|Appears in||Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3, Pikmin 4|
|Scientific name||Amphicaris frondiferorum|
Amphicaris frodendum (Before Pikmin 2 (Nintendo Switch))
|Areas||The Forest of Hope, The Distant Spring, Awakening Wood, Perplexing Pool, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra, Tropical Wilds, Sun-Speckled Terrace, Giant's Hearth|
|Caves||Shower Room, Hole of Heroes, Secluded Courtyard|
|Challenge Mode stages||None|
|Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages||Forgotten Cove|
|Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages||Thirsty Desert, Shaded Garden|
|Side Story days||None|
|Dandori Challenge stages||None|
|Dandori Battle stages||None|
|2-Player Battle stages||None|
|Bingo Battle stages||Stagnant Sea|
Wolpoles (オタマ?, lit.: "Tadpole"; known as Wogpoles in North America until the Switch ports of Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2 and in Europe until New Play Control! Pikmin) are harmless enemies in the Pikmin games. They resemble tadpoles in appearance, and are in fact the larval form of the frog-like Yellow Wollyhops.
In Pikmin, they only appear in the The Forest of Hope and The Distant Spring areas. They are typically a hard-to-get, low-reward enemy in that they are fast swimmers which produce only one Pikmin seed when carried to the Onion. In Pikmin 2, Wolpoles are found in the Awakening Wood (being chased by wild Blue Pikmin) and the Perplexing Pool, as well as the sublevels of certain caves where they have the treasure value of merely × 1. While being chased, Wolpoles may sometimes accidentally beach themselves, flopping about helplessly until they land safely back in the water. They may also drop from the ceiling, usually on a dry spot in an otherwise wet level. As a side note, the Wogpoles in Pikmin seem to be younger than those in later games, due to the presence of external gills.
In Pikmin 3, they can be found in the Tropical Wilds, the Garden of Hope, and the Distant Tundra. Their skin is now a teal color instead of dark blue, and their AI has been refined to run directly away from approaching leaders instead of in random directions.
|(?)||1||2 (normally)||1|| × 5
“Structural flaw: weak hide
Pikmin Nintendo Player's Guide
Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide
“The Sheargrubs of the water swim near your Pikmin and distract the troops, but they don't cause any real harm. If you have the time, you can harvest them for minimal sprouts or Pokos. If not, ignore them.”
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
“Wogpoles are harmless aquatic creatures that retreat any time they feel threatened. If you're determined to defeat a Wogpole, it's usually best to send a squad of Blue Pikmin charging in to attack the creature. Most of the time, however, it's not worth the time it takes for your Pikmin to chase down a fleeing Wogpole.”
Pikmin 1 (Nintendo Switch) Reel notes
In Pikmin and Pikmin 2, although they constantly swim away from leaders, Wolpoles will occasionally stop for a few seconds when only chased by Pikmin, giving the Pikmin a chance to attack. Wolpoles themselves can't attack, but they can cause flower Pikmin to lose their petals when they shake the predators off. Since they only yield one Pikmin seed when retrieved, they're almost always more trouble than they're worth.
One way to catch it mid-chase is to extend your Pikmin group into a line such that the creature swims into the line. This does not necessarily mean it will be hurt, though. If any Wolpoles are on land (such as in the Shower Room, where they drop from the ceiling), they can easily be attacked with any Pikmin, though their floundering can make the process slower.
The new AI in Pikmin 3 allows the player to rather easily force the Wogpole along the pond walls until it flops onto land, allowing even non-Blue Pikmin to kill it and take it with them. If the Wogpole is not killed in time, it will eventually flop its way back into water and swim to its spawning location, regardless if it is being chased or not, making it even easier to defeat than the original Wolpole with Blue Pikmin. It might also stand still for a while, granting an opportunity for a charge.
