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All of the Pikmin types.

Pikmin (named after Olimar's favorite type of carrots, Pikpik Carrots) are a semi-sentient plant/animal life-form indigenous to PNF-404. They are first encountered by Captain Olimar when his ship crash-lands on the planet in the first Pikmin game. Pikmin come in a number of different colors, each indicating a unique set of attributes and characteristics that better suit them to different environments.

They are 2.9 cm/1.14 inches tall, including their stalks, and are able to carry about 20 times their weight, similarly to real-world ants. The average Pikmin can be thrown at a maximum height of 7.5 centimeters, and Yellow Pikmin can be thrown at a height of 11.5 centimeters. The wild Pikmin that Olimar encounters in Pikmin 2 appear to remember him when he revisits PNF-404.

Captain Olimar was noted in Pikmin to wonder, a bit uneasily, why the Pikmin do not attack him, and speculated that they might see him as a "superior figure". Although wild Pikmin, with the exception of Bulbmin, have never been observed to follow a leader, this explanation seems to be the most probable, and is further evidenced by the fact that Pikmin will imitate Olimar, such as by blowing imaginary whistles. However this theory is easily disproven because Antenna Beetles can attract Pikmin just by emitting sound with a certain frequency using their wings.



Every Pikmin that appears in Pikmin 4

Although each species has different characteristics, most Pikmin (except Bulbmin, Rock Pikmin, Winged Pikmin, And Glow Pikmin) have the same general appearance, with a humanoid body shape; large, bulb-shaped heads; two round eyes; two arms and two legs (hands and feet attached), each with three digits. They each possess a tall stem on which a single leaf, bud, or five-petaled flower grows. Their limbs also serve as roots when buried in the ground. In fact, Olimar refers to their entire bodies, except the stems, as ambulatory root systems.

Their maximum carrying weight is at least 5 grams/0,18 ounces. This is shown by the fact that the Love Sphere (a marble with a diameter of 16 mm/0,63 inches) is 5 grams, and you only need one Pikmin to carry it. This would mean that Pikmin weigh 250 milligrams/.009 ounces.Purple Pikmin would then weigh 2,5 grams/.09 ounces, and can carry 50 grams/1.8 ounces. Olimar should weigh about 20 grams/.7 ounces then, due to his weight in the first game being about as much as 4 regular Pikmin can carry.

The internal structures of Pikmin are a mystery, but certain things about them can be speculated. Since Pikmin never seem to eat anything except nectar, they probably have a very simple digestive system, if any. As such, it's likely that Pikmin get a majority of their nutrients from food the Onions break down. Since the Onions are the center of Pikmin reproduction as well, it seems likely that Pikmin are incapable of sexual reproduction. As Olimar says, Onions seem to be some kind of incubator. However, in Pikmin, flowering Pikmin will sometimes drop seeds when slain in battle, suggesting that they may be able to reproduce asexually, but also that they do not have defined sexes and are hermaphrodites like many plants. Pikmin also have a primitive skeletal system, as seen when electrocuted. Though this wouldn't make sense given their size and mostly plant-like morphology, so it's probably just for comedic effect or they have a simple notochord, a hardened stem which many simple creatures, mostly the same size as Pikmin, possess. Pikmin probably do not have any sort of lungs, but their leaves, buds, and flowers appear to serve as their main means of respiration, since poison gas or water droplets collecting around them suffocates the Pikmin. When killed, Pikmin fly into the air and disappear as a ghost, sometimes after releasing a liquid of the same color as the Pikmin, possibly the Pikmin equivalent to hemolymph or blood.

In the Nintendo Land minigame, Pikmin Adventure, after dying, the Pikmin come back to life and continue to battle by the player Mii's side.

While idle, Pikmin's leaves and flowers glow the Pikmin's respective color. This information, coupled with a cinema scene at the end of Pikmin 2, would suggest that Pikmin are somehow bioluminescent, though what causes this and what function it might serve in the wild has never been explained. It could possibly be meant for communication or, in cases of large numbers, to ward off nocturnal predators.

