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The data file on digging.

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Digging (掘る?, lit.: "Dig") is an ability Pikmin have in most Pikmin games. Pikmin can both dig out something in the ground, or dig their way in some holes.

Digging out objects[edit]

White Pikmin digging up a Superstick Textile.
White Pikmin digging out a Superstick Textile.

Some objects may be partially or completely buried under the ground, and before they can be carried, they must first be completely unearthed by using the Pikmin. The more Pikmin digging out an object at once, the faster it is dug.

In Pikmin 2, treasure that is completely underground does not have any obvious indicator of its presence. Only White Pikmin have the ability to detect this type of treasure, and when they're told to work on the spot the collectible is at, they will begin slowly digging it out until it peaks to the surface, at which point other types of Pikmin may help. The only way a player has to tell that there's a treasure in that location is with the Treasure Gauge, or by having White Pikmin scan the floor with the swarm mechanic. It should be noted that in this game, White Pikmin automatically start digging a buried item (whether it is partially or completely buried) without the player's consent; this does not apply to other Pikmin types.

In Pikmin 3, all Pikmin types can unearth objects at any depth, removing the White Pikmin's exclusive digging ability. Yellow Pikmin have been given an extra trait though, in that, along Rock Pikmin, they can dig out objects faster than other types. Interestingly, data files say that Yellow Pikmin are the best diggers, but don't say anything about Rock Pikmin. Also in this game, bomb rock explosions can help dig out buried items, but they don't affect spacesuit upgrades. Flukeweeds can also be used to pull out objects under the ground, but that does not involve the digging ability Pikmin possess.

In Hey! Pikmin, a small number of treasures are found partially buried, and need to be dug out before Olimar can collect them. The Pikmin can also dig out some special objects, like a pipe that gets used as a ramp in Below the Ice. They can also dig buried Sparklium Seeds.

In Pikmin 4, all Pikmin types can unearth buried treasures, just like Pikmin 3. Yellow Pikmin have been given a 4x digging speed boost whereas the other Pikmin types have a 1x dig speed. Even though White Pikmin return, their ability to see completely buried treasures are removed. The method of finding completely buried treasures is given to Oatchi's 'Pick Up a Scent' Command. Oatchi can also dig like a Pikmin, and the speed of which he digs can be upgraded. It starts at ~16x speed, and can be increased to ~28x and then ~52x.

Digging into holes[edit]

In Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4, there are two hole obstacles that Pikmin can dig their way through. Dirt-mounds are entrances to underground burrows that contain items, and tunnels are pathways filled with rubble that can be dug out to allow passage.

List of buried objects[edit]

In Pikmin 2, whether a treasure is buried or partially buried is actually a property of the treasure itself and not its locations; the treasure will always have this trait no matter where it is generated. That is not the case in Pikmin 3.

Pikmin 2 buried treasures[edit]

Fully buried treasures[edit]

In Pikmin 2, these treasures are always fully buried and require White Pikmin to obtain:

Partially buried treasures[edit]

The following treasures are always partially buried and can have any Pikmin obtain them:

Pikmin 3 buried objects[edit]

In story mode, fruits and pellets are always partially buried while spacesuit upgrades are always fully buried and create a lump in the ground where they are located. In Mission Mode, fruits can be fully buried and create a lump in the ground as well. The following lists details the buried objects the player can find in Story Mode and Mission Mode: unless otherwise specified, the approximate times taken to dig out each object are obtained using one Blue Pikmin, the most "normal" Pikmin type.

