Olimar's monologues in Pikmin

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When playing Pikmin, the player can discover information about the gameplay by reading Olimar's monologues. The following are quotes from said monologues. Underscores ("_") represent a number that is not constant.

Internally, they're inside dataDir\screen\eng_blo. The files' names start with "auf_" for when a ship part is added to the ship, "ufo_" for when a ship part is found, and "tu_tx" for everything else.

Day 1[edit]

These speeches are all present in day one.

Introduction[edit]

"My name is Captain Olimar. While traveling through space, my ship was struck by a meteor... I must have blacked out, and I awoke on the surface of a weird planet. With so many parts lost, the skeletal hull of my beloved Dolphin is a painful sight. The engine is gone... I'm stranded.

To make matters worse, my atmospheric sensors indicate this planet's environment contains high levels of poisonous oxygen. My life-support systems can function for only 30 days. If I can't repair the Dolphin by then... No! Better not to think about it. I must find the missing ship parts!"

Red Onion[edit]

"A strange thing has appeared before me. I had barely begun my search when it reared up as if it were waiting for me. It then dropped a single seed. What is it? Is it alive? Is it a machine? It resembles a vegetable on my home planet that we call an onion. I shall call this an Onion too."

Red sprout[edit]

"The seed that the Onion dropped took root in the soil and has now produced an adorable little sprout. This sprout emits a strange light, and it sways back and forth without benefit of the wind. I cannot help but think it is calling to me. I am compelled - I must approach it and press A..."

Red sprout review[edit]

When Olimar stands a long time without plucking the Pikmin.

"The seed that the Onion dropped has turned into an enchanting sprout that gives a mysterious light. Could there be a reason to the Onion waited for me to arrive before sowing its seed? Perhaps something will happen if I approach the bud and press A. Courage, Olimar!"

Red Pikmin[edit]

"Extraordinary! When I plucked the sprout, it turned out to be a living creature, not a plant! Picking it has done no visible damage... It just stands there, staring at me. Its shape is similar to the Pikpik brand carrots I love so much... I believe I shall call it a Pikmin.

Here I am, stranded on a toxic planet, fighting to survive, and yet I'm intrigued... I must research this fascinating creature! I shall try to grab it and throw it with A, and I will call it to my side with B. Hmmm... Perhaps it will react to C and X as well.

The following controls appear to allow me several viewpoints:

L Rotate Camera
(Hold to follow the cursor)
R Zoom In and Out
Z Change Angle

I must survive! I need to familiarize myself with these controls and my surroundings."

Due to the different controls in the New Play Control! version, the monologue was slightly changed :

"Extraordinary! When I plucked the sprout, it turned out to be a living creature, not a plant! Picking it has done no visible damage... It just stands there, staring at me. Its shape is similar to the Pikpik brand carrots I love so much... I believe I shall call it a Pikmin.

Here I am, stranded on a toxic planet, fighting to survive, and yet I'm intrigued... I must research this fascinating creature! I shall try to grab it with A then throw it in the direction I point. And I will call it to my side with B. Hmmm... Perhaps it will react to C and pressing down on Wiimote Dpad down.png while pointing as well.

The following controls appear to allow me several viewpoints:

Z Rotate Camera
(behind Olimar)
Wiimote Dpad leftright.png (Left and Right) Zoom
Wiimote Dpad up.png (Up) Change Angle

I must survive! I need to familiarize myself with these controls and my surroundings."

Controls review[edit]

When Olimar hasn't assigned the Pikmin to the pellets yet.

"What does this Pikmin think of me? I must observe its reactions - the more things I try, the more reactions I can catalogue. I shall attempt to grab and throw it with A and call it to my side with B. Perhaps it will also respond to C and X..."

New Play Control! version :

When Olimar hasn't assigned the Pikmin to the pellets yet.

"What does this Pikmin think of me? I must observe its reactions - the more things I try, the more reactions I can catalogue. I shall attempt to grab and throw it with A and call it to my side with B. Perhaps it will react to C and pressing down on Wiimote Dpad down.png while pointing as well."

Pellets[edit]

"Astonishing! The Onion has sown more seeds! The small red pellet the Pikmin harvested after cutting down a flower appears to be some type of food that can propagate more Pikmin. The Onion seems to be a sort of incubator... Needless to say, I must study this life-form more."

New Play Control! version :

"Astonishing! The Onion has sown more seeds! The small red pellet the Pikmin harvested after cutting down a flower appears to be some type of food that can propagate more Pikmin. The Onion seems to be a sort of incubator... Needless to say, I must study this strange life-form more."

Cooperation[edit]

"The Pikmin are as curious as children! They form groups to perform tasks that would be impossible for an individual. A glimmer of hope as begun to shine in my heart - if I can make use of their skills, perhaps I can fix my ship! I shall sum up all I've learned about the Pikmin conduct.

Approach and press A to pick sprouts. Press A to grab Pikmin, release to throw. Press B to call them, X to dismiss. Use C to command and control the group. L, R and Z control perspective. I shall record all of this in my computer. I can press Y to access the computer."

