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. The two function similarly, and while the latter is not given a name, it is assumed to be another form of Spotcap, or at least closely related to it. In Pikmin 3, these plain mushrooms can sometimes release data files though in Pikmin 3 Deluxe all data files the corresponding Spotcaps once held are instead found nearby.
Kingcaps are never seen without Spotcaps, but a few Spotcaps are in places without Kingcaps.
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