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Main Engine
Icon used to represent the ship part on the wiki.
The Main Engine.
This ship part is required for the S.S. Dolphin to escape the planet.
Weight 20
Max. carriers 40 Pikmin
Location The Impact Site
Main Engine
(Pikmin 3 Deluxe)
Icon used to represent the ship part on the wiki.
Weight 15
Max. carriers 30 Pikmin
Mission First Part Found

The Main Engine (メインエンジン?, lit.: "Main Engine") is a ship part of the S.S. Dolphin and, in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, the Hocotate ship. It is the only one found on the first day in Pikmin. With it, Captain Olimar is able to lift off from the crash site to escape the planet's nocturnal beasts. When the Main Engine is restored to the S.S. Dolphin, the ship flips upright, and the part is then installed on its bottom. Olimar is then able to continue on to The Forest of Hope to find more of his thirty lost ship parts. In Pikmin 2, the Dream Den replaces this part's location.

Collecting the part[edit]

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

In Pikmin[edit]

The texture used for The Impact Site's map.
Main Engine icon.png
Location of the Main Engine.

The first day consists of the main tutorial about the Pikmin. Once you get the first Pikmin, start collecting all the Pellets, including the ones on the two small stumps. Once Olimar has 10 or more Pikmin, command them to move the cardboard box. Once the box is out of the way you will find the engine. Head up the rocks where the box made a ramp and get all of the Pellets until you have 20-25 Pikmin. Now the Pikmin can pick up the most important part of the S.S. Dolphin. Once the Pikmin carry it back to the ship, the day will end, and they will automatically go back to their Onion.

In Pikmin 3 Deluxe[edit]

See First Part Found#Guide for information on how to acquire this part and clear the day.


Olimar's monologs

Amazing! There's no mistaking it! My ship's engine rests before my very eyes! By a stroke of pure luck, I have already stumbled upon the most important piece of my damaged craft! Fate has smiled upon me! But... How will I get it back to the Dolphin?

It was pure luck that I found this piece first. With this I can at least lift off!



  • In Pikmin, the player can obtain the Main Engine on day 2. This requires getting a Pikmin extinction on day 1 then coming back and collecting the Main Engine on day 2.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese メインエンジン?
Mein Enjin
Main Engine
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Moteur principal du Dolphin (in-game)
Moteur principal (final results screen)
Main engine of the Dolphin
Main engine
Flag of France French (NoE) Moteur Principal Main Engine
Flag of Germany German Hauptantrieb des Dolphins (in-game)
Hauptantrieb (final results screen)
Main Propulsion of the Dolphin
Main Propulsion
Flag of Italy Italian Motore principale Main engine
Flag of South Korea Korean 메인 엔진 Main Engine
Flag of Spain Spanish Motor principal del Dolphin (in-game)
Motor principal (final results screen & Pikmin 3 Deluxe)
Main engine of the Dolphin
Main engine

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YouTube video demonstrating how to obtain the Main Engine on day 2 by getting a Pikmin extinction