Pikmin appear to be capable of other forms of communication. In Pikmin 3, When in a group, they will sometimes sing parts of "Luigi's Mansion Theme Song" and Ai no Uta. If left idle for a long time, Pikmin will moan at each other. From what is heard, it can be assumed that Pikmin language is very simple and primitive. Judging by their behavior alone, it almost seems as if Pikmin are capable of expressing emotions such as boredom, fear, happiness, pride, and sadness.


Pikmin drink Nectar P1

A Blue, Yellow, and Red Pikmin drinking nectar.

Pikmin Stages

The Three Stages of Pikmin: Leaf, Bud, and Flower.

Pikmin can be divided into three stages:

In the first stage, the Pikmin will have a leaf on their stem. Leaf Pikmin are the slowest and weakest. Although all three stages inflict exactly the same amount of damage to enemies, leaf Pikmin take longer to build bridges and take down gates.

The second stage Pikmin have buds on their stems. In terms of speed and power, these Pikmin are just between leaf and flower Pikmin. In Pikmin, if a flower Pikmin is shaken off, it will revert to a bud, and the bud will revert to a leaf in the same scenario. In Pikmin 2, however, flower Pikmin revert to leaf Pikmin immediately. Like flower Pikmin, buds can be received when leaf Pikmin are allowed to stay in the ground for a certain amount of time.

The final stage Pikmin are flower Pikmin. These can be gained by letting Pikmin drink nectar, by letting them mature in the ground, or by allowing a Mamuta to plant Pikmin. In Pikmin, flower Pikmin which have fallen in battle will occasionally leave behind seeds, which will sprout the next day. This feature is exclusive to Pikmin.

Bacopa 'abunda giant white'

(Sutera cordata) or commonly known as the Bocopa.

In Pikmin, if flower Pikmin are left in the ground for the entirety of the flower stage, the stalks will retreat into the ground for another cycle and then sprout again as leaf Pikmin. This process is accompanied by a low droning sound which can be heard if Olimar is near the landing site. In Pikmin 2, this last stage is bypassed, and Pikmin will go straight from flowers to leaves when left in the ground for too long. In Pikmin 3, planted Pikmin will still grow into buds then flowers, but once they are flowers, they do not become leaves anymore, like in previous games. Additionally, if you leave planted Pikmin behind, the next day, they will be flowers.

The flower upon a mature Pikmin resembles a real flower called Sutera cordata or Bacopa Cabana. This was used to model the white, five pedaled, yellow centered flowers that rest on top of the first generation of Pikmin species, as well as the Bulbmin in the second generation of Pikmin. Sutera cordata also come in different colors as well, like white, lavender (violet), and magenta (pink). So far in the Pikmin species all three of these colors have been used. Ice Pikmin, however, seem to have yellow flowers, and Sutera cordata does not come in another color. It is unknown if this is a mistake.

In Pikmin 3, flower Pikmin do not lose their flowers and remain flowers for the remainder of the time they are alive. This is to compensate for the fact that Nectar is notably scarce in this game. Pikmin also become permanently-flowered as a side effect of Ultra-Spicy Spray, and Yellow Pikmin become flowered when electricity flows through them.

Known species

These are the species so far encountered in the Pikmin games. More species may be discovered in future games.

Introduced in Pikmin

Red Pikmin

Main article: Red Pikmin

Red Pikmin were the first species of Pikmin discovered. Their unique physical feature is their thorn-like noses.

Three Red Pikmin.

These Pikmin are fireproof and have 1.5 times the attack power of an average Pikmin.

They can also take down dirt walls faster than others shown in Pikmin 3.

Yellow Pikmin

Main article: Yellow Pikmin

Yellow Pikmin have large ears. They are lighter than most Pikmin, so they can be thrown further and higher, and they were discovered (in Pikmin 2) to be immune to electricity.

Three Yellow Pikmin.

In Pikmin, they have the unique trait of being able to carry and throw Bomb Rocks, but the Bomb Rocks seen in Pikmin 2 are much larger and are too heavy to be carried, and in Pikmin 3, all Pikmin can carry Bomb Rocks. Bomb rocks in Pikmin 4 cannot be carried by any Pikmin, instead being an item that the player can use.

