Some interactive objects in the Pikmin games serve as tools to help the player achieve tasks. They might eliminate an obstacle, give access to a section of an area, or contain a useful item. Some tools require multiple Pikmin to work together to use them. Although the main purpose of these objects is to help the player achieve some goal, some of them may actually be a minor obstruction until they are used properly, making them obstacles themselves in a way.
List of tools
|Pikmin||Pikmin 2||Pikmin 3||Pikmin 4||Hey! Pikmin|
|Bloominous Stemple||Large, white plants that react to light, and act as platforms. They only bloom when there is an active light nearby.||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Bouncy Mushroom||Bouncy Mushrooms let leaders and Pikmin bounce to otherwise inaccessible places.||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Bridge||Unbuilt bridges can be found on the edge of some gaps between pieces of terrain, and Pikmin must build the bridge in order to pass through.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Climbing stick||Sticks used to climb to higher places. They must be extended first.||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Conveyor belt||Metallic belts that roll in a direction, carrying things on top of them.||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Dirt mound||Mounds of dirt that hold small items, which can be revealed by sending Pikmin to dig in it.||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Electrode||An open circuit that needs Yellow Pikmin to close it. Upon closing the circuit, a light activates.||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Elevator platform||Elevator platforms come in pairs, and when enough weight is applied onto one, the other rises.||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Flukeweed||Pink, curly plants that are attached to buried objects. Winged Pikmin can lift these objects up.||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Fragments||Pieces of broken objects found in piles that are used to build bridges. Pikmin deliver them to the bridge, until all fragments have been delivered.||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Geyser||Water geysers in Pikmin, Pikmin 3, and Pikmin 4 allow access to newer areas, but may need to be activated first.||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Hay||A bundle of hay acts similar to bridge fragments. Hay is used to build ramps.||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Iron ball||Large spheres that can be pushed by a certain number of Pikmin, until they roll off a cliff.||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Liftable rock||Heavy rocks wrapped in vines that can be held on to by Winged Pikmin, which can then lift the obstacles into the air.||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Lily pad||Floating plants that are used to navigate bodies of water.||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Pulley rock||A rock attached to a pulley system. Pikmin can hold on to a stick on the other end to lift up the rock, and place it out of the way.||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Seesaw block||Seesaw blocks come in pairs, and when enough weight is applied onto one, the other rises.||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
- Main article: Minor tools.
Several other kinds of tools appear in the Pikmin series, but are much rarer than the tools listed above.
Bloominous Stemple • Bouncy Mushroom • Bridge (fragments, hay) • Climbing stick • Conveyor belt • Dirt mound • Electrode • Flukeweed • Geyser • Iron ball • Liftable rock • Lily pad • Pulley rock • Seesaw blocks (elevator platforms)