Blue Pikmin, as their name implies, are a blue species of Pikmin that reside on PNF-404. Besides coloration, these Pikmin are distinguishable from other Pikmin species by their mouths, a trait seen in no other Pikmin species. These mouths are used to take in water, which filters oxygen through the gills located on their cheeks. This gives them the astonishing ability to live their lives completely underwater. Producing more Blue Pikmin can be easily done by dragging nutrients or animal carcasses to the Onion or by throwing other species into a Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud.
Only the Blue Pikmin, Bulbmin, and Winged Pikmin are able to safely traverse watery areas; any other color will simply flail around in panic before drowning. While in water, the Blue Pikmin behave almost the same as they do on land. If they are idle and see a nearby Pikmin drowning in water, they will quickly run to them, pick them up, and throw them to shore. This action is often called the "Lifeguard Ablility." However, they will not rescue Pikmin if they are a certain distance away, so they can't always be relied on. This feature was removed in Pikmin 3.
Blue Pikmin seem to be the most balanced Pikmin species; they have good attack power, durability, mobility and throw distance. As of Pikmin 3, Blue Pikmin can swim in schools to swarm aquatic enemies, which makes fighting enemies such as Water Dumples and Puckering Blinnows much easier. It should be noted, however, that blue Pikmin are more likely to be eaten over other Pikmin types in Pikmin 2 only. The reasoning behind this is unknown. Blue Pikmin have very little utility outside of water, as most enemies that pose water hazards can easily be defeated without Blues.
Blue Pikmin are usually the last species of Pikmin encountered by the player. In Pikmin, Olimar finds the dormant blue Onion in The Forest Navel, which prove to be a big help in the aquatic area, The Distant Spring. Their Onion is found near the massive stump holding the Automatic Gear, and is located inside a small pond.
In Pikmin 2, 5 blue Pikmin are found in the Awakening Wood. This is first hinted at when the Onion stops spitting out seeds, but there are only a reported 95 out 100 Pikmin on the field. They are found chasing a few Wogpoles beyond an Electric Fence guarded by a Cloaking Burrow-Nit. To obtain them, Olimar and Louie break down the gate with the Yellow Pikmin, and proceed to take them under their command.
In Pikmin 3, the blue Onion is found in the Garden of Hope, but can only be found after Louie has absconded from the Koppaites. The explorers chase after him, but instead finds an Onion trapped under a Flukeweed. From this, the blue Onion is found, and the explorers find the blue Pikmin, which prove to be essential in finding Louie.
In Super Smash Bros. series
Blue Pikmin appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as kinds of Pikmin that Olimar can pull from the ground via Pikmin Pluck, his standard special move. They are the only Pikmin that don't drown in the water, are more durable than other types of Pikmin (besides purple Pikmin), and withstand water moves like Mario's F.L.U.D.D., or Squirtle's water gun. Olimar is most likely to pull up a blue Pikmin if he is on a water-based surface, such as a cloud or ice. Blue Pikmin have the second most health of all Pikmin in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, outclassed by purple Pikmin. They return in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U as well, fighting alongside Olimar and Alph. They retain most of their properties from Brawl and have very slight and negligible changes. A trophy appears in this version as well.
"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."
"This blue Pikmin walks around with its mouth ajar. At home in the water, they're very helpful when objects are submerged and need retrieving. In Smash Bros., blue Pikmin have defense second only to purple Pikmin. They are also able to do more damage when thrown, so don't be shy about hurling them at foes."
|Brawl Trophy.||Smash 3DS Trophy.|
Olimar's Voyage Log
"Deep in the cave I discovered in the forest, I encountered blue Pikmin. These blue fellows have something resembling gills on their cheeks, and they appear to be amphibious, surviving both in water and on land. The wonders of nature never cease to stun me, even in this alien land!"
Artwork of a Blue Pikmin being plucked by Captain Olimar.
A Blue Pikmin and a Yellow Pikmin carrying a raspberry.
Pikmin 3 concept art depicting a Blue Pikmin riding atop an Iridescent Flint Beetle.
Names in other languages
|Portuguese (Portugal)||Pikmin Azul||Blue "Pikmin"||Translation taken from the Pikmin instruction manual.|
|Red Pikmin | Yellow Pikmin | Blue Pikmin | Purple Pikmin | White Pikmin | Rock Pikmin | Winged Pikmin | Bulbmin | Mushroom Pikmin | Olimar as Pikmin|