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Icon for the Pellet Posy, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Appears in PikminPikmin 2Pikmin 3Pikmin 4
Scientific name Amplus nutrio
Floribundi splendiferous
(Pikmin Player's Guide)
Family Pellet weed
Areas The Impact Site, The Forest of Hope, The Forest Navel, Valley of Repose, Awakening Wood, Perplexing Pool, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra, Tropical Wilds, Twilight River, Rescue Command Post, Sun-Speckled Terrace, Blossoming Arcadia, Serene Shores, Hero's Hideaway, Giant's Hearth, Primordial Thicket
Caves None
Challenge Mode levels The Impact Site, The Forest of Hope, The Forest Navel, The Distant Spring
Collect treasure! levels Beastly Caverns
Battle enemies! levels Thirsty Desert, Tropical Wilds Remix, Distant Tundra Remix, Twilight River Remix, Beastly Caverns, Forgotten Cove
Side Story levels Flower Garden, Inside Forest, Pikmin Reunion, Big Fruit Carnival
Dandori Challenge levels None
2-Player Battle levels Battle Field, War Path, Carpet Plain, Angle Maze, Colloseum, Rusty Gulch, Brawl Yard, Tile Lands, Dim Labyrinth, Hostile Territory
Bingo Battle levels Shaded Garden, Stagnant Sea, Twisted Cavern, Arid Metropolis, Rusted Labyrinth, Jigsaw Fortress, Shaded Terrace, Parched Brook, Buried Pond, Sandbox Kingdom, Corroded Maze, Jigsaw Colosseum
Dandori Battle levels Trial Run, Battle in a Box, Dandori Castle, Leafy Showdown, Hot Sandy Duel, Final Battle

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 3.
Particularly: Add specific Bingo Battle locations, and move the locations section to a sub article called "Pellet Posy/Locations". Also, find out how long it takes for the plant stubs to grow fully.

Pellet Posies (ペレット草?, lit.: "Pellet Grass") are a species of plant that appear in all main-series Pikmin games. They possess a unique trait which allows them to crystallize their nectar into pellets, which are dropped when the plant is broken down by a Pikmin. Pikmin can be ordered to carry these back to their Onions, and they are the main way Pikmin propagate.

The pellets come in different sizes (1, 5, 10, and 20) and colors (matching the colors of the Onions). These differences determine the number of Pikmin produced when the pellet is collected. Some Posies' pellets change color at regular intervals, in a similar way to Queen Candypop Buds; the color is fixed when the Posy is destroyed, making it possible for the player to choose which to collect. The order that the color cycles is always the chronological order that the Pikmin are discovered. In Pikmin and Pikmin 2, this cycle goes red, yellow, blue. In Pikmin 3, the order is red, gray, yellow, pink, blue. Using glitches or sequence breaks to discover Onions in a different order in any game has no effect on the cycles. In Pikmin 4, the order is not related to the order in which Pikmin are discovered. In this game, the pattern is red, blue, yellow, gray, pink, purple, white, cyan.

After a pellet posy is taken down, it disappears, but returns the next day as a small stub, which grows over time. They take four minutes to grow to full height and generate a new pellet, in Pikmin.

In Pikmin 2, all Posies have the same size and health, but in Pikmin 3, larger pellets need larger Pellet Posies, which in turn have more health.

In Pikmin, Pikmin that are thrown at a Pellet Posy will knock it out, but return to the leader right away, if he's still nearby. In the Wii port, the Pikmin stay idle after taking down the pellet, which leads to them carrying the object automatically.

In Pikmin 4, Pellet Posies will only cycle through the three colors of Pikmin currently on the field, if they have pellets (i.e. when Red Pikmin, Blue Pikmin, and Ice Pikmin are out, no yellow Pellet Posies appear). Additionally, when Pikmin begin attacking a Pellet Posy, it will stop cycling colors as long as it's being attacked, making it easier for players to get the color of pellet they want.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 1 2 1/2 N/A 50 No
Pikmin 2 1 2 1/2 N/A 50 No
Pikmin 3 (?) 1 2 (normally) 1/2 N/A 74 No
Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 5 10 3/5 N/A 50 No
Pikmin 2 5 10 3/5 N/A 50 No
Pikmin 3 (?) 5 10 (normally) 3/5 N/A 750 No
Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 10 20 5/10 N/A 50 No
Pikmin 2 10 20 5/10 N/A 50 No
Pikmin 3 (?) 10 20 (normally) 6/10 N/A 2500 No
Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 20 50 10/20 N/A 50 No
Pikmin 2 20 50 10/20 N/A 50 No


Reel notes

This sparsely growing plant is able to crystallize nectar into round pellets.

