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"SHINY PETEY TIME!"
― Petey Piranha, Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Petey Piranha (Boss Pakkun, in Japan) is a giant Piranha Plant who first appeared in Super Mario Sunshine. Since then, Petey Piranha has become one of the most reoccurring characters and bosses in the entire series. He was confirmed as Piranha Plant's final smash on the 1st of November. He was created by an error when trying to make a Piranha plant. He was scrapped from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Petey can be set apart from his brethren by his own innate features, which include him flying with his leaf-like arms, his ability to summon tornadoes, and legs on his base.

Petey Piranha is a loyal follower of Bowser, and it has been suggested in bios for Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Party: Star Rush, as well as by his Japanese name, Boss Packun, that he is the ruler of his kind, with "Packun Flower" being the Japanese name for the Piranha Plant. This is confirmed in Mario Party Superstars where, in the encyclopedia, he is called the leader of the Piranha Plants.

Biography

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Petey Piranha in Partners in Time.

In the past of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Petey Piranha ate Princess Peach and Kylie Koopa in the Koopaseum "basement". Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi went into the Gritzy Caves and fought him to save Peach and Kylie. Petey's attacks include diving into the sand and making rocks fly towards the Mario Bros. To dodge this assault, the player must look at how Petey dives and jump with the according Bro. The mutant plant starts the battle hovering, but after so many attacks, he falls into the sand. While in this state, only his head is visible above the ground. His other main attack, while grounded, includes going underground and swallowing the sand, trying to drag the Mario Bros. into his mouth. The brothers must jump up and down as to not get consumed. After a certain number of turns, he jumps back out of the sand and resumes hovering. He can, once again, be knocked out of the air. It should also be noted that while Petey does appear in the past, he may not be from it, and the Shroobs may have brought him from the future to aid in their conquest of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Battle in Bianco Hills

Petey Piranha's debut.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser Jr. selected Petey to help him defeat Mario on his vacation to Isle Delfino. Petey Piranha was stationed in Bianco Hills where he terrorized the residents. When Mario faced him on top of the Big Windmill, Petey Piranha's enormous weight made the windmill's roof collapse and he and Mario fell into the windmill. Inside, Petey Piranha attacked Mario by spitting Goop at him. Mario, however, shot water into his mouth with F.L.U.D.D., and then Ground Pounded Petey Piranha's belly three times. Petey Piranha then dissolved into Goop.

However, Petey Piranha survived and appeared once again in Episode 5, where he was happily snoozing on a cliff high above Bianco Hills. After Mario woke him by blasting him with a Poink, Petey Piranha used his enormous arms to fly, and launched an attack from the sky. Mario had to get him on the ground by shooting Poinks at him, and once again had to fill Petey Piranha's belly with water and Ground Pound it. On the ground, Petey Piranha not only attacked by spitting Goop, but also by unleashing small tornadoes. After being defeated, Petey Piranha once again dissolved into Goop and is not seen again in the game.

Petey Piranha Returns

Petey Piranha in Super Princess Peach.

Even if he was said to be defeated, Petey Piranha reappeared as a boss in Super Princess Peach, residing in Ladida Plains. In this game, he is labeled under the name Boss P. Plant. When Peach arrives in Petey's area, she sees an imprisoned Toad and just as she goes to save him, the overgrown plant swallows the Toad, who is trapped in a ball, and the princess must defeat Petey to rescue the poor mushroom resident. Peach had to use her Gloom vibe to make a plant grow so that she could leap on a leaf and once again use the vibe to put tears into the plant and inflate him, making him fall down and reveal his weak spot: his belly button. Peach had to jump on his belly five times to defeat him. The method of defeating the plant makes this appearance quite similar to his Super Mario Sunshine appearance.

Petey Piranha in the Ice World

Petey Piranha in New Super Mario Bros.

