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Red Pikmin (Pikminidae rubrus) are one of the most common Pikmin varieties, and they appear in every game of the Pikmin series. Red Pikmin are always encountered on the first day, and are nearly always the first type encountered. Red Pikmin first appear in Pikmin game, along with Blue Pikmin and Yellow Pikmin.

Aside from their color, Red Pikmin can be differentiated from other Pikmin types namely from their pointed noise and an immunity to fire, the latter making them useful for fighting Fiery Bulblaxes and Fiery Blowhogs and surpassing fiery obstacles.

In order to increase the number of Red Pikmin, a Captain can order Pikmin to carry dead creatures or Pellets into the Red Pikmin's corresponding Red Onion. However, enough Red Pikmin have to be present while carrying the objects, since they prioritize carrying objects to their own Onion, unlike the other Pikmin colors, which prioritize carrying objects into their corresponding Onions. There is sometimes an opportunity to throw other Pikmin types into a Crimson Candypop Bud to convert them into a few Red Pikmin seeds.

Mainline appearances[]


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A short scene from when the first Red Pikmin is discovered in Pikmin

In the first Pikmin game, Red Pikmin are the first type encountered by Olimar, on day one at The Impact Site. This occurs after Olimar instinctively pulls out a Red Pikmin sprout from the ground, after it grew from a seed released into the ground from the Red Onion. The first day serves as a tutorial for Olimar, especially regarding the use and assistance of the Red Pikmin. Olimar needs to have enough Red Pikmin produced so that they can push forward a cardboard box obstructing the path. Lastly, the Red Pikmin have to carry the Main Engine into the S.S. Dolphin so that it can take off at sunset, marking the end of the day.

Starting from The Forest of Hope, Red Pikmin have to sometimes begin cooperating with Yellow Pikmin, when Olimar discovers them there, as well as Blue Pikmin, when discovering them in The Forest Navel. Of the three Pikmin types, Red Pikmin have the most attack strength because of their thorn-like pointed noses.

Pikmin 2[]

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Clay artwork of a Red Pikmin from Pikmin 2

Like in the first Pikmin, Red Pikmin in Pikmin 2 are the first type of Pikmin discovered, and on the first day. Red Pikmin are first encountered in the Valley of Repose, where Olimar immediately finds five Red Pikmin fighting a Dwarf Red Bulborb. However, the corresponding Red Onion is closer to Louie's landing spot.

Red Pikmin are the only type that can effectively destroy a fire geyser without the risk of being defeated from the stream of fire.

Purple Pikmin are the only type stronger than Red Pikmin. However, in 2-Player Battle, Red Pikmin do not have their high strength ability, otherwise the Blue Pikmin utilized by player 2 would consistently be at a disadvantage against them.

Pikmin 3[]

In Pikmin 3, Alph first discovers three Red Pikmin trying to free the Red Onion from a tree branch.

Red Pikmin were given the ability to break down dirt walls faster than other Pikmin, due to having a higher attack power. A Red Pikmin is naturally stronger than a Rock Pikmin, but if a Rock Pikmin is thrown at a target, it deals more damage. 

Pikmin 4[]

In Pikmin 4, many Red Pikmin following Olimar can be seen at the beginning of the game exploring Hero's Hideaway. A Red Pikmin seed is first ejected from the Red Onion when it is found in an area that will become the future Rescue Command Post.

Crossover appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. series[]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, many Red Pikmin, along with the Blue and Yellow types, cameo in a trophy for Pikmin in general. One Red Pikmin can also be seen in Olimar's trophy, standing to his right.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

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An official screenshot of a Red Pikmin in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Red Pikmin are one of the Pikmin that Olimar can pull from the ground from using Pikmin Pluck in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Red Pikmin, like in the Super Smash Bros. games, deal a high amount of damage (in Brawl, Purple Pikmin have higher knockback, but, with certain attacks, do less damage to foes than Red Pikmin). Also, Red Pikmin have fiery properties to deal more damage and are immune to fire attacks such as Bowser's, Charizard's Fire Breath, or Mario's Fireballs.

Red Pikmin also have their own trophy and sticker, the latter depicting one of the Red Pikmin clay artworks for Pikmin 2. A Red Pikmin can be seen in a different trophy of Olimar, in which it is being commanded by him.

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

Red Pikmin return as a part of Olimar's moveset in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and are now also a part of Alph's. Both games have a trophy of a Red Pikmin sitting on a Sunseed Berry.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, aside from a Red Pikmin appearing in Olimar and Alph's moveset, one also appears in the form of a spirit. Its rating is advanced, and its effects are Lava-Floor Resist, referencing how Red Pikmin are resistant to fire.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[]

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Red Pikmin, along with Blue and Yellow Pikmin, can be seen flying out of a flower patch if a golf ball lands in it.

Nintendo 3DS system software[]


The Red Pikmin hat being worn in StreetPass Plaza

In StreetPass Plaza for the Nintendo 3DS, a Red Pikmin is one of the unlockable items in Find Mii.

One of the first puzzles in Puzzle Swap is of a Red Pikmin standing with a Blue and a Yellow Pikmin between a group of plants.


Super Smash Bros. series[]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[]

Image Title Appears in How to unlock
Red Pikmin SSBB trophy Red Pikmin GCN Pikmin
GCN Pikmin 2
Clear Event 14: Sproutrage of the Flower Pikmin
NTSC: 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.

PAL: A type of Pikmin, which are odd beings that 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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary

Red Pikmin SSBBRRedPikmin Pikmin 2 [Flame]+ 6

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

3DS image Wii U image Title Category Appears in* Trophy Box* How to unlock
Red Pikmin trophy SSB3DS Red Pikmin trophy SSBWU Red Pikmin Fighter GCN Pikmin (12/2001)
GCN Pikmin 2 (08/2004)
60: Pikmin Random drop
NTSC: This Pikmin has a red body and a long, pointy nose. It was the first type of Pikmin Olimar ever met. In Smash Bros., they have the second highest attack power among the Pikmin. Like their fiery color suggests, they can attack with flames and withstand them.

PAL: Telling Red Pikmin apart from the other Pikmin is easy: these ones have long, pointy noses. Also, they're red. They're the very first kind of Pikmin Olimar finds on their planet, and their high attack power makes them very useful. In this game, they can deal powerful attacks, and they're very resistant to fire damage.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[]

General information
# Name Image Series / game Type Slots Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain
803 Red Pikmin SSBU Red Pikmin spirit Pikmin Series Support 1 Advanced Lava-Floor Resist World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board; amiibo
Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Tiny Incineroar ×12 Hazard: Zap Floor
  • The floor is electrified
  • Stamina battle
  • The enemy favors neutral air attacks
Garden of Hope (Battlefield) Main Theme - Pikmin (original)

Play Nintendo[]

"These fire-proof fighters can take down a foe in nothing flat!"

All the Pikmin will probably work hard for you, but will they work through fire for you? Probably. But you should use the red guys for that job-so that no one gets hurt. These guys are fire Pikmin."


  • In the Pikmin beta, Red Pikmin, along with all other types of Pikmin at the time, were able to carry Bomb Rocks.
  • In Pikmin 2 if you have 20 of each type of Pikmin with you their individual squeaking noises combine into a coherent and recognizable Ai No Uta.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, one of the goddess statues resembles a Red Pikmin.


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