Olimar's notes

In the stem of the pellet posy, one can observe the muscle fiber unique to half-plant, half-animal species such as the Pikmin and candypop flowers, so the pellet posy is a species that can be considered a close relative. Although the ability to crystallize nectar is unique to a small group of the pellet weed family, the fact that these plants reach maturity so quickly and that their pellets contain such high concentrations of the natural nutrients in the soil explains why the Pikmin and so many of the other indigenous species are so reliant on these pellets for sustenance.

Louie's notes

On the quest for the perfect hors d'oeuvre? Slow cook this plant in a wood-fire oven, but be careful to only serve the tender pellet.

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

The pellet cradled in its petals changes colors like some form of chameleon, aligning to match the color of nearby Pikmin. It's almost as though it's inviting us to come harvest it to make more. Even though it appears to be helping out, it's really just using us to spread its seeds!

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

It takes just one Pikmin to cut down a Pellet Posy, but often several Pikmin must carry its Pikmin-producing pellet to an Onion.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

Most of the Pellet Posies you find produce 1 Pellets but 5 Pellets and 10 Pellets can be harvested from larger Pellet Posies. To quickly destroy a small Pellet Posy, toss a single Pikmin directly onto the top of its flower. Larger Pellet Posies are more durable and should generally be attacked by multiple Pikmin.


Different kinds of Pellet Posies in the Awakening Wood. Not pictured is a 5 pellet Pellet Posy, nor the posy that belonged to the now fallen 20 pellet.


Pellet Posies are rather common in the first Pikmin game, especially at The Impact Site. Although there are 5-, 10-, and 20-weight pellets, Posies which actually grow these are not found in Pikmin. Pellet Posies are also absent from The Final Trial.

Pikmin 2[edit]

In Pikmin 2, Pellet Posies appear regularly in the Valley of Repose and the Awakening Wood, but disappear from the Perplexing Pool the day after Yellow Pikmin are discovered, and are never found in the Wistful Wild. However, pellets without a plant can be found within all above-ground areas, usually as a drop from enemies. Neither pellets nor Pellet Posies are ever found in caves.

10-weight Pellet Posies are rare: there is one in the Valley of Repose, which changes colors and can be found on a ledge in the vicinity of the Hocotate ship, starting on day 4. In the Awakening Wood, there are three, located to the left of the landing site, near the location of the Pilgrim Bulb. The yellow one is near one of the Burgeoning Spiderworts, located on a ledge, ideal for the use of Yellow Pikmin to attack and retrieve the pellet, and the other two (red and blue) are at ground level.

The only 20-weight pellet in the game is also in the Awakening Wood, situated on the ledge that is left around from where the Sunseed Berry is found. This pellet intermittently changes color, so careful timing is needed when cutting it down to get the desired color of pellet. It appears starting on day 11, and respawns five days after being collected.

Pikmin 3[edit]

Pellet Posies are found in every area except the Formidable Oak, scattered around. In order to help grow newly found Pikmin, Pellet Posies that are always the color of that Pikmin type are found near the discovery site of each Onion, except for Rock Pikmin (where the pellets are encased in crystal). The days after an Onion is found, its respective Pellet Posies become multicolor, with the exception of the Blue Onion and the Winged Onion.


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

Although the Pellet Posy is classified as a plant rather than an enemy, it is still vulnerable to attacks and can be killed with ease by Pikmin or a leader. When hit, they make a "squeaking" sound. For an instant kill, throw your Pikmin at the pellet, not the stem. There are exceptions to this quick knockout: Posies larger than size "1" in Pikmin 3 will need to have Pikmin thrown on to it, so they can latch on and gradually detach it with attacks. Winged Pikmin can knock down the pellets right away, but only with specific aim[1] or by throwing them from below, otherwise the Pikmin will just fly to the pellet, latch on, and pummel it, like if it were a bigger pellet.