Yellow Pikmin can dig faster than any other Pikmin in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4.

Blue Pikmin

Main article: Blue Pikmin

Blue Pikmin have what appear to be mouths, but are actually gills. These Pikmin, unlike the others, are amphibious and can survive both on land and in water. They are also resistant to water-based attacks.

Three Blue Pikmin.

If thrown into water or standing idle, they will save any nearby drowning Pikmin by throwing them, sometimes back on land, sometimes back into water (by accident). However, this was discontinued in Pikmin 3, because drowning Pikmin can get out on their own.

In the shallow waters of Pikmin 1 and 2, Blue Pikmin will walk through the water as the captains do, but in the deeper waters of Pikmin 3, they are shown to have the ability to swim.

Mushroom Pikmin (Puffmin)

Main article: Puffmin

The Puffstool with some Puffmin

Mushroom Pikmin, (Puffmin) are not a separate type of Pikmin, but rather the result of exposing any type of Pikmin to a Puffstool's spore cloud. Pikmin affected by the cloud turn purple, grow mushrooms on their heads, lose species-specific details (nose, ears, etc.,) and turn against Olimar and other unaffected Pikmin.

A Mushroom Pikmin.

Mushroom Pikmin can be cured by shaking them off Olimar, by defeating the Puffstool, or simply waiting for the effect to wear off. Attacking a Mushroom Pikmin with an unaffected Pikmin gives a chance to revert it back to the previous Pikmin color. However, there is also a chance that it succumbs to its injuries and die. Mushroom Pikmin are found only in Pikmin.

Mushroom Pikmin (Puffmin) can sometimes turn against the Puffstool due to a certain glitch, and will sometimes even continue to follow Olimar (although they cannot be thrown or interacted with), depending on exactly how the glitch is carried out.

Introduced in Pikmin 2

Purple Pikmin

Main article: Purple Pikmin

Purple Pikmin are bulkier and larger than normal Pikmin, and have several wiry hairs growing out of their head. These Pikmin are 30 times more powerful than the average Pikmin in battle, and have the carrying strength of 10 Pikmin, but move more slowly.

Three Purple Pikmin.

They can also cause damage simply by being tossed on enemies (which may also stun the foes), and will actually home in on enemies to try and land on the them if not tossed directly above it, arguably making them the best fighters.

Their extra weight prevents them from being blown away by the wind attacks of the Puffy and Withering Blowhogs.

They also do not panic when in the presence of a Mitite group. Unlike the original Red, Yellow, and Blue Pikmin, Purple Pikmin have pink flowers.

In Pikmin 3, all of these abilities were removed other than carrying strength. Additionally, they do not appear in story mode, only appearing in the Mission-Mode.

White Pikmin

Main article: White Pikmin

White Pikmin are smaller than normal Pikmin and have red eyes, allowing them to have keen sight and dig up buried treasure. These Pikmin are resistant to poison attacks, and seem to be poisonous themselves. This can be identified by their purple hands and feet. Enemies are damaged, sometimes fatally when they ingest White Pikmin.

Three White Pikmin.

These Pikmin are also the fastest and carry items much quicker than other Pikmin. Like Purple Pikmin, White Pikmin have pink flowers, rather than white like the original Pikmin colors.

In Pikmin 3, White Pikmin are weaker fighters and inflict less damage on enemies when eaten. Similar to Purple Pikmin, White Pikmin do not appear in Pikmin 3's story mode, and only appear in the Mission-Mode.


Main article: Bulbmin

Bulbmin are a combination of a parasitic form of Pikmin and a juvenile Bulborb. They are immune to all Hazards (Fire, Water, Electricity, and Poison) thanks to the Bulborb's anatomy. Although they can carry objects and flower as normal Pikmin do, they are weak in battle and unable to leave the caves in which they are found. When Bulbmin die, so do the parasitic Pikmin.

A Bulbmin.

The actual appearance of the parasitic Pikmin alone is unknown, although judging by the white coloration of the flower, they may simply be parasitic anomalies of the original Pikmin.

