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Only they and Bulbmin are able to safely traverse watery areas (although Winged Pikmin can fly over it); any other type will only flail around in panic before drowning. They are able to perform any action in water that they can on land. If they are idle and see a nearby fellow Pikmin drowning in water, they will quickly run to them, pick them up, and throw them to shore.
Blue Pikmin are the last type of Pikmin discovered in all the games. In Pikmin, their Onion is found in the Forest Navel, and in Pikmin 2, 5 blues can be found near their Onion in Awakening Wood by the use of Yellow Pikmin. Yellow Pikmin are required to break down the electric fence: by throwing them up onto the ledge, then going around through the water. There is a Cloaking Burrow-nit buried there that must be defeated. In Pikmin 3, Blue Pikmin are discovered in a new area of the Garden of Hope, after Louie steals all the player's juice and escapes from the S.S. Drake. The Onion is initially buried, and Winged Pikmin are needed to pull it out of the ground. Blue Pikmin seem to be well-balanced in strength, mobility, and throw. They are often considered the most vital Pikmin, especially in the first game, because they can go in water, which takes up a large amount of the terrain.
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!"
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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.
Brawl Trophy Description
"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."
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|