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Icon used to represent the ship part on the wiki.
Artwork of the Bowsprit.
This ship part is required for the S.S. Dolphin to escape the planet.
Weight 30
Max. carriers 50 Pikmin
Location The Distant Spring
(Pikmin 4)
Icon used to represent the ship part on the wiki.
Icon for the Bowsprit from Pikmin 4's Olimar's Shipwreck Tale.
Weight 30
Max. carriers 60 Pikmin
Location Serene Shores

The Bowsprit (バウスプリット?, lit.: "Bowsprit") is a ship part in Pikmin and Olimar's Shipwreck Tale in Pikmin 4. It is the "face" of the S.S. Dolphin, designed by Captain Olimar, and gives the Dolphin its sleek shape. In Pikmin, it can be found inside the Armored Cannon Beetle in the central tree stump of The Distant Spring.

Once recovered, it is installed on its rightful place, as the nose of the Dolphin.

Collecting the part[edit]

The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies shown are just suggestions.

In Pikmin[edit]

See also: Armored Cannon Beetle#Strategy.
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Location of the Bowsprit.

Getting it requires many steps. First, defeat all Bulbears and Puffy Blowhogs that will be in the way back to the ship. There are two paths to get to it: either cross the fire geysers near the Armored Cannon Beetle or take the safe route near the landing site by building the twig and unplugging the geyser. Then defeat the Beetle and retrieve the part. Build the bridge and destroy the gate so Pikmin can carry it back to the Dolphin, defeating the Shearwigs along the way. Assuming they take the eastern path back to the Dolphin, Blue Pikmin will carry the part through a shortcut in the water, thus avoiding the three sleeping Bulbears on the way.

In Pikmin 4[edit]

The Bowsprit is located directly east from the Water's Edge landing site in the Serene Shores, near the edge of the map. You will need Moss' swimming ability to reach the part and then 30 Blue Pikmin to carry it. Make sure to defeat the enemies and clear the obstacles that are in the way so the Pikmin can carry it safely back to base.


Olimar's monologs

I've discovered the Bowsprit!

With this piece installed, my ship should regain some of its sleek shape.

The so-called face of the Dolphin. In point of fact, I designed it.



  • The antenna of the Bowsprit is only partially attached when not on the S.S. Dolphin.
  • A bowsprit in real life is a pole that extends forward of a ship from the prow of the vessel.
  • In Pikmin 4, if you use ice blasts and moss' rush ability, you don't need Blue pikmin to get the ship part.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese バウスプリット?
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Flag of China Chinese
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Boegneus Bowsprit
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Beaupré Bowsprit
Flag of France French (NoE) Beaupré Bowsprit
Flag of Germany German Bugspriet Bowsprit
Flag of Italy Italian Bompresso Bowsprit
Flag of South Korea Korean 바우스프릿
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Gurupés Bowsprit
Flag of Spain Spanish Bauprés Bowsprit