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Pikmin™ 4
Pikmin™ 4
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Guide pint-sized creatures in an endearing expedition!

Meet Pikmin: small, plantlike creatures with distinct abilities that you can grow, pluck, guide, and overpower enemies with! Use your Pikmin’s miniature might (and a bit of strategy) to explore this mysterious planet in search of your crew—and treasure.

Three stages of Pikmin stand side by side, each with something growing from the stem on their heads: a budding Blue Pikmin, a flowering Yellow Pikmin, and a leafy Red Pikmin.

Lead your loyal and curious squad

To succeed, you’ll have to balance caring for the Pikmin with leading them into dangerous situations. Do your best out there!

Two Red Pikmin, a Yellow Pikmin, a Blue Pikmin, and a Winged Pikmin move in a line.The Red Pikmin towards the back of the line has tripped forward onto their face.


Pikmin grow from pellets and wildlife that you can bring to your ship. Pluck them from the ground to have them join you. Go team!


Lead your squad through vast explorable areas to find treasures, discover new paths, and battle enemies of all sizes. You can also direct the Pikmin to collect and carry resources that are helpful for your mission. Up to three Pikmin types can be with you in the field at a time—the rest will hang back until you need them.


When their task is done, the Pikmin will wait in place for you. Get close and blow your whistle to summon them to your side! This handy action can also help you protect the Pikmin from danger, do a headcount, or simply bring them with you to your next task.

Meet the Pikmin

A mysterious mix of plant and animal, these creatures are loyal, clever, and ready to follow your lead. Be sure to call forward the right ones for the job!

The Rescue Pup named Oatchi is strong enough to carry a squad of Pikmin and an Explorer on his back.

The Rescue Corps needs you!

Customize your own explorer and lead the charge each day to find your crew and fix the Rescue Corps ship, the S.S. Shepherd.

  • An Explorer, Oatchi, and a squad of Pikmin have discovered an unknown figure laying on the ground and wearing a space suit similar to the Explorer's own.

    Track down your crew—and others

    Find and rescue your Rescue Corps crew and other castaways who find themselves in a bind.

  • An Explorer, Oatchi, and a squad of Pikmin explore a dark environment with low visibility.

    Explore caves

    Strategize your way through multiple floors of puzzles and critters. Time seems to work differently when you’re exploring caves, so there’s no need to rush.

  • An Explorer commands individual Pikmin to carry resources back to the ship.

    Collect resources

    Treasures are a great source of Sparklium, the mysterious element that powers the S.S. Shepherd. You can also collect raw materials that are handy for construction in the field, or build new equipment to make exploring more manageable!

  • An Explorer and Oatchi stand in the outdoor Rescue Command Post encampment, where they can talk to the castaways and fellow members of the Rescue Corps they've found.

    Rescue Command Post

    Take your time to prepare for the day’s excursion! You can chat with Rescue Corps members and castaways, accept side missions, and build new equipment to assist you on your expedition. You can also choose to go on Night Expeditions from here.

Oatchi is a golden-furred Rescue Pup with orange spots and big blue eyes. He has a snout with no visible nose, only two legs, and a cute puff at the end of his tail.

Who’s a good Oatchi? Oh, yes you are!

Resident good boy and dependable partner Oatchi can help get the job done throughout your adventure. You can even train this Rescue Pup to become more helpful!

With the Pikmin and a powerful pup at your side, no challenge is too big!

Tricks of the trade

Every in-game day brings different adventures, but there’s only so much you can do before you must return to the safety of your ship at night. Remember: If you can’t get everything done that you wanted, there’s always tomorrow.

A smaller White Pikmin looks up at a larger Purple Pikmin.
    The Rewind Time menu includes details like a progress percentage, a list of discoveries, and number of Pikmin available at the time. The current state and a previous state are shown side by side for easy comparison.

    Rewind and retry

    Something go sideways? No worries! Give yourself a do-over with the new Rewind Time feature and try a different approach.

    An Explorer points to a new landing spot for their ship. Eligible landing spots are surrounded by shiny pink stones in the ground.

    Bring your ship to you

    There are multiple landing spots for your personal ship, the S.S. Beagle, in each of the expansive areas you can explore. Once you find a spot, you can freely land there. Helpful for cutting down time going to and from your ship!

    An Explorer and Oatchi set off for a mission after the sun has gone down.

    Stay safe at night

    When alone, Pikmin are easy prey at night. Keep them safe by returning them to your ship before it gets dark. If you can’t make it back in time, simply whistle the Pikmin in the field to your side—if they’re with you, they’re protected!

A flowering Ice Pikmin, a flowering White Pikmin, and a budding Rock Pikmin walk in a line.

Dandori Challenges

“Dandori” is a practice centered around planning things out in advance and working efficiently. (You can even put good dandori to work for you in your daily life!)

In your expedition, you’ll come across Dandori Battles and Challenges. Use your time wisely and efficiently to collect the most items before time runs out!

An Explorer throws Red Pikmin at a large pretzel on the ground that takes the strength of seven Pikmin to carry it.

Bring a friend

Two players on the same system* can work together or battle it out.

Dandori Battle

Take on—or team up with—a second player to collect the most items before time runs out. Who will reign supreme?

Co-Op Mode

Get help from a second player in the Story mode! Using an on-screen pointer, your co-op buddy can throw pebbles at enemies to stun them and unleash helpful items in your inventory.

Eight types of Pikmin and Oatchi stand in a scene of what appears to be an Earth-style garden lawn, with a large house in the background. The Pikmin and Oatchi are pint-sized compared to the items surrounding them.

Try it for free

Give this pint-sized adventure a try with a free demo. Upon completion, earn a reward for the Pikmin Bloom app**. You can also transfer your save data to the full version of the Pikmin 4 game, once purchased!

More from the world of

Watch charming Short Movies, read delightful manga-style comic strips, and more at the official Pikmin website.

This still from one of the Pikmin Short Movies shows a Red Pikmin after it has been launched up into the air.
This frame from one of the hand-illustrated comic strips shows three Pikmin thinking about what it would be like to walk on a rainbow of matching colors.
An Explorer leads a single-file line of Blue, Yellow, and Red Pikmin, with Oatchi trailing behind.

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Product information

Release date

July 21, 2023

No. of players


ESRB rating

Supported play modes

TV mode, Tabletop mode, Handheld mode

Game file size

10.5 GB

Supported languages

Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

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This game supports:Save Data Cloud

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