It is recommended to use a Candypop Bud to make Bulbmin into another color of Pikmin before you exit a cave. Other than their hazard immunity, Bulbmin do not share any secondary traits with other species of Pikmin (increased jump height, speed, attack power, etc.).

Pikmin 2 pikpik carrot pikmin

Pikpik Carrot Pikmin

Pikpik Carrot Pikmin are glitches created when you give yourself the seventh number of Pikmin in Challenge Mode.

Introduced in Pikmin 3

Rock Pikmin

Main article: Rock Pikmin

Rock Pikmin are a species of Pikmin that take the form of small yet sturdy stones rather than plants, though the notable leaf on its head trait remains.

Three Rock Pikmin.

This Pikmin type is very sturdy, strong, and is not easily knocked around. When thrown, instead of latching on to the enemy, they bounce off (much like if you threw a rock at something). Their sturdiness allows them to be able to shatter glass and Crystal Nodules. These Pikmin are immune to blunt force, such as being crushed or stabbed.

While they may seem somewhat similar to Purple Pikmin, they do not have the strength to lift 10 times the amount a normal pikmin can and although a bit heavier than other types, are not as heavy as Purple Pikmin.

Winged Pikmin

Main article: Winged Pikmin

Winged Pikmin are pink in coloration and have large heads, lavender flowers, large blue compound eyes, and are capable of flight via wings on their backs.

Three Winged Pikmin.

Flying allows them to do things such as following the captains where most Pikmin types would not be able to, attacking airborne/tall creatures with ease, and even taking quicker, shorter routes while carrying spoils by carrying them in the air.

These Pikmin are always airborne and never set foot on the ground, unless when performing specific tasks such as pushing paper bags. They are weaker fighters than most Pikmin.

Render - Ice Pikmin

An Ice Pikmin

Introduced in Pikmin 4

Ice Pikmin

Main article: Ice Pikmin

Ice Pikmin, as seen in Pikmin 4, this type of Pikmin can freeze enemies. When enough ice pikmin make contact with a body of water, it will freeze, allowing the player character to traverse through it with ease. They are pale cyan with yellow flowers, but otherwise share a resemblance with Rock Pikmin. Ice Pikmin are first found in the Last-Frost Cavern.

Glow Pikmin

P4 Glow Pikmin

A Glow Pikmin

Main article: Glow Pikmin

Glow Pikmin are green with bioluminescent ghost-like bodies.

They are capable of flying, but only while attacking. They only come out at night, or caves and live in burrow-like mounds called Lumiknolls. Also, if the player has a large amount of Glow Pikmin, then they can form them into a glow-mob that can be used to temporarily daze enemies.

They are produced by bringing glow-pellets to their mounds, or using glow seeds.

Undiscovered species

Main article: Future Pikmin Species

Five pink Onions, four black, two light blue, an orange, a green, and a purple. They appear during the "happy" ending in Pikmin.

If the players gather every ship part in the first Pikmin game, they will see several different colored Onions in the ending cutscene. These include five Pink Onions, four Black/Grey Onions, two Cyan Onions, one Green Onion, one Orange Onion, and one Purple Onion. Although Purple Pikmin were discovered in Pikmin 2, they were introduced without an Onion, although they would later get an onion in Pikmin 4. The Rock and Winged Pikmin have an Onion in Pikmin 3, although this Onion is different from the ones seen in the cutscene. The Ice Pikmin have an Onion In Pikmin 4 similar to the Cyan Onions from the cutscene. A Green Onion is found in Pikmin 4's files, although it is unknown what Pikmin it was meant for. It is currently unknown whether the rest of these colors will appear in future games, or if the multi-colored Onions are just an Easter egg.

"Olimin", or "Pikmar", is the result of Olimar becoming a Pikmin in the bad ending of the first Pikmin game. Olimin is created after the Pikmin carry the unconscious body of Olimar back to the onion. Instead of just popping back down, the Onion absorbs the presumed dead body of Olimar into the onion and transforms him into a Pikmin. Olimin is not canon but it is referenced in Pikmin 3, because of one of the data files in the Forbidden Oak.

