In the first game, small geysers can be found in various locations throughout each of the five areas, except The Forest of Hope. Geysers are usually inactive, resembling little more than rocky protrusions from the ground, and must be unblocked by directing Pikmin towards them. An exception to this rule is a geyser in a hole near the UV Lamp in The Distant Spring and the two located at The Final Trial, which are always activated. Active geysers will bubble and send Olimar flying into the air when he stands on them, allowing access to otherwise unreachable high-up areas and sometimes providing shortcuts over large features. These geysers do not propel Pikmin.
Large geysers are found in every cave in Pikmin 2. Their purpose is as a means of returning to the surface: the leaders and the Pikmin jump into the water, which lifts them upwards through a hole in the ceiling. and land at the landing site of the area the cave is found in. Some longer caves also have them on so-called "rest levels", generally a few floors down, as a means of leaving safely if the player is lacking in Pikmin. Rest levels often also contain eggs and Candypop Buds.
In Challenge Mode, geysers are found hidden on the last floor, and only rise up when The Key of the level is retrieved. However, it still won't allow the level to be completed: the geyser is dormant when it rises, and the Pikmin need to attack it until it activates.
In Pikmin 3, geysers are similar to those in Pikmin, which are small and are able to launch leaders. In this game, geysers are also capable of propelling Pikmin, as well. Geysers are also always active. Sometimes, crystals will be clogging the geysers, and will need to be destroyed with Rock Pikmin.
Like the three main games, geysers can be found in Hey! Pikmin, although they act a little differently. Geysers in this game will push Olimar and Blue Pikmin up and down at certain intervals if he goes on top of one. Instead of being shot away by the jet, Olimar and his Pikmin use these as elevators. In Below the Ice, an area with some non-Blue Pikmin types, a geyser is found with a twig on top, protecting these Pikmin from the water. They are quite rare, mostly being found in underground locations.
There is a visual glitch that occurs with geysers and hole entrances in Pikmin 2's Challenge Mode. These objects are sometimes visible underneath the surface of the cave, and can be seen by looking underneath the floor from somewhere else. These geysers are only visible underground in Challenge Mode because they start under the surface and rise up when The Key is collected.