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An unofficial render of a Kingcap in Pikmin 3.
Appears in Pikmin 3Pikmin 4
Scientific name Unknown
Family Unknown
Areas Tropical Wilds, Distant Tundra
Caves None
Collect treasure! levels Tropical Forest, Twilight Hollow
Battle enemies! levels Distant Tundra Remix
Side Story levels Flower Garden, Inside Forest, Tundra, Pikmin Reunion, First Part Found
Dandori Challenge levels None
Bingo Battle levels None
Dandori Battle levels None

Kingcaps (マダラタケ?, lit.: "Spotted Mushroom") are a type of fungus in Pikmin 3 that serve as obstacles. They are usually found blocking the way in corridors, and come accompanied with a series of Spotcaps. Leaders can use their Pikmin to destroy Kingcaps, but the leaders can not destroy the king cap themselves.

Kingcaps have a lot of durability and occupy a lot of space, but once cleared, they open up some significant space. Unlike the smaller Spotcaps, Pikmin can latch on to a Kingcap when thrown, and it has a health wheel.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health
N/A N/A N/A N/A 1000

Poison Kingcap[edit]

In Pikmin 4, a poisonous variant of the Kingcap can be seen. It is rarer than its normal counterpart, only being found in 2 caves, the Doppelgänger's Den and the Engulfed Castle. It functions the same as normal Kingcaps, except it can only be attacked by White Pikmin due to its poison. However, they can also be damaged easily by Oatchi's rush.


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Kingcaps are always found with Spotcaps nearby.

Tropical Wilds[edit]

  • A Kingcap appear in a non-obtrusive fashion in the cave next to the landing site, leading up from Alph's crash site.

Distant Tundra[edit]

  • Two Kingcaps appear in the area around Captain Charlie's crash site. These serve as the game's first obstacle.
  • In one of the Side Stories,Olimar's comeback, There are some Kingcaps blocking the pathway from spawn

Twighlight Hollow[edit]

  • In the Battle Enemies! version of this map, there is a Kingcap to the east that leads to the onion of Rock Pikmin.
  • In the Collect Treasure! Version of the map, the Kingcap is in the same place as in the Battle Enemies! version of the map, but instead of Rock Pikmin, there's a Bulborb with many Sunseed Berrys inside of it.

Distant Tundra Remix[edit]

  • There are Kingcaps blocking the yellow onion on the west side of the map.

Flower Garden[edit]

Inside Foreset[edit]

There are some non-blocking Kingcaps sitting southeast to the ship.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name mush
HP 1000
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 10
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 0
Bomb rock explosions to kill 1
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 0
Number of direct hits on top to kill 0
Damage to leaders 10
Territory radius 100
Mission Mode value 0



  • Spotcaps and Kingcaps share many similarities to Dwarf Bulborbs, and Bulborbs, respectively. Spotcaps and Dwarf Bulborbs each have 100 health, while Kingcaps and Bulborbs each have 1000. Both are red with white spots, and both Spotcaps and Dwarf Bulborbs instantly get defeated when hit on top.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese マダラタケ?
Madara Take
Spotted Mushroom
Flag of France French (NoE) Bulbolet From bulborbe (Bulborb) and bolet (bolete)
Flag of Germany German Gemeiner Punktpilz Common Spot-mushroom
Flag of Italy Italian Fungoleto From fungo (mushroom) and coleto (Bulborb)
Flag of Spain Spanish Superfungo moteado Spotted superfungus

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