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Controls is a category in the Exploration Notes menu. These Data Files explain the basic controls of Pikmin 3, as well as what to do in some special events. Most of them feature images of characters who appear to be Olimar, Louie, The President, Alph, Brittany, and Charlie. Seven of the 30 Data Files are found around the terrain of certain areas, while the other 23 are acquired by completing specific tasks.

In this article, if there is no location stated for a Data File, it should already be obtained automatically, after meeting certain requirements, such as obtaining a certain item. Unless otherwise specified, the text provided is the same in both the US and European versions. Pikmin 3 Deluxe changes some of the Data Files.

Data files[edit]

Moving[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: Move with WiiU LStick.png / Nunchuck Annalogstick.png / WiiU LStick.png/Icon for the Left Stick on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0..
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Using the Whistle[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Classic controls text: Press WiiU ZR.png / Wiimote B.png / WiiUPC ZR.png/Icon for the B button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. to blow the whistle and call Pikmin over. Hold WiiU ZR.png / Wiimote B.png / WiiUPC ZR.png/Icon for the B button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. longer to increase the whistle's range.
  • Stylus mode text: While touching and sliding on the Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to aim, press WiiU L.png to blow your whistle and call Pikmin over.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Throwing[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Pikmin 3 Classic controls text: Take aim and press WiiU A.png / Wiimote A.png / WiiU A.png to throw.
  • Pikmin 3 Stylus mode text: Touch and slide on the Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to aim, then tap quickly to throw.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Take aim with the cursor, then press Icon for the A button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. to throw.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Plucking #1[edit]

Controls icon.
  • US text: Press WiiU A.png / Wiimote A.png / WiiU A.png / WiiU L.png/Icon for the A button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. to pluck nearby Pikmin sprouts. Press WiiU ZR.png / Wiimote B.png / WiiUPC ZR.png / WiiU ZL.png/Icon for the B button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. to cancel.
  • Europe text: Press WiiU A.png / Wiimote A.png / WiiU A.png / WiiU L.png to begin plucking nearby Pikmin sprouts. Press WiiU ZR.png / Wiimote B.png / WiiUPC ZR.png / WiiU ZL.png to stop.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Plucking #2[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: Throw your teammates to have them automatically pluck sprouts.
  • Area: Tropical Wilds
  • Pikmin 3 location: In a small alcove right near the base, guarded by two Pellet Posies.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe location: Near the Dapper Blob at the southernmost room of the main overworld segment of the area.

Looking Around[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Pikmin 3 US Classic controls text: Press WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png to move the camera behind you.
  • Pikmin 3 US Stylus mode text: Touch and slide left and right on Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to look around. Press WiiU ZL.png to face forward.
  • Pikmin 3 Europe Classic controls text: Press WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png to switch the camera angle to the front.
  • Pikmin 3 Europe Stylus mode text: Touch and slide left and right on the Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to look around. Press WiiU ZL.png to face forward.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Face forward with Icon for the ZL Button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. and look around with Icon for the Right Stick on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0.. (Icon for the Right Stick on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. won't work if the Joy-Con is held sideways.)
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Locking On[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Pikmin 3 US text: Move the pointer onto your target and then hold WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png to lock on!
  • Pikmin 3 Europe text: Move the pointer on to your target and then hold WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png to lock on!
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Move the cursor to your target and press Icon for the ZR Button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. to lock on! Throw nonstop by pressing and holding Icon for the A button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0..
  • How to obtain in Pikmin 3: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.
  • How to obtain in Pikmin 3 Deluxe: Found near the Fiery Blowhogs near the landing site in the Garden of Hope.

Dismissing Squad[edit]

Controls icon.
  • US Classic controls text: Dismiss your squad with WiiU B.png / Nunchuk shake.png / WiiU B.png, and the Pikmin will sort themselves into different color groups.
  • US Stylus mode text: Use "whistle button" on Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to dismiss your squad. The Pikmin will split up into different color groups.
  • Europe Classic controls text: Dismiss your squad with WiiU B.png / Nunchuk shake.png / WiiU B.png and the Pikmin will sort themselves into different colour groups.
  • Europe Stylus mode text: Use "whistle button" on the Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to dismiss your squad. The Pikmin will split up into different colour groups.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Charging![edit]

Controls icon.

