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NPC Mamuta
Appears in Pikmin
Pikmin 2
Prima "Technical Name" The Great Protector (God of All Pikmin)
Areas The Impact Site
Underground areas Frontier Cavern, Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode levels The Distant Spring
2-Player and Bingo Battle levels None
Carry weight 8 in Pikmin
7 in Pikmin 2
Max. carriers 20 in Pikmin
15 in Pikmin 2
Size 60mm
Seed worth 15 in Pikmin
8 (Unobtainable) in Pikmin 2
Treasure value PokoIconx3
Attacks Pounds Pikmin into the ground
Hit points  ? in Pikmin
500 in Pikmin 2

The Mamuta (ミウリン Miurin) is a peculiar enemy found in the first two Pikmin games. It is fairly large, and has two small eyes with dark markings around each one. Its body is notably asymmetrical and is covered in tiny white and grey hairs. It has markings on its arms, hinting it might be sentient. In the first game, it just stands and watches when Pikmin walk by. If any harm comes to it, however, it becomes enraged and pounds the Pikmin into the ground. This doesn't kill them, but replants them and turns them into flower Pikmin by some unknown process, which can be used to one's advantage, though it can get very annoying when it comes to plucking the Pikmin if one is in a hurry. However, with the Pluckaphone, a Mamuta can do more good than bad, as the planted Pikmin can simply be called out of the ground.

Captains, as opposed to Pikmin, do take damage, although only a small amount, and are similarly pounded into the ground. In the first Pikmin game, this causes the creature to stop attacking and appear to relax; it will only attack again if Pikmin are plucked or if it is attacked.

The Mamuta is found at The Impact Site on even-numbered days (on odd-numbered days, the Goolix is encountered instead), starting on Day 8. In Pikmin, the Smoky Progg is thought by Olimar to be a larval Mamuta suffering from a birth defect, although this is just a theory.

In Pikmin 2, Mamutas are only found underground, and are more aggressive, attacking any Pikmin that approach them. They have less health than they did in the first game, yet their attacks have the same effect as before. A Mamuta inside the Frontier Cavern holds the Brute Knuckles, making it the only non-boss enemy that holds a piece of the Explorer's Friend Series, which constitutes the Exploration Kit.


Olimar's Voyage Log

"This seems to be a gentle, flower-loving creature, but if angered, it is fierce. Its mighty open-handed smack... It reminds me of the time back home when a mosquito landed on my head, and my wife tried to get it..."

Reel notes

"This creature seems fond of flowers, but only for their decorative properties."

Olimar's Notes

"The imbalanced, asymmetrical arms of the mamuta are among its most notable features. Feeding on seeds and fruit, the mamuta is known to actually sow and grow plant species. While other species have exhibited seed-burying behavior for the purpose of storage, the mamuta is the only species so far known to actually cultivate fields of plants."

Louie's Notes

"Inedible. Tastes like chicken."

Nintendo Player's Guide

"A mamuta cannot defeat a Pikmin, but it can pound the trooper into the ground with its heavy arms. In fact, one rock beast can bury several Pikmin with a single blow. After you defeat the Mamuta with flying attacks, be sure to pluck your buddies from the soil-their tops will be in full bloom."

Battle Strategy


There is no threat, only the problem of having to pick planted Pikmin, which can take a while without the Pikmin 2 exclusive Pluckaphone, although it can be troublesome if the Mamuta hits the captain, incapacitating him for a second or more. Throwing Pikmin onto it from a distance is often more effective than swarming, unless Olimar is accompanied by a large group of Pikmin. Attacking from behind is also advantageous. Don't use bomb rocks on it; they do very little damage.


Although very difficult, Olimar can defeat the Mamuta by attacking it from behind. However, it is recommended that Olimar uses Pikmin, as attacking the Mamuta alone is very time-consuming.

Pikmin 2

The same strategy for the first game applies here, except now there is less rush since they are now cave-exclusive enemies. Purple Pikmin work well for defeating the Mamuta. It should be noted that the Mamuta is easier to beat with Captains as well.



  • According to the Creature Montage, the Smoky Progg is believed to be the larval form of the Mamuta, which is ironic since the Smoky Progg is hostile while the Mamutas are generally peaceful. Interestingly, in Challenge Mode, the Mamuta is found at the Distant Spring, the same area that the Smoky Progg is found at in the Story Mode.
  • Using an Action Replay to access a model test menu in Pikmin, the Mamuta's code name is "miurin".
  • Interestingly, the patterns on the Mamuta's wrists are the same as the patterns on the Onions.
  • In the beta of Pikmin 2, the Mamuta was meant to have a recipe, but it was scrapped and replaced to "inedible."
  • In Pikmin, the Mamuta appears to be resistant to Bomb Rocks, taking miniscule damage when struck.
  • In Pikmin 2, the Mamuta is never seen above ground, but it has an unused seed value of 8.
  • Strangely, Louie says the Mamuta is inedible, but he also says it tastes like chicken.

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