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This article relates to the canonical games. See Pikipedia's "Puffstool" article for more canonical information.
Scientific Name Aspergilla podronis
Family Sporovid
Areas The Forest Navel
Carry Weight 10
Max. Carriers 20 Pikmin
Seed Worth 30 seeds
Attacks Possesses Pikmin

The Puffstool is an enemy in Pikmin 1 that appears to be a huge walking fungus. It has a red capped mushroom head and a tender yellow torso which is vulnerable to swarming. Not much is scientifically known of it, but minimal details are supplied.

The Puffstool will try to run when attacked, but its legs are clearly not made for sprinting and it trips easily, landing on its head with feet in the air. Since the cap is invulnerable to attack, Pikmin must be thrown onto its undersection once it's on the ground. After a few seconds, the Puffstool will right itself up and blow out a purplish cloud of spores which cause a strange change in nearby Pikmin, which the Puffstool acts as a Captain for. Affected Pikmin turn purple and grow small brown mushroom caps on their stalks. These Pikmin are known infamously as Mushroom Pikmin, Zombie pikmin, or Toadmin.

In fanon-games[edit]


In Redemption the puffstool is actually a boss and is quite hard. The how to kill section is above. Your reward, however, is a special egg that allows you to store 100 pikmin inside of it. The best part is that it is portable so you can take 200 pikmin with you to places without them being on the field. Cool, huh? This is tougher than you think it is. For starter, this puffstool is inside a cave so you can't only attack it with the captains. Secondly, it can release purple Spore Bombs that release puffstool spores when they explode. keep on throwing pikmin at this wandering creature but watch out it might extract poison which will cause some pikmin who are still in its range into killer mushroom pikmin who will attack olimar and other pikmin these pikmin will soon die after a short period of time. after deafeting it its body will flatten and you can take it back to the onion for a load of whooping 30 seeds.

Pikmin: Secret of the Earth[edit]

The Puffstool is confirmed as an important character in the plot, presumably antagonistic as the story is a tribute to the Pikmin fanfic, "Spored."


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The Puffstool is an uncommon enemy in PikSpore, appearing in a few caves. Several subspecies and a Darkfreeze-infused form exist as well.

Pikmin 3: The New Exploration[edit]

The Puffstool is found around wet areas and even in your landing site. This time they can control your Pikmin by making them go through hazards.

Olimar's Notes

This creature is harmless unless provoked. It will let out a strange substance that turns any kind of Pikmin into Mushroom Pikmin.

Pikmin: Return to the Distant Planet[edit]

The Puffstools in PRDP act very much like their Pikmin 1 counterparts. The only difference is they can only control 10 pikmin at a time, and they usually spawn(7/10 chance) with 10 pikmin following them. Once defeated, you can keep the Mushroom Pikmin, which will be idle and attack nearby enemies, or will start following another Puffstool if another one is present.

Pikmin: Infection in Progress[edit]

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Pikmin: Infection in Progress, created by Cheepy-Cheepy.

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Scientific Name Unknown
Family Sporovid
Areas None
Underground Areas Fungal Grotto
Carry Weight 10
Max. Carriers 20 Pikmin
Seed Worth 30
Attacks Crushes Pikmin, transforms Pikmin

The Puffstool is a boss that appears in Pikmin: Infection in Progress, and is fought in Fungal Grotto. It is encountered by destroying a large patch of Spotcaps and other mushrooms in the center of the back clearing. Once approached too closely, it will light up its antennae and spring to life. It unearths itself and waddles around the area, and must be defeated. The President can assist in carrying the remains of the Puffstool.


The Puffstool looks similar to what it did in Pikmin 1, although it appears to be much more matured than it did. Wrinkles and other growths are noticeable on its body. It is also somewhat larger than it was in Pikmin 1. In Pikmin: Infection in Progress, the Puffstool now has the ability to deactivate the lights visible on the end of its antennae.


During the Puffstool fight, it will waddle around the clearing and crush any Spotcaps in its path. It has more difficulty tripping because of more prominent and stable feet. The Puffstool also has the ability to produce spores while it is walking around, along with the ability to do while standing. On average, the Puffstool will trip and bowl over once or twice during the fight, and will produce spores while doing so. It will also right itself sooner than the Puffstool in Pikmin 1, usually in the direction of the Pikmin squad in an attempt to crush them. The boss can convert an entire army of Pikmin if one is not careful. When defeated, the Puffstool stumbles back and forth briefly until falling backwards, its body being pulled into the cap, and its antennae blinking rapidly before blackening altogether.

Pikmin : Infinite Exploration[edit]

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Scientific Name ???
Family Sporovid
Areas ---
Carry Weight 15
Max. Carriers 30 Pikmin
Seed Worth 30
Value 1500 Pokos
Attacks Possesses Pikmin

Enemy Bio[edit]

The Puffstool appears similarly to how it was in Pikmin 1, but looks more akin to the Jestcap in shape and color. The Puffstool also acts similarly, but it will now be first found hiding among Buttoncaps and Jestcaps. The distinctive way to tell a Puffstool from a Jestcap is the stem, which is more of a yellow color on a Puffstool. Another way to tell the difference is that if a leader or a group of Pikmin brush up against the Puffstool, it will not wobble unlike the Buttoncap and Jestcap. Once attacked the Puffstool will instantly come out of hiding and spray a cloud of spores, which will transform any Pikmin hit into Mushroom Pikmin.

Olimar's Notes[edit]

These passive creatures hide among fungi and will generally not attack unless provoked. In the Summer, these creatures are in their reproductive season and will actively look for a host that can support their spores. These spores will cover any living thing in a coating that bores into the nerve endings to take control of its host.

Louie's Notes[edit]

Cook on a skillet with olive oil and chives, then stuff with a hearty serving of minced Bulbear cutlets.

Battle Strategy[edit]

The best way to defeat a Puffstool is to first draw it out of hiding by punching it with a leader. After it has finished spraying its spores, Rush it with a large group of Winged Pikmin as they can hit its stem even after it trips over.