"Charge!" in the European version of Pikmin 3.

  • Pikmin 3 US Classic controls text: While locked on, attack with WiiU B.png / Nunchuk shake.png / WiiU B.png! Cancel the lock-on with WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png.
  • Pikmin 3 US Stylus mode text: While locked on, attack with "whistle button" on Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons.! Cancel the lock-on with WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png.
  • Pikmin 3 Europe Classic controls text: While locked on to a target, use WiiU B.png / Nunchuk shake.png / WiiU B.png to unleash your Pikmin! Cancel lock-on with WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png.
  • Pikmin 3 Europe Stylus mode text: While locked on to a target, use "whistle button" on the Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to unleash your Pikmin! Cancel lock-on with WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Press and release Icon for the X Button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. to charge with the currently selected Pikmin!
  • Pikmin 3 area: Distant Tundra
  • Pikmin 3 location: On the other side of the tunnel behind the Drake.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe area: Garden of Hope
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe location: Under the pile of fragments next to the Dwarf Bulborb used on day 2.

Selecting Pikmin Type[edit]

Controls icon.
  • US Classic controls text: Select the Pikmin or person you want to throw using WiiU L.png / Nunchuck C.png / WiiUPC L.png.
  • US Stylus mode text: Press WiiU L.png without touching Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. or use WiiU Padup.png to select the Pikmin or person you want to throw.
  • Europe Classic controls text: Select the Pikmin type you want to throw using WiiU L.png / Nunchuck C.png / WiiUPC L.png. You can also throw teammates.
  • Europe Stylus mode text: Press WiiU L.png without touching the Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons., or use WiiU Padup.png to select the Pikmin or teammate you wish to throw.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after discovering the Rock Pikmin.

Switching Leaders[edit]

Controls icon.
  • US Classic controls text: Press WiiU Y.png / Wiimote Minus.png / WiiU Y.png to switch leaders.
  • US Stylus mode text: Use the "leader button" buttons on Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons., or WiiU Paddown.png to switch between leaders.
  • Europe Classic controls text: Press WiiU Y.png / Wiimote Minus.png / WiiU Y.png to switch control to a teammate outside the current squad.
  • Europe Stylus mode text: Use the "leader button" icons on the Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons., or press WiiU Paddown.png to switch to a teammate outside the current group.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after rescuing Brittany and completing the tutorial of throwing leaders.

Throwing Leaders[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: Throw teammates to places that can't be reached on foot.
  • Pikmin 3 area: Garden of Hope
  • Pikmin 3 location: Right outside of where Brittany is trapped.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe area: Distant Tundra
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe location: Right next to the ledge that a leader must be thrown to, in order to push the iron ball.

Using Ultra-Spicy Spray[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Classic controls text: Press WiiU Padup.png / Wiimote Dpad up.png / WiiU Padup.png to use an Ultra-Spicy Spray and invigorate the Pikmin in your squad.
  • US Stylus mode text: Press "spray button" on Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to use an Ultra-Spicy Spray and invigorate the Pikmin in your squad.
  • Europe Stylus mode text: Tap "spray button" on the Based on Pikmin Fanon's buttons. to use an Ultra-Spicy Spray and invigorate the Pikmin in your squad.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after discovering the Ultra-Spicy Spray.

Using Ultra-Spicy Nectar[edit]

Controls icon.

"Ultra-Spicy Nectar" in the European version.

  • US text: Explorers automatically collect Ultra-Spicy Nectar when they find it.
  • Europe text: Explorers collect Ultra-Spicy Nectar directly when they find it.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after discovering the Ultra-Spicy Spray.

Using the Dodge Whistle[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: Press WiiU Padleft.png / Wiimote Dpad left.png / WiiU Padleft.png or WiiU Padright.png / Wiimote Dpad right.png / WiiU Padright.png to make your Pikmin roll in that direction.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after returning the Dodge Whistle to the S.S. Drake.

Using the Radar #1[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Pikmin 3 US text: Slide to scroll through your map and check your surroundings.
  • Pikmin 3 Europe text: Touch and slide to scroll the map and check your surroundings.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Use Icon for the Left Stick on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. to check your surroundings.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Using the Radar #2[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Pikmin 3 US text: Touch the compass to toggle the radar's orientation.
  • Pikmin 3 Europe text: Touch the compass to toggle the Radar's orientation.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Change the radar's orientation in Other Settings in the Options menu.
  • How to obtain in Pikmin 3: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.
  • How to obtain in Pikmin 3 Deluxe: Found at the start of the cave in Alph's section of day 1.

Using the Radar #3[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Pikmin 3 text: Review the replay to fine-tune your strategy.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Review the replay with (replay icon) to fine-tune your strategy.
  • How to obtain in Pikmin 3: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.
  • How to obtain in Pikmin 3 Deluxe: Obtained on the results screen of the first day.

Fruit Finder[edit]

Controls icon.
  • US text: Display the location of fruit, even in areas you haven't explored.
  • Europe text: Displays the location of fruit, even in areas you haven't yet explored.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after collecting 10 pieces of fruit.

Go Here![edit]

Controls icon.
  • Pikmin 3 US text: On the KopPad's radar, align "Pointer" with your destination and touch Go here to start moving!
  • Pikmin 3 Europe text: Align "Pointer" on the radar and touch 'Go Here!' to move to that place!
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: On the KopPad's radar, align (pointer) with your destination and select "Go here" with Icon for the A button on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. to start moving.
  • Area: Garden of Hope
  • Pikmin 3 location: Past the Crystal Wall right in the base.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe location: Between Brittany's crash site and the section with Skutterchucks nearby.

Using the Camera[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Pikmin 3 text: Press WiiU ZR.png to snap a photo. Zoom with WiiU LStick.png. Press WiiU ZL.png to toggle flash.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Activate the camera via the Custom-made icon for the - Button on the Nintendo Switch. KopPad to snap a photo.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Scorch Guard[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: Protects you from fire.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after returning the Scorch Guard to the Drake.

Anti-Electrifier[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: Prevents you from getting zapped.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after returning the Anti-Electrifier to the Drake.

Metal Suit Z[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: Increases the durability of your space suit.
  • How to obtain: Obtained after returning the Metal Suit Z to the Drake.

Dividing Labor #1[edit]

Controls icon.

"Dividing Labour #1" in the European version.

  • Text: Split into 2 squads to manage your workload more efficiently!
  • How to obtain: Obtained after rescuing Brittany and completing the tutorial on throwing leaders.

Dividing Labor #2[edit]

Controls icon.

"Dividing Labour #2" in the European version.

  • Text: Split into 3 squads to manage your workload even more efficiently!
  • Area: Tropical Wilds
  • Pikmin 3 location: On the other side of the small bridge, it should be right next to a dirt wall and some fragments.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe location: On the southern part of the main overworld segment of the area, where three leaders are needed, the Data File is after the tree stump.

Escaping[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: Shake WiiU LStick.png / Nunchuck Annalogstick.png / WiiU LStick.png/Icon for the Left Stick on the Nintendo Switch. Edited version of the icon by ARMS Institute user PleasePleasePepper, released under CC-BY-SA 4.0. repeatedly to escape.
  • Pikmin 3 area: Tropical Wilds
  • Pikmin 3 location: On the ledge home to a Swooping Snitchbug and the Dapper Blob.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe area: Distant Tundra
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe location: At the Pikmin exchange point, next to the Swooping Snitchbug.

Rescuing from Bubbles[edit]

Controls icon.

Rescue Olimar #1[edit]

Controls icon.
  • US text: Command the Pikmin carrying Captain Olimar!
  • European text: Command the Pikmin carrying Olimar.
  • How to obtain: Obtained once Olimar is carried.

Rescue Olimar #2[edit]

Controls icon.
  • Text: The order of responsibility for commanding Pikmin is: Brittany, Charlie, Alph.
  • How to obtain: Obtained once Olimar is carried.

Gallery[edit]