In New Super Mario Bros., Petey Piranha is the boss of World 5, the ice world. He attacked by flying up high, then dropping from the sky, crushing any opponents beneath him with a move similar to the Ground Pound. Since the floor was made of slippery ice, after attacking he slipped and fell. It was then that he could be attacked. If Mario or Luigi could defeat him using a Mini Mushroom, they would travel to World 7 instead of World 6. While tiny, the brothers were forced to use Ground Pounds to simply hurt the beast. Many Piranha Plants appeared in Petey's castle, a subtle hint that he would appear as the boss.

Appearances

Super Mario Sunshine

In Super Mario Sunshine, Petey Piranha was only found in Bianco Hills. He appeared in two different missions. In the first mission, the player could defeat him if he squirted water into his mouth which makes him fall to the ground. Then, after ground pounding him multiple times while he is fallen, he is defeated. In episode 5 of the same area Petey Piranha returns in which Mario must squirt water into his mouth to wake him up and then when he is flying Mario must squirt water into his mouth causing him to gain weight and fall and Mario must ground pound him and repeat the process three more times.

There is an infamous sequence break in episode 1 in which Mario can kill the mini-boss and skip past the Shine Sprite, and take the normal path to Petey Piranha. Once you reach the part of the windmill where you see the Pianta, he exclaims, Hey, you are not supposed to be here yet! Get past the windmill and begin your battle with Petey Piranha.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

Petey made his first appearance in a spin-off game in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. In this game, he was an unlockable character, obtainable by completing all side games (excluding the Birdie Challenge) on beginner, intermediate and expert. His large size made him the most powerful golfer in the game, capable of hitting the longest distance and launching the ball with a higher trajectory than any other character. When he hits the ball with his club, a golden streak follows the ball, like the tail of a comet. Like the other unlockable characters, his star character was available from the start.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Petey Piranha is a playable character introduced to the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Petey is a Heavyweight character, meaning that his choice of karts tend to have a high top speed and traction, but poor acceleration and handling. In Double Dash!!, his default kart is the Piranha Pipes and his default partner is King Boo. He can use any special item, along with King Boo. Win the Mirror Star Cup to get him.

Mario Power Tennis

Petey is an unlockable character. He is the most powerful character in the game. His power shot uses the goop seen in Sunshine. Petey Piranha can be unlocked if the player finishes the thunder and fire tournaments in doubles.

New Super Mario Bros.

Petey Piranha in New Super Mario Bros.

Petey Piranha is the boss of World 5, the ice world. Many Piranha Plants appear in Petey's castle, a subtle hint that he is going to appear as the boss at the end. Before his fight, Petey is seen sleeping, but Bowser Jr. jumps on him, causing him to awaken. (During rematches after you beat his level, Petey will just wake up from his nap on his own.) When he is confronted by Mario or Luigi, he attacks by flying up high, then dropping back down, attempting to crush Mario or Luigi beneath him with a move similar to the Ground Pound. Since the floor is made of slippery ice, after attacking, he slips and falls. Then, Mario or Luigi can attack his belly to hurt him. However, Petey will not fall if his Ground Pound scores a hits. After two hits to his belly, he starts his attack by jumping from side to side. If Mario defeats him using a Mini Mushroom, he can travel to World 7 instead of World 6. However, he is forced to Ground Pound him to inflict damage upon him when tiny. Once defeated, Petey Piranha attempts to get up while glowing a bright white light; he soon vanishes, revealing the key.

If the player has already beaten Petey Piranha once and decides to fight him again, Bowser Jr. will not be present, and he will wake up on his own instead.

Petey is the only boss of this game (other than Mega Goomba) who can be defeated in one hit with an item other than a Mega Mushroom, although with Petey, this requires precise timing. The player requires the Super Star from the Roulette Block. It must be grabbed when it bounces near the platform with the Big Piranha Plant. The player must then quickly run into the door and into Petey's room. When he starts flying, the player should jump into him before the Star's power runs out, and he will be defeated instantly.

