In pikmin 1 and 2 you can "swarm" Pikmin in a given direction by moving the C stick around. I tried using the right stick and all the other buttons but I can't seem to get my Pikmin to swarm in Pikmin 3.

How can I swarm my pikmin? It was much handier than throwing pikmin when a large number were needed to attack a fence or carry loot.

2 Answers 2


The swarm feature no longer exists as it did in 1 and 2, but a new feature is somewhat similar; when aiming at a target (be it an enemy, a collectable or a fence) you can press the Dismiss button and your pikmin will rush toward the target and perform their standard actual as if you had thrown/dismissed them onto the target (breaking it, carrying it, whatever). For this to work the creature/object has to be highlighted as if you could lock on/scan it, but you do NOT have to be locked on (you can lock on if you want though).

It's not quite the same as the swarm in Pikmin 1&2 but it will save you the trouble of walking over to a target before pressing the dismiss button.


As Ben Brocka mentioned, the Swarm mechanic from Pikmin 1 & 2 was replaced by the Charge in Pikmin 3. Pikmin will rush towards a given target and perform actions as if they were thrown (breaking, carrying, attacking, etc). The way you charge differs between Pikmin 3 (Wii U) and Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch).

In Pikmin 3, you Charge an object by locking on and issuing the Dismiss command.

In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, you can charge at any time by pressing X. Holding down the button will display an arrow indicating which direction the Pikmin will charge in.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .