|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
|Challenge Mode levels||Cave of Snarls|
|2-Player and Bingo Battle levels||Carpet Plains|
|Carry weight|| |
2 in Pikmin 3 N/A
|Max. carriers||4 in Pikmin 3|
|Seed worth|| |
8 in Pikmin 3 N/A
|Attacks||Blows away Pikmin|
|Hit points|| 4,600 in Pikmin|
3,000 in Pikmin 2
3,200 in Pikmin 3
The Puffy Blowhog (フーセンドックリ) is an enemy found in every Pikmin game so far. It is the more recognized of the two airborne blowhog species, although it is much more rare than its cousin in Pikmin 2. 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. This creature in Pikmin 2 can still take the flowers off of pikmin by shaking the pikmin off. 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 pummel it with heavy Purples.
They can deflower the Pikmin and blow them much farther in Pikmin than in Pikmin 2. Additionally, they are usually found near water and other enemies, making them more dangerous. It is also slightly larger than its Pikmin 2 appearance.
The Puffy Blowhog returns Pikmin 3. When brought down to the ground, it has an extra defense by expanding its body suddenly, like a blowfish, to knock off its attackers. When it dies it will deflate. It takes 2 Pikmin to carry the body. The body looks like a much smaller version of the blowhog that is flat.
In Pikmin 3, the Puffy Blowhogs skin looks much more balloon like. The purple stripes appear like actual balloons and are very slightly translucent and appear stretched by the air inside of it. The blue stripes are like decoration added afterwards, as they are opaque and shiny.
"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!"
"Instead of breathing fire, this species uses its hydrogen to float."
"This species of blowhog uses internally generated hydrogen to inflate a flotation bladder and hover above the ground. The creature's electrified pulse creates a sash of color that flows along the surface of its body, making it a particularly beautiful blowhog species. Precisely how it is able to internally stabilize its highly explosive hydrogen and simultaneously generate electricity remains a mystery. The puffy blowhog blows leaves and grass around to eat the insects underneath. It maintains midair buoyancy by using its fins and releasing air through blowholes. This enables it to float effortlessly, even in the breeze. In times of danger, the puffy blowhog can decompress its flotation bladder for a rapid escape from predators."
"Slice this creature's feather-light skin into triangles, deep-fry until crispy, and salt generously. Makes the perfect scooping chip to accompany fresh mango salsa!"
Nintendo Player's Guide
"The living dirigible that is the Puffy Blowhog can knock over an entire Pikmin army with a single blast, requiring you to call all of your Pikmin together before you can proceed. It can also blow the flowers right off Pikmin. Toss troopers up to the Blowhog's belly and have them knock it out of the sky."
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 it's blowing, throw your Pikmin onto it as fast as you can. Alternatively, you can throw 1 Purple Pikmin. Either way, it will fall, and you can swarm it with the rest of your Pikmin. You can also use the glitch mentioned below for an easy battle.
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. When falling in Pikmin 3, this glitch is impossible because if it hits a wall it will slide down off the wall or use the wall as a booster to get back up. This can be annoying because if it keeps landing on the wall and getting back up it will be hard to ground. Yet this scenario rarely happens in Pikmin 3, only in Twilight Hollow of Mission Mode and Sandpit Kingdom of Bingo Battle.
- Using an Action Replay to access a model test menu in Pikmin, the Puffy Blowhog's code name is "mar."
- Their scientific name, Sus inflata, means 'Inflated Pig'. with "sus" being pig and "inflata" being inflated.
- In Pikmin 3, the eyes of the Puffy Blowhog seem to have changed due to its pupils being larger and the sclera not as noticeable from the first two Pikmin games.
- In Pikmin 3, the Puffy Blowhog's deflated body is retrievable, unlike the other two games.