Petey can also be defeated quickly with the Blue Shell: since he will be knocked onto his back as soon as Mario or Luigi slide into him with the Blue Shell, he can be quickly and easily damaged.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Petey Piranha appears as the first boss that is fought in the Subspace Emissary mode. He appears in the Midair Stadium stage. After Bowser joins the Subspace Army in its attempts to conquer "this world," Petey and the Ancient Minister lead an attack on the Midair Stadium, where Mario and Kirby are having a friendly brawl. Before Petey captures the spectating Peach and Zelda in cages held in his hands, Mario is blasted away by a cannonball while he attempts to destroy a Subspace Bomb that has been dropped by the Ancient Minister, leaving Kirby as Petey's only opponent. Petey attacks Kirby by swinging the cages in his hands at him, as well as jumping into the air and potentially causing damage from the impact of him landing. Kirby has to attack the cages to weaken them, saving one of the princesses (attacking Petey himself deals damage to both his cages). Petey Piranha has no other attacks beside body slamming the player and swinging his cages around. Dealing enough damage to either cage causes him to get angry and increase the frequency of his attacks. Upon defeat, Petey Piranha collapses as his suddenly bursts into flames. Petey also has two stickers depicting him, with both of them being very large. However, only one of the princesses can be saved, and the other princess is changed back into a Trophy by Wario, who then steals her trophy. The first is his artwork for Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and increases the power of darkness attacks by 47 and is only usable by Ganondorf. The second is his artwork for Mario Strikers Charged and it increases the power of bite attacks by 32 and is only usable by Wario, Yoshi, Pokémon Trainer and Wolf. In the Great Maze later in the game, the player must face the 7 previous bosses and the first one is Petey Piranha who was been reborn by Tabuu.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Princess Shroob had Petey Piranha devour Princess Peach in a stadium. Mario, Luigi, and their baby selves then rush into the stadium and try to save Princess Peach by following the creature. However, one of their friends who rushed in before, Kylie Koopa, an ace reporter who is rather impulsive, is swallowed by Petey as well! In the end, Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi manage to defeat Petey and save Kylie and Peach. Petey has a certain weakness against fireballs, possibly because of his flammable nature as a plant. Petey Piranha is the game's third major boss and unlike the first two doesn't have a high Defense amount that the bros need to somehow drop.

Stats

  • HP - 1300 (1000)
  • POW - 90 (100)
  • DEF - 72 (69)
  • Speed - 50 (52)
  • EXP - 360
  • Coins - 250

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Petey Piranha (Paper Mario Sticker Star).png

Like Gooper Blooper, Petey Piranha (first appearing in Super Mario Sunshine) returns as a boss in World 5 in this game in the level Rumble Volcano. His petals are more sharpened out than his other appearances. He also wears a black crown on his head. Also, as shown in the picture, Paper Petey can actually talk.

As for the battle, Petey Piranha attacks mainly by spitting water at Mario which may cause Soggy and a spinning attack. The spinning attack is the key to defeating Petey as after he finishes the attack, he becomes unstable. Mario should then use a POW Block Sticker (or any other Hammer stickers) to knock him over. Petey's defenses decrease dramatically and Mario can cause a lot of damage to him them. After Petey gets down to 100 HP, Kersti will finally be spit out and Mario and finish off Petey Piranha with help of the Battle Spinner (depending on if it's used).

Mario Party 10

Petey Piranha makes his physical debut in the Mario Party series in Mario Party 10; as the boss of Mushroom Park. He is fought in the boss minigame Petey's Bomb Battle, in which players must toss bombs at him to gain points. Periodically, he will attempt to inhale the bombs and spit them back at players to counterattack; being hit by Petey Piranha results in losing one point.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Petey Piranha appears in this game as the first boss of the game. He is fought at the end of Sunbeam Plains where he was summoned by Bowser and Paper Bowser to stop Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario. In battle, Petey Piranha is capable of using a rush attack and an eating attack that will deal multiple damage and takes away a bro for a little while (He only uses the latter against Mario and Luigi.). Petey Piranha can also use a shockwave attack that can damage all characters and must be avoided as Petey slams his butt into the ground. Petey Piranha's final attack consists of chasing Mario and Luigi while shooting goop balls at them. Paper Mario will transform into a paper airplane and Mario and Luigi will have to grab onto his transformed body in order to avoid the attacks. This is the first game in the series where Petey Piranha is shown working for Bowser and is a member of the Koopa Troop. It is possible to 1 tap him if you are the max level with Paper Mario's hammer. (Full Copies)

