Water Dumple
Water dumple
Appears in Pikmin
Pikmin 2
Pikmin 3
Prima "Technical Name" Whiskered Water Dumple
Scientific name Ichthyosa felinis
Family Grub-dog
Areas Pikmin
The Distant Spring
Pikmin 2
Valley of Repose
Perplexing Pool
Pikmin 3
Distant Tundra
Twilight River
Underground areas Pikmin 2
Frontier Cavern
Citadel of Spiders
Shower Room
Cavern of Chaos
Hole of Heroes
Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels Pikmin 2
Creator's Garden
Pikmin 3
Battle Enemies
Silver Lake (x4)
Thirsty Desert (x2)
Forgotten Cove (x2)
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels Pikmin 2
Tile Lands
Carry weight 5
Max. carriers 10
Size 40mm
Seed worth 5
Treasure value PokoIconx3 in Pikmin 2
PokoIconx30 in Pikmin 3
Attacks Eats Pikmin
Hit points N/A in Pikmin
200 in Pikmin 2
N/A in Pikmin 3

Water Dumples (ダンゴナマズ) are enemies appearing in all three Pikmin games. They are members of the Grub-dog family, and act like Bulborbs (Likely due to their relation to Grub-Dogs). These amphibious creatures are most commonly found in the water, occasionally crawl onto land as well. They resemble blue fish with relatively large mouths. The Water Dumples in Pikmin move with more agility and are larger than their counterparts in Pikmin 2, but both can be defeated easily if Captains are cautious and swarm them with Pikmin. They also have "whiskers", much like real-life catfish. However, these are missing in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3leaving them without a known method of determining their surroundings. Despite this, they still stalk Pikmin when they are in the area.


Reel notes

"This aquatic creature is a close relative of the bulborb."

Olimar's Notes

"A resident of freshwater pools and marshes, this aquatic creature regularly feeds on insects that land on the surface of the water. It shares a nearly identical skeletal structure with its close relative and terrestrial cousin, the bulborb. This may offer clues to its evolutionary origin and suggests that it only recently emigrated to an aquatic habitat."

Louie's Notes

"Deep-fry dumples without batter for all of the flavor with half the fat!"

Nintendo Player's Guide

"The swimming version of a Dwarf Bulborb has a large mouth and a big appetite. Since Water Dumples are blue, they blend in with the water. Squash them with blue Pikmin or draw them out of the water and hit them with purples. Beware they can spot you from a greater distance than other enemies can."

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide

"Water Dumples are compact aquatic creatures capable of quickly devouring a small group of Pikmin. Given their size, these enemies are surprisingly powerful, so it's best to overwhelm them before they have a chance to attack.

When you encounter a Water Dumple, flank the creature and send a squad of Blue Pikmin charging in from the rear."

Battle Strategy


Water Dumples are similar to any other Bulborb. Swarming one will bring it down in seconds, with few or no deaths. If deaths are of concern, throwing is an option, but it will take much longer. 

Pikmin 2

The same strategy from the first game still applies here. However, lobbing it with Purple Pikmin will cause it to go down in seconds. However, they are commonly found in water, rendering Purple Pikmin useless. 

Pikmin 3

Again, the simple strategy of swarming is still an option. With a large swarm, it will go down without a fight. It should be noted, however, that if the player swarms from the front, the creature will be able to shake all the Pikmin off and potentially eat a few while taking minimal damage. The rear should always be aimed for. If Rock Pikmin are an option, throw them at the Water Dumple to minimize deaths. Another strategy is tossing at least 5-10 Pikmin on top of it when deep in the water. It has not that many health so it should die quickly. 



  • According to Louie's notes on the Bumbling Snitchbug, Water Dumples lay eggs.
  • Despite being the size of Dwarf Bulborbs, it can eat two Pikmin at once rather than one. They also cannot be "one-shotted" by Pikmin.
  • Using an Action Replay to access a model test menu in Pikmin, the Water Dumple's code name is "namazu".
  • Searching through the files of Pikmin 2 reveals that the internal code name for the Water Dumple, in Pikmin 2, is Catfish
  • They have "whiskers", much like real-life catfish. However, these are missing in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3which means that they have no way of sight or have any sight-touch replacement anymore. Despite this, they still stalk your Pikmin when they are in the area.
  • Their scientific name, Ichthyosa felinis, loosely translates to "Cat Fish."
    • Despite being classified as a grub-dog, Water Dumples do not fall under the Oculus genus.

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