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Coppeller In-game icon.
A Coppeller.
Appears in Hey! Pikmin
Scientific name Scarpanica viridelacus princeps (US)
Viridelacus princeps (EU)
Family Scarpanid
Areas First Expedition, Valley of the Breeze, Bed of Fallen Leaves, Gale-Force Glen, Freezing Wasteland, Over Wintry Mountains, Ordeal of Flame, Scourge of the Skies, Olimar's Madcap Ride, Pikmin Park
Attacks Kill Pikmin by flying away with them

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The Coppeller (ヘソクリムシ?, lit.: "Stash Bug") is an enemy found in Hey! Pikmin. It is a small quadrupedal insectoid creature with flower petal-like wings that rotate like a helicopter's blades. It has large red eyes, a trait common to all scarpanids, two tiny antennae, and has a light green spot where its "propeller" part is attached. It has four dark green claws on each of its limbs, allowing the creature have a good grip on the objects it holds. The creature's whole body is green, and is about half the height of Captain Olimar. However, its propeller makes up most of it, so including that it's nearly the same height as the captain.

It appears from offscreen in certain locations, and will fly around in a set path. They are known for carrying various objects, such as Sparklium Seeds, hearts, treasures, and even Pikmin. If the player doesn't kill them fast enough, they will fly offscreen and cannot be seen again.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
N/A N/A N/A A yellow Sparklium Seed icon, used to represent the object found in the games. × 0 1 No


Coppellers spawn into levels carrying various items, including Sparklium, health, and even captured Pikmin. They fly in set patterns, but only stay on-screen for a limited amount of time; if they are allowed to escape, the items and Pikmin they hold will be lost.


A Coppeller can also appear in the Central Pikmin Park.


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Coppellers can be killed with a single well-timed Pikmin throw.

While Coppellers cannot directly kill Pikmin, any Pikmin they spawn carrying will be considered killed if they aren't rescued before their captor flies away.

A Coppeller may appear in the Central Pikmin Park if there are no Pikmin in the area. This specimen cannot harm or capture Pikmin in any way, but it does carry a Sparklium Seed. Pikmin can be sent to the area to shoo away the Coppeller, causing it to leave the Seed behind and give you some free Sparklium.


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It carries Pikmin and high-energy objects away somewhere. Back to its nest, I assume. Maybe if I keep observing its behavior, I can begin to understand why my wife has a hard time throwing anything away.

Technical information[edit]

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Hey! Pikmin technical information (?)
Internal name kinomihakobi
Generator name(s) enemy_carry_nuts


  • Common name: Coppeller. It is a combination of "helicopter" and "propeller", coming from the way it flies with a propeller.
  • Japanese nickname: ヘソクリムシ?. It translates to "Stash Bug", coming from the way it stashes various objects, and how it is very bug-like in appearance.
  • Japanese name: ミドリヒメモチサライムシ?, lit.: "Green Lesser Kidnapping Bug".
  • Scientific name: Scarpanica viridelacus princeps in the American English version and Viridelacus princeps in the British English version. Scarpanica is the genus of most scarpanids. Viridelacus is a combination of viridis, Latin for green, and delacus, perhaps derived from delicate, referring to the enemy dying in one hit. Princeps is Latin for leader.
  • Internal names: Unknown.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ヘソクリムシ?
Hesokuri Mushi
Stash Bug
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Kleptokopter From kleptomania and helikopter (helicopter)
Flag of France French Gyrocoptère Gyrocopter
Flag of Germany German Frachtflatterer Freightflutterer
Flag of Italy Italian Pigliapiglia Taketake
Flag of South Korea Korean 비상금벌레
Flag of Spain Spanish Cleptóptero From cleptomanía (kleptomania) and helicóptero (helicopter)


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  • The French, German, and Italian localizations use the American name while both Spanish localizations use the European one.
  • While this is a harmless enemy as it can't attack Pikmin directly, any Pikmin that start in their clutches can still die if not saved.

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