Petey also has a paper counterpart that serves as the fourth major boss and is, just like Petey himself, fought in Sunbeam Plains. This papery Petey Piranha doppelgänger has his non-paper counterpart's shockwave move, and his ramming attack is blocked with a hammer instead of a jump. He also has multiple copies that help him in-battle, and his real body (whose head he might lift up) must be damaged enough to win the fight. Both Petey Piranhas are weak to fire.

Stats

Petey Piranha himself is a Level 4 Boss monster who has 143 hit points, an Attack score of 45, a Defense score of 37, and a Speed of 36. His defeat nets the Mario brothers with 70 Experience Points, 60 Coins, and one pair of Picnic Boots. In the Battle Ring, he is of Level 15 and has 920 hit points, an attack score of 99, a defense score of 107, and a Speed score of 87, and no Experience, Coin, or Item drops. He is weak to fire-type moves. His Paper Counterpart is has 384 hit points, an Attack score of 84, a Defense of 86, 62 Speed, and a vulnerability to fire-based attacks and gives 650 Experience Points, 330 Coins, and the Collector Wear when it is destroyed, with copies that have 34 hit points, Defense, the same Attack and Speed scores and vulnerability to fire-based attacks, and no Experience, Coin, or Item drops. In the Battle Ring, the paper Petey Piranha and his copies have an Attack score of 204, a Defense of 186, and Speed of 139, with no Experience, Coin, or Item drops upon defeat, with his real body having 858 hit points and the fakes having only 100.

Mario Tennis Aces

Petey Piranha appears in this game as the first boss, guarding one of the stones that powers Lucien at the Ancient Altar. In his boss fight, he acts like a normal tennis player, hitting the ball back at Mario with his leaf-like arms. Once Mario has hit the ball back at Petey enough times, Petey will fall over on his back and his belly button exposes. Mario must then perform a zone shot and hit Petey's belly button. When hit, Petey will get angry and start throwing small tornadoes at Mario. Mario can trick shot over the tornadoes to avoid them. To defeat Petey, Mario must hit his belly button three times. Petey is also a playable character as of a DLC update, with his Zone Shot having him use a tornado to aid in his swings. He also has a unique hurt pose for a racket breaking, with one of his arms getting a bandage and his body disintegrating.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Petey Piranha was confirmed as Piranha Plant's Final Smash in the November 1st, 2018 Direct. Petey Piranha traps the opponents inside the cages from his boss fight in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and breathes fire on them. Viridi also mentions his name when she gives her list of Piranha Plant species in the Piranha Plant's Palutena's Guidance message.

Trivia

  • Dino Piranha from Super Mario Galaxy greatly resembles Petey Piranha.
  • It is unknown, but Petey Piranha may be native to the Beanbean Kingdom. In Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga and it's remake, a Beanbean Piranha Plant known as a Piranha Bean appeared, which appears to be the same type of Piranha Plant as Petey.
  • Although Petey Piranha isn't in a Mario Party game, before they made Wiggler's Garden in Mario Party DS, they were thinking of Petey's Greenhouse. The story was that one Piranha Plant that acts as a boss is one of the many others that has betrayed him. Petey would make his official Mario Party debut in the tenth game where he is a boss.
  • In Super Mario Sunshine, in either of the missions that you face Petey Piranha if you time a ground pound just right when he is down you can glitch the physics engine and you will be inside of his belly. Escaping him requires jumping, although it will hurt Mario.
  • The only appearance, so far, Petey Piranha spoke intelligible language was in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, although he spoke one line and under the influence of a Royal Sticker.
  • In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Petey Piranha's voices were the recycled voices of Wiggler from Super Mario Sunshine.
  • The Wither is made to look like him in the Minecraft Wii U Edition Super Mario mashup pack.

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