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A Porcu-Puffer as seen in New Super Mario Bros. U.
General information
Variant of Cheep-Cheep
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Similar entities
Puffer Fish
Spike Bass

Porcupuffers (also called Porcu-Puffers) are a species of Cheep-Cheeps that first debuted in Super Mario World. They resemble giant blue-purple Cheep-Cheeps with big red lips and blue spikes all over their back. Their name is a portmanteau of "porcupine" and "puffer fish".


Super Mario series

Super Mario World

Porcu-Puffers appear in Super Mario World, where they follow Mario and Luigi in the water. The Mario Bros. can perform the Spin Jump on them to "ride" them, or use Yoshi. They appear in three levels, the secret level on top of the Vanilla Dome, and a secret area in the Cookie Mountain level. They also appear in a hidden area from Chocolate Island 1.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

A Hungry Porcu-Puffer

After a long hiatus, Porcu-Puffers are featured again in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Here, they attack exactly the same as the Spike Bass in the predecessor, lying near the surface to pursue the plumber and his party or even leaping from the water to attack. Porcu-Puffers serve as obstacles for World 4, and they appear again in World 6 in level 6-5 and later in World 9 in level 9-2. They can only be defeated with a fireball, star or koopa shell. They can also be frozen, but they crack out almost instantly, much like a Spiny Cheep-Cheep. In most cases, and not in the obstacle course, Porcu-Puffers come infinitely, but still one by one, to the player. For example, if a Porcu-Puffers is defeated by the player, another one will come to take its place several seconds later.

Super Mario 3D Land

Porcu-Puffers (this time, under the name Porcupuffer in the USA version however their traditional name is retained in Europe and Australia) later appear in Super Mario 3D Land, inhabiting underwater and beach levels. They retain their appearance from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In World 6-1, Porcu-Puffers jump out of waterfalls, attempting to hurt Mario, and may even break some portions of the bridge he uses to reach the end of the level.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Porcu-Puffers reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2 , acting the same as they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Here they appear in World Flower-2 and World Star-2. They also appear in stage one of the Impossible Pack downloadable content.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Porcu-Puffers once again appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, behaving the same way as in its predecessors. They only appear in Porcupuffer Falls in Rock-Candy Mines.

In New Super Luigi U, they appear in Porcu-Puffer Cavern in Rock-Candy Mines.

Super Mario 3D World

Porcu-Puffers return in Super Mario 3D World with the same role as in Super Mario 3D Land however this time, they are also slightly faster.

Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Porcu-Puffers also appear in Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. During the Dream Rafting event, the second task a team is required to do is defeat some Porcu-Puffers. To defeat these Porcu-Puffers, the participants must Ground Pound the raft at the same time when they're beneath it. They also appear during the Highway Tally game in London Party mode.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

A similar species called Puffer-Cheeps appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フグマンネン
Portmanteau of「トゲフグ」(togefugu, spiny pufferfish), which is similar to「トゲプク」(Togepuku, Spiny Cheep Cheep), and「万年」(man'nen, ten thousand years); also likely a reference to「ハリマンネン」(Harimannen, Porcupo)
Chinese (Simplified) 刺河豚[1]
Cì Hétún
Jiāncì Hétún
Spiky Puffer

Sharp Spike Puffer (since New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe)
Chinese (Traditional) 尖刺河豚
Jiāncì Hétún
Sharp Spike Puffer
Dutch Porcupuffer
French (American) Héripouff From the word "hérisson" (hedgehog) and the onomatopoeia "pouf"
French (Europe) Porc-Kipic Distortion of "porc-épic" (porcupine)
German Stachelfisch Spike Fish
Italian Pesce Spino
Pescespino (recent games)
Spike Fish
Korean 불뚝복어
From 불뚝 (bulttuk, an onomatopoeic word for something soaring up) and 복어 (bog'eo, pufferfish)
Portuguese Balão Cheep From "Cheep Cheep" and "peixe-balão" (puffer fish)
Russian Иглорыба-толстяк
Fatso needle fish
Spanish (Americas) Cheep globo Balloon Cheep
Spanish (Europe) Porcupuffer

See also


  1. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.