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A Sunseed Berry, the first fruit found in Pikmin 3.

Fruits are the reason for Alph, Brittany, and Charlie's visit to PNF-404. By retrieving pieces of fruit scattered around the planet and extracting the seeds, the three explorers are able to solve the hunger problem in their home planet, Koppai.

Similarly to ship parts and treasures in the previous two games, the collection of these items is necessary in order to complete the game, and they are normally found in specific locations, commonly accompanied by some sort of challenge which must be completed to access them. Some fruits are split into parts, where all parts must be recovered before the fruit is recognized. On top of working towards the goal of kick-starting cultivation on Koppai, the fruits are directly useful to the explorers, as they need to feed on their juice every day.

In total, there are 66 fruits, belonging to 30 different types, with some of them having served as treasures in Pikmin 2, bearing the same name. There is a grand total of 98 days' worth of juice, including the three bottles the explorers keep at the start as provisions. Day 99 can be played, but the Koppaites will have no juice at the end, causing a game over. In the Ultra-Spicy difficulty in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, there is only 49 bottles worth of juice, as the amount of juice provided from each fruit is halved. Interestingly, by highlighting day 1 on the day selection menu, it'll show that at the start of that day, the explorers had 7 bottles of juice. Given that at the end of the day, there are only three bottles on the inventory, this means that when the Drake crash-landed, four of the provisions got lost.

List[edit]

Icon Name Juice Juice (Ultra-Spicy) Amount Locations Real life fruit
Fruit File icon for the Astringent Clump. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Astringent Clump 2.0 1.0 2 Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra Grapefruit
Fruit File icon for the Blonde Impostor. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Blonde Impostor 1.5 0.75 1 (2 parts per fruit) Twilight River Gold kiwifruit
Fruit File icon for the Citrus Lump. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Citrus Lump 1.5 0.75 4 Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra, Twilight River Orange
The Fruit File icon for the Crimson Banquet. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Crimson Banquet 3.0 1.5 1 (6 parts per fruit) Tropical Wilds Watermelon
Fruit File icon for the Crunchy Deluge. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Crunchy Deluge 2.0 1.0 1 Twilight River Asian pear
The Fruit File icon of the Cupid's Grenade. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Cupid's Grenade 0.5 0.25 3 Tropical Wilds, Distant Tundra Cherry
Fruit File icon for the Dapper Blob. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Dapper Blob 1.0 0.5 3 Tropical Wilds, Distant Tundra, Twilight River Mangosteen
Fruit File icon for the Dawn Pustules. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Dawn Pustules 1.0 0.5 2 (20 parts per fruit) Tropical Wilds, Distant Tundra Green grapes
The Fruit File icon for the Delectable Bouquet. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Delectable Bouquet 1.5 0.75 2 Tropical Wilds, Twilight River Fig
Fruit File icon for the Disguised Delicacy. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Disguised Delicacy 1.5 0.75 2 (2 parts per fruit) Tropical Wilds, Distant Tundra Green kiwifruit
The Fruit File icon for the Dusk Pustules. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Dusk Pustules 1.0 0.5 3 (20 parts per fruit) Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra, Twilight River Purple grapes
Fruit File icon for the Face Wrinkler. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Face Wrinkler 1.5 0.75 3 Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra Lemon
Fruit File icon for the Firebreathing Feast. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Fire-Breathing Feast 2.5 1.25 1 Garden of Hope Dragon fruit
Fruit File icon for the Heroine's Tear. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Heroine's Tear 2.5 1.25 1 Distant Tundra Mango
The Fruit File icon for the Insect Condo. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Insect Condo 2.0 1.0 1 Twilight River Apple
The Fruit File icon for the Juicy Gaggle. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Juicy Gaggle 0.5 0.25 4 Tropical Wilds, Twilight River Raspberry
Fruit File icon for the Lesser Mock Bottom. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Lesser Mock Bottom 1.0 0.5 3 Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Twilight River Plum
Fruit File icon for the Mock Bottom. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Mock Bottom 2.0 1.0 1 Tropical Wilds Peach
The Fruit File icon for the Pocked Airhead. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Pocked Airhead 2.5 1.25 2 Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope Dekopon
The Fruit File icon for the Portable Sunset. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Portable Sunset 2.0 1.0 2 Distant Tundra, Twilight River Persimmon
Fruit File icon for the Scaly Custard. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Scaly Custard 1.5 0.75 2 Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope Avocado
Fruit File icon for the Searing Acidshock. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Searing Acidshock 1.0 0.5 4 Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Twilight River Ume
Fruit File icon for the Seed Hive. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Seed Hive 2.5 1.25 1 Twilight River Papaya
The Fruit File icon for the Slapstick Crescent. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Slapstick Crescent 2.5 1.25 1 Tropical Wilds Banana
Fruit File icon for the Stellar Extrusion. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Stellar Extrusion 2.0 1.0 3 (2 parts per fruit) Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra Star fruit
The Fruit File icon for the Sunseed Berry. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Sunseed Berry 1.0 0.5 4 Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra Strawberry
The Fruit File icon for the Tremendous Sniffer. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Tremendous Sniffer 2.0 1.0 1 Twilight River Pear
The Fruit File icon for the Velvety Dreamdrop. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Velvety Dreamdrop 1.0 0.5 4 Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra, Loquat
The Fruit File icon for the Wayward Moon. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Wayward Moon 3.0 1.5 1 Garden of Hope Japanese melon
The Fruit File icon for the Zest Bomb. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Zest Bomb 1.5 0.75 3 Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra Lime

