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Bulbmin (Adults: ハチャッピー, Juveniles: コッパチャッピー) are a parasitic species of Pikmin that have infected a young Red Bulborb and taken control of it. It is hinted by Olimar that they can take on other hosts as well. They can be found wandering the floors of certain caves and behave much like the Spotty Bulbear, patrolling an established path in search of food. They can be dealt with similarly by using sprays or Purple Pikmin.

Bulbmin are the arguably best type of Pikmin, being immune to all hazards, however they only appear in 3 caves in the game: the Frontier Cavern, the Hole of Heroes, and the Submerged Castle. Mature Bulbmin, acting as a Leader, can be followed by 10 or fewer juvenile Bulbmin depending on how many overall Pikmin you have with you at the moment. After defeating an adult Bulbmin, the smaller ones go into a panic. They are not dangerous, and whistling loudly at them will instantly bring them into line under the leader's command, becoming a part of their Pikmin squad. They cannot leave the cave they were found in.

Notes

The Ship's Dialogue

Calling Bulbmin

"The confused bulborb has fallen with the Pikmin. They appear to coexist peacefully."

"Strange...this bulborb has a leaf sprouting from its spine, much like the leaf on a Pikmin's head."

Olimar’s Notes

"This loathsome creature is in fact a parasitic form of Pikmin that has infected a bulborb. Unlike Pikmin that nest in Pikmin Onions, this parasitic relative spends its life inside the body of a host, usually a bulborb. Juveniles fall in line and mimic the actions of their parent until maturing to full independence. By burying its rootlike limbs into the nervous system of the host bulborb and infusing it with natural hormonal excretions, the bulbmin is able to control virtually all of the host's bodily functions. However, the host's voracious appetite seems impossible to suppress."

Louie’s Notes

"Grind the meat and season with allspice, salt, and ground white pepper. Press the seasoned meat into meat satchels, then panfry them with onions. Prior to serving, smother the brats with dijon mustard and sauerkraut. Buns are optional."

Nintendo Player's Guide

"Large Bulbmin have a voracious appetite and can gobble up your Pikmin in a hurry. To avoid their mouths, attack them from their sides, and use purple Pikmin for maximum power. Once you've dealt with a Bulbmin leader, use your whistle to call its followers and bring them into your fold."

As a Pikmin

By whistling panicking Bulbmin, they will join the squad of Yellow Pikmin. The number of juvenile Bulbmin available depends on the Pikmin count. Since Bulbmin count as Pikmin, if there are 100 Pikmin already with the player, there will be no juvenile Bulbmin. One adult Bulbmin can command up to 10 juveniles. Since wild juveniles count towards the 100-Pikmin limit, how many spawn depends on whether or not the player has 10 available spaces. However, they do not count toward the overall Pikmin count. 

Bulbmin are fairly average in terms of attack, throw height and mobility. The main draw to Bulbmin is that they are immune to all four of the main hazards: Fire, Water, Electricity, and Poison. They are not immune to Explosions, Crushing, Pits, or being eaten or stabbed. However, when under the command of an Adult Bulbmin, they are immune to Explosions, making bomb rocks an easy way to get rid of the adult and get the juvenile Bulbmin. In order to balance out their abilities, they are unable to leave caves. This makes them good options for Candypop Buds, especially on a sublevel close to the final sublevel. They only appear in Caves in Pikmin 2. They cannot leave the cave they are found in.

Battle Strategy

To ensure a low Pikmin loss, wait until it approaches the active Leader, then throw Pikmin rapidly on top of the beast, further to the back than the front. If done correctly and with good aim, it should shake them off and turn around slowly; it has been distracted, leaving a large time gap in which to swarm it. Do it, then, and it should die before it manages to swollow any pikmin it catches. If it is attacked by other bulbmin, it will hesitate slightly (presumably to check that it is not going to try to eat its own young) before attacking allowing more time to deal damage. Purple Pikmin work well.

As extra precautions or for an easier fight, use Purple Pikmin or an Ultra-Bitter Spray if it captures any Pikmin.

Gallery

Main article: Bulbmin/Gallery

Trivia

  • Bulbmin sprouts

    The three stages of Bulbmin sprouts in the ground.

