|Appears in||Rayman, Rayman Junior, Rayman Designer, Rayman 2, Rayman 3, Rayman: Hoodlums' Revenge, Rayman Raving Rabbids (Game Boy Advance), Rayman Raving Rabbids (DS), Rayman Kart, Rayman Origins|
|Location||The Dream Forest, the Fairy Glade, the Marshes of Awakening, the Bayou, Whale Bay, Clearleaf Forest, the Bog of Murk, the Forest world, Murky Swamp, possibly Shipwreck Track|
The Piranha is basically a pair of jaws with a bit of flesh around it. It's the only fish that really loves fishermen: not only do they sacrifice body and soul to feed the piranhas – they also supply the dental floss!—Official description, Rayman 3
Piranhas are a type of flesh-eating fish enemy, named after the real-life creature of the same name, that lurk in the murky waters of the Glade of Dreams. They can be found in all three major Rayman platformers, albeit with different behavioural patterns. They are notable for being one of the series' few consistently recurring elements.
In Rayman and its spin-offs
In the original Rayman game, Rayman Junior and Rayman Designer, they are found only in the Dream Forest, and fly up from the water with their helicopter caudal fin. If Rayman touches them he loses a hit point, and depending on his position, he can be knocked backwards into the water and lose a life. Rayman can defend himself from piranhas by punching them with his telescopic fist, which shatters their sharp teeth and defeats them for a short period, until they come back. Only a single punch is required.
A piranha in the original Rayman game.
In Rayman 2
In Rayman 2, piranhas are found in any body of water that Rayman cannot swim in, usually polluted or stagnated water, or even acid. Two major kinds of piranhas live in those places: the small ones that devour Rayman when he falls into water, and the bigger ones that jump from water and try to bite him. A single energy ball can get rid of the second kind. In Whale Bay, Rayman must fight off piranhas who suffer from heartburn; these piranhas attempt to eat Carmen the Whale's air bubbles, which Rayman needs to survive.
A piranha attacking in Rayman 2
A piranha close-up, in Rayman Revolution.
Piranha-infested bodies of water are indicated by warning signs in Rayman 2.
Another piranha warning sign in Rayman Revolution.
In Rayman 3
Piranhas are also present in all versions of Rayman 3, mainly in the Bog of Murk, but while Rayman can actually swim in the dirty waters they live in, they will deplete his energy very quickly and cause a game over. The piranhas in this game have mechanical jaws which resemble bear-traps. In Clearleaf Forest, piranhas are shown to swim powerfully enough to pursue Rayman and Globox as they ascend the waterfall. In the Bog of Murk, they can often be encountered jumping back and forth over the logs which Rayman must walk across. When these piranhas are punched, their mechanical jaws shatter and they are defeated; this recalls the piranhas from the previous games, whose organic teeth crumbled when they were defeated.
Piranhas are also encountered in the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3, in Forgotten Forests, the first of the game's four lands. They can be found jumping out of the water in the same manner as those in Rayman 2, and their appearance is the same as well. These ones can also be hit and killed in a single blow, which causes their teeth to crumble, as in the other games.
A piranha, as seen in the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3.
Here's another reason the hate the water! These Rayman-eating nasties will leap around blindly, trying to take a bite of anything that gets close enough.—Manual, Rayman: Hoodlums' Revenge
In the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman Raving Rabbids, piranhas appear in the Forest world, an environment heavily inspired by the Dream Forest. These piranhas look identical to the ones in the original game, and behave in exactly the same way, but, unlike the piranhas from the Dream Forest, these can be completely defeated and don't return when hit.
In the Nintendo DS version of Rayman Raving Rabbids piranhas appear as normal enemies which come jumping out of the water during certain points. A special red type, which doesn't jump out of the water, can only be defeated using Yellow Lums.
In Rayman Kart
In Rayman Kart, piranhas appear only in one level: Murky Swamp. They can be seen jumping from the waters of the bog. A boost must usually be used to get safely over them; it is difficult for the player to avoid the piranhas without one. Similar-looking fish appear in Shipwreck Track, but it is not clear if they are piranhas.
Piranhas were intended to make a return in Rayman Origins, but they were scrapped. Artwork of the game depicts the piranha as a fish with a gigantic mouth and enormous teeth, with blue-orange skin and red eyes. Their attack pattern is unknown, since there's no in-game video showing them; however, some pieces of artwork depict a piranha with broken teeth, suggesting that the way to defeat it was similar to the piranhas from previous games. The only in-game reference to the piranhas is an icon of the achievement/trophy "Survivor!" in which it can be seen (Only Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version). Like the Soldier, the piranha has it's own description and artwork on the launch site of Rayman Origins without appearing in the game. However, smaller variants of the species, called Baby Piranhas, made an appearance.
|Enemies from Rayman 2|
|Robo-Pirates • Antitoon • Arm • Baby caterpillar • Bat • Caterpillar • Crab • Helicopter bomb • Jumping eye • Mini Jano • Minisaurus • Nettle • Piranha • Spider • Small spider • Shell • Zombie Chicken|
|Enemies from Rayman 3|
|Hoodlums • Knaaren • Muddibog • Nettle • Ninja Crab • Piranha • Podocrock • Zombie Chicken|