Appears in
Pikmin 3
Scientific name Pseudocephalopoda florascens
Family Squirdler
Areas Pikmin 3
Garden of Hope (x3)
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 3
Battle Enemies
Silver Lake (x3)
Collect Treasure
Forgotten Cove
Beastly Cavern (x2)
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight 5
Max. carriers 10
Seed worth 5
Treasure value PokoIcon.pngx30
Attacks Eat Pikmin

The Sputtlefish is a poisonous, squid-like enemy with a flower-like protrusion atop its head, found in Pikmin 3. These enemies can only be found underwater. They swim casually when unthreatened but upon the arrival of Pikmin, they will take an upright posture and swim towards them. They can lash out on Pikmin with their tentacles, grabbing and eating them one at a time. If you walk under a Sputtlefish without paying attention, it can quietly snatch a Pikmin. When attacked, one will release ink which causes Pikmin to panic for some time until they are whistled and swim away. The Sputtlefish can also gradually heal if left alone once attacked.


Pikmin 3 Prima Guide

"Sputtlefish are small aquatic creatures that release ink when attacked. When you encounter a Sputtlefish, lock onto the creature and send a squad of Blue Pikmin charging in to attack. With a reasonably large squad, you shouldn't have any trouble defeating a Sputtlefish before it has a chance to retaliate.

If the creature does manage to release its ink, however, any Pikmin caught in the cloud will panic. Use your whistle to calm your scattered Pikmin and send them charging in for another attack."

Battle Strategy

A Sputtlefish can easily be defeated with six or seven Blue Pikmin. If all of them are able to latch onto the creature at the same time (they should all be preferably flowered), then it will be dead before it can release ink. If the creature is given the chance to ink, any Pikmin affected can be quickly whistled back to the Captain without incident.



  • The Sputtlefish's name is based off of "spurt"—since it squirts ink to defend itself—and cuttlefish, a real-life animal that it resembles. A cuttlefish has two tentacles and a soft body—much like the Sputtlefish. 
  • The Sputtle part of the name could also be based off of the real life sputtle, an excretion produced by insects that functions as a paralytical defense.
  • The Sputtlefish's tentacle ends resemble leaves and the top of its head resembles a flower.