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Greater Spotted Jellyfloat

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Greater Spotted Jellyfloat In-game icon.

Render of the Greater Spotted Jellyfloat from the Pikmin Garden website.

Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 4
Scientific name Cephalus vortexia
Family Jellyfloat
Areas None
Caves Shower Room, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den, Seafloor Resort, Ultimate Testing Range
Challenge Mode stages The Giant's Bath, Abduction Den
Dandori Challenge stages None
Dandori Battle stages None
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks Inhale leaders, inhale and eat Pikmin

The Greater Spotted Jellyfloat (オオマンマン?, lit.: "Giant Manman") is an enemy in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 4. Greater Spotted Jellyfloats are members of the Jellyfloat family, and as the name implies, they resemble a large, pinkish version of the Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat. In Pikmin 4, they appears much more solid, looking similar to gelatin. They have much more visible segments, more consistent and dull spots, purple luminescent organs, and more subtle lines on the oral arms. This species is considerably more rare, as it is alien to the region, but its population is quickly displacing that of its smaller cousin. Greater Spotted Jellyfloats have slightly more health and can be defeated in the same manner, but can suck up more Pikmin at once, and even leader if the player is not careful. It is possible to get out of a Jellyfloat quickly by rapidly rotating GCN Stick.png / Nunchuck Annalogstick.png. Likewise, all undigested Pikmin and leaders are returned when one is defeated. Throwing Purple Pikmin will knock one to the ground, where it can be easily killed by swarming. Like their lesser cousins, they explode in a flurry of sparkling lights when defeated, but unlike them, they do not emit a song-like sound.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 4500 No
Pikmin 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 2500 No


Olimar's notes

Vivid pink coloration is the most noticeable characteristic of this floating life-form. This immigrant species is not native to the region, having appeared to have recently arrived on wind currents. The luminescent organ in its head attracts prey, which it then sucks up and consumes with its lower orifice. Unlike jellyfish, the jellyfloat's tentacles do not have nematocysts, so there is no danger in touching them.

Louie's notes

Like a fine cheese, the aroma of this fluid floater can be oppressive, but its flavor must be experienced to be believed. Also makes an unforgettable nondairy spread!

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

This lovely floating critter sucks up food by stretching and contracting its body. It's hard to imagine such a graceful creature could be of this world. It would be rather exciting to get sucked in with all the treasures and Pikmin to float on forever. But if that really happened, I wouldn't be of this world for long either!

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

The Jellyfloat can suck up your Pikmin and pilots, and hold them in its transparent belly. Direct your troops to keep a safe distance from the flying fiend and throw troops at its body. After you defeat a Jellyfloat, you'll have nothing to show for it but the victims that you saved.

Pikmin Garden[edit]



特徴 その1 空を飛ぶ

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  • 獲物の上空へ音もなく近づき、体内外の気圧差で吸い上げる
  • 触手や口腕には刺胞がなく、獲物の捕獲に使われることはない)

特徴 その2 外来種

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  • 大型で消化器官が発達していて、一度に捕食する獲物の数も多い
  • 口腕の数や長さが異なるほか、体は一回り大きく、渦の向きが異なる)


A terrestrial jellyfish with a pink body, skirt-like unified tentacles, and five oral arms. It attracts prey with the luminescent organ in its head and sucks it up through the orifice on the lower part of its body.

Feature #1: Flying

By lowering the atmospheric pressure inside its body, it gains buoyancy from the difference in density with the outside air.
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  • "It approaches its prey silently and sucks it up by taking advantage of the difference in atmospheric pressure between the air inside and outside its body"
  • "It has no nematocysts on its tentacles and oral arms and does not use them to capture prey")

Feature #2: Non-native species

It is a non-native species that has flown in from another region in the wind, and has become established.
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  • "Its large and well-developed digestive organs allow it to feed on a large amount of prey at once"
  • "In addition to the number and length of its oral arms being different, its body is one size larger, and the orientation of its spiral is different")


In Pikmin 2. the Greater Spotted Jellyfloat is a large target and therefore can easily be hit with Purple Pikmin. Just one of them will bring the creature to the ground; 6 Pikmin will be needed, otherwise. Once on the ground, the player should either continue to throw Purple Pikmin at it, provided they have enough, or swarm it with a squad of considerable size. Both ways will ensure a quick defeat.

