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Spiny Coppeller

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Spiny Coppeller In-game icon.
Spiny Coppeller Scarpanid.png
Appears in Hey! Pikmin
Scientific name Purpuralacus spicadia
Family Scarpanid
Areas Valley of the Breeze, Bed of Fallen Leaves, Scourge of the Skies
Attacks Stab Pikmin and Olimar

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The Spiny Coppeller (トビトゲムシ?, lit.: "Flying Spiny Bug") is an enemy in Hey! Pikmin. It is a purple and, as the name would imply, spiked version of the Coppeller. It acts the same as the regular Coppellers, except it cannot be defeated by Pikmin, since any that touch its body get stabbed and killed. It is also never found holding an object, unlike the normal Coppeller. Despite Olimar calling it a subspecies of the Coppeller, the two belong to different genus.


The Spiny Coppeller doesn’t directly interact with the player, instead it travels on a pre-determined path. They also generally appear in groups. When touched, it will damage the player and their Pikmin.



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Because the Spiny Coppeller cannot be defeated, the only thing you can do is avoid it.


Hey! Pikmin logs

This seems to be a subspecies of the Coppeller that's grown spikes all over its carapace. It's well-armored but, ironically, can no longer carry seeds. Let that be a lesson that greed never gets you far in life.

Technical information[edit]

Hey! Pikmin technical information (?)
Internal name togedebig
Generator name(s) enemy_togede_fly


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  • Common name: Spiny Coppeller. "Coppeller" comes from "helicopter" and "propeller", given its means of flight. "Spiny" refers to its spiky exterior.
  • Japanese common name: トビトゲムシ?, lit.: "Flying Spiny Bug".
  • Japanese name: ムラサキトビトゲコムシ?, lit.: "Purple Flying Spiny Small Bug".
  • Scientific name: Purpuralacus spicadia.
  • Internal names: Unknown.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese トビトゲムシ?
Tobi Toge Mushi
Flying Spiny Bug
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch Stekelkleptokopter
Flag of Quebec.svg French (NoA) Gyroptère à pics Spiny gyrocopter
Flag of France.svg French (NoE) Gyroptère à piques Spiny gyrocopter
Flag of Germany.svg German Stachelflatterer
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Pigliapiglia pungente
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish Cleptóptero punzante


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