Pikmin 3 Deluxe

Deluxe Controls and How to Play

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This page covers Pikmin 3 Deluxe's controls on the Nintendo Switch, as well as how to play. To learn more about basics like locking-on, saving, and charging, keep reading!

How to Play Pikmin 3

A Story Where you Gather Food Provisions while Exploring the Planet

How to Play Pikmin 3 Food Supply

In the Story Mode of Pikmin 3, you gather food provisions while exploring the planet with your Pikmin pals. You can explore one area of the planet per day, which lasts until the Sun sets and you go back to the ship. During exploration, you will encounter many obstacles and enemies. Overcome any trouble you face with the help of your Pikmin.

However, slacking off during your explorations will lead to your food supplies exhausting and a game over. Be sure to focus not only on finding new areas but also your food supply as well.

Story Mode Walkthrough

Mission Mode and Bingo Battle Mode

Multiplayer Pikmin 3

Aside from Story Mode, Pikmin 3 also has Bingo Battle Mode and Mission Mode. In Mission Mode, players will clear the given mission and compete with the scores of other players around the world. In Bingo Battle Mode, 2 players compete to gather the specified items on their bingo sheet in order to achieve bingo the fastest.

Both modes offer a different way to play from the story from battling against your friends to competing with players around the world.


Automatic Save at the End of the Day

Story Mode Summary

After the crew member has written their journal entry for the day, the game will automatically save. Ending before the day ends may result in going back to the previous day and having to redo your day.

However, returning to a previous day will delete all the save data for the days that come after it, so be careful when going back to past days.

Pikmin 3 Controls

Basic Controls

★ With 2 Joy-Cons

Switch Controls with 2 Joy-Cons

★ With 1 Joy-Con

Switch Controls with 1 Joy-Con

Calling/Dispersing Pikmin

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By blowing the whistle, Pikmin can be called or dispersed. When calling the Pikmin, they will form up and come back to you. Pikmin that are also in a panicked state can also come to their senses. When dispersing them, Pikmin will split into their different colors which will make it easy to begin working on nearby objects or enemies.

★There is an Effective Range for Calling Pikmin

Summoning Pikmin-Range

When calling Pikmin, a blue ring will appear on the screen indicating the range of the whistle. The effective range of the whistle can be extended by holding the button down. The effective range does not only work on the ground but can also extend to places above the ground as well. When you want to call many Pikmin, blow the whistle to its fullest.

Throwing Pikmin and Leaders

Throwing Pikmin and Leaders

When a leader or a Pikmin is following you, it is possible to aim with the cursor and throw them. Leaders can only cross a small gap or be thrown up a small ledge, but Pikmin can perform various actions once thrown.

If near an enemy, they will start attacking, and if they are near an object they can interact with, they will begin transporting or destroying it. Each Pikmin has different results based on their color when thrown, so be sure to adapt to each situation and use the appropriate Pikmin.

Types of Pikmin
Red Pikmin.pngRed Pikmin Rock Pikmin.pngRock Pikmin Yellow Pikmin.pngYellow Pikmin Winged Pikmin.pngWinged Pikmin
Blue Pikmin.pngBlue Pikmin White Pikmin.pngWhite Pikmin Purple Pikmin.pngPurple Pikmin

How to Get More Pikmin

Locking-on to Enemies and Obstacles

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It is possible to lock-on to enemies or objects. When you lock-on to an enemy, your camera will always face them, allowing you to circle around to their back and attack easier.

Attacking While Locked-on (Charge)

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While locked on to enemies or objects, it is possible to attack with all the Pikmin in your squad at once. If the lock-on target is an enemy, the Pikmin will launch a charge attack to quickly take it down.

However, when locked on, if the name of the target is not displayed on the screen, the attack will turn into a dispersal instead of a charge attack.

Dodging Enemy Attacks

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By using the Dodge Whistle, you can give the order to dodge enemy attacks to your Pikmin. This technique will help to raise the survivability of the easily killed Pikmin, so it is a vital strategy to incorporate.

The Dodge Whistle can be obtained in the Distant Tundra area.

Strengthening Pikmin with Ultra-Spicy Spray

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Using Ultra-Spicy Spray will temporarily strengthen the Pikmin in your current squad. Both attack power and speed are increased, so be sure to use it under the right circumstances to take down dangerous enemies.

Ultra-Spicy Spray can be collected by gathering the fruit of the Ultra-Spicy Berry.

Related Guides


Beginner's Guide: List of Tips and Tricks

Gameplay and Controls
Pikmin 3 Deluxe Controls How to Use Ultra-Spicy Spray
How to Use Bomb Rocks How to Switch Characters
How to Use Photo Mode How to Call Pikmin
How to Save How to Reset Gyro Controls
Tips and Tricks
How to Unlock Badges Space Suit Upgrades
Elevator Platform Puzzle Solution Seesaw Puzzle Solution
Locations For All Hidden Murals Where to Find All Data Files
Bare-Knuckled Badge Guide Ultra-Spicy Difficulty Guide
Endings Guide -
Deluxe Release Date Game Length
Pikmin 3 Day Limit Deluxe New Features
How to Play Multiplayer Difficulty Modes Explained
What Happens When You Get A Game Over? How Long is One Day?
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