In addition, the following two special types of fruits can be found in Mission Mode and Bingo Battle:

Icon Name
Icon for the Golden Sunseed. Uses official artwork but has an outline added on top. Golden Sunseed
Icon for the Golden Grenade. Uses official artwork but has an outline added on top. Golden Grenade

Juice[edit]

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The collection of fruits serves more than just completing the overall goal: fruit collected is juiced at the end of the day to provide rations for the explorers. The juice is stored in bottles, and a bottle is only closed and made available if it's filled to the top. If needed, the leaders will even mix juice from different fruits to fill up a bottle. After all of the fruits have been juiced, the crew gets the oldest bottle and consumes it, regardless of how many people there are to feed on it. As such, the amount of juice the player has will determine the number of days left they can explore. If a day ends and there are no more bottles of juice, the player is taken to the game over screen, although they are allowed to retry from a previous day.

Different fruits provide different amounts of juice, with the lowest possible being half a cup, the maximum being 3, and the average being 1.4. The bottles have some Koppaite text on them. On the glass, there is the text 'F' in Koppaite text 'J' in Koppaite text ("FJ"), which could mean "fruit juice". On the frame, the word 'S' in Koppaite text 'U' in Koppaite text 'R' in Koppaite text 'V' in Koppaite text 'I' in Koppaite text 'V' in Koppaite text 'A' in Koppaite text 'L' in Koppaite text ("survival") can be read.

Blending[edit]

The result of mixing a Juicy Gaggle and a Zest Bomb.

When two different juices are placed on the same bottle, the resulting juice's color will end up as a blend between the two. This is purely aesthetic and affects only the color seen on the bottle. To determine the final color, the game averages the hue and value components of both the existing and the new juice. This works fine for most cases, but can have some oddities; in the case where the player collects a Juicy Gaggle and a Zest Bomb and their juices are combined, this results in the color #00FFE5, which is a vibrant blue. Although this color blend is correct, it does not look very natural; indeed, in the real world, combining raspberry and lime juice results in a grayish-brown mix.

That said, there is an exception for the first fruit of a saved game. When the player collects the first fruit, a cutscene plays showing said fruit being juiced. For unknown reasons, this cutscene affects the coloring calculations. If this fruit did not fill up a bottle, then when the player collects a second fruit, the resulting juice color will be more biased towards the first fruit collected. This can be seen easily with the aforementioned Juicy Gaggle and Zest Bomb – if the player collects one of these as their first fruit, the resulting "blue" juice will end up being greener or bluer than normal.[1]

Fruit File[edit]

A screenshot of the completed Fruit File.

The Fruit File is one of the options available on the KopPad. It provides information on all collected pieces of fruit, and by tapping on fruit, the player can read Brittany's Notes on it.

