Piranha Creeper

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Piranha Creeper
SM3DW Piranha Creeper Creek

Princess Peach approaching a Piranha Creeper.
Series Mario
Species Piranha Plant
First game Super Mario 3D World
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Piranha Creepers are a sub-species of Piranha Plants that debuted in Super Mario 3D World. They are purple Piranha Plants with generally long, spiked stems. They usually appear in jungle themed levels, such as Piranha Creeper Creek and Deep Jungle Drift.


Piranha Creepers often live in holes in walls both on ground and underwater, but some even live in poisonous water and, like normal Piranha Plants, in Warp Pipes. They snake along the ground and even in the air in various patterns, going to and from their living spot. Some of them are found sleeping unless they are attacked, after which they pause before moving back to their previous position and resuming their rest. Their heads turn from purple to blue with green spots in this state.

How To Defeat

To defeat Piranha Creepers, the player must attack the heads of the Piranha Plants to make them back up and smack against their living spot. Tapping on a Piranha Creeper's head on the  will send them back to their hole, but they cannot be defeated in this way; the final hit must always be landed by one of the player's attacks. The player will be hurt if they jump on the stem of a Piranha Creeper, but a stomp from the player using Lucky Cat's Golden Statue form will defeat them instantly. Piranha Creepers release 3 coins upon being defeated.


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Piranha Creepers return in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, having the same functions as Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad has difficulty with them as he cannot jump on top of them.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (NOE) Piraña Reptante Creeper Piranha
French Piranha rampante Crawling Piranha
German Kriech-Piranha Crawling Piranha
Italian Pianta Serpiranha From "Pianta Piranha" (Piranha Plant) and "serpente" (snake)


  • Piranha Creepers are very similar in appearance to both Bungee Piranhas and Prickly Piranha Plants.


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