    The only place where Bulbmin can be buried (and the only place where one can observe Bulbmin with buds) is the Frontier Cavern, on sublevels 4 and 5. Swooping Snitchbugs can plant them in the ground on sublevel 4, and they can be planted by Mamutas on sublevel 5. Interestingly, their sprouts are colored orange instead of red when they are buried (probably to avoid confusion with Red Pikmin).
  • Although immune to poison, the adult Bulbmin will still take a fair amount of damage if it consumes a White Pikmin.
  • Unlike Blue Pikmin, Bulbmin do not rescue drowning Pikmin.
  • Bulbmin are one of two Pikmin that can be enemies, the other being Mushroom Pikmin.
  • It seems that the only Bulborb that the Bulbmin tends to parasitize is the Red Bulborb.
  • Bulbmin is the only Pikmin type that Louie considered eating, even coming up with a recipe for them.
  • The Bulbmin is one of two enemies in which juveniles follow the adult, the other being the Spotty Bulbear.
  • Its scientific name, Parasiticus Pikminicus, appears to be derived from 'Parasite Pikmin'.
  • Bulbmin have a green glow when idle/buried. However, when throwing one, the arrow above the cursor turns orange.
  • Strangely enough, the young Bulbmin do not die when caught in an explosion while under the control of the mature Bulbmin. However, when under the player's control, they can die by explosions.
  • When juvenile Bulbmin perish, their spirits appear as any other enemies' spirits, not as Pikmin spirits. This may likely be due to how the Bulbmin find a Bulborb host, in which the host ends up losing its life.
  • Bulbmin make different noises than other Pikmin.
  • Bulbmin and Mushroom Pikmin are the only species of Pikmin not seen in Pikmin 4.
    • However, upon opening model files, a low-resolution version of a Bulbmin can be found.
  • Juvenile Bulbmin are the most polygonal creatures in Pikmin 2.
  • They are moderately cannibalistic, as the adult Bulbmin will eat juvenile Bulbmin following a Captain.   
  • In Story Mode, there are 7 adult Bulbmin, assuming you do not re-enter a cave. That adds up to 70 juvenile Bulbmin, assuming you have enough space.
  • There are 2 adult Bulbmin in Challenge Mode and 2 lone juvenile Bulbmin, which adds up to 22 juvenile Bulbmin in Challenge Mode.
  • Bulbmin appear green on the map.
  • Young Bulbmin are technically the last type of friendly Pikmin normally discovered in Pikmin 2, which is the one of only two game in the series (aside from Hey! Pikmin), where Blue Pikmin are not the last, alongside Pikmin 4.


