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Puffy Blowhog

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Puffy Blowhog In-game icon.
Puffy blowhog.png
Appears in PikminPikmin 2Pikmin 3
Scientific name Sus inflata
Family Blowhog
Areas The Distant Spring, Twilight River
Caves Glutton's Kitchen, Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels The Distant Spring, Novice Training, Cave of Snarls
Collect treasure! levels Twilight Hollow
Battle enemies! levels Fortress of Festivity
2-Player Battle levels Carpet Plain
Bingo Battle levels Sandbox Kingdom
Attacks Blow away Pikmin and leaders

The Puffy Blowhog (フーセンドックリ?, lit.: "Balloon Tokkuri") is an enemy in all three Pikmin games. It is the more recognized of the two airborne blowhog species, although much more rare than the one introduced in the second game, the Withering Blowhog. It floats gently in the air, and when it finds Pikmin or leaders, it blows them away with a strong gust of air.

Before blowing air, it first needs to stop and inhale. In Pikmin, this creature knocks down Olimar and blows away Pikmin, causing their flowers to wilt. In Pikmin 2, its breath is notably stronger than that of the Withering Blowhog but weaker than that of Puffy Blowhogs in Pikmin, and it does not cause Pikmin flowers to wilt, nor does it knock them back as far. Purple Pikmin are immune to the wind, and collecting the Rush Boots makes the leaders immune too. Regardless of game, their strong gusts can knock Pikmin into hazards or other dangers.

It floats high in the air, but low enough for thrown Pikmin to reach, however. It can shake Pikmin off, but if overwhelmed and weighed down, it'll be brought to the ground, and be vulnerable to attacks for a few seconds. It will then attempt to go back into the air, but if it has too many Pikmin on it, will not succeed. In Pikmin 3, it can instantly inflate when it crashes on the ground, throwing off latched Pikmin. It also drops a corpse in Pikmin 3, after it deflates itself from defeat.

In the first game, they appear in The Distant Spring, usually near water and other enemies, making them much more dangerous, as there is an abundance of hazards for them to blow Pikmin into. Puffy Blowhogs are only rarely seen within a few caves in Pikmin 2, as well as the multiplayer stage Carpet Plain. In Pikmin 3, the Puffy Blowhog only appears in Story Mode once in the Twilight River area, as well as in the Battle enemies! version of Fortress of Festivity.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin N/A N/A N/A N/A 3000 Unknown
Pikmin 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 3000 4.5 HP/s
Pikmin 3 (?) 2 4 (normally) 8 Poko icon.png × 50
Points × 50
3000 No


The Puffy Blowhog is a large creature, resembling a half-inflated balloon. It has a striped body, with cyan and purple stripes, two small flipper-like appendages on the sides, and several harmless spikes on the back. It also has four holes on the sides. Periodically, a flash of light blazes through the creature's body.

In Pikmin, the Puffy Blowhog is slightly larger than that in Pikmin 2. In Pikmin 3, it looks noticeably more balloon-like than its previous appearances. The purple stripes are slightly translucent, and appear stretched by the air inside of it, while the blue stripes seem painted-on, as they are opaque and shiny. Its corpse looks like a completely deflated balloon, much smaller than the living creature. Its eyes also seem to have changed, due to its pupils being larger and the sclera not as noticeable compared to the previous games.


Reel notes

Instead of breathing fire, this species uses its hydrogen to float.

Olimar's notes

This species of blowhog uses internally generated hydrogen to inflate a flotation bladder and hover above the ground. The creature's electrified pulse creates a sash of color that flows along the surface of its body, making it a particularly beautiful blowhog species. Precisely how it is able to internally stabilize its highly explosive hydrogen and simultaneously generate electricity remains a mystery. The puffy blowhog blows leaves and grass around to eat the insects underneath. It maintains midair buoyancy by using its fins and releasing air through blowholes. This enables it to float effortlessly, even in the breeze. In times of danger, the puffy blowhog can decompress its flotation bladder for a rapid escape from predators.

Louie's notes

Slice this creature's feather-light skin into triangles, deep-fry until crispy, and salt generously. Makes the perfect scooping chip to accompany fresh mango salsa!

Olimar's voyage log

This is a large-bodied, flying organism, but it is possible that its interior is as empty as a blimp. If I can land a large number of Pikmin on it, they may be able to ground it. And then, once it's down, it will feel my sprouts' rage!


Artwork from Pikmin, where the Puffy Blowhog gets attacked by Pikmin.

The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies presented may not be the only ones or the best ones.

Due to their speed when flying away, these enemies are hard to combat. It is possible to throw Pikmin at it while it is moving, but hard. Instead, lure it into attacking, and while it is busy inhaling air, quickly get under it and bombard it with Pikmin. If you threw enough of them, it will eventually fall. Swarm or charge it, and it should be dead in a few seconds. If there are other enemies nearby and you can afford to leave a distraction, keep the Puffy Blowhog busy while you clear out the other enemies, so that the fight with the flying beast will be easier.

