|Appears in||Pikmin 3, Pikmin 4|
|Scientific name||Opisteuthidae iaciobulla|
|Areas||Garden of Hope, Serene Shores (Olimar's Shipwreck Tale)|
|Caves||Ultimate Testing Range|
|Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages||Shaded Garden Remix, Forgotten Cove, Clockwork Chasm|
|Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages||Fortress of Festivity, Beastly Caverns, Forgotten Cove|
|Side Story days||Land, Sea, and Sky, First Part Found|
|Dandori Challenge stages||Ice-Cross Course, Hefty Haulway|
|Dandori Battle stages||None|
|Bingo Battle stages||Parched Brook|
|Attacks||Blow bubbles, puff up|
The Waddlepus (アワダコ?, lit.: "Bubble Octopus") is an enemy encountered in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4. 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.
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“Structural flaw: weak hide
“This accomplished napper can snore away a whole day, but just watching the peaceful look on its snoozing face conveys a feeling of contentment. Also, if you get up close enough, it can blow bubbles that will envelop you. Have a fun float. It's like dreaming!”
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.
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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.
|Pikmin 3 technical information (?)|
|Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill||20|
|White Pikmin ingestions to kill||0|
|Bomb rock explosions to kill||1|
|Bomb rock ingestions to kill||0|
|Number of direct hits on top to kill||0|
|Damage to leaders||0|
|Mission Mode value||30|
- See more: Flobbler family#Naming.
- Common name: "Waddlepus" is a portmanteau of "waddle", which means "moving while swaying left and right" and "octopus".
- Japanese nickname: アワダコ?, lit.: "Bubble Octopus".
- Japanese name: フクラダコ?, lit.: "Puffy Octopus".
- Scientific name: Opisteuthidae iaciobulla. "Iaciobulla" comes from "iacio" and "bulla", Latin for "throw" and "bubble", respectively.
- Internal names: Its internal name,
awadako, matches the Japanese name.
- Prerelease: None.
Names in other languages
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|French||Poulpibulle||Portmanteau of poulpe (octopus) and bulle (bubble)|
|Italian||Bolpo sputatore||Portmanteau of bolla (bubble) and polpo (octopus). Sputatore means "spitter"|
|Portuguese||Bolhula||from bolha (bubble) and lula (squid)|
- An interesting thing to note is that the bubbles will not pop if swarmed with Winged Pikmin; instead, it will keep rising further and further up. Regardless of how high up the bubble goes, the Pikmin will not die.
- It should be noted that the Waddlepus in Beastly Caverns is weaker than the ones found in other areas.