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Starnacle In-game icon.
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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.


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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.


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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.


The name Starnacle is derived from "star" and "tentacle", although it can also be a combination of "star" and "barnacle". Its Japanese name, タコヒトデ?, simply translates to "Octopus starfish", referring to two aquatic creatures with long arms.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch Octopok
Flag of France.svg French Étentacule This name is a portmanteau of étendre (stretch), and tentacule (tentacle)
Flag of Germany.svg German Gemeiner Schlingstern Common Knotstar
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Polpofiore Octoflower
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish Estelárido


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