In Pikmin, it moves in the air much faster, making a head-on ambush nearly impossible unless the enemy is cornered. In the second game, they're in caves often with many gates, so they can be a problem to hit when they're behind a gate. They're weaker, and a single Purple Pikmin is enough to make one fall.

In Pikmin 3, Winged Pikmin can be used to swarm it in mid-air and defeat it easily, but otherwise, the strategies from the first two games work well. Seeing as they cannot make Pikmin flowers or buds wilt, leaving a group of Winged Pikmin to take care of it is normally a good idea, as the Pikmin do not need a leader to throw them in order to attack. Rock Pikmin can also drain the enemy's health rather quickly. Because it inflates when it lands on the ground, it is advised to whistle your Pikmin to you when you see that the creature is starting to fall; it will not push away Pikmin if there are none attacking it. Then, proceed to charge like normal.


When battling a Puffy Blowhog in either Pikmin or Pikmin 2, there may be times when a Blowhog that is being pulled down by Pikmin that are latched-on will land on a border or ledge of some sort. The enemy will be unable to reach the programmed "ground", and stay on the obstacle and repeat its struggling animation infinitely. In The Distant Spring, the stone pathways around the UV Lamp may cause this glitch to occur, and it can also happen on the walls of sublevels in various caves in Pikmin 2, wherever Puffy Blowhogs are found. In Pikmin 3, it will merely slide off walls or use them as a ramp to get back up.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin technical information (?)
Internal name mar
HP 3000
Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name mar
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 0.5
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 3000
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 75
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?) 0.0001
fp06 速度 Move speed 120
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.05
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 400
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 100
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 100
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 275
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 Unknown (shake rate?) 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 200
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 55
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 200
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 20
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 300
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 20
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 0
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 0.00005
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 125
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 The radius around which the game will process its collision with the environment. 100
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 40
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 Unknown 3
ip02 振り払い張付1 Unknown 3
ip03 振り払い打撃B Unknown 8
ip04 振り払い張付2 Unknown 5
ip05 振り払い打撃C Unknown 15
ip06 振り払い張付3 Unknown 10
ip07 振り払い打撃D Unknown 30
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 基準飛行高さ Unknown (regular flying height?) 80
fp02 上昇係数 Unknown (rise coefficient?) 1
fp03 空中ウェイト時間 Unknown (wait time before blowing?) 3
fp10 地上ウェイト時間 Unknown (ground wait time?) 1
fp04 振払落下時間 Unknown 1
ip01 落下最低ピキ数 Unknown (min number of Pikmin that get knocked down?) 6
fp05 上下の揺れ速度 Unknown (vertical swing speed?) 2.5
fp06 上下の揺れ幅 Unknown (horizontal swing speed?) 5
Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name mar
HP 3000
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 30
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 400
Mission Mode value 50

Other information[edit]

  • Prima guide technical name: Floatswine
  • Size: Body length: 180mm, as per the e-card
  • Japanese name: ワモントゲフウセンドックリ?, lit.: "Spiny ringed balloon tokkuri"
  • Piklopedia number: #17


The creature belongs to the blowhog family, and the name "Puffy" is because this enemy is constantly puffed up like a balloon, and blows gusts of wind itself. Its Japanese name is フーセンドックリ?, which translates to "Balloon Tokkuri". Its scientific name is Sus inflata. Inflata is related to inflatus, which is Latin for "to puff out". Inflata is also naturally similar to the English word "inflated". Internally, in all games, this enemy is known as mar, but the meaning of this word is unknown.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese フーセンドックリ?
Fūsen Dokkuri
Balloon Tokkuri
Flag of France.svg French Puffy Volant Flying Blowhog
Flag of Germany.svg German Ballonerus From Ballon (balloon)
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Moschita Vacua Vacuous Fly "Moschita" possibly from "mosca" (fly) or the English "mosquito"
Flag of South Korea.svg Korean 풍선호롱
Balloon oil lamp
Flag of Mexico.svg Spanish (NoA) Verraco volador Flying pig
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish (NoE) Verraco volador Flying pig



  • In Pikmin, because the Puffy Blowhog is only programmed to shake Pikmin off when it is on the ground, if the creature is fought on top of a large enemy, like a Spotty Bulbear, it will endlessly fall on the enemy and never reach the ground, meaning that it will never shake Pikmin off. This can allow Pikmin to kill it without fear of being shaken off.[1]
  • The Piklopedia states that the Puffy Blowhog eats insects it finds under grass and leaves. This behavior is never shown in-game.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YouTube video showing how a Puffy Blowhog that falls on a Spotty Bulbear is completely helpless