The Waddlepus (アワダコ?, lit.: "Bubble Octopus") is an enemy encountered in Pikmin 3. Waddlepuses are small, purple octopus-like creatures with several yellow pores covering their back. They have green eyes and small O-shaped mouth that hides a large yellow pore. The Waddlepus is also an aquatic enemy and can be encountered underwater as well as on land.
Waddlepuses are generally calm enemies. They are always found sleeping and wake up only when Pikmin or a leader is nearby. Once disturbed, the Waddlepus will inflate itself and slowly waddle towards the leader and their Pikmin. If Pikmin are latched onto the Waddlepus when it inflates, they will be thrown off. Once inflated, the Waddlepus can then shoot out a stream of bubbles from either its mouth or from the pores on its back. These bubbles do not harm Pikmin, or leaders but rather trap them inside. The bubbles will eventually pop, but the player can prematurely pop them by throwing a Pikmin at them.
“Structural flaw: weak hide
“I admit it, I'm guilty of getting caught in their bubbles deliberately. I love floating in the air, getting a bird's-eye view of this planet. Hang on... Ugh. Alph wanted to tell me the KopPad already does that for us. He has no sense of romance!”
“The worst this thing can do is jail you inside one of the bubbles it spews from the holes all over it. Which is pretty bad, since unlike a regular cell, I need help from outside to escape.”
“Perfect for make-ahead meals! Marinate the boiled meat in balsamic vinegar, and chill for a few hours. The longer you let it sit, the richer the flavor!”
“Perfect for make-ahead meals! Marinate the boiled meat in balsamic vinegar, and chill for a few hours. The longer you let it sit, the richer the flavour!”
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“The Waddlepus is a relatively large amphibious creature. This enemy uses bubbles to temporarily incapacitate nearby attackers. When you encounter this creature on dry land, flank the Waddlepus and have your squad charge the enemy from the rear. If any of your Pikmin become trapped in a bubble, attack the bubble to instantly free the Pikmin.The same tactics apply when you encounter this enemy in the water -- just make sure your squad only contains Blue Pikmin.”
The Waddlepus is a generally passive creature; unless a leader or Pikmin gets close to it, it will sleep in one position. When it is awake, the Waddlepus has two attacks at its disposal, both of which are harmless and involve bubbles; it will either blow bubbles out of its mouth to ensnare Pikmin directly in front of it, or release bubbles from the many pores on its body to get attacking Pikmin off of it. The Waddlepus is of moderate size and moves very slowly, making it an easy target in battle.
A large group of Pikmin can easily take care of this creature. Note that, if the Waddlepus is not killed quickly enough, it will blow bubbles either from its mouth or the various yellow holes on its body. If a large group of Pikmin is not an option, use a few Pikmin to wake it up, and throw the rest on it when it begins to blow bubbles. Rock Pikmin work especially well in small groups: keep throwing them on the creature, and they should deal a good amount of damage. With 10 Rock Pikmin, it should take no more than two cycles to kill it. Just make sure to call all the Pikmin back before it starts blowing bubbles, and remember to pop them should a Pikmin or leader get trapped in them.
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