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Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat

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Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat In-game icon.

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

Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 4
Scientific name Cephalus dottalium
Family Jellyfloat
Areas None
Caves Shower Room, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den, Seafloor Resort, Ultimate Testing Range
Challenge Mode stages None
Dandori Challenge stages Hefty Haulway, Strategic Freezeway, Trial of the Sage Leaf
Dandori Battle stages None
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks Inhale and eat Pikmin

The Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat (コマンマン?, lit.: "Small Manman") is an enemy in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 4. Lesser Spotted Jellyfloats resemble a large, blue, floating jellyfish with yellow spots, that float through the air. They attack the Pikmin by inhaling them and trapping them inside. The Pikmin will then be digested over a considerably long period of time, specifically 1 Pikmin per 30 seconds, but can be saved by defeating it. These creatures are related to the Greater Spotted Jellyfloat. They are also similar to the Medusal Slurker in the fact that they have clear bodies and keep Pikmin trapped inside of them. In Pikmin 4, they can't digest Pikmin, and they seem to have a limit of about 40 Pikmin. They also can no longer be weighed down by Pikmin, likely to facilitate the use of the new Ice Pikmin to defeat them.

Lesser Spotted Jellyfloats sing a faint song while idling, that is easiest to hear when music is turned off in the options menu.[1] Upon death, they swirl around the air and brilliantly explode in an array of small sparkling lights.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 2500 No
Pikmin 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 1500 No


Olimar's notes

This native jellyfloat is indigenous to the region. Unfortunately, it is currently endangered, as its habitat is being overwhelmed by hostile immigrant species.

Louie's notes

Similar in taste and texture to gelatin, this jiggling mass of jelly can be sculptured into all kinds of creative shapes. As a bonus, it also doubles as professional-grade hair gel. It's the perfect cool summer treat!

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

Notice the elegant way it floats and its delicate transparency?! The mystical sky-blue color always catches my gaze and won't let go. Even when the drifting darling sucks up Pikmin, it doesn't eat them but gently envelops them. What a sweetheart!

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

It may be slightly less dangerous than the Greater Spotted Jellyfloat, but the lesser of the species is still a major annoyance. By attacking the beast with tossed Pikmin, you can weigh it down, then swarm it with the rest of your troops on the ground.

Pikmin Garden[edit]



特徴 その1 獲物を吸い込む

(Image text: 消化器官が小さく未熟なてめ、獲物の消化に時間がかかる)

特徴 その2 在来種



A blue, rather small jellyfish that lives on land. It has no nematocysts, which are characteristic of jellyfish, on its tentacles and three oral arms, and it floats in the air, sucking up prey that comes near it.

Feature #1: Sucking up prey

Taking advantage of the difference in atmospheric pressure between its body and the air outside, it vigorously sucks up prey with the air.
(Image text: "Because its digestive organs are small and immature, it takes a long time to digest its prey")

Feature #2: Native species

It has gradually lost its habitat due to loss of food to the non-native Greater Spotted Jellyfloat.


The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies shown are just suggestions.


If you encounter one, stay out of its path and throw Pikmin at it. If it is above your Pikmin, it will suck them up. It is vulnerable on all parts of its body, and has moderately low health. Purple Pikmin will automatically make this creature fall due to their weight; they are also good for defeating it, as stunning it will prevent it from getting back into the air. When defeated, all undigested Pikmin will be recovered. The creature will also shake Pikmin off, both in the air and when it recovers flight. Know this and whistle your Pikmin back before the enemy shakes, as to avoid having the Pikmin lose their flower status.

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

In Pikmin 4, Lesser Spotted Jellyfloats are harmless as they cannot kill Pikmin. They are still an annoyance to fight, as most Pikmin latch onto the tentacles, where they can be inhaled. Purple Pikmin cannot be inhaled. Inhaled Pikmin will often have their flowers close or buds wilt, so it is still advised to avoid absorbtion.

If frozen, a Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat will fall and shatter on impact with the ground, making Ice Pikmin ideal to use against it. This is doubly useful in Dandori Challenges, as it cuts down the time needed to defeat them and retrieve Pikmin inside without the worry of destroying it's corpse, which it wouldn't leave behind either way.


With the Rocket Fist, a leader can hit a Jellyfloat above him with his third punch. Without this upgrade, the only way to do damage is to hit the creature while on a raised ledge next to it. Both of these methods take a long time, however, so using Pikmin is recommended.

It is also possible to kill a Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat with the use of an Armored Cannon Beetle Larva. If the larva is at the same height as the Jellyfloat, or even a little lower, and the player lures the Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat into using the sucking animation, the boulder shot by the Armored Cannon Beetle Larva can hit the floating enemy. However, this strategy requires a lot of timing and precision, and the best place to see it happen is in the sixth sublevel of the Dream Den. This technique is easier to apply if the Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat is grounded. This strategy also works against a Greater Spotted Jellyfloat.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name kurage
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 2500
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 0.2
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.2
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 50
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.1
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 300
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 300
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?) 40
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?) 40
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 70
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 6
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 70
fp02 上昇係数 Unknown (rise coefficient?) 1
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?) 10

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Diameter: 60mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #35
  • Pikmin 4 Piklopedia number: #86


The following article or section needs help from someone who can translate Japanese text.

See more: Jellyfloat family#Naming.
  • Common name: Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat. The creature is called "Lesser" because it is the smallest of the two Jellyfloats in Pikmin 2, the other being the Greater Spotted Jellyfloat.
  • Japanese nickname: コマンマン?, lit.: "Small Manman".
  • Japanese name: オボコクラゲ?.
  • Scientific name: Cephalus dottalium. Dottalium is similar to the English word "dotted", referring to its spots.
  • Internal names: Internally, this enemy is called kurage (くらげ?), which translates to jellyfish.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese コマンマン?
Ko Manman
Small Manman
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Xiǎo Mànmàn Shuǐmǔ
Small Manman Jellyfish 慢慢 also means "slowly"
Flag of China Chinese
Xiǎo Mànmàn Shuǐmǔ
Small Manman Jellyfish 慢慢 also means "slowly"
Flag of France French Jellyflotte Transparent
Jellyflotte transparent (Pikmin 4)
Transparent Jellyfloat
Transparent jellyfloat (Pikmin 4)
Flag of Germany German Schwachgetupfte Schwebequalle Lightly Spotted Hover Jellyfish
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Medusinha pintada Spotted little jellyfish
Flag of Spain Spanish Minimedusia moteada Spotted mini-jellyfish "medusia" is a corruption of "medusa" (jellyfish)


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Pikmin 2[edit]

Pikmin 4[edit]



  • If a leader approaches a Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat without any Pikmin in their group, the enemy won't be interested at all and will stay idle, unlike its larger counterpart, the Greater Spotted Jellyfloat.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YouTube video showing off the Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat's faint song