Tropical Wilds[edit]

Garden of Hope[edit]

Distant Tundra[edit]

  • Pikmin 3 icon for the Anti-Electrifier. Anti-Electrifier (completely) × 1
  • Yellow 1-Pellet (completely) × 1
  • Yellow 5-Pellet (completely) × 1
  • Red 1-Pellet (completely) × 1
  • The Fruit File icon for the Astringent Clump. Astringent Clump (partially) × 1
  • The Fruit File icon for the Cupid's Grenade. Cupid's Grenade (partially) × 1
  • Yellow 1-Pellet (partially) × 1
  • Red 1-Pellet (partially) × 1
  • Gray 1-Pellet (partially) × 1
  • Yellow 5-Pellet (partially) × 1

Twilight River[edit]

Silver Lake[edit]

Silver Lake Remix[edit]

Thirsty Desert Remix[edit]

Forgotten Cove[edit]

Clockwork Chasm[edit]

Pikmin 4 buried treasures[edit]

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 4.
Particularly: List all the buried treasures.

This game sees the return of both fully buried and partially buried objects, however White Pikmin have lost their ability to unearth fully buried treasures and are not needed to find them. They can be found by using the Treasure Gauge or Oatchi's Pick Up a Scent Command.

Sun-Speckled Terrace[edit]

Crackling Cauldron[edit]

Industrial Maze[edit]

Blossoming Arcadia[edit]

Drafty Gallery[edit]

Secluded Courtyard[edit]

Kingdom of Beasts[edit]

Serene Shores[edit]

Giant's Hearth[edit]

Hey! Pikmin buried treasures[edit]

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Hey! Pikmin.
Particularly: List all the buried treasures.

In Hey! Pikmin, buried treasures aren't completely underground, and are always visible.

Brilliant Garden[edit]

Sparkling Labyrinth[edit]

Leafswirl Lagoon[edit]

Sweltering Parchlands[edit]

Snowfall Field[edit]

Lushlife Murk[edit]

Digging speeds[edit]

Different Pikmin types have different speeds for digging. The exact speeds cannot be determined, but in both Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3 they seem to reflect the Pikmin's attack power, with the exception being Yellow Pikmin in Pikmin 3, which were made to be better at digging out buried objects on purpose. In Pikmin 4, the relation between attack power and digging speed has been shattered, and Yellow Pikmin are the only species with a different digging speed. The following table lists relative digging speeds for unearthing an object, based on the most "normal" Pikmin type, the Blue Pikmin. Speeds for digging a tunnel or digging a dirt mound are a bit different.

Type Pikmin 2 Pikmin 3 Pikmin 4
Red Pikmin 1.5× 1.5× 1.0×
Purple Pikmin 2.0× 1.5× 1.0×
White Pikmin 1.0× 0.5× 1.0×
Yellow Pikmin 1.0× 2.0× 4.0×
Blue Pikmin 1.0× 1.0× 1.0×
Bulbmin 1.0× N/A N/A
Rock Pikmin N/A 2.0× 1.0×
Winged Pikmin N/A 0.5× 1.0×
Ice Pikmin N/A N/A 1.0×

When under the effect of the ultra-spicy spray, every Pikmin will dig out an object at the same speed as an unsprayed Purple Pikmin in Pikmin 2, and an unsprayed Yellow Pikmin in Pikmin 3. This change also happens to Purple Pikmin and Yellow Pikmin, respectively. The maturity of a Pikmin does not have any impact on its digging speed.

In Pikmin 3, the time taken to dig out depends on the object itself: while it seems constant for those partially buried, it's slightly random for the fully buried ones. This is a matter of few seconds for the fastest Pikmin, and a matter of few minutes for the slowest Pikmin (Winged and White Pikmin).

Technical information[edit]

In Pikmin 2, a buried object is in a special state with a certain amount of health, and Pikmin digging it out actually attack it, causing its health to drop, and its appearance to look more and more exposed. A totally buried treasure has 5850 HP, and a partially buried one has 5150 HP. Non-White Pikmin can join in when a treasure's HP reaches 5150, as a result. A specific sound plays when this health is at 1170, 2340, and 3510.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese 掘る?
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese

Flag of China Chinese

Flag of France French Creuser Dig
Flag of Germany German Ausgraben/Graben Dig out/Dig
Flag of Italy Italian Scavare Dig
Flag of South Korea Korean 파기
Flag of Spain Spanish Cavar Dig

See also[edit]