Some Pellet Posies might be constantly shifting colors. If you want to get a specific pellet, some advice is to select Rock Pikmin (or the strongest Pikmin you have on you), wait until the pellet is the color you want, and throw the Pikmin. For the most part the Pikmin will be fast enough at getting the pellet to avoid it shifting color. Another way is to observe the order that the pellet’s colors shift in and for how long the pellet stays one color. This way you can time your throw to get the pellet on the right color.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Pellet Posies also appear in the "Distant Planet" stage in the Super Smash Bros. games with similar purposes; hitting them causes them to drop their pellets, which can be thrown at opponents. Different number pellets do different amounts of damage. They can also be thrown into an Onion that appears periodically, which will then eject items, if they are on. Higher numbers and matching colors equal more items. A red Pellet Posy appears as a sticker in Brawl, although it is called "Red Pellet Flower". The Pikmin Nintendo Strategy Guide also refers to Pellet Posies as "Pellet Flowers".

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin technical information (?)
Internal name palm
HP 50
Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name pelplant
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 50
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 10
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 0.25
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 1
fp06 速度 Move speed 80
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 2
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 200
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 15
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 70
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 200
fp13 視界角度 FOV 90
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 200
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 120
fp16 振り払い率 Successful shake rate 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 300
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 0
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 120
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 70
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 15
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 70
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 15
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 50
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 10
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 15
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 30
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 45
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 15
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 10
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration 1
fp36 ヒップドロップダメージ Purple Pikmin drop damage N/A
fp37 地震気絶確立 Purple Pikmin stun chance N/A
fp38 地震気絶時間 Purple Pikmin stun time N/A
ip01 振り払い打撃A Shake mode 1 – hit count 10
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 3
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 8
ip04 振り払い張付2 Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement 5
ip05 振り払い打撃C Shake mode 3 – hit count 15
ip06 振り払い張付3 Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement 10
ip07 振り払い打撃D Shake mode 4 – hit count 30
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 成長(小→中) Time it takes to grow from small to medium size 90
fp02 成長(中→大) Time it takes to grow from medium to full size 60
fp03 カラー変更時間 Color change interval 1.5

Fully grown (1/5/10)[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name pelplant
HP 74/374/749
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 1/3/5
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 1

Sprout only (1/5/10)[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name pelplant1
HP 74/750/2500
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 1/5/10
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

Other information[edit]


  • Common name: Pellet Posy. A posy is a bouquet of flowers in the real world, and the Pellet Posy is named such because it is a flower, but has a pellet in the center.
  • Japanese nickname: ペレット草?, lit.: "Pellet Grass".
  • Japanese name: アメノツユクサ?, lit.: "Candy Asiatic dayflower".
  • Scientific name: Amplus nutrio. It is Latin for "ample nutrients", due to the pellets it generates being a great resource for Pikmin. Floribundi splendiferous is the scientific name for the Pellet Posies in the Prima Guidebook for New Play Control! Pikmin.
  • Internal names: In Pikmin, the plant is internally known as palm, perhaps alluring to palm trees, but is simply called pelplant in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, which is short for "pellet plant".
  • Technical name: Pellet Posy Flower
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ペレット草?
Pellet Grass
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Pellet Grass
Flag of China Chinese
Pellet Grass
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Pelletplant Pellet plant
Flag of France French Fleur-jeton (Pikmin 4) Token flower (Pikmin 4)
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Fleur-galette Pancake flower
Flag of France French (NoE) Fleur-palet Pellet flower
Flag of Germany German Knopfprimel Button Primrose
Flag of Italy Italian Fiore gettone Pellet flower
Flag of South Korea Korean 펠렛초
Pellet Grass
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Granufulô (Pikmin 4) From "grânulo" (granule) and "flor" (flower)
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (NoE) Flor de Comprimidos Pill Flower Translation taken from the Pikmin instruction manual.
Flag of Spain Spanish Pildiflora From "pildora" (pill) and "flora"



Pikmin 2[edit]

Pikmin 3[edit]

Pikmin 4[edit]



  • Early models of Pellet Posies in Pikmin have spiky stems, and when killed, instead of the petals falling off and the pellet falling flat on its back, the pellets remain sideways and the petals disappear in purple lights.
  • In Pikmin, Pellet Posies can be attacked before blooming, leading to no pellet reward when downed. This is not in the Switch Port.
  • With a glitch in Pikmin 2, it is possible for a Pellet Posy to stay alive with 0 health. This depends on the number of hits a Pikmin dealt after latching on to it.
  • With another glitch in Pikmin 2, it is possible for a Pellet Posy to not display a pellet when it matures.
  • In Pikmin 3, closed Pellet Posy stubs can be punched, but will not lose health no matter what.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YouTube video showing how Winged Pikmin can take down Pellet Posies instantly