Bingo Battle

In Pikmin 3, Bingo Battle, the color of the Pikmin's leaf, bud, or flower will correspond with the player. (Player 1: Blue. Player 2:Pink.) Pikmin can also attack and even kill Pikmin from the other team or even captains, similar to Mushroom Pikmin. Also, when bringing a final item back to the Onion, they seem to chant either "Kop-pai" or "Hoc-tate" depending on their team.

Pikmin Extinction

Pikmin Extinction occurs when every single Pikmin, including those planted in the ground and stored in the Onions, is lost. The day ends immediately and the Onions each produce a single seed at the beginning of the following day. As a result, it's possible for Pikmin to be never extinct as long as their Onion survives.

In Pikmin, the following is Olimar's Journal entry on the first day that extinction occurs:

"The Pikmin have all perished because of my own carelessness. I am an utter disgrace as a leader... How can I continue to collect parts without them? Still the Onions join me in low orbit, as if this Pikmin extinction had never happened. I shan't sleep tonight..."

In Pikmin 2, an extinction of Purple or White Pikmin will not produce seeds, as neither colors have Onions.

In the Nintendo Land game "Pikmin Adventure," an extinction of Pikmin never happens, as the Pikmin will continuously regenerate themselves and fight by the player's side as if they didn't die.

In Pikmin 3, rather than the day immediately ending, an extinction simply prompts a cutscene to play of the Master Onion expelling another seed of whichever type of Pikmin was lost, giving the captains the rest of the day to grow more Pikmin and continue their mission the following day, however, in the mission mode for this game, Pikmin extinction results in a cutscene where a mass amount of Pikmin ghosts surround your player, who is now looking sad, and the text "Pikmin Extinction" is shown, ending that mission.


Idle Red Pikmin P1 artwork

An idle Red Pikmin

Pikmin following leaders are prone to stumbling every now and then, and will occasionally fall over completely, in all games but Pikmin 3. This happens much more frequently in Pikmin, and, further complicated by a mass of 100 Pikmin walking together, can sometimes pose a serious problem, reducing general maneuverability. In Pikmin 2, Pikmin trip much less frequently, but still stumble often if directed to switch positions suddenly. During a retreat from a beast, a Pikmin that trips is likely to be eaten or squashed by the creature; this is especially aggravating during no death runs. Sometimes, it may be hard to notice if a Pikmin trips, leading to lone Pikmin becoming separated from the group.

Pikmin can be seen interacting with each other when idle. These actions include grooming each other, communicating in high pitched whimpers, dancing, waving, crouching, and playing abstract games. In Pikmin 2, if 20 of each color Pikmin is called into one group, they will hum a portion of the song Ai no Uta. This suggests that they have a highly developed and friendly social structure. In Pikmin 3, they will occasionally hum the music that plays during the opening of the game. Pikmin will also watch captains move around when stationary, indicating that they are very curious creatures, and can be seen to mimic the idle motions of those leaders. All idle Pikmin have a natural tendency to perform nearby tasks, such as Blue Pikmin running into the water to save drowning Pikmin, even if there are enemies or hazards about.

Crossover appearances

Mario franchise

Pikmin have made some of their earlier appearances in the Mario franchise.

In Luigi's Mansion, Pikmin appear indirectly, being part of the Pikmin trailer that can be accessed from the options menu.

Pikmin Toadstool Tour screenshot

Pikmin flying out of flowers in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, if a golf ball lands into a patch of flowers, Red, Blue, and Yellow Pikmin are seen flying out.

In Super Mario Maker, Pikmin are one of the unlockable Costume Mario outfits in the Super Mario Bros. game style. The sprite depicts a Red, a Blue, and a Yellow Pikmin all together. The player can unlock the outfit either by scanning any Pikmin amiibo or by clearing the 100 Mario Challenge on the Easy setting or harder. As is the case with several other costumes, the Pikmin costume replaces some of the sound effects: whenever the Pikmin lose a life, their own death cries are heard, and the fanfare for completing a level is replaced with a tune in Pikmin 3 that plays when obtaining an important item in Pikmin 3. Pressing Up on the D-Pad causes the red and blue Pikmin to mature into flowers.

