," Kootie Pie kidnaps Mama Fireplant, a fire plant from Dome City, and takes her to her ice castle to warm it up.

List of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episodes featuring Magic Piranha Plants[edit]

Nintendo Comics System[edit]

In the Nintendo Comics System story "The Fish That Should've Gotten Away", a giant green Venus Fire Trap appears among the large group of monsters attacking and chasing Mario.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario official art of a Lava Piranha.
Main article: Lava Piranha

While Venus Fire Traps do not appear as normal enemies in the original Paper Mario, a Lava Piranha, which appears as the boss of Mt. Lavalava, is heavily implied to be one (referring to itself and its Lava Buds in the plural first person). In the Japanese script, it has the same name as a regular Venus Fire Trap and it is indicated that living in lava is not normal of the species, thus indicating it is an abnormally designed generic Venus Fire Trap. The English version hints at its connection to them with Goombario and Koopa Koot referring to the Lava Piranha in a context that indicated there are more than one; neither version has the Lava Piranha addressed as a specific individual.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Standard Fire Piranha Plants make their Paper Mario series debut in Paper Mario: Sticker Star under the name Fire Piranha in the American English version. They appear in Rugged Road and Rumble Volcano. They look like regular Piranha Plants, but will eventually start spitting fireballs at Mario as he gets near them. If any of these fireballs touch Mario, he loses 5 HP. In battle, Fire Piranha Plants can either spew a cloud of hot ash towards Mario or more rarely spit out a fireball at him.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants return in Paper Mario: Color Splash. They can be found in Redpepper Crater and shoot fireballs at Mario even outside battle, which deals 8 HP of damage.

Another one is found in Plum Park inside a bucket, and has to be First Strike-attacked with a hammer in order to not get damaged. The Fire Piranha Plant in Plum Park does not shoot fireballs outside of battle.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

Venus Fire Traps, known as Piranha Plants,[5] are common enemies in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. They are introduced in Mushroom Mayhem and continue to show up frequently throughout the game, most notably in the boss level of Pipe Works. They only have one fireball to shoot (merely called a "ball"[6]), which bounces off an opposing surface and returns into their mouth. Often, two Piranha Plants face each other, passing the ball from one to another. Piranha Plants keep their mouths open until they get their fireball back. In the Pipe Works boss fight, they come out of the pipes on the ceiling and shoot fireballs at the player without waiting for them to come back, retreating in their pipe immediately after launching a fireball. Piranha Plants are completely invincible in this game.

Piranha Plants appear to have stout heads comprising most of their body, with leaves on their bottom. Their heads are entirely red, without white spots.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again![edit]

Venus Fire Traps, classified along with the variety that does not produce fireballs as Piranha Plants,[7][8] reappear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!. They first appear on the second floor, Sandstone Stroll, and are specific to this floor's construction kit in the Construction Zone. Generally, they have a slimmer appearance than in the previous installment of the series. However, the Piranha Plants that appear in Floor 3 Donkey Kong, the boss level of Magnet Mania (which is almost identical to the boss level of Pipe Works from the predecessor) retain their stout appearance.

Piranha Plants behave completely the same as in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. They are also invulnerable to any attacks.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem![edit]


Venus Fire Traps, now known as a Piranha with Fire,[9] appear alongside normal Piranha Plants in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! They are first encountered in Warped Mansion. They retain their slim appearance from Minis March Again!, but display white spots on their heads like in their classic appearance. Starting with this game, it is possible to defeat a Piranha with Fire by attacking it with Hammers, a slope slide or by shooting from a Cannon.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants appear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, behaving as in previous titles. This time, they are labeled under their current name in the Workshop. They are first found in Crumbling Cavern and do not display any significant difference from their appearance in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!

WarioWare series[edit]

In WarioWare: Twisted!, Venus Fire Traps with their Super Mario Bros. 3 sprites appear in the microgame Super Mario Bros. 3-Lift, as one of the enemies who try to attack the player. They reprise this role in WarioWare Gold. They also may appear in 9-Volt’s Super Mario Maker microgame if the player is instructed to shake a Piranha Plant.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]


In Mario Kart DS, there are two Venus Fire Traps in Warp Pipes that spit fireballs at the player in Mario Circuit. If the player is hit by a fireball, they will spin out.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX / Mario Kart Arcade GP VR[edit]

A few Fire Piranha Plants appear at the starting line on the course Kingdom Way, spitting fireballs into the air. However, they do not affect gameplay.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

DS Mario Circuit returns in Mario Kart Tour in the 2023 Mario Tour, bringing back the Fire Piranha Plants. In this game, the fireballs, referred to as "Balls of Fire", are spit at a slightly faster pace, attacking the same section of the road each time.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

DS Mario Circuit in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The Fire Piranha Plants in DS Mario Circuit in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Fire Piranha Plants return in DS Mario Circuit in the Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. They function identically to their Mario Kart Tour appearance.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants appear as enemies in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, with the same design and behavior as in Super Mario 3D World.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Fire Piranha Plants also appear in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, where they are found in the lighter side of Gloomy Woods. Their paper variants later appear during the second visit to Twinsy Tropics. Fire Piranha Plants can attack by spitting fireballs at the bros. They can either spit two small fireballs, which target Mario and Luigi, or a large fireball, which targets Paper Mario. The fireballs occasionally cause the burn status ailment. Fire Piranha Plants can also attack by stretching their head backwards, causing it to be pulled forwards quickly into one of the bros., which can be countered with a hammer.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Fire Piranha Plant in Mario Tennis Aces
The playable Fire Piranha Plant in Mario Tennis Aces.

