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

Spotcaps (コマダラタケ?, lit.: "Small Spotted Mushroom") are a type of fungus in Pikmin 3 that serve as obstacles. They are usually found in tight groups and typically near Kingcaps, so they typically block passageways. Some Spotcaps however can be found by themselves, out of the way. Leaders can use their Pikmin to destroy Spotcaps.

Spotcaps have varying sizes, near those of a leader. If a Pikmin is issued to attack a Spotcap, they'll pummel it for a bit, until it shrivels up and disappears, but if a Pikmin is thrown straight towards its top, it will crush the fungus and destroy it straight away. In addition, there is another mushroom similar to the Spotcap that is completely brown, cannot be locked-onto, and also disappears if a Pikmin is thrown on top of it, named Dusty Mushrooms.[1][2] The two function similarly, and the latter is assumed to be another form of Spotcap, or at least closely related to it. In Pikmin 3, the Dusty Mushrooms can sometimes release data files, though in Pikmin 3 Deluxe all data files the corresponding Spotcaps and Dusty Mushrooms once held are instead found nearby.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health
N/A N/A N/A N/A 100

Poison Spotcap[edit]

A Toxstool near some Poison Spotcaps.
2 Poison Spotcaps near a Toxstool.

In Pikmin 4, a poisonous variant of the Spotcap can be seen. It is rarer than its normal counterpart, only being found in 1 area, the Primordial Thicket, and 3 caves, the Doppelgänger's Den, the Engulfed Castle and the Cavern for a King. It functions the same as normal Spotcaps, except it can only be attacked by White Pikmin due to its poison. However, they can also be destroyed easily by Oatchi's rush, if he has the Sniff Saver equipped.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health
N/A N/A N/A N/A 50


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Kingcaps are never seen without Spotcaps, but a few Spotcaps are in places without Kingcaps.

Tropical Wilds[edit]

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

Distant Tundra[edit]

  • A large amount of Spotcaps appear in the area around Charlie's crash site.

Twilight River[edit]

Tropical Forest[edit]

  • Spotcaps appear in the lowest part of the area in both versions of the level.

Twilight Hollow[edit]

  • The easternmost part of the level with a Bulborb and some Purple Pikmin is blocked by a group of Spotcaps.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name komush
HP 100
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 1
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 0
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 コマダラタケ?
Ko Madara Take
Small Spotted Mushroom
Flag of France French (NoE) Bulbolet nain Dwarf kingcap
Flag of Germany German Gemeiner Zwerg-Punktpilz Common Dwarf Spot-Mushroom
Flag of Italy Italian Fungoleto nano Dwarf kingcap
Flag of Spain Spanish Minifungo moteado Spotted minifungus

Dusty Mushroom

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Germany German Staubpilz

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Quaggled Mireclops
    Trestripods gigahenum
    Mireclops family
    A rule of thumb is that the larger a creature is, the more it must consume to support its body weight. The quaggled mireclops is no exception. It uses its rootlike legs to drain its environs of nutrients, to the point that puncturing it could improve the entire surrounding area's ecosystem. It also catches small insects using a hidden tongue in the wide mouth found all about its circumference. What prey it manages to catch, it dissolves to their base compounds, such as nitrogen, phosphoric acid, and potassium. Its insides are fertile ground for a wide variety of plants, including Sleeping Beauty and Dusty Mushrooms. Some theorize that the fruit-like growth atop its main body is in itself a parasitic species living off the nutrients it drains from the mireclops's enormous body.
    – Olimar in his comments on the Quaggled Mireclops
  2. ^ In the files of Pikmin 3, stored as hokoritake, they have data for a lock-on name, with it being "Dusty Mushroom". The name goes unused in the final game because they cannot be locked-onto.