There are two Mario games where Pikmin would have made minor appearances, but were removed during development. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, some Pikmin and Olimar were planned to appear in a cutscene at the Starbeans Cafe. Unused dialogue shows that Olimar would have sent his Pikmin to attack Luigi, mistaking him for being a large monster. Pikmin were somehow planned to cameo in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but this was ultimately rejected by Shigeru Miyamoto, due to the significant size difference between Pikmin and Mario's surroundings.[1]

Super Smash Bros. series

A large group of Red, Blue, and Yellow Pikmin are featured in the Pikmin trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. This is the only collectible item in the Super Smash Bros. series to feature a group of Pikmin, since the stickers and trophies in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and the spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pertain to the individual Pikmin types.

Pikmin have been a part of Olimar's moveset since he first appeared as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as well as Alph since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Olimar's and Alph's moves rely almost entirely on the use of Pikmin to attack, and they can have Pikmin follow them by plucking them from the ground. Up to six Pikmin can be out on the field at one time in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and three in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Pikmin can easily scatter around the stage, and can also be defeated like any other character. Each Pikmin has its own ability, similarly to their counterparts in the Pikmin series:

  • Red Pikmin are average in power and have immunity to fire-damaging moves. They deal fire damage.
  • Yellow Pikmin are weaker but fly in an arc. They also have electric-type immunity, and deal electric damage.
  • Blue Pikmin are able to swim. They are also a bit more powerful than others. They have no invulnerabilities and do not inflict elemental damage.
  • Purple Pikmin are the heaviest Pikmin, deal the most damage, and are the most health, but cannot cling to enemies when thrown.
  • White Pikmin are the weakest variant of Olimar's arsenal, but can deal Dark-type damage. They are best used for grabs and pumme

The moves Pikmin Throw, Pikmin Chain, and Pikmin Order can all be used when Pikmin are on the field. Pikmin Chain appears only in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and when using the move, several Pikmin grab together for Olimar to hold on to. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, this was replaced with two Winged Pikmin carrying Olimar and Alph to safety, and the speed of their flight is relative to how many Pikmin are following Olimar or Alph.


Pikmin Trophy SSBM

The Pikmin trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee

The 'Pikmin' trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee reads as follows:

"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."

WarioWare series

Pikmin appear in the Pikmin 2 microgame of WarioWare: Smooth Moves, their first appearance in the WarioWare series. Unusually, the player takes the role of Empress Bulblax, who has to squish all the Pikmin before the timer runs out. In Level 1, Empress Bulblax has to roll over sixteen Pikmin. In Level 2, she has to roll over a large Pikmin, which has the ability to jump. In Level 3, there are sixteen Pikmin, like in level 1, but eight are on the left and right sides of Empress Bulblax, each.

Pikmin appear in the Pikmin microgame of WarioWare: D.I.Y., a microgame that does not appear in Japanese versions. The goal is simply for Olimar to throw a Red Pikmin on a rock with nectar. If the timer expires or if the Pikmin is thrown into the water, the player loses.

In WarioWare Gold, Pikmin appear in the same Pikmin 2 microgame from WarioWare: Smooth Moves. Just as before, every Pikmin has to be rolled over by Empress Bulblax for the player to win. Unlike the original microgame, Levels 1 and 2 instead have six Pikmin and twelve Pikmin, respectively.

Pikmin appear only in the background of the Pikmin 2 microgame in WarioWare: Get It Together!

Pikmin are the focus of yet another Pikmin 2 microgame in WarioWare: Move It!, where the object is to pluck Pikmin from the ground by lifting the Joy-Cons. Higher difficulties require that more Pikmin be plucked.

Nintendo 3DS system software

One of the six AR Cards included with the Nintendo 3DS is of Pikmin, depicting clay artwork of a Red, a Blue, and a Yellow Pikmin from Pikmin 2.

One of the first puzzles in Puzzle Swap mode of StreetPass Mii Plaza, since the Nintendo 3DS's first launch, was of a Red, a Blue, and a Yellow Pikmin, which could be seen standing between several plants.

