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A Chippopotamus is a blue hippo piñata.


The Chippopotomus is a large, boxy blue hippopotamus piñata. Its large head is about half of its entire height, and its mouth protrudes by a large distance. It has large eyes with green irises and a purple border. A yellow pattern is on its ears and hands. Its lower body is a lighter shade of blue than its head.

Requirements (Original)

Appear Requirements

Visit Requirements

Resident Requirements

Romance Requirements

Variant 1 Requirements (Green)

Variant 2 Requirements (Purple)

Variant 3 Requirements (Pink)

Requirements (Trouble in Paradise)

Appearance Requirements

  • Have 40 square pinometers of water (40%).

Visit Requirements

  • Have 50 square pinometers of water (50%).
  • Have 9 bullrushes or 9 watercress plants or 9 water lilies in the garden

Resident Requirements

Romance Requirements

Variant 1 Requirements (Green)

  • Feeding it a mushroom changes its color to green.

Variant 2 Requirements (Purple)

Variant 3 Requirements (Pink)

Wildcard Variants

  • Long ears
  • Long tail
  • Nostril bumps

Requirements (Trouble in Paradise - Just for Fun)

  • Attract it by having a 10 square pinometers of water in the garden.

Requirements (Pocket Paradise)


  • Have 100 square pinometers of water (10%).


  • Have 300 pinometers of water (30%).
  • Have 3 Watercress plants in the garden.
  • Have 3 Water Lily plants in the garden.
  • Have 3 Bullrush plants in the garden.


  • Have 400 pinometers of water (40%).
  • Has eaten 1 Waterlily flower.
  • Has eaten 1 Watercress flower.
  • Has eaten 1 Bullrush head.


Variant (Pink)

  • Has eaten a jar of Jam.

Chippopotamus Uses

  • Eating 1 Chippopotamus helps to meet the Tigermisu's Romance requirements. (Pocket Paradise)

Species Conflicts


  • None

Eaten by


Other Information

Huge and valuable, the Chippopatamus is the argument for running multiple gardens at once. Requiring a huge amount of water to be in the garden, it is tough to plan for one of these beasts in your primary area, trying to get ‘em next to all your cute and cuddly land-based piñatas. They’re extremely annoying and complex to get, but they’re worth it in the end.

It is more of a pipe dream to get a resident Chippopatamus in a garden before getting both Land Upgrades, due to the massive amount of water required, and only 56 percent of available space can be modified with only one upgrade, and even less with no upgrades. Both upgrades are required to start romancing a Chippopotamus, because it requires 60% of the garden to be water.

Even after getting both upgrades, it is time consuming to modify the garden to have 50% or 60%+ water using the shovel. Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise has an upgrade which allows for marking off larger zones of terrain to be dug up for a pond or filled in with dirt at once, though due to the limited area for the selection, it is still somewhat time consuming.

Chippopotamus are happier when sprinkled with water.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've spent days and days trying to get a Chippopotamus to be a resident with no luck. Is this a glitch?

Like the Elephanilla (see answer), this is another pinata that takes time to reside. As with any pinata that needs multiple visits, it's important to keep in mind that you probably won't get exactly the same Chippopotamus, the next time a wild one visits your garden.

Always make sure to maintain well more than 14 watercress or 14 Water Lillies or 14 Bullrush in the garden, and replant the ones it eats. If its Visit requirements are no longer met, it will leave the garden early, drawing out the number of visits needed.

If you've got a visitor that only needs to meet one or two more requirements, try not to distract it with other items that it no longer is required to eat. One tip is to whack the plants that a particular visitor needs to eat, and move the flower heads near where he visits/eats, to help speed things along. This way, it will hopefully eat more of what it needs to eat, instead of randomly devouring whatever it's fond of.

Ultimately, patience is the key, while you pay attention to its needs, and keep your garden well-planted. (Either that, or you could pay someone off to ship you one.)

In the TV Series

In the TV series, Chippopotamus characters stand up like a biped matching the official artwork, unlike in the game where they walk on four legs.

Chortles Chippopotamus

Chortles Chippopotamus.

Chortles Chippopotamus is a major character in the Viva Piñata TV series. He is a gardener who is aided by Cecil Cocoadile who fertilizes his plants with Cocoadile Tears.

Shiraishi Chippopotamus

Shiraishi Chippopotamus.

Shiraishi Chippopotamus is a minor character in the Viva Piñata TV series who is a sumo wrestler. Drumstick Chippopotamus is his assistant and junior apprentice.

Drumstick Chippopotamus

Drumstick Chippopotamus.

Drumstick Chippopotamus is a minor character in the Viva Piñata TV series who is a sumo wrestler. He is Shiraishi Chippopotamus's assistant and junior apprentice.


To see all pictures and videos about this topic, see Chippopotamus/Gallery.


  • The Chippopotamus that blocks Goobaas from entering the garden in Trouble in Paradise is fully colored despite being a Wild Piñata not owned by the player.
Viva Piñata Classic Species

Arocknid · Badgesicle · Barkbark · Bonboon · Bunnycomb · Buzzenge · Buzzlegum · Candary · Chewnicorn · Chippopotamus · Cinnamonkey · Cluckles · Cocoadile · Crowla · Doenut · Dragonache · Dragumfly · Eaglair · Elephanilla · Fizzlybear · Flutterscotch (Species) · Fourheads · Fudgehog · Galagoogoo · Goobaa · Horstachio · Jameleon · Juicygoose · Kittyfloss · Lackatoad · Lickatoad · Macaraccoon · Mallowolf · Moozipan · Mothdrop · Mousemallow · Newtgat · Parrybo · Pigxie · Ponocky · Pretztail · Profitamole · Pudgeon · Quackberry · Raisant · Rashberry · Reddhott · Roario · Salamango · Shellybean · Sherbat · Sparrowmint · Squazzil · Swanana · Sweetooth · Syrupent · Taffly · Twingersnap · Whirlm · Zumbug

Viva Piñata Trouble in Paradise Species

Arocknid · Badgesicle · Barkbark · Bispotti · Bonboon · Bunnycomb · Buzzenge · Buzzlegum · Camello · Candary · Cherrapin · Chewnicorn · Chippopotamus · Choclodocus · Chocstrich · Cinnamonkey · Cluckles · Cocoadile · Crowla · Custacean · Doenut · Dragonache · Dragumfly · Eaglair · Elephanilla · Fizzlybear · Flapyak · Flutterscotch (Species) · Fourheads · Fudgehog · Galagoogoo · Geckie · Goobaa · Hoghurt · Hootyfruity · Horstachio · Jameleon · Jeli · Juicygoose · Kittyfloss · Lackatoad · Lemmoning · Lickatoad · Limeoceros · Macaraccoon · Mallowolf · Moojoo · Moozipan · Mothdrop · Mousemallow · Newtgat · Parmadillo · Parrybo · Peckanmix · Pengum · Pieena · Pigxie · Polollybear · Ponocky · Pretztail · Profitamole · Pudgeon · Quackberry · Raisant · Rashberry · Reddhott · Roario · Robean · S'morepion · Salamango · Sarsgorilla · Shellybean · Sherbat · Smelba · Sparrowmint · Squazzil · Swanana · Sweetle · Sweetooth · Syrupent · Taffly · Tartridge · Tigermisu · Twingersnap · Vulchurro · Walrusk · Whirlm · Zumbug