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Captain Olimar whistles at a few idle Red Pikmin.
Captain Olimar using his whistle on three idle Pikmin.
This article is about the whistle used by the leaders. For other uses, see Whistle (disambiguation).

The whistle (?) is a main part of the gameplay in the Pikmin games. It is the primary way of calling idle Pikmin and leaders over onto the active leader's group, the secondary way being the active leader bumping into them (except in Pikmin 2, where a leader bumped by another will not be called over). Whistling can also be used to instantly rescue Pikmin who are under the effects of certain hazards, or Pikmin trapped by special enemy attacks. Whistling blows some sound waves towards the cursor when used. The longer the button is held, the wider the call's radius, up to a size and time limit that depend on each game.

The whistle in Hey! Pikmin works differently from the main games. Instead of blowing sound to a point the player can control, using the whistle calls all Pikmin on-screen to rush to Olimar's side, assuming they are not working on an obstacle.


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New Play Control! Pikmin
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Hey! Pikmin Tap the Whistle button on the touch screen

Calling Pikmin and leaders[edit]

Pikmin that are running around in a panic, on fire, choking from a water bubble, or choking in poison can be rescued instantly by being whistled. Pikmin that are drowning can be whistled in order to make them slowly move towards the leader and hopefully jump to the shore in time. Pikmin who are about to fall prey to the Vehemoth Phosbat or Sandbelching Meerslug's vortex attacks, or stuck in an Arachnode's web can also be whistled in order to free them.

In the first two games, Pikmin and leaders not in the group jump to attention with a grunt when called by the whistle and run to the leader immediately after. In Pikmin 3, Pikmin and leaders still immediately acknowledge the whistle, but only actually start running when the whistle's radius is no longer around them. In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, this is only true for leaders.

In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Pikmin that are working on a task will not head to the group when whistled, at first. This allows the player to whistle idle Pikmin near the worker Pikmin without the fear of making the worker Pikmin cancel their tasks. When whistled, worker Pikmin pause what they are doing, freeze in place, and if they are carrying something alone, they will also face the leader. After some seconds, they resume their task. In order to call a worker Pikmin over, the player must whistle them for a long period of time, or whistle them a second time after the first whistle freezes them. The following is a list of tasks that cause Pikmin to freeze and pause when whistled briefly:

  • Carrying.
  • Digging an object out of the ground.
  • Digging a tunnel, but only at the start. After they go in, a simple whistle can take them out.
  • Knocking down a gate.

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 2.
Particularly: If an inactive leader's Pikmin get set on fire, whistling said leader will save all of the Pikmin. Document, elaborate, and check if this happens on GameCube/Wii.


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Suggestions: On top of describing the maximum circle whistle range, describe also how far the player can point towards to start whistling, in each game.

The maximum radius (unmodified by the Mega Tweeter) is about the size of an Onion's circular landing pad. Pikmin 3 Deluxe's and Pikmin 4's whistle has a much larger radius than in Pikmin 3, roughly 2.5 to 3 times the size.


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At any point, the player can let go of the button to stop whistling. If the button is held all the way, the maximum duration of each state of the whistle is different depending on the game and framerate. The following states can be noted:

  1. When the button is pressed, the game takes a couple of frames to register the press and actually make the leader start whistling.
  2. The whistle grows in size for a few frames.
  3. The whistle is at maximum reach.
  4. The whistle particles vanish, but the leader is still in their whistling animation.

After all this, the leader finally returns to normal. The final state only exists in the first Pikmin game, and in Pikmin 3, when the whistle is at its maximum radius, it also starts growing vertically. The following table lists the maximum duration of each state. To note is that none of the gear affect these times.

