Pikmin

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This article is about the creatures called Pikmin. For information about the WarioWare: D.I.Y. microgame, see here.
Pikmin alongside Captain Olimar.

Pikmin are a plant-animal hybrid species and the namesake of the video game series they star in, Pikmin. These beings inhabit the Distant Planet, and spend time buried in the ground, with their leafs sticking out. In the series, they are plucked out the ground by the player to use in battles and such. They have made crossover cameos in Mario games a few times, but their most important role was with the introduction of Captain Olimar as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

History[edit]

Mario Golf series[edit]

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[edit]

MGTT Pikmin.jpg

The Pikmin's first appearance in the Mario series was in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. Here, if the golf ball landed in a patch of flowers, Pikmin would pop out.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Olimar, along with a group of Pikmin were going to appear in this game when a new type of coffee was made. He would call Mario 'Marlio', an anagram of Olimar and mistake Luigi for a dangerous beast and order his Pikmin to attack him.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Pikmin serve Captain Olimar in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Although they are technically not playable, Olimar is almost completely helpless without them, for they are featured in all of Olimar's Special Moves. As such, they must be plucked from the ground. When Kirby gets Olimar's ability, he can also use Pikmin, but after plucking them, he immediately throws them.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

A group of Pikmin start to attack a giant R.O.B. which simply rises its arms and spins around knocking them all off and kills most of them. Captain Olimar is shocked and scared, however his Red Pikmin informs him of a new visitor. The Blue Falcon speeds through the forest. Captain Falcon jumps out of the car, and Falcon Punches the robot, sending it flying away. Landing after his attack, captain Falcon accidentally kills many of the Pikmin, but teams up with Olimar, regardless; and the pair run along some old ruins fighting the Subspace Army. They notice an Arwing attacking the ship carrying Donkey Kong: Falco Lombardi drops Diddy out of his Arwing, and with his Peanut Popguns, the monkey shoots the ship holding Donkey Kong. Captain Falcon and Captain Olimar run to assist.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Pikmin return as Olimar's aids in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. This time, Olimar appears as "Olimar & Pikmin" on the character selection screen, unlike in Brawl, where he was listed simply as "Captain Olimar".

Olimar can only have three pikmin following him unlike the predecessor which allowed six. His up-B attacked now involves being carried by winged pikmin. The more pikmin Olimar has following him, the slower the winged pikmin will fly.

WarioWare series[edit]

The Pikmin microgame in Smooth Moves.

Pikmin later appeared in a Pikmin 2 microgame in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, which belonged to 9-Volt. Here, the player controls Empress Bulblax and must roll over all of the Pikmin to squish them before the time runs out. However, it will get harder. The Pikmin will grow larger and start jumping over the player.

In the WarioWare D.I.Y. Microgame Pikmin, the player controls Captain Olimar, who is holding a Red Pikmin in his hand. The point of the game is to throw the Pikmin onto the rock that contains nectar. If time runs out or if the Pikmin is accidentally thrown into the water, the game ends in a loss.

Luigi's Mansion[edit]

A trailer for the first Pikmin game appears in Luigi's Mansion's option screen. The trailer, predictably, includes the species of the same name.

Types of Pikmin[edit]

Image Name Traits
Red Pikmin.jpg Red Pikmin
  • High attack power
  • Attacks imbued with incendiary properties
  • Immune to fire
  • Drown immediately in water
  • More likely to be plucked from cloth or sand floors
Yellow Pikmin.jpg Yellow Pikmin
  • Range of attack slightly larger than usual; easy to hit enemies with
  • Travel in slightly higher arcs when thrown
  • Attacks imbued with electrical properties
  • More likely to be plucked from metal floors
Blue Pikmin.jpg Blue Pikmin
  • Strong when thrown
  • Slightly more durable than average
  • Can swim in water
  • Below average damage
  • High knockback in throws
  • More likely to be plucked from water-based surfaces
Purple Pikmin.jpg Purple Pikmin
  • Doesn’t fly far when thrown
  • Slow
  • High attack power
  • Most durable of all.
  • Slams into enemies instead of latching on when thrown
  • More likely to appear from metal floors
White Pikmin.jpg White Pikmin
  • Quick and light
  • Does weak damage and knockback
  • When latched onto opponent, poison does additional damage
  • Least durable of all Pikmin colors
  • Flies faster and further when thrown
  • More likely to be plucked from snow or clouds.

