|Appears in|| Pikmin|
|Prima "Technical Name"||Flotaswine|
|Scientific name||Sus inflata|
|Areas||The Distant Spring|
|Underground areas||Glutton's Kitchen, Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den|
|Challenge Mode levels||Cave of Snarls|
|Hit points|| 4,600 in Pikmin|
3,000 in Pikmin 2
The Puffy Blowhog is an enemy in both Pikmin games. It is the more recognized of the two airborne blowhog species, although it is much more rare than its cousin in the second game. It is similar to the Withering Blowhog, but is larger, with purple/light blue stripes and intimidating, though harmless spines on its back. Its breath is notably stronger than that of the Withering Blowhog, but does not cause Pikmin flowers to wilt like in Pikmin, as it lacks the withering plant hormones which are characteristic of this beast's flying relative, the Withering Blowhog, instead it blows Pikmin into hazards or enemies but it will not blow the captains if they have the Rush Boots or Purple Pikmin. The easiest way to defeat it is to weigh it down by rapidly tossing Pikmin onto its body — a single Purple Pikmin will work just as effectively. Once grounded, swarm the defenseless creature with Pikmin using the C-stick, or pound it with heavy Purples.
They can deflower the Pikmin and blow them much farther in the first Pikmin game. Additionally, they are usually found near water and other enemies, making them more dangerous, and are also slightly bigger.
When battling a Puffy Blowhog in either Pikmin or Pikmin 2, there may be times when a Blowhog that is being pulled down by Pikmin will land on a border or ledge of some sort. The enemy will be unable to reach the programmed 'ground', and stay on the obstacle and repeat its struggling animation infinitely. In The Distant Spring, the stone pathways around the UV Lamp may cause this glitch to occur, and it can also happen on the walls of sublevels in various caves in Pikmin 2, wherever Puffy Blowhogs are found.
This is a large-bodied, flying organism, but it is possible that its interior is as empty as a blimp. If I can land a large number of Pikmin on it, they may be able to ground it. And then, once it's down, it will feel my sprouts' rage!
Note: The following part(s) of the article is a strategy (or strategies); therefore, it is highly subjective, meaning it may not work for everyone.
The best way to kill the Puffy Blowhog is to let it get into attack position, then run under it, when its blowing throw pikmin onto it as fast as you can. It will fall, and you can swarm it with the rest of your pikmin. You can also use the glitch mentioned above for an easy battle.
- Using an Action Replay to access a model test menu in Pikmin 1, the Puffy Blowhog's code name is "mar"
- Their scientific name, Sus inflata, means 'Inflated Pig'. with "sus" being pig and "inflata" being inflated.