Game and version State Total duration
Button press register Radius growth Maximum radius Leader animation
Frames Seconds Frames Seconds Frames Seconds Frames Seconds Frames Seconds
Pikmin European version 3 frames 0.12 seconds 14 frames 0.56 seconds 16 frames 0.64 seconds 14 frames 0.56 seconds 47 frames 1.88 seconds
Pikmin US version, New Play Control! Pikmin 3 frames 0.1 seconds 14 frames 0.466 seconds 16 frames 0.533 seconds 14 frames 0.466 seconds 47 frames 1.566 seconds
Pikmin 2 3 frames 0.1 seconds 14 frames 0.466 seconds 30 frames 1 second 0 frames 0 seconds 47 frames 1.566 seconds
New Play Control! Pikmin 2 4 frames 0.133 seconds 11 frames 0.366 seconds 16 frames 0.533 seconds 0 frames 0 seconds 31 frames 1.033 seconds
Pikmin 3 (obtained through video footage) Unknown Unknown 20 frames 0.666 seconds 40 frames 1.333 seconds 0 frames 0 seconds 60 frames 2 seconds


The radius from whistling in Pikmin 3.
Alph calling Pikmin back with his whistle in Pikmin 3.

Visually, when using the whistle, some manner of circular shape will appear around the focus point, in order to indicate the area of reach. The whistle's graphical representation depends on the game. In Pikmin and Pikmin 2, a spectrum of colored bubbles appears when whistling, rotating around the cursor in a ribbon-like pattern. In Pikmin 3, a blue, digital-like dashed circle appears, and if the cursor is held for longer, a transparent cylindrical column grows into the air and below ground, indicating that the whistle is then reaching Pikmin above and below the cursor, such as Winged Pikmin.

In Pikmin 2, Olimar, Louie, and the President all have different calling whistles and swarming fanfares, but share the same dismiss whistle. Olimar's whistles sound like a normal pea whistle, Louies' resemble a toy train whistle, and the Presidents' resemble a car's horn. In Pikmin 3, whistles are physically integrated into the helmet of every leader's spacesuit. With two exceptions, they sound the same for all characters and players: a regular pea whistle like Olimar's. In Bingo Battle, player 2's whistle will instead always sound like Louie's whistle from Pikmin 2, and in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Louie's whistle was changed to sound like his Pikmin 2 whistle.

Story Mode limitations[edit]

Sometimes, the whistle is limited to prevent the player from breaking the game's normal flow. This happens in Pikmin 2 where leaders in day 1 cannot whistle each other or the other Pikmin until they reunite. It's also impossible to whistle Blue Pikmin before getting Yellow Pikmin, in New Play Control! Pikmin 2 exclusively.

In Pikmin 3, the game sometimes locks the whistle too. On day 1, Charlie cannot whistle until he discovers a group of Yellow Pikmin, and Alph cannot whistle before discovering the three first Red Pikmin. On the first day the Distant Tundra is explored, Brittany cannot whistle until she meets the first Yellow Pikmin. Using a certain glitch, it's possible for Brittany to exit the cave without unlocking Yellow Pikmin. If the introduction cutscene wasn't triggered, the whistle will remain locked until the end of the day, although it's still possible to whistle by grabbing a Pikmin.[1]


In Pikmin 2, the following treasures, when collected, improve the whistle's capabilities:

  • Pluckaphone: allows the leaders to uproot Pikmin just by whistling them.
  • Mega Tweeter: allows the whistle to call Pikmin in a wider radius.

Assemble All[edit]

See: S.S. Drake#Assemble All

In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, the player can interact with the S.S. Drake in order to call out a loud whistle that rings across the area. This whistle forces all Pikmin to stop what they are doing and return to the landing site.

In Hey! Pikmin[edit]

The whistle in Hey! Pikmin works differently from the whistle in the main games in the series. There is a button on the touch screen, and when the player wants to use the whistle, they must tap it. The whistle will only work if Olimar is idling (on the ground, or even when on a vine, underwater, etc.), or is walking. Upon being used, a voice will be heard saying "Hey!", although it doesn't seem to match Olimar's voice. The pitch of this sound clip is also randomized. After a small delay, Olimar will blow his whistle proper. The whistle is normal-pitched in most circumstances, but high-pitched if the Pikmin around are in danger of dying.

