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Piranha Plants are man-eating flowers that originated in Super Mario Bros. and are common enemies throughout the Mario series. Like their Mario counterparts, they appear out of pipes at regular intervals and try to eat Link as he passes by. Link has to use the Roc's Feather to pass these enemies, but he can also use his Sword to destroy them. Their appearance alongside Goombas in an underground area is a direct reference to World 1-2 in Super Mario Bros. and locations in many other Mario games.
- The appearance of Piranha Plants is based on the appearance in games such as Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Land 2.
- Manhandla in Oracle of Seasons shares similar plant heads to the Piranha Plant, which may suggest a relation.
- Since Piranha Plants only appear on Koholint, it is not known if they exist anywhere else in the Zelda universe.
- The Japanese name for these enemies, Pakkun comes from paku, which means chomping or opening a mouth wide. Unlike their Mario counterparts, they do not share the フラワー (Furawā) portion of their name, although at the time of release, recent Mario games such as Yoshi had not included this either.
A Piranha Plant as it appeared in Super Mario Land 2, released shortly before Link's Awakening
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