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Scaly Custard

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Scaly Custard Icon used to represent the fruit on the wiki.
Artwork of a Scaly Custard.
Juice amount 1.5 (0.75 in Ultra-Spicy mode)
Mission Mode value Texture used for the Poko in Pikmin 3. × 80
Weight 8
Max. carriers 16 (normally)
Locations Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope
Mission Mode locations Forgotten Cove
Bingo Battle locations None
Side Stories locations None
Scaly Custard
Pikmin 4 treasure
Treasure Catalog icon.
Icon for the Scaly Custard, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog.
Series Tropical Pickings Series
Value Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 70
Weight 10
Maximum carriers 20
Locations Engulfed Castle, Primordial Thicket
Dandori Challenge stages Trial of the Sage Leaf
Dandori Battle stages None
Total amount 2

The Scaly Custard (ワニノフグリ?, lit.: "Crocodile Scrotum") is a fruit in Pikmin 3 and a treasure in Pikmin 4. It is an avocado. There are a total of two in Pikmin 3's Story Mode, and each provides one and a half bottles of juice (three-fourths in Ultra-Spicy mode). In Pikmin 4, there are 2 in Story Mode.

Collecting the fruit[edit]

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

Tropical Wilds[edit]

A map of the Tropical Wilds as it appears on the mini radar in Pikmin 3 Deluxe. This was made by manually arranging the textures for each section of the area to align with the corresponding radar map.
The Fruit File icon for the Scaly Custard.
Location of the Scaly Custard in the Tropical Wilds.

The Scaly Custard in the Tropical Wilds is on a plateau in the middle of the northern half of the area. This plateau requires the use of seesaw blocks to get on top of it. Have at least one leader next to the seesaw block next to the beach, and another leader near the other seesaw block on the plateau. Weigh the beachside seesaw block down and walk onto it with as few Pikmin as possible; you may want to throw them up first. Get the other leader to throw Yellow Pikmin onto the Bouncy Mushroom so they land on the seesaw block on the plateau, causing the beachside seesaw block to rise. Switch to the other leader and walk across the plateau – the Scaly Custard should be easily accessible.

An easier way to get the fruit is to go next to the Burgeoning Spiderwort, and throw Pikmin onto the plateau from there.

Garden of Hope[edit]

A map of the Garden of Hope as it appears on the mini radar in Pikmin 3 Deluxe. This was made by manually arranging the textures for each section of the area to align with the corresponding radar map.
The Fruit File icon for the Scaly Custard.
Location of the Scaly Custard in the Garden of Hope.

The Scaly Custard in the Garden of Hope is on the small island right before the Quaggled Mireclops' arena. After discovering Blue Pikmin and building the pot bridge, throw two leaders onto it along with some Rock Pikmin. Proceed to throw the other leader and the Rock Pikmin to the other side. A Peckish Aristocrab will be hiding in the tin can. Defeat it, and it will drop the Scaly Custard. Do note that you will have to construct the blue bridge to carry the fruit back to the Drake, unless Winged Pikmin are used.

Collecting the treasure[edit]

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

Engulfed Castle[edit]

There is a Scaly Custard hanging from a cobweb on the southeastern corner of the central room in sublevel 3 of the Engulfed Castle. To collect this treasure, you must approach it from the raised ledge to the east and throw 10 Pikmin at it.

Primordial Thicket[edit]

There is a Scaly Custard trapped by sticky mold at the southernmost point of the overworld. To collect this treasure, you must clear out the mushrooms by throwing Pikmin at the platform. After they destroy the mushrooms, they will begin carrying the treasure, so throw at least 10.


Brittany's notes

US version icon.png US version
Huh. Looks like a reptile doing its best impression of pudding. Doesn't seem very fruit-like at all: not much juice, not sweet, high fat content... Tasty, I guess, in an odd way. I just hope it wasn't a poisonous reptile...
European version icon.png European version
Strange. It looks like a cross between a reptile and a pudding, and it doesn't seem very fruit-like: little juice, not at all sweet, and with a high fat content. Tasty, I suppose, in an odd way. Alph had a reaction to certain toxins in it... maybe that's its reptile side showing?

Schnauz's notes[edit]

It's a food...and yet it resembles some kind of scaly beast? Let's agree that the initial impression is not a good one! And yet...inside awaits a rich, creamy culinary delight! Oh, you Scaly Custard, you. Many have judged you harshly, and for that, I'm truly sorry.

Olimar's notes[edit]

The hard, scaly shell that covers this fruit gets softer and darker as it ripens, so determining the optimal time to peel and eat it can be difficult. It's as if the fruit is actively trying to sabotage your enjoyment of it. I've never known produce to be so sneaky.

Louie's notes[edit]

Mmm! Tastes rich and satisfying. So buttery you could almost confuse it with the real thing. Almost.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name avocado
Juice 1.5
Juice color
(160, 255, 0, 255)
Mission Mode points 80
"Size"? 3


The fruit is called "Scaly Custard" because its outer shell resembles a reptile's skin, which is lined with scales, and the interior is actually quite smooth, like pudding or custard.

The Japanese name, ワニノフグリ? literally translates to "Crocodile Scrotum". The reason for this is that the etymology for the word "avocado" has one origin from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl, and this word would sometimes be used as "testicle"; this ties in the relation between the fruit's wrinkly exterior and the body part.[1] As stated before, the appearance resembles that of a reptile, so the name "Crocodile" is apt. In Eastern China, it's called "è lí", which means "alligator pear", and one of the earliest English uses of the word uses it as a corruption of "alligator pear".



  • Along with the Heroine's Tear, this is one of the fruits that Alph is allergic to. In the real world, some people can get an allergic reaction to avocados.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ワニノフグリ?
Wani no Fuguri
Crocodile Scrotum
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Crocodile Skin Fruit
Flag of China Chinese
Crocodile Skin Fruit
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Monsterei Monster egg
Flag of France French Dur au coeur tendre (Pikmin 3)
Dur au cœur tendre (Pikmin 4)
Soft-hearted tough guy
Flag of Germany German Reptilien-Ei Reptile Egg
Flag of Italy Italian Bozzo polposo Pulpy bump
Flag of South Korea Korean 악어껍데기
Crocodile Shell
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Iguaria rústica Rustic delicacy
Flag of Spain Spanish (NoE) Huevo rugoso Coarse egg


  1. ^ Avocado on Online Etimology Dictionary