When used, all Pikmin that are on-screen and are not carrying something will run to Olimar's side. This is the player's way of calling new Pikmin hiding behind objects like bushes, as well as the main way to get them to return to the captain when they are fighting. It can also be used to force Pikmin that are casually walking to Olimar to run instead, meaning one can blow the whistle to get Pikmin to run away from danger much faster.

Only the Pikmin that are on-screen, or slightly away off-screen will hear the whistle. In addition, Pikmin that are in a different part of the area but still visible on-screen will not be able to hear the whistle. This forces the player to have to go to the part of the area where they are at before they can be called over.

Other whistles[edit]

There are different commands that leaders can do that also play whistle sounds. Pikmin can be separated intro groups of their own type with a simple dismiss command. With the Dodge Whistle collected, leaders in Pikmin 3 can dodge and sound a whistle to order their squad to do the same. Albeit not directly related to the whistle, it is also possible to swarm the group, which plays a jingle, as well as to charge, which sounds a horn.

Antenna Beetles are also capable of sounding something similar to a whistle, which captures all Pikmin in range and temporarily puts them in the creature's control. Moss tries abduct Pikmin she finds on the floor of the Hero's Hideaway by whistling at them; if she succeeds, she will carry the now confused Pikmin off to Olimar's bunker.

In other games[edit]

In Pikmin Bloom[edit]

In Pikmin Bloom, there is a whistle button in the lower right corner of some screens, and it makes a whistle noise when tapped. Tapping it on the map screen makes the Mii blow a whistle and enters the garden screen. Tapping it in the garden screen startles the squad of Pikmin and makes them face the player. Holding the button down makes them all line in up together. Triple-tapping it makes all Pikmin carrying things deliver them immediately, and swaps all the other Pikmin from the current squad with different Pikmin.

In Pikmin Adventure[edit]

In the Nintendo Land attraction Pikmin Adventure, pressing WiiU ZL.png / WiiU ZR.png or tapping the call icon on the Wii U GamePad will cause the Mii controlling Captain Olimar to whistle all Pikmin – including the other player Pikmin – to him. This will cause all player Pikmin to stack on top of Olimar's head, which Olimar can now throw at enemies or other obstacles. Pikmin can refuse being called by shaking the Wii Remote. Much like in the Super Smash Bros. games, Pikmin can be called from anywhere.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Captain Olimar's B-down move, the Whistle.
Olimar using his down special move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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In the Super Smash Bros. series, Olimar's down special move is called Pikmin Order. When used, Olimar briefly blows his whistle around him. Any Pikmin that are stranded will quickly jump back next to Olimar, regardless of their distance to the leader. In Brawl, the Pikmin are then grouped by type. If this move is used while they are already grouped, it'll send the next group to the back of the line. From Smash 4 onward, the Pikmin are no longer grouped by type, and using it when the Pikmin are with Olimar will move the Pikmin at the front of the group to the back. Interestingly, this move has some super armor frames, which means that, with good timing, one can use this move and suffer no knockback from powerful attacks or even Final Smashes.

Sound samples[edit]

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Pikmin 2[edit]


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Names in other languages[edit]

Whistle (Object)

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese フエ
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
哨音 Whistle
Flag of China Chinese
哨子 Whistle
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Fluitje Whistle
Flag of France French Sifflet Whistle
Flag of Germany German Pfeife Whistle
Flag of Italy Italian Fischietto Whistle
Flag of South Korea Korean 호루라기
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (NoE) Apito Whistle Translation taken from the Pikmin instruction manual.
Flag of Spain Spanish Silbato Whistle
Flag of Russia Russian Свисток
Whistle Name taken from Nintendo Russia's official twitter.

Whistle (Action)

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Llamar Call


  • In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, when playing in co-op, when one player whistles, the other's controller will vibrate slightly.


  1. ^ YouTube video showing how the whistle remains locked if the introduction cutscene is skipped.