New Play Control! version :

"The Pikmin are as curious as children! They form groups to perform tasks that would be impossible for an individual. A glimmer of hope as begun to shine in my heart - if I can make use of their skills, perhaps I can fix my ship! I shall sum up all I've learned about the Pikmin conduct.

Approach and press A to pick sprouts. Press A to grab Pikmin, release to throw. Press B to call them, C to dismiss. Press down on Wiimote Dpad down.png and point to command and control the group. Use Z and up and left and right on Wiimote Dpad.png to control perspective. I shall record this in my computer and access it with +.

Quick plucking/idle Pikmin[edit]

"'When many Pikmin seeds sprout at once, I find it rather tedious to pluck them from the ground individually. My wife always told me I was no good at routine tasks! I guess I'll try to get it all done at once by repeatedly tapping A until I pick all the Pikmin from the ground.

I've noticed that when I add Pikmin to my group, they become filled with excitement, and flushed with bright color. At other times, they revert to a paler hue and give off a dim glow. Paying close attention to these differences is bound to help me distinguish between Pikmin."

Found the engine[edit]

"Amazing! There's no mistaking it! My ship's engine rests before my very eyes! By a stroke of pure luck, I have already stumbled upon the most important piece of my damaged craft! Fate has smiled upon me! But... How will I get it back to the Dolphin?"

Recovered the engine[edit]

"Oh, glorious! With the help of these Pikmin, I've taken a huge step back towards home. My ship can once again lift off! The glimmer of hope is beginning to burn more brightly... But what has become of the remaining parts? That search...starts tomorrow."

Ship status[edit]

Note: The game is programmed to check if Olimar has more than 1 part, in which case it'll write "parts" instead of "part". However, this message only appears on the first day, so the check is unused. In the first day, the only way to check the ship is when it has 0 parts. After collecting the Main Engine, the day automatically ends, and the player can never check the ship again; hence, the game can never write "part", only "parts". Also, in the following days, a similar monologue is uttered instead.

"I have recovered _/30 ship parts. Just 1 more part will increase the Dolphin's capabilities!"

Ship parts[edit]

For each ship part, there are two monologues: one when the part is first encountered, and the second when it is returned to the S.S. Dolphin. The second monologue is also triggered if, after the part is first encountered, the player presses A in front of it.

#1 Ionium Jet[edit]

I've found my #1 Ionium Jet!

Unfortunately, this puts out a slightly odoriferous exhaust, but it does propel me to escape velocity in an instant. The stench is a small price to pay for such performance!


If this is damaged, I'll be in dire straits. I will have to run a system check as soon as I can.

#2 Ionium Jet[edit]

I've found my #2 Ionium Jet!

It's easy on the eyes, and its fuel efficiency is easy on the budget.


The ads for these jets boast that "with excellent mileage that's easy on the family budget, this jet will keep your wife smiling and propel you to a happy home life!"

Analog Computer[edit]

I've found my Analog Computer!

This computer conveys the kind of vague data that falls outside the range of ones and zeros. Actually, to be honest, it's a little bit too vague, so it isn't very helpful.


This strengthens the outward emotions of the Dolphin's computer. While it does make the computer smart, it also makes it quick to anger. It's just like my boss.

Anti-Dioxin Filter[edit]

It's the Anti-Dioxin Filter!

This fits over the rocket's exhaust port and filters out all disease-causing agents from the ship's exhaust. That means I'll be able to move around without polluting the planet's atmosphere! I feel worlds better!


The laws of deep space require all ships to eliminate all pollutants.

Automatic Gear[edit]

I've found the Automatic Gear!

This thing chugs right along at its own pace. It makes piloting much easier, giving me time to concentrate on the finer points of space travel.


It has thin cracks running through it. I tried to fill them with dirt... I hope it will be all right.

Bowsprit[edit]

I've discovered the Bowsprit!

With this piece installed, my ship should regain some of its sleek shape.


The so-called face of the Dolphin. In point of fact, I designed it.

Chronos Reactor[edit]

I've found my Chronos Reactor!

Using strange new technology, this machine is able to warp the space-time continuum and turn it into energy. I am constantly amazed at how many mysteries are locked inside the parts of my ship...


This reactor changes permutations in the space-time continuum into pure energy... Basically, it's like a big rubber band.

Eternal Fuel Dynamo[edit]

Why, it's the Eternal Fuel Dynamo!

It has an unlimited energy supply! I won't have to worry about saving electricity anymore! This will make my fight for survival a bit easier...


This should light things up. No more candles for me!

Extraordinary Bolt[edit]

It's the Extraordinary Bolt!

I bought this incredible bolt because the salesman told me it is of extraordinary quality that is indiscernible to the average person. Exactly what makes it so extraordinary is a secret. But just look at it! Extraordinary!


This bolt's bolt holds the kind of value that only a true connoisseur can understand.

Geiger Counter[edit]

It's