SM wiki icon.png

Fire Piranha Plants are a variety of Piranha Plant found in the games Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World. Like all Venus Fire Traps, they are capable of spitting fireballs. They are also more aggressive than a Venus Fire Trap and don't actually spit fire unless Mario is near it. Defeating a Fire Piranha Plant also has a chance of it dropping a Fire Flower. Fire Piranha Plants are commonly found in caverns but can sometimes be found in sky areas too.


Super Mario 3D Land

A Fire Piranha Plant as seen in Super Mario 3D Land.

Fire Piranha Plants make their debut in Super Mario 3D Land alongside the Inky Piranha Plant. They remain perfectly still but as soon as Mario (or Luigi) approaches one, they will take aim and spit a fireball at them. Fire Piranha Plants can be found in almost all of the game's worlds commonly in caverns or skies. They can be defeated with basically any attack as well. Upon defeat, a Fire Piranha Plant may drop a Fire Flower.

Super Mario 3D World/Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Two Fire Piranha Plants near the Clear Pipes in Super Mario 3D World.

Fire Piranha Plants return in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. In these games, they are semi-common enemies appearing in various different themes (mainly skies). Their attacks and ways to be defeated are the same as before however their chances of dropping a Fire Flower are higher in this game than in Super Mario 3D Land. The Bowser's Fury side of the remake also introduces Cat Fire Piranha Plants.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition

A Fire Piranha Plant has teamed up with a Fire Bro.

Fire Piranha Plants appear as enemies in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. They can attack by spitting fireballs thus doing damage. Any variety of attack can be used to bring one down. They can also be added as allies as well.

Mario Tennis Aces

A Fire Piranha Plant Playing Tennis.

A Fire Piranha Plant makes it's playable debut in Mario Tennis Aces. It was added in the June 2019 update and is considered a Technical player. In each round, it walks around the court in it's pot and hold the racket in it's mouth. During it's trick shot, it can flip around the court and hit the ball with great precision and calculation. For it's special shot, the Fire Piranha Plant can toss it's racket in the air, spit a fireball at the Tennis Ball, and hit the enflamed tennis ball back at it's opponent sending him/her back thus scoring a point.

Super Mario Maker 2

A Fire Piranha Plant.

Fire Piranha Plants return in Super Mario Maker 2 as placeable enemies exclusive to the Super Mario 3D World style replacing the Venus Fire Traps in that style. They behave just as they did in Super Mario 3D World but in a 2D environment and can be defeated in the same ways. A Fire Piranha Plant can be given a Super Mushroom to become a Big Fire Piranha Plant or wings to become a Para-Fire Piranha Plant. To make a Fire Piranha Plant, you can shake a regular Piranha Plant.


  • Their colors of brown with orange spots slightly resemble Fiery Dino Piranha's colors.
  • The coloration change suggests a Fire Piranha Plant is a Piranha Plant that has donned a Fire Flower like Mario. This is further proven by the fact that they drop a Fire Flower upon defeat.