Trophy Information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Pikmin Trophy273.PNG Pikmin
12/01
These strange beings are part plant, part animal. They spend most of their time buried in the earth, but they will befriend whoever plucks them, as evidenced by their devotion to Captain Olimar. Each Pikmin has a leaf on its head that grows into a bud and finally a flower. Like a flower, the life of a Pikmin is both fragile and beautiful.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Red Pikmin BrawlTrophy050.png GCN Pikmin A type of Pikmin--which are odd beings who grow like plants yet are as mobile as animals. Red ones are heat and fire resistant and are strong attackers, which makes them valuable when facing dangerous foes. Purple Pikmin are also tough fighters, but since it's difficult to increase their numbers, red Pikmin are easier to manage. Red Pikmin have distinct pointed noses.
GCN Pikmin 2
Blue Pikmin BrawlTrophy051.png GCN Pikmin A type of Pikmin, which are curious creatures that follow and obey the person who picks them. If you take advantage of this trait, you can get them to help Capt. Olimar and Louie. The blue Pikmin are at home in water and cannot drown. Need to retrieve an object underwater or cross a water hazard to disarm a trap? Blue Pikmin are just the allies you need.
GCN Pikmin 2
Yellow Pikmin BrawlTrophy052.png GCN Pikmin A type of Pikmin. Take a nutrient- rich pellet to a flying saucer known as an Onion, and it will produce the mysterious beings known as Pikmin. Yellow ones fly higher than other Pikmin when tossed by Olimar or Louie. Unlike other Pikmin, they're also highly resistant to electricity, which makes them invaluable when battling enemies like anode dweevils.
GCN Pikmin 2
White Pikmin BrawlTrophy053.png GCN Pikmin 2 A type of Pikmin. White Pikmin are resistant to poisons and are themselves toxic to creatures that eat them. Their low weight makes them very speedy, and they can also dig up buried items. White and purple Pikmin do not live inside Onions, so you must change other Pikmin into them by tossing them into ivory candypop buds and violet candypop buds.
Purple Pikmin BrawlTrophy054.png GCN Pikmin 2 A type of Pikmin, much heavier and slower than other Pikmin. When thrown, they impact with such force that they may kill or stun enemies. They're also incredibly strong--one of them can carry an item that normally would require ten Pikmin. While they're more powerful fighters than their red cousins, their slow speed hampers their effectiveness.

Sticker Information[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Blue Pellet 100px100px Pikmin 2 [Pikmin]+6

Usable by: Captain Olimar

Blue Pikmin Blue Pikmin Sticker.png Pikmin [Pikmin] +16

Usable by: Captain Olimar

Purple Pikmin Purple Pikmin Sticker.jpg Pikmin 2 Flinch Resistance+35
Reclining Red Pikmin Reclining Red Pikmin Sticker.jpg Pikmin 2 [Flame]+ 6
Red Pikmin Red Pikmin Sticker.jpg Pikmin [Pikmin]+11

Usable by: Captain Olimar

White Pikmin White Pikmin Sticker.jpg Pikmin 2 [Pikmin]+10

Usable by: Captain Olimar

Yellow Pellet Yellow Pellet Sticker.jpg Pikmin 2 [Pikmin]+22

Usable by: Captain Olimar

Yellow Pikmin Yellow Pikmin Sticker.jpg Pikmin [Slash] Resistance+10


Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピクミン
Pikumin
Russian Пикмин
Pikmin
Korean 피크민
Pikeumin
Chinese 皮克敏
Píkèmǐn

Trivia[edit]

  • A group of Pikmin appears on a Character Card packaged with the Nintendo 3DS, one of five (which also feature Nintendo characters) used with the Augmented Reality Games software.
  • The five coloured varieties of Pikmin each represent one of the five recognised senses; red Pikmin have noses (smell), yellow have ears (hearing), blue have mouths (taste), purple have fine hairs on their heads representing touch and white Pikmin have superior sight to the others.