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Starnacle In-game icon.
A Starnacle in the Creature Log. Enhanced with Citra.
Appears in Hey! Pikmin
Scientific name Tripodidae asterias
Family Shellusk
Areas Pollution Pool
Attacks Extend harmful arms

The Starnacle (タコヒトデ?, lit.: "Octopus Starfish") is a rare octopus-like enemy in Hey! Pikmin. It has three equally-spaced pink tentacle-like arms and a large green eye on its main body. Its eye closes and its arms retract when the eye is hit with a Pikmin. It is found frequently in the waters of Pollution Pool, where its arms act as an obstacle to the player and their Blue Pikmin.


The Starnacle's only purpose is to block underwater passages. Aside from that, it doesn't do anything and is harmless. When a Pikmin is thrown at its eye, it will retract its tentacles, leaving enough room for Olimar and his Pikmin to avoid the creature and keep going in the passage.



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There is no way to defeat this enemy; however, it can be stunned for a certain amount of time by simply throwing a Blue Pikmin right into its eye. Once done, it will retract its arms and allow passage until it extends them again.


Hey! Pikmin logs

This mollusk-like creature's arms are long like an octopus's but tough like a starfish's. They withdraw when struck. The S.S. Dolphin II says he gets anxious at the sight of it, but I know better: those thin, gossamer arms are a real delicacy when properly prepared.


See more: Shellusk family#Naming.
  • Common name: The name Starnacle is derived from "star" and "tentacle", although it can also be a combination of "star" and "barnacle".
  • Japanese nickname: タコヒトデ?. it simply translates to "octopus starfish", referring to two aquatic creatures with long arms.
  • Japanese name: テヅルタコヒトデ?, lit.: "Basket Star Octopus Starfish".
  • Scientific name: Tripodidae asterias. Asterias is a real-world genus for the Asteriidae family of sea stars, although here it is used as the species name rather than the genus. This could be a mistake, as similar cases in Hey! Pikmin's logs indicate.
  • Internal names: Its internal name is takohitode is the same as its Japanese nickname. The generator name is enemy_tri_arms, once again referencing its three appendages.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese タコヒトデ?
Tako Hitode
Octopus Starfish
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Octopok
Flag of France French Étentacule This name is a portmanteau of étendre (stretch), and tentacule (tentacle)
Flag of Germany German Gemeiner Schlingstern Common Wrapping-Star
Flag of Italy Italian Polpofiore Octoflower
Flag of South Korea Korean 문어불가사리
Flag of Spain Spanish Estelárido From "estelar" (stellar)


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