|Appears in|| |
|Areas|| Pikmin 3|
Garden of Hope (x3)
|Challenge Mode levels|| Pikmin 3|
Silver Lake (x3)
Beastly Cavern (x2)
|2-Player and Bingo Battle levels||None|
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
"Sputtlefish are small aquatic creatures that release ink when attacked. When you encounter a Sputtlefish, lock onto the creature and send a squad of Blue Pikmin charging in to attack. With a reasonably large squad, you shouldn't have any trouble defeating a Sputtlefish before it has a chance to retaliate.
If the creature does manage to release its ink, however, any Pikmin caught in the cloud will panic. Use your whistle to calm your scattered Pikmin and send them charging in for another attack."
A Sputtlefish can easily be defeated with six or seven Blue Pikmin. If all of them are able to latch onto the creature at the same time (they should all be preferably flowered), then it will be dead before it can release ink. If the creature is given the chance to ink, any Pikmin affected can be quickly whistled back to the Captain without incident.
- The Sputtlefish's name is based off of "spurt"—since it squirts ink to defend itself—and cuttlefish, a real-life animal that it resembles. A cuttlefish has two tentacles and a soft body—much like the Sputtlefish.
- The Sputtle part of the name could also be based off of the real life sputtle, an excretion produced by insects that functions as a paralytical defense.
- The Sputtlefish's tentacle ends resemble leaves and the top of its head resembles a flower.