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Raw Material being carried by yellow Pikmin
Raw materials being carried by Yellow Pikmin.

Raw materials are collectible items in Pikmin 4. They appear as light blue pebbles and are mainly found in piles around areas and caves, but can also be found from completing missions, destroying obstacles, defeating certain enemies, or digging in dirt-mounds. To collect them, they must be carried to the S.S. Beagle, with each Pikmin carrying 1 raw material at a time. If not enough Pikmin are sent to carry all the raw materials in a pile, they will walk back and forth between the pile and the S.S. Beagle until the pile is depleted, and all Pikmin will wait at the S.S. Beagle when they are done. Raw materials can be used to buy gear and items, and can be converted to clay for use in building structures.



Raw materials are necessary in the construction of certain pieces of gear.

Some Gear doesn't require raw material, namely the Extra Hand and Lineup Trumpet. These are instead earned by completing specific side missions assigned by castaways.


Raw materials are also needed to create some items. The first time the player obtains an item, it will be free and will not require any raw materials.


Raw materials can be converted to clay to build clay bridges, clay mounds, climbing walls, and clay valves. Russ must be rescued before this is possible. When a Pikmin is ordered to work on one of these structures, it will run back to the S.S. Beagle, from which a piece of clay will come out that the Pikmin catches. The Pikmin then carries this piece towards the destination and throws it into place.

Each blob of clay costs one piece of raw material, and the raw material counter decreases as soon as the clay comes out of the S.S. Beagle. If the player has 0 raw materials, the Pikmin will idle under the S.S. Beagle waiting for more to be retrieved so they can continue. 1009 raw material is required to build all 43 structures in the main game, and 169 is required to build all structures present in Olimar's Shipwreck Tale.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese シザイ?
Raw material
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Flag of China Chinese
Flag of Germany German Rohmaterial Raw material
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Matéria-prima Raw material

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