|Pikmin technical information (?)|
|Pikmin 2 technical information (?)|
|Global properties (List)|
|s001||wallReflection||Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?)||0.5|
|s004||bounceFactor||Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?)||0.3|
|fp01||マップとの当り||Unknown (related to slopes)||15|
|fp02||ダメージスケールXZ||Horizontal damage scale||0.2|
|fp03||ダメージスケールY||Vertical damage scale||0.25|
|fp04||ダメージフレーム||Damage scale duration||0.35|
|fp14||探索距離||Unknown (exploration radius?)||0|
|fp15||探索角度||Unknown (exploration angle?)||0|
|fp16||振り払い率||Successful shake rate||1|
|fp20||攻撃可能範囲||Unknown (shock attack max range?)||0|
|fp21||攻撃可能角度||Unknown (shock attack max angle?)||0|
|fp22||攻撃ヒット範囲||Unknown (attack hit range?)||0|
|fp23||攻撃ヒット角度||Unknown (attack hit angle?)||0|
|fp25||視界高||Unknown (height visibility?)||50|
|fp26||探索高||Unknown (exploration height?)||0|
|fp27||ライフの高さ||HP wheel height||50|
|fp29||警戒時間||Unknown (warning time?)||0|
|fp33||マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定||Collision processing radius||25|
|fp34||ピクミンとのあたり||Pikmin damage radius||10|
|fp36||ヒップドロップダメージ||Purple Pikmin drop damage||50|
|fp37||地震気絶確立||Purple Pikmin stun chance||0.3 (30%)|
|fp38||地震気絶時間||Purple Pikmin stun time||5|
|ip01||振り払い打撃Ａ||Shake mode 1 – hit count||0|
|ip02||振り払い張付１||Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement||0|
|ip03||振り払い打撃Ｂ||Shake mode 2 – hit count||0|
|ip04||振り払い張付２||Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement||0|
|ip05||振り払い打撃Ｃ||Shake mode 3 – hit count||0|
|ip06||振り払い張付３||Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement||0|
|ip07||振り払い打撃Ｄ||Shake mode 4 – hit count||0|
|fp01||ピチピチ移動速度||Movement speed while bouncing above water||20|
|Pikmin 3 technical information (?)|
|Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill||1|
|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||5|
- Technical name in The Official Nintendo Player's Guide: Amphituber
- Size: Body length: 37mm, as per the e-card
- Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #45
- See more: Amphituber family#Naming.
- Common name: Wolpole. It is a combination of "wog", from "pollywog" (like other amphitubers), and "tadpole". This enemy, similarly to the Wollywog and Yellow Wollywog, was originally called Wogpole, but was renamed to Wolpole for the European versions of New Play Control! Pikmin, New Play Control! Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 3 Deluxe. The reason this was done was likely because the term wog is a racist slur in British English. Likely due to being developed by Nintendo of Europe, this name was adopted in all regions in the Switch ports of Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2, as well being carried over in Pikmin 4.
- Japanese nickname: In Japan, its name is オタマ?, which written like that means "ball" but it's short for オタマジャクシ? which means tadpole.
- Japanese name: ダルマイモガエル?, lit.: "Daruma Potato Frog". It is shared with the Yellow Wollyhop.
- Scientific name: This species was originally classified as amphicaris frodendum. This was also shared with the Yellow Wollyhop. Starting in the Switch port of Pikmin 2, the species name for both was changed to frondiferorum. Both are similar to the latin word frondeum, which means "leaf-like", which may refer to the green top of the Yellow Wollyhop, or the tail of the Wolpole.
- Internal names: The internal name in Pikmin and in Pikmin 3 is the same as the Japanese name,
otama, and the Pikmin 2 name is the same as the English translation,
otamais the internal name of the Merciless Extractor in Pikmin 2.
- Prerelease: In the GameCube Interactive Multi-Game Demo Disc Version 18, this enemy's scientific name is mistakenly the same as the Water Dumple's – Ichthyosa Felinis.
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Pletterkopje||Splatpole||Portmanteau of "pletter" (splat) and "dikkopje" (tadpole)|
Wog larvaire (Pikmin 4)
Larval wollyhop (Pikmin 4)
|German||Wackelquappe||From "wackeln" (to wobble) and "Kaulquappe" (tadpole)|
|Italian||Ranuchetta||Wollyhoplet||From "Ranuca" (name used by wollyhops) with the endearing suffix "-etta"|
|From 올챙이 (tadpole)|
|Spanish||Sapicuajo||Portmanteau of "sapo" (toad) and "renacuajo" (tadpole)|
|Portuguese||Girinuru||From "girino" (tadpole) and "cururu" (cane toad)|
Artwork of the Wolpole from New Play Control! Pikmin.
The Wolpole as seen in the enemy reel of Pikmin.
The creature's e-card, #46.
A pair of Wolpoles seen in the first sublevel of the Secluded Courtyard.
- The Wolpoles that spawn in Garden of Hope, within the water near base, no longer appear in Pikmin 3 Deluxe. This change was likely made to discourage new players from throwing their Red Pikmin into the water. Their absence means Wolpoles do not appear in the Garden of Hope at all in this version.
- Despite this, Wolpoles still appear in that location in their Piklopedia video and have their main habitat listed as "Garden of Hope, etc.".
- Their legs are only present in Pikmin, having been removed in later games for unknown reasons.
- Before the inclusion of the Puckering Blinnows and Sputtlefish in Pikmin 3, Wolpoles were the only enemy in the Pikmin series to be exclusively water dwelling.
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