This level introduces the Piranha Creeper, a large Piranha Plant that grows out of pipes or holes. If you hit it with a jump, a claw, a Fireball, or even a Boomerang it will retract a little bit. Force it to retract completely and it disappears. Head past the first wave of these enemies to a ? Block that has a convenient Fire Flower , Super Mario 3D World’s form of weed killer.

March through the first area and defeat the Piranha Creeper blocking the pipe to the next zone. Move through this cave to the Mystery Box where you’ll find several Piranha Creepers that form steps up to Green Star #1 . You’ll need precision jumping to bounce all the way up unless you have a Cat Suit to climb up the wall.

Enter the Mystery Box (left) and hop up the Piranha Creepers for a Star.

Continuing through the cave you’ll encounter more Piranha Creepers, one that guards the water leading down to Green Star #2 but it’s easily dealt with a few Fireballs. Just past this section you’ll spot a Piranha Creeper coming out the side of the wall where water goes down. See through this deception and bounce off the Piranha Creeper and into the wall, to discover that you can walk through this coin filled area to the Stamp . Use the pipe to reach the final area where you’ll discover a Roulette Block .

There is a Star beneath a Piranha Creeper in the water (left). Use the Piranha Creeper to hop up to the Stamp area (right).

Grab the Super Leaf if you can, it makes navigating the area a bit easier plus it has the added benefit of tail swiping the Piranha Creepers. The rotating platforms ahead have a Green Star Ring that you’ll want to activate but take out the Piranha Creepers first so you can easily run through this tight area grabbing the Green Coins and ultimately claiming Green Star #3 .

Hop through the green ring and collect the coins for a Star.

At the end use the pipe to reach the Goal Pole where you can bounce off a Piranha Creeper to cap it.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
    Wii U
  • Genre
    Adventure, Platformer
  • Guide Release
    27 July 2014
  • Last Updated
    2 March 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Greg Boccia

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It’s a me Mario! Welcome to our guide for the latest (and perhaps greatest) iteration of Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Join Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad as they travel across 12 large worlds, take on a plethora of new and returning enemies, play around with an array of power-ups and take on some frustratingly difficult challenges alone or co-operatively with a friend or three. From start to end we have you covered!

Our Super Mario 3D World guide covers all the most important elements of the game including:

  • A complete walkthrough for every level in the game.
  • Walkthroughs to all Toad Missions, Mystery Houses and Bonus Levels.
  • Locations of all 380 Green Stars.
  • Locations of how to find and grab every Stamp in the game.

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