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Some Red Pikmin hiding from a Whiptongue Bulborb.
Red Pikmin hiding from a Whiptongue Bulborb in a Pikmin 3 trailer.

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 3.
Particularly: Since Orange Bulborbs cannot be fooled by hiding, check all enemies to see which can and which can't.

Hiding is a mechanic in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4. Leaders and their Pikmin can hide from enemies by crouching under specific plants. When a leader walks under a suitable plant, all Pikmin and fellow crew members in their squad will gather close and crouch – Winged Pikmin will also lower their altitude to fit under the plant's covers. In this state, they are invisible to all enemies. If an enemy was chasing the player, and their army hides, the enemy will look around in confusion and head back, allowing the Pikmin a chance to counterattack. This will also work even if the enemy saw the Pikmin go in, can clearly see the Pikmin if they're hiding poorly, is attacked from within the hiding spot, or even if it is under the plant right next to them.

While hiding, leaders and Pikmin are normally invulnerable to attacks,[1] but there can be cases where that is not true.[2][3] In Story Mode, the music also quiets down while hiding. Most enemies seem to be tricked by this simple mechanic, but with hacks, it is possible to see that bosses are not.[1]

Swarming Sheargrubs can also hide under plants, as Pikmin do. Although not quite a form of hiding, leaders and Pikmin may stand under a Common Glowcap's shower of light to evade Phosbat and Vehemoth Phosbat attacks. In Pikmin 4, Jumbo Bulborbs can hide in vegetation to ambush prey, though due to their size they will be easily visible. Also in Pikmin 4, whenever the player enters or leaves a hiding spot, the player's Pikmin count will temporarily reach 0 as proven by the HUD, and the standby Pikmin type will then be reset to the first available in the squad, the first being whichever one is decided internally by the game.[4]


The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 3.
Particularly: Give examples of the unnamed plants, and complete this list.

The following plants can be used as hiding places.


Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Esconderse Hide

Hiding Place

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Germany German Versteck Hideout
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Lugares para esconderse Hiding places

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b YouTube video showing how bosses are not fooled, and how leaders and Pikmin are invulnerable while hiding
  2. ^ YouTube video showing how leaders and Pikmin aren't invulnerable to snowballs while hiding
  3. ^ Twitter video on Twitter, published on December 1st, 2020, retrieved on December 1st, 2020
  4. ^ Twitter video of the standby type resetting on Twitter, published on August 2nd, 2023, retrieved on August 2nd, 2023