Porcupuffers are water-type enemies that first appeared in Super Mario World. They are spiked enemies that will try to kill Mario by jumping out of the water to reach him, or they will simply try to run into him by ramming into him while he's in the water.
The bulky Porcupuffer has purple outer skin and a white belly. It has slit eyes and puffy pink lips. It has spikes everywhere on its body with the exception of the underside. Its seemingly flimsy fins are light in purple and actually support the Porcupuffer very well.
In Super Mario World, Porcupuffer appears in three levels throughout the entire game. These levels are: Vanilla Secret 3, Cookie Mountain and Chocolate Island 1. However, in Cookie Mountain and Chocolate Island 1, they are found in secret areas. While in Vanilla Secret 3, Porcupuffer is found throughout the entire level, chasing the player. Mario and Luigi can spin jump on them or use Yoshi to "ride" them. Fire Mario and Cape Mario can defeat a Porcupuffer. And Yoshi can also eat them. Porcupuffers are unable to jump in this game.
The Porcupuffer appears in one level in World 6. It jumps out of the water occasionally to attack Mario. The player can hit it with a Koopa Troopa Shell or a Fireball to knock it out. It will appear again, similar to Lakitu.
Porcupuffers are limited to the Super Mario 3D World game style, and behave in the same way as they do in Super Mario 3D World.
- Its name is derived from Porcupine Puffer.