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Lava Piranha
Lava Piranha
Artwork of a Lava Piranha
First Game Paper Mario (2001)
Location Mt. Lavalava
Species Piranha Plant

Lava Piranha is a type of Piranha Plant that is sustainable in lava and is a lot bigger than a regular one. It serves as the main boss of Chapter 5 in Paper Mario.

Appearance

The Lava Piranha is a very large Piranha Plant with spiky vines with two of them being Lava Buds.

Biography

During some point, Bowser appointed Lava Piranha to guard the fifth Star Spirit and gave it the power to take over Mt. Lavalava. Eventually, as soon Mario enters Mt. Lavalava, the Lava Piranha was alerted by his presence by one of his Piranha Plant spies. Mario soon comes face to face with the Lava Piranha and eventually defeated and sinks into the lava.

Battle

Lava Piranha
LavaPiranhasprite
Lava Piranha's sprite.
HP 40/40
Attack 5/5 (Fire spit)
Defense 0/0

In battle, the Lava Piranha's main attack is to spit fire at Mario dealing pretty high damage. It can also attack with its two Lava Buds as well giving it three attacks in one turn. After the Lava Piranha is defeated, it will rise back up and this time it is on fire. Not much has changed except direct jump attacks won't work this time.

Strategy

It is wise to come into this battle equipped with the Ice Power badge as Mario can deal higher damage to the Lava Piranha in it's second form. Sushie is also valuable in this fight as her Tidal Wave move can not only damage the Lava Piranha and his Lava Buds for high damage, but also leave them in a defenseless state for two turns. This battle is a test of endurance and it is wise to heal when the Lava Piranha is defenseless if necessary.

Trivia

  • Humorously, at one point in the battle with the Lava Piranha, Kolorado will run in and attempt to attack it but fails and gets burned instead.
  • Using the Double Dip badge and then attacking the Lava Piranha with an Egg Bomb will crash the game.

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