Bulbmin

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Bulbmin Piklopedia icon.
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Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Parasiticus pikminicus
Family Pikmin
Areas None
Caves Frontier Cavern, Submerged Castle, Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode levels Green Hole, Hidden Garden
2-Player Battle levels None
Attacks Eats Pikmin

Bulbmin (adults: ハチャッピー?, lit.: "Leaf Chappy"; juvenile: コッパチャッピー?) are a parasitic species of Pikmin found in Pikmin 2. These Pikmin infect Bulborbs and take control of them, but it is hinted by Olimar that they can take on other hosts as well. Physically, they resemble Red Bulborbs, except with a Pikmin stem and leaf (or bud or flower) atop their back. 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, and can be dealt with similarly by using sprays or Purple Pikmin. The cave with the greatest number of Bulbmin is the Submerged Castle.

Mature Bulbmin, acting as a leader, can be followed by 10 or fewer juvenile Bulbmin. These wild juveniles can be used like normal Pikmin by the Hocotatian leaders, and each count towards the 100 Pikmin limit; exactly how many there are when entering the sublevel depends on the number of available Pikmin slots the player had prior, up to a limit of 10 juveniles per mature Bulbmin. The mature Bulbmin acts like a Bulborb, in that it will pursue and eat Olimar's Pikmin. After defeating it, the smaller ones go into a panic. They are not dangerous, but whistling at them will instantly bring them into line under the leader's command, and they become part of his Pikmin swarm. This addition is not permanent though, as Bulbmin stay behind whenever the party leaves the cave.

As Pikmin[edit]

Bulbmin (juvenile)
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Resistance Fire, electricity, water and poison
Attack Average (10)
Mobility Average
Throw Average
Digging speed Average (~1.0× the norm)
Carrying capacity 1

As Pikmin that the player's leaders can use, the Bulbmin are identical to other Pikmin types, but look like Bulborbs and sound different. They have average capabilities in terms of mobility and strength, but are immune to all elemental hazards (fire, electricity, water, and poison). As beneficial as their abilities may seem, they cannot leave the caves with the group, for an unknown reason. Instead, they stay behind and watch the leader and fellow Pikmin leave. Because of this, they will not count towards the overall Pikmin count, although any deaths do count towards the lost Pikmin total. Them being left behind when a cave is exited does not count as a death, however. This makes them ideal for use in Candypop Buds.

There is no information regarding what Bulbmin inside Bulborbs actually look like. It is possible that they are green, since they appear as green dots on the radar, and since their leaves glow green when idle, that they themselves are green. Although they may also be orange, given the color of their stem, as well as the color of the conical aiming cursor when a Bulbmin is in hand, and the color of the trail they produce when thrown.

The only way that Bulbmin can be killed before ever being whistled is if they are crushed, or they fall over the side of a level into the abyss when shaken by an enemy attack or explosion or other sufficient force.

Stats[edit]

Weight Max.
carriers
Seeds Value Health Regen.
7 14 10[note 1] Poko icon.png × 3 300 No
  1. This enemy cannot be delivered to Onions in-game. This information is obtained from the game files.

Notes

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.

Ship's dialogs

The confused bulborb has fallen in 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.

Strategy[edit]

Pikmin[edit]

To ensure a low Pikmin loss, if not zero, 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 any of the Pikmin it manages to swallow do. Also if it is attacked by other bulbmin it will hesitate slightly before attacking allowing more time to deal damage.

As extra precautions or for an easier fight, use Purple Pikmin or an ultra-bitter spray if it captures any Pikmin.

Leaders[edit]

Approach the Bulbmin like a roaming Bulbear, attacking it from behind and avoiding its bite. Although its health is significantly lower than a Bulbear's, it can still take a substantial amount of time to kill without the Rocket Fist powerup.

Technical information[edit]

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 50mm, as per the e-card
  • Piklopedia number: #12

Naming[edit]

The word "Bulbmin" is a combination of "Bulborb" and "Pikmin". In Japan, the mature Bulbmin is called ハチャッピー?, which means "Leaf Chappy"; "leaf" is because of the leaf (or bud or flower) coming out of their backs, and Chappy is the Japanese name for Bulborb. The juvenile Bulbmin is called コッパチャッピー?. Their scientific name is parasiticus pikminicus, which is a combination of parasiticus, Latin for "parasitic", given that the Bulbmin itself is a parasitic life-form, and pikminicus, like "Pikmin". Internally, they're known as leafchappy, which is the translation of their Japanese name.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハチャッピー; コッパチャッピー?
Ha Chappī; Koppa Chappī
Leaf Chappy; Koppa Chappy
French Bulbikmin From "Bulborb" and "Pikmin"
German Punktmin Dotmin; combination of Punktkäfer ("Dot Beetle", the Bulborbs' German name) and Pikmin.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

The three stages of Bulbmin sprouts in the ground.
  • The only place where Bulbmin can be buried – and hence, 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.
  • If the game is altered such that it allows Bulbmin on the surface, they will take refuge in the ship's storage when the day ends, just like Purple Pikmin and White Pikmin. They will still count towards Olimar's Pikmin count, but they cannot be taken out of the ship the next morning.
  • Although immune to poison, the adult Bulbmin will take a fair amount of damage if having eaten a White Pikmin.
  • Unlike Blue Pikmin, Bulbmin do not rescue drowning Pikmin.
  • Strangely, it seems that the only Bulborb that the Bulbmin tends to take hostage is the Red Bulborb, even when it would make more sense to take control of a Hairy Bulborb on cold caves.
  • Bulbmin are the only Pikmin that were created before but did not appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • The creature's scientific name, parasiticus pikminicus, means "Parasite Pikmin".
  • A Bulbmin appears on the New Play Control! Pikmin 2 Channel Screen.
  • 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. This is more of a useful tip, since the mature Bulbmin can die from it, and the young will remain fine.
  • When juvenille 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, as well.
  • Bulbmin make different noises than other Pikmin. White Pikmin do however make some metallic noises when discovered, but not anywhere else.
  • They, along with Breadbugs can be cannibals, as the adult Bulbmin will eat juvenile Bulbmin following a leader.
  • Young Bulbmin are technically the last type of friendly Pikmin normally discovered in Pikmin 2, making it the only game in the series so far where Blue Pikmin are not the last.
  • Via hacking, Bulbmin can be placed outside of a cave and onto the field. Their carrying behavior is the same as their Purple and White relatives; they will take a fallen foe/Pellet into a Onion chosen at random since Bulbmin have no Onion of their own and will tote any other objects, like berries, to their correct location. It also is irrelevant if they are outside, Bulbmin are still immune to all hazards.

See also[edit]


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