Puffer Fish

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Not to be confused with Gleamin' Bream, an enemy in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! alternatively named "Puffer Fish".
Puffer Fish

A Puffer Fish as seen in Super Mario Galaxy 2
General information
Variant of Cheep Cheep
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All Stars (2020)
Similar entities
Spike Bass
Spiny Cheep Cheep

A Puffer Fish[1] is an enemy that appears in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are very rare enemies and appear in underwater coves. They mainly attack by inflating and charging at Mario (or Luigi) which then leads to them self-destructing. They can be found either hiding in Treasure Chests or they appear out of nowhere and attack. They disappear after a while


Super Mario Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, only two Puffer Fish make an appearance, specifically in the Drip Drop Galaxy, hidden in underwater chests. When released, they will puff up and start swimming at a fast pace towards Mario, but only move in a straight line. After a short period, they disappear. Their tail fins resemble balloon nozzles in this game.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Puffer Fish reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Like in the predecessor, they are very rare, and will even disappear a short time after being encountered. They only appear once in Cosmic Cove Galaxy. In the underwater tunnel that acts as the border between the main area and the Twin Waterfall section. It is referred to as a Porcupuffer in the Prima Games guide.[2]


Additional names

Internal names

Game File name Name Meaning
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/Balloonfish.arc Balloonfish -
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
バルーンフィッシュ (Barūnfisshu) Balloonfish

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
French (Europe) Pik Cheep Distortion of the word Porc-épic meaning "Porcupine"


  1. ^ "There are several treasure chests on the ocean floor that Mario can also open with the shells. Not all the chests contain useful goodies. This chest actually contains a harmful Puffer Fish." - Super Mario Galaxy Prima Games Guide. Page 165.
  2. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide, pages 28 and 90.