Pikmin species
Red PikminYellow PikminBlue PikminPurple PikminWhite PikminRock PikminWinged PikminIce PikminGlow PikminMushroom PikminBulbminPikpik Carrot Pikmin
Enemies and plants
Pikmin
Armored Cannon Beetle | Beady Long Legs | Breadbug | Burrowing Snagret | Candypop Bud | Dwarf Bulbear | Dwarf Red Bulborb | Emperor Bulblax | Fiery Blowhog | Female Sheargrub | Goolix | Honeywisp | Iridescent Flint Beetle | Mamuta | Pearly Clamclamp | Pellet Posy | Puffstool | Puffy Blowhog | Male Sheargrub | Shearwig | Smoky Progg | Spotty Bulbear | Swooping Snitchbug | Red Bulborb | Water Dumple | Wolpole | Wollyhop | Yellow Wollyhop
Pikmin 2
Red Bulborb | Hairy Bulborb | Orange Bulborb | Dwarf Bulbear | Spotty Bulbear | Fiery Bulblax | Emperor Bulblax | Empress Bulblax | Bulborb Larva | Water Dumple | Bulbmin | Breadbug | Giant Breadbug | Dwarf Red Bulborb | Dwarf Orange Bulborb | Snow Bulborb | Fiery Blowhog | Watery Blowhog | Puffy Blowhog | Withering Blowhog | Fiery Dweevil | Anode Dweevil | Caustic Dweevil | Munge Dweevil | Volatile Dweevil | Titan Dweevil | Beady Long Legs | Man-at-Legs | Raging Long Legs | Burrowing Snagret | Pileated Snagret | Armored Cannon Beetle Larva | Decorated Cannon Beetle | Segmented Crawbster | Hermit Crawmad | Male Sheargrub | Female Sheargrub | Shearwig | Doodlebug | Iridescent Glint Beetle | Iridescent Flint Beetle | Cloaking Burrow-nit | Ravenous Whiskerpillar | Skitter Leaf | Careening Dirigibug | Swooping Snitchbug | Bumbling Snitchbug | Antenna Beetle | Anode Beetle | Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat | Greater Spotted Jellyfloat | Toady Bloyster | Ranging Bloyster | Wolpole | Yellow Wollyhop | Wollyhop | Creeping Chrysanthemum | Unmarked Spectralid | Honeywisp | Mitite | Gatling Groink | Mamuta | Waterwraith | Crimson Candypop Bud | Golden Candypop Bud | Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud | Violet Candypop Bud | Ivory Candypop Bud | Queen Candypop Bud | Pellet Posy | Common Glowcap | Glowstem | Clover | Figwort | Dandelion | Seeding Dandelion | Horsetail | Foxtail | Margaret | Fiddlehead | Shoot | Burgeoning Spiderwort
Pikmin 3
Arachnode | Arctic Cannon Larva | Armored Cannon Larva | Armored Mawdad | Bearded Amprat | Bug-Eyed Crawmad | Bulborb | Burrowing Snagret | Calcified Crushblat | Desiccated Skitter Leaf | Dwarf Bulbear | Dwarf Red Bulborb | Dwarf Orange Bulborb | Female Sheargrub | Fiery Blowhog | Flighty Joustmite | Hermit Crawmad | Iridescent Flint Beetle | Joustmite | Male Sheargrub | Medusal Slurker | Necterous Dandelfly | Orange Bulborb | Peckish Aristocrab | Pellet Posy | Phosbat | Plasm Wraith | Puckering Blinnow | Puffy Blowhog | Pyroclasmic Slooch | Quaggled Mireclops | Red Spectralid | Sandbelching Meerslug | Scornet | Scornet Maestro | Shaggy Long Legs | Shearwig | Skeeterskate | Skitter Leaf | Skutterchuck | Spotty Bulbear | Sputtlefish | Swarming Sheargrub | Swooping Snitchbug | Toady Bloyster | Vehemoth Phosbat | Waddlepus | Water Dumple | Watery Blowhog | Whiptongue Bulborb | White Spectralid | Wolpole | Yellow Spectralid | Yellow Wollyhop
Pikmin 4
Albino Dwarf Bulborb | Ancient Sirehound | Anode Beetle | Arctic Cannon Beetle | Arctic Cannon Larva | Aristocrab Offspring | Armored Cannon Larva | Baldy Long Legs | Bearded Amprat | Blizzarding Blowhog | Bloomcap Bloyster | Bogswallow | Breadbug | Bug-Eyed Crawmad | Bulborb | Burrowing Snagret | Chillyhop | Creeping Chrysanthemum | Crusted Rumpup | Desiccated Skitter Leaf | Doodlebug | Downy Snagret | Dwarf Bulbear | Dwarf Bulborb | Dwarf Frosty Bulborb | Dwarf Orange Bulborb | Emperor Bulblax | Enemy | Fiery Blowhog | Fiery Bulblax | Foolix | Freezecake | Frosty Bulborb | Giant Breadbug | Gildemander | Gildemandwee | Groovy Long Legs | Grubchucker | Hermit Crawmad | Horned Cannon Beetle | Hydro Dweevil | Iceblown Dweevil | Icy Blowhog | Joustmite | Jumbo Bulborb | Mama Sheargrub | Mammoth Snootwhacker | Mamuta | Man-at-Legs | Miniature Snootwhacker | Mitite | Moldy Dwarf Bulborb | Moldy Slooch | Moss | Muckerskate | Pearly Clamclamp | Porquillion | Puckering Blinnow | Puffy Blowhog | Pyroclasmic Slooch | Red Spectralid | Scorchcake | Shearflea | Shearwig | Shockcake | Skutterchuck | Smoky Progg | Snowfake Fluttertail | Snowy Blowhog | Spotty Bulbear | Startle Spore | Sunsquish | Swooping Snitchbug | Titan Blowhog | Toady Bloyster | Toxstool | Tusked Blowhog | Venom Dweevil | Waddlepus | Waddlequaff | Waterwraith | Watery Blowhog | Wollyhop | Wolpole | Yellow Wollyhop
Hey! Pikmin
Adult Centipare | Anahusagi | Armurk | Berserk Leech Hydroe | Blubbug | Bulborb | Centipare | Clicking Slurker | Coppeller | Crammed Wraith | Crested Mockiwi | Crumbug | Crystalline Crushblat | Electric Cottonade | Electric Spectralid | Electripede | Elongated Crushblat | Emperor Bulblax | Eye-Stalker Bulbeel | Fiery Blowhog | Fiery Blowlet | Fiery Dwarf Bulblax | Fiery Young Yellow Wollyhop | Fireflap Bulborb | Fireflinger Groink | Firesnout Beetle | Flatterchuck | Flying Spotted Jellyfloat | Grabbit | Large Splurchin | Long Water Dumple | Luring Slurker | Male Sheargrub | Mockiwi | Muggonfly | Puckering Blinnow | Puffstalk | Puffy Blubbug | Queen Shearwig | Red Bubblimp | Seedbagger | Shearblug | Shearwig | Shooting Spiner (Female) | Shooting Spiner (Male) | Skutterchuck | Sparrowhead | Speargrub | Spectralid (Hey! Pikmin) | Spiny Coppeller | Sporegrub | Spornet | Starnacle | Stony Flint Beetle | Stuffed Bellbloom | Swooping Snitchbug | Widemouthed Anode Beetle | Yellow Wollyhop | Young Yellow Wollyhop
Families
Amphituber | Arachnorb | Breadbug family | Blowhog | Candypop Bud | Chrysanthemum family | Dweevil | Flint Beetle| Glowcap family | Grub-dog | Jellyfloat | Lithopod | Mandiblard | Mollusking | Snavian | Unknown Family
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