Piktamin U[edit]

"Piktamin U" is a fictional vitamin that the Koppaites claim is in some fruits. Its name is a portmanteau of Pikmin and vitamin, and the "U" in the vitamin's name is a reference to the Wii U. Oddly, even the Golden Sunseed, which seems to be more of a treasure and less of a food, is said to have a lot of Piktamin U, in a Mission Mode tip.[2]

Treasures as fruits[edit]

In Pikmin 2, some treasures are actually fruits. They do not serve the same purpose as the collectibles in Pikmin 3, but are fruits nevertheless:

  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Cupid's Grenade. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/flower_red/texture.bti. Cupid's Grenade: same as the Pikmin 3 fruit. It weighs 3 instead of 1.
  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Sunseed Berry. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/ichigo/texture.bti. Sunseed Berry: same as the Pikmin 3 fruit. It weighs 5 instead of 3.
  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Combustion Berry. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/ichigo_l/texture.bti. Combustion Berry: a larger strawberry.
  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Seed of Greed. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/kuri/texture.bti. Seed of Greed: a chestnut; botanically a fruit.
  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Disguised Delicacy. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/leaf_kare/texture.bti. Disguised Delicacy: same as the Pikmin 3 fruit. However, it is only one slice and weighs 15 instead of 5.
  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Insect Condo. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/apple/texture.bti. Insect Condo: same as the Pikmin 3 fruit. It weighs 15 instead of 10.
  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Citrus Lump. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/dia_a_red/texture.bti. Citrus Lump: same as the Pikmin 3 fruit. It weighs 15 instead of 5.
  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Love Nugget. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/leaf_normal/texture.bti. Love Nugget: a tomato; tomatoes are considered vegetables for culinary purposes, but are botanically fruits.
  • Treasure Hoard icon for the Infernal Vegetable. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/momiji_red/texture.bti. Infernal Vegetable: a bell pepper; likewise, bell peppers are botanically fruits.

Badges[edit]

In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, there are five badges the player can gain from collecting fruits:

  • Bearing Fruit: Collecting a fruit in Story Mode.
  • Fruitful Endeavor: Collecting 20 fruits in Story Mode.
  • Fruit Force: Collecting 30 fruits in Story Mode.
  • Fruit Ballad: Collecting all 66 fruits in Story Mode.
  • Efficiency Expert: Having 30 days' worth of juice reserve.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • According to Brittany's notes, Alph is allergic to both the Heroine's Tear and the Scaly Custard, although the latter is only stated in the European version.
  • Including Mission Mode and Bingo Battle, the Cupid's Grenade is the most common normal fruit in Pikmin 3, appearing 20 times. The most common golden fruit is the Golden Grenade, appearing 23 times.
  • All the fruits in Pikmin 3 appear to be fresh and undamaged, which is odd, considering some of them are buried, underwater, not growing on any plant (except a few), and even ingested by creatures. This is likely to make them more easily recognizable.
  • Next to the Sunseed Berry in the Garden of Hope along the path to the Rock Onion, an unripe strawberry on a stem can be seen to the right of the ripe fruit. While this fruit never grows, it implies that more fruit can grow on PNF-404 over time.
  • The Fruit Files for Dawn Pustules and Dusk Pustules state 20 Pikmin are needed to carry them. While there are 20 grapes to carry in each, just one Pikmin can hypothetically handle the entire task by carrying one at a time.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of France French Nourriture Nourishment
Flag of Germany German Nahrungsquelle Source of nourishment
Flag of Italy Italian Cibo Food
Flag of Spain Spanish Alimento Nourishment

Piktamin U

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ピコミン?
Pikomin
Flag of China Chinese
(traditional)
皮他命U
Pítāmìng U
From 皮克敏 (Pikmin) and 維他命(vitamin)
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
皮他命U
Pítāmìng U
From 皮克敏 (Pikmin) and 维他命(vitamin)
Flag of France French Pictamine U From "Pikmin" and "vitamine" (vitamin)
Flag of Germany German Pikamin U From "Pikmin" and "Vitamin" (vitamin)
Flag of Italy Italian Pikamina U From "Pikmin" and "vitamina" (vitamin)
Flag of South Korea Korean 피타민 U
pitamin U
Flag of Spain Spanish Piktamina U From "Pikmin" and "vitamina" (vitamin)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video demonstrating the different outcomes for blue juice, published on September 21st, 2020, retrieved on September 23rd, 2020
  2. ^ Golden Sunseeds are packed with Piktamin U! One of these gives you Texture used for the Poko in Pikmin 3. × 200!Loading screen tip in Mission Mode


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