Nintendo Land

Pikmin appear in the Nintendo Land minigame, Pikmin Adventure. The Pikmin available include Blue, Red, Yellow, and White (in this order, depending on the number of players). It is also theorized that the three seed power-ups (the Hammer seed, Knuckle seed, and Whip seed) are supposed to represent the Purple, Rock and Winged Pikmin respectively. In a level of "Pikmin Adventure," you can see some lavender flowers, like the flowers from the Winged and Rock Pikmin.

Play Nintendo description

"When it comes to walking vegetation, there is definitely strength in numbers.

Space travelers take note: Pikmin are plant-like creatures that have different colors and abilities. Want to collect spaceship parts, battle enemies, or break down walls? Just toss over some Pikmin!"


Main article: Pikmin family/Gallery


  • Winged Pikmin have dark stripes on their bodies which make them resemble bees. This color pattern makes their bodies non-monochromatic, a trait uncommon in most Pikmin types. White Pikmin also seem to have this trait to a certain extent, as they exhibit a purplish tint on their hands and feet.
  • Originally, Red Pikmin and Blue Pikmin were able to hold Bomb-Rocks along with the Yellow Pikmin. They eventually scrapped the idea (most likely due to Yellow Pikmin not having use of their high throw ability often), however, it resurfaces in the third game, as well as in the 3DS title Hey! Pikmin.
  • In Pikmin, electrical hazards were supposed to be there and Yellow Pikmin were supposed to be immune to them. They scrapped the idea but brought it back in Pikmin 2.
  • The first five members of the Pikmin family (from Pikmin to Pikmin 2, not including Mushroom Pikmin or Bulbmin) appear in the Wii to Wii U data transfer app, in which they carry the software from the Wii SD card to the Wii U console.
  • Pikmin resemble a legend about the mandrake plant, a plant whose roots can sometimes resemble a human body. The legend says that if you uproot a mandrake plant, it will be your servant. However, it is also said that if picked, it will emit a scream powerful enough to kill its picker, so it was recommended to form a strategy for picking it, like digging it out slightly and tying it to a dog and walking away so the dog will follow and uproot the plant, losing the dog in the process.
  • Unlike most Pikmin types, the Pikmin that debut in Pikmin 3 do not have names that reflect their colors.
  • Although Winged Pikmin are always in flight, they can still be thrown by the captains.
  • The three original types of Pikmin have one immunity and one extra quality or ability in Pikmin 2.
  • The 5 main varieties of Pikmin in Pikmin 2 seem to represent the 5 classical senses:
  • In addition to this, The Pikmin featured in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3 seem to correspond with the Elements of Nature:
    • Blue: Water
    • Purple: Metal
    • Red: Fire
    • Rock: Earth
    • White: Wood
    • Winged: Air
    • Yellow: Lightning
  • In Pikmin 3, Rock, Winged and Yellow Pikmin have their own voice, different from the other types of Pikmin.
  • Despite their flowers being lavender in game, the flowers of winged, and rock pikmin are blue in some of the concept art.
  • In Bingo Battle or Dandori Battle, the Pikmin's leaf changes to cyan or magenta depending on its team.
  • In the beta for Pikmin, the Pikmin themselves were originally planned to be the same color, with different heights instead.
  • In Pikmin, if left idle for awhile, your Pikmin will start to wave their stems towards your direction as if praising you.
  • In Pikmin 2, the Purple and White Pikmin have unique voices only for their discovery cutscenes. However, their voices are the same as the other Pikmin types throughout the rest of the game.
    • In the Pikmin Short Movies, while White Pikmin still sound like the other Pikmin types, the Purple Pikmin's voice sounds deeper, like how they sounded in their discovery animation in Pikmin 2.
  • The number of Pikmin deaths is counted in each series and displayed after the ending.
  • In Pikmin 2, if you gather 20 of each Pikmin species, you will get an Easter egg in which the Pikmin sing a song "Ai no Uta" which was created by the group Strawberry Flower.

See also


Pikmin species
Red PikminYellow PikminBlue PikminPurple PikminWhite PikminRock PikminWinged PikminIce PikminGlow PikminMushroom PikminBulbminPikpik Carrot Pikmin