In Pikmin 4, Greater Spotted Jellyfloats are much more dangerous. They can not be weighed down, and kill Pikmin much faster. Any non yellow Pikmin will latch onto the tentacles, where they can be inhaled, excluding Purple Pikmin. As Yellow Pikmin are not usually brought to any caves that contain these Jellyfloats, fighting them will usually be a pain, as they are also quite sensitive to damage, and will shake Pikmin off quickly. Winged Pikmin (who are useful in the Ultimate Testing Range, where a few of these Jellyfloats can be encountered.) can also be used to attack the main body, though due to their low attack power, it's not a fast process without the use of Ultra-spicy spray. Much like the Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat, it can be defeated instantly when Ice Pikmin freeze it, due to its gelatinous body crashing into the floor when frozen. Like in Pikmin 2 Purple Pikmin are still an option, however, due to their lowered throw height and the incresed floating height of the Jellyfloat, it is much more difficult to hit it with Purple Pikmin. In exchange, Purple Pikmin do particularly massive damage when latching onto these beasts, all it takes is to find a single opening where the Jellyfloat lowers down and Purple Pikmin can quickly cause its demise. If you happen to miss, it doesn't matter much since Purple Pikmin are immune to the creature's sucking attack. Another option is Rock Pikmin, who are thrown higher than Purple Pikmin and do not mind the enemy's frequent shaking, since they don't latch on anyway. A small squad Rock Pikmin can quickly and easily defeat the beast within a few consectutive throws. Or, if you just give up, throw 3 Ice Pikmin at it and wait for it to eat them.

An alternate method is possible with only leaders in Pikmin 2. Have the Greater Spotted Jellyfloat absorb one leader, and then switch to the other leader and use an ultra-bitter spray to petrify the Jellyfloat. Switch back to the leader who is currently swallowed, and wiggle the Control Stick to break free. The Jellyfloat will be defeated. It's possible to do this with a single leader by spraying it as he is being sucked in, but this is very difficult.[1]

To note is that in Pikmin 2, if a Greater Spotted Jellyfloat digests a White Pikmin, it will not take damage from it. This is also the case with the Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name onikurage
Global properties (List)
ID Japanese comment Property Value
s000 friction(not used) Friction 0.5
s001 wallReflection Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?) 0.5
s002 faceDirAdjust Unknown 0.25
s003 accel Acceleration 0.1
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 4500
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 40
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.1
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.1
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.0001
fp06 速度 Move speed 75
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.1
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 500
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 100
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 70
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 500
fp13 視界角度 FOV 180
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 300
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 90
fp16 振り払い率 Successful shake rate 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 120
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 25
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 60
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 25
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 60
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 25
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 10
fp25 視界高 Unknown (height visibility?) 50
fp26 探索高 Unknown (exploration height?) 50
fp27 ライフの高さ HP wheel height 10
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 5
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 15
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 50
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 80
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 60
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 15
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration 1
fp36 ヒップドロップダメージ Purple Pikmin drop damage 50
fp37 地震気絶確立 Purple Pikmin stun chance 0.3 (30%)
fp38 地震気絶時間 Purple Pikmin stun time 5
ip01 振り払い打撃A Shake mode 1 – hit count 8
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 5
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 15
ip04 振り払い張付2 Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement 10
ip05 振り払い打撃C Shake mode 3 – hit count 20
ip06 振り払い張付3 Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement 20
ip07 振り払い打撃D Shake mode 4 – hit count 25
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 飛行高さ Flight height 75
fp02 上昇係数 Unknown (rise coefficient?) 5
fp10 地上ウェイト時間 Unknown 0.5
fp11 吸い込み時間 Suck duration 2
fp12 吸い込み確率 Unknown (probability of a leader or Pikmin being sucked in?) 0.1
fp04 振払落下時間 Determines the time until it shakes in the air once a pikmin is latched 1
ip01 落下最低ピキ数 Pikmin weight needed to bring it down 6
ip11 吸い込みピキ数 Unknown (maximum number of Pikmin it can suck at once?) 20

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Diameter: 93mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #36


See more: Jellyfloat family#Naming.
  • Common name: Greater Spotted Jellyfloat. It is the largest of the three known Jellyfloats, the others being the Flying Spotted Jellyfloat and Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat, hence the "Greater" in its name.
  • Japanese nickname: オオマンマン?. オオ? (lit.: "giant") refers to its size too.
  • Japanese name: ヨミノホトクラゲ?.
  • Scientific name: Cephalus vortexia. Vortexia refers to how it sucks up Pikmin and leaders with a whirlwind.
  • Internal names: Internally, it is called onikurage, which translates to "oni jellyfish" (鬼くらげ?), as opposed to the Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat's kurage.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese オオマンマン?
Oo Manman
Large Manman
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Dà Mànmàn Shuǐmǔ
Large Manman Jellyfish 慢慢 also means "slowly"
Flag of China Chinese
Dà Mànmàn Shuǐmǔ
Large Manman Jellyfish 慢慢 also means "slowly"
Flag of France French Jellyflotte Coloré
Jellyflotte coloré (Pikmin 4)
Colorful Jellyfloat
Colorful jellyfloat (Pikmin 4)
Flag of Germany German Starkgetupfte Schwebequalle Heavily Spotted Hover Jellyfish
Flag of Italy Italian Gorgone Maculata Spotted Gorgon
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Medusa pintada Spotted jellyfish
Flag of Spain Spanish Maximedusia moteada Spotted maxi-jellyfish "medusia" is a corruption of "medusa" (jellyfish)


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