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Dino Piranha is a recurring antagonist and the first boss encountered in Super Mario Galaxy. It is a gigantic Piranha Plant that looks like Petey Piranha with the body of a dinosaur.

Biography

Dino Piranha

To defeat Dino Piranha, Mario or Luigi (depending on which mode is played) must hit its tail with a spin which would cause the tail to backlash and hit the back of its head. Dino Piranha would then lose some of its head petals and make it enraged. When enraged, Dino Piranha will move faster. When enough damage is dealt, Dino Piranha will explode and leave a Power Star behind.

Fiery Dino Piranha

Present in the Melty Molten Galaxy, a different version of Dino Piranha appears as the boss of the area. The Fiery Dino Piranha fights exactly the same as the regular Dino Piranha, with some changes to give its fiery approach: the tail occasionally bursts into flames, making it precise when to hit the tail to avoid being burnt. After the first hit, Fiery Dino Piranha leaves behind a trail of fire from its footsteps, and then occasionally shoots out a fireball from its mouth after the second hit. After the final hit, Fiery Dino Piranha similarly explodes and leaves a Power Star behind.

Strategy

When Mario (or Luigi) arrives to the planet where Dino Piranha is standing, it is surrounded in a giant egg, which it starts to move around in after being slightly cracked at the top due to Mario (or Luigi) landing on top of it. The only part of it that's visible is its tail, which has a rock on the end of it. Mario must spin attack it to make it swing back and break the egg.

Once Dino Piranha is "freed", it tries to kill Mario, and he must spin attack the rock on its tail once again to make it spin back and hit Dino Piranha. He must do this three times, with it becoming angrier and faster each time.

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Trivia

  • In the Boss Blitz Galaxy of Super Mario Galaxy 2, Dino Piranha is one of the five bosses (along with King Kaliente, Major Burrows, Bouldergeist, and Fiery Dino Piranha) to defeat in order to earn a star, and the first fought.
  • A similar boss in Super Mario Galaxy 2 called Peewee Piranha strongly resembles the Dino Piranha.

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