Nipper Plant

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Nipper Plant
SSBU Spirit Nipper Plant.png
Super Smash Bros. 3 artwork, later reused as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Franchise Mario
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988, overall)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996, Square Enix-related media)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020, overall)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Square Enix-related media)
Variant of Piranha Plant

Nipper Plants are a small variant of Piranha Plant that have a white head and a short green stem with two leaves on either side. They first appear in Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, which names them Chompweed[1] (also formatted chompweed),[2] is the only Square Enix-produced title that they appear in. Aside from this, a Nipper Plant makes a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a spirit that can evolve into Petey Piranha at level 99.

History[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars artwork

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Chompweeds appear in the Pipe Vault. They cannot be battled and instead jump up and steal a few coins from the party if they get too close. Stolen coins can not be recovered in the final game, but battle data for them still exists, suggesting that they may have been intended to be standard enemies at one point. Another potential artifact of this is them being among the enemies that can be thrown in the Chomp attack.

In the English localization, Chompweed also was one of the incorrect answers to Dr. Topper's quiz section in the final level, specifically for "What's the first monster you see in the Pipe Vault?". In the Japanese version, this instead references Exdeath from Final Fantasy V.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A Nipper Plant appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Novice-class Grab-type primary spirit. It can be enhanced to a Petey Piranha spirit at level 99. The Nipper Plant spirit battle takes place on the Battlefield form of the Super Mario Maker stage and involves eight tiny Pac-Men. To earn the spirit, the player either has to win this battle by defeating all opponents or purchase it from Beedle's Tent for 500 Spirit Points at regular price.

On the Palutena's Temple stage, Nipper Plants are mentioned briefly by Viridi during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant.

Spirit information[edit]

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
53 Nipper Plant SSBU Spirit Nipper Plant.png Super Mario Series Primary (2) Novice Grab
Can be enhanced to Petey Piranha at Lv. 99
Beedle's Tent; Spirit Board Tiny PAC-MAN ×8
  • The enemy loves to jump
  • Defeat an army of fighters
Super Mario Maker (Battlefield, Super Mario World style) Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros. 3

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プチパックン
Puchi Pakkun
Petit Piranha

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pelland, Scott, and Kent Miller. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Player's Guide. Page 39.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue 47, page 91.