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Wogpole In-game icon.
Appears in PikminPikmin 2Pikmin 3
Scientific name Amphicaris frodendum
Family Amphituber
Areas The Forest of Hope, The Distant Spring, Awakening Wood, Perplexing Pool, Garden of Hope, Distant Tundra, Tropical Wilds
Caves Shower Room, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels None
Collect treasure! levels Forgotten Cove
Battle enemies! levels Thirsty Desert, Shaded Garden
2-Player Battle levels None
Bingo Battle levels Stagnant Sea
Attacks None

Wogpoles (オタマ?, lit.: "Tadpole"; also known as Wolpoles) are harmless enemies in the Pikmin games. They resemble tadpoles in appearance, and are in fact the larval form of the frog-like Yellow Wollywogs.

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, Wogpoles 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 Poko icon.png × 1. While being chased, Wogpoles 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 closer to maturation than those in Pikmin 2, as the legs near their tails are present.

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.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 1 2 1 N/A 50 Unknown
Pikmin 2 1 1 1 Poko icon.png × 1 200 No
Pikmin 3 (?) 1 2 (normally) 1 Poko icon.png × 5
Points × 5
74 No


Reel notes

This creature appears to be a newborn yellow wollywog in tadpole form.

Olimar's notes

The wollywog spawns in early spring, laying its eggs on low-hanging tree branches and shrubs growing in or near lakes and ponds. Such unorthodox amphibious behavior is a defense mechanism, protecting the eggs from predation by blue Pikmin and water dumples. The wollywog's wild hopping near the shoreline in early spring is thought to be a method of driving predators away from the wogpole eggs.

Louie's notes

Wogpoles can be eaten raw, but they're much more flavorful when steamed or grilled. Also heavenly in risotto! Feel free to experiment with this lush ingredient.

Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

"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[edit]

"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."


In Pikmin and Pikmin 2, although they constantly swim away from leaders, Wogpoles will occasionally stop for a few seconds when only chased by Pikmin, giving the Pikmin a chance to attack. Wogpoles 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 Wogpoles 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 Wogpole with Blue Pikmin. It might also stand still for a while, granting an opportunity for a charge.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin technical information (?)
Internal name otama
HP 50
Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name tadpole
Global properties (List)
ID Japanese comment Property Value
s000 friction(not used) Friction 0.5
s001 wallReflection Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?) 0.5
s002 faceDirAdjust Unknown 0.25
s003 accel Acceleration 0.1
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 200
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
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.1
fp06 速度 Move speed 180
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.3
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 200
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 50
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 210
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 200
fp13 視界角度 FOV 180
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 0
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 0
fp16 振り払い率 Unknown (shake rate?) 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 50
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 0
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 50
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
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 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
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 15
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 0
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 0
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 30
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Unknown 25
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 10
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration 1
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 Unknown 0
ip02 振り払い張付1 Unknown 0
ip03 振り払い打撃B Unknown 0
ip04 振り払い張付2 Unknown 0
ip05 振り払い打撃C Unknown 0
ip06 振り払い張付3 Unknown 0
ip07 振り払い打撃D Unknown 0
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 ピチピチ移動速度 Movement speed while bouncing above water 20
Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name otama
HP 74
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
Territory radius 200
Mission Mode value 5

Other information[edit]

  • Prima guide technical name: Amphituber
  • Size: Body length: 37mm, as per the e-card
  • Japanese name: ダルマイモガエル?, lit.: "Daruma Potato Frog"
  • Piklopedia number: #45


The name "Wogpole" is a combination of "wog", from "pollywog" (like other amphitubers), and "tadpole". This enemy, like the Wollywog and Yellow Wollywog had to be renamed to Wolpole for the European versions of New Play Control! Pikmin, New Play Control! Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3.

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. In its scientific name, Amphicaris frodendum, frodendum is similar to the Latin word frondeum, which means "leaf-like". This could be referring to its leaf-like tail. 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, tadpole.

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.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese オタマ?
Flag of France.svg French Wog Larvaire Larval Wollywog
Flag of Germany.svg German Wackelquappe From "wackeln" (wobble) and "Kaulquappe" (tadpole)
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Ranuchetta From "Ranuca", a part of the Wollywog's name and "-etta", a term of enderarment; Little Wollywog
Flag of South Korea.svg Korean 올챙
ol chang
Flag of Mexico.svg Spanish (NoA) Sapicuajo Portmanteau of "sapo" (toad) and "renacuajo" (tadpole)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Proto:Pikmin 2/Piklopedia Entries on The Cutting Room Floor