Fire Piranha Plants appear in Mario Tennis Aces with their Super Mario 3D Land color scheme. They appear in Piranha Plant Forest as stage hazards where if they catch a ball, they will fire a Zone Shot at the opposing player. They also appear in the mission Rapid Fire in Adventure Mode, where they also fire Zone Shots.

One Fire Piranha Plant appears as a playable Technical character, appearing in a pot and holding its racket in its mouth.[10] It was available as a participation bonus in the tournament that took place from June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 and became automatically unlocked for all players after July 1, 2019. Excluding capturing in Super Mario Odyssey and the Piranha Plant fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this marks the first time a Fire Piranha Plant is playable.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

While they do not appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Fire Piranha Plants are mentioned briefly by Viridi during the Palutena's Guidance dialogue for the Piranha Plant fighter. Piranha Plant also spits fire from its mouth for its back air attack, referencing Fire Piranha Plants.

Other appearances[edit]

Image macro of a Piranha Plant in the style of a "Socially Awkward Penguin" advice animal. Originally posted on Nintendo's official Facebook page with the following description:

An individual Fire Piranha Plant, known as Socially Awkward Piranha Plant, appears in a variation of the Socially Awkward Penguin image macro uploaded to Nintendo of America's Facebook page on July 16, 2014. The image macro states that the character spat fireballs at everyone in a conversation at a summer party after building up the courage to join. The image's description in the original post further states that "Socially Awkward Piranha Plant doesn't make the best first impressions..."[11]

Pixel art of a Super Mario Bros. 3-style Fire Piranha Plant appears in the pre-made world of the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft.

Unused appearances[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Pre-release sprites of Venus Fire Trap and Piranha Plant from Super Mario World assets.

Sprites found in prototype revisions of Super Mario World include sprites for Venus Fire Traps, but they are not included in the final game in any way.[12]

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ファイアパックン (JP) / Fire Piranha (EN)
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Original text (Japanese) Translation
出身しゆつしん / 種族しゅぞく フラワー族 Place of origin/tribe Flower clan
性格せいかく いやらしい Disposition Obscene
登場とうじょうゲーム 3、ランド2 Game appearances 3, Land 2


I'm gonna spit fire out

A powerful version of Piranha Plant that now spews fire. Aiming at Mario, it spews fire not only upward but also downward. Let's kill it with fire before it does.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star enemy
Fire Piranha
Piranha Plant PMSS.png Max HP 25 Role Common Location(s) Rugged Road, Rumble Volcano, Bowser's Sky Castle
Attack 10 Stickers N/A
Defense 0 Moves Fireball (6), Fire Gas (10)

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
Fire Piranha Plant
Fire Piranha Plant sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash HP 64 Type Spiny 3
A Fire Piranha Plant card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Strong None Weak None
Moves Fire Attack (15), Group Fire Attack (15)
Location(s) Plum Park, Redpepper Crater
Quotes N/A
Enemy class
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 20 Red paint 35 Yellow paint 35 Blue paint 0 Orange paint 0 Green paint 35 Purple paint 0

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam enemy
Fire Piranha Plant
A Fire Piranha Plant in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 104 POW 90 (82) Defense 108 (94) Speed 58
Role Common Type Normal Weakness Fire Location(s) Gloomy Woods
Level 15 Experience 60 (55) Coins 40 Item drop Super Mushroom - 5%
Flame Hammer - 3%
Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Fire Piranha Plant.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアパックン[14]
Faia Pakkun
Pakkun Furawā
Fire Piranha; shared with Lava Piranha

Piranha Plant

Chinese 火焰食人花
Huǒyàn Shírénhuā
火焰吞食花 (since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Huǒyàn Tūnshíhuā
Flame Piranha Plant

Flame Piranha Plant

Dutch Fire Piranha Plant
French Pyro Piranha
Plante Pyro-Piranha
Pyro Piranha
Pyro-Piranha Plant
German Feuer-Piranha-Pflanze
Fire Piranha Plant
Venus Firetrap
Italian Venus Fire Trap[16]
Pianta Piranha falò
Piranha falò
Pianta Piranha Focosa[17]
Bonfire Piranha Plant
Bonfire Piranha
Fiery Piranha Plant
Korean 파이어뻐끔플라워
Paieo Ppeokkeum Peullawo
Fire Piranha Plant

Portuguese (NOA) Planta Piranha de fogo
Fire Piranha Plant
Portuguese (NOE) Planta Piranha Pirómana
Pyromaniac Piranha Plant
Russian огненное растение-пиранья
ognennoye rasteniye-piran'ya
Fire Piranha Plant

Spanish Piraña Escupefuego[citation needed]
Spitfire Piranha
Spanish (NOA) Piraña Pirómana
Pyromaniacal Piranha
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Pirómana
Planta Pirómana (Mario Kart Tour)
Pyromaniacal Piranha
Pyromaniacal Plant



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