Wild Ptooie Piranha

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Wild Ptooie Piranha
The Wild Ptooie Piranha in the Scrapbook Theater
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Volcano Plant

A Wild Ptooie Piranha[1][2], also known as Wild Ptooie Piranha Plant[3] or Ptooie Piranha Plant[4], is a Piranha Plant that shoots spiky, often cactus-like enemies at Yoshi. It has a green color, as opposed to the regular red of any Piranha Plant. They are usually depicted with a tongue of the same color as its head.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]
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In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Wild Ptooie Piranhas spit three consecutive yellow Needlenoses in the direction of Yoshi, then rest for a brief moment before repeating the attack. The Needlenoses are shot on arcs of varying lengths; the first two Needlenoses are always shot at a close distance while the third one is sent further. If Yoshi comes into contact with a Wild Ptooie Piranha, it will act like a regular Wild Piranha, grabbing him in its mouth for a while and causing him to lose Baby Mario.

Wild Ptooie Piranhas can be attacked by throwing objects at them, such as eggs or enemies, and require three such attacks to defeat. They turn yellow with the first hit, then red with the second. They can also be defeated instantly by rolling a Chomp Rock onto them.

As shown by prototype builds of the game, they were originally intended to spit Spiked Fun Guys.[5]

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Wild Ptooie Piranha from Yoshi Touch & Go

In Yoshi Touch & Go, Wild Ptooie Piranhas spit Spiny Eggs, which can be destroyed with an egg or a tap on the touchscreen.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]
A Wild Ptooie Piranha from Yoshi's Island DS.

Wild Ptooie Piranhas return in Yoshi's Island DS, acting the same as in the predecessor. Here, they can also be defeated instantly with an egg thrown by Baby DK.

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

Wild Ptooie Piranhas reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, acting fairly similarly to previous games. Unlike previously, however, when they are hit with a yarn ball, they do not change to a different color. Their projectiles (Pokey Poms and Shy Guys) also roll along the ground.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Wild Ptooie Piranhas are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant. Piranha Plant’s yellow costume also resembles a yellow Wild Ptooie Piranha.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポンキーパックン[6][7][8]
Ponkī Pakkun
Combination of「ポンキー」(Ponkī, Panser/Volcano Plant) and「パックンフラワー」(Pakkun Furawā, Piranha Plant)
Chinese 野吞食花
Yě Tūnshí Huā
Wild Piranha Plant
Dutch Wild Ptooie Piranha -
French (NOA) Ptooie Piranha sauvage Wild Ptooie Piranha
French (NOE) Piranha sauvage Wild Piranha
German Wach-Piranha
Spuck-Piranha-Pflanze (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Watching Piranha
Spit Piranha Plant
Italian Pianta Canterina selvatica Wild Ptooie
Spanish (NOA) piraña petraña salvaje Wild Ptooie
Spanish (NOE) Plantarina Piraña Salvaje Wild Ptooie Piranha


  1. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide. Pages 50, 94, 106.
  3. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 97.
  4. ^ Black, Fletcher. Yoshi's Island DS PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 117, 118, 121, 187, 210, 225, 226, 229, 249, 250, 252, 278, 280, 281, 316.
  5. ^ TCRF
  6. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 5.
  7. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 23.
  8. ^ 「ヨッシーアイランドDS任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 89.