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Controls (Exploration Notes)

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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]

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  • Text: Move with WiiU LStick.png / Nunchuck Annalogstick.png / WiiU LStick.png/Switch Left Stick.png.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Using the Whistle[edit]

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  • Classic controls text: Press WiiU ZR.png / Wiimote B.png / WiiUPC ZR.png/Switch B.png to blow the whistle and call Pikmin over. Hold WiiU ZR.png / Wiimote B.png / WiiUPC ZR.png/Switch B.png longer to increase the whistle's range.
  • Stylus mode text: While touching and sliding on the GamePad icon.png 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]

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  • 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 GamePad icon.png to aim, then tap quickly to throw.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Take aim with the cursor, then press Switch A.png to throw.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Plucking #1[edit]

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  • US text: Press WiiU A.png / Wiimote A.png / WiiU A.png / WiiU L.png/Switch A.png to pluck nearby Pikmin sprouts. Press WiiU ZR.png / Wiimote B.png / WiiUPC ZR.png / WiiU ZL.png/Switch B.png 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]

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  • 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 section of the area.

Looking Around[edit]

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  • 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 GamePad icon.png 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 GamePad icon.png to look around. Press WiiU ZL.png to face forward.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Face forward with Switch ZL.png and look around with Switch Right Stick.png. (Switch Right Stick.png 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]

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  • 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 Switch ZR.png to lock on! Throw nonstop by pressing and holding Switch A.png.
  • 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]

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  • 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 GamePad icon.png 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 GamePad icon.png 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]

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"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 GamePad icon.png! 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 GamePad icon.png to unleash your Pikmin! Cancel lock-on with WiiU ZL.png / Nunchuk Z.png / WiiUPC ZL.png.
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe text: Press and release Switch X.png 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]

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  • 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 GamePad icon.png 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 GamePad icon.png, 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]

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  • 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 GamePad icon.png, 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 GamePad icon.png, 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]

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  • 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]

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  • 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 GamePad icon.png to use an Ultra-Spicy Spray and invigorate the Pikmin in your squad.
  • Europe Stylus mode text: Tap "spray button" on the GamePad icon.png 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]

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"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]

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  • 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]

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  • 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 Switch Left Stick.png to check your surroundings.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Using the Radar #2[edit]

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  • 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]

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  • 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]

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  • 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]

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  • 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 Switch A.png 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]

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  • 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 Switch Minus.png KopPad to snap a photo.
  • How to obtain: Comes pre-installed with the Exploration Notes app on the KopPad.

Scorch Guard[edit]

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

Anti-Electrifier[edit]

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

Metal Suit Z[edit]

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  • 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]

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"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]

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"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 section of the area, where three leaders are needed, the Data File is after the tree stump.

Escaping[edit]

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  • Text: Shake WiiU LStick.png / Nunchuck Annalogstick.png / WiiU LStick.png/Switch Left Stick.png 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]

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Rescue Olimar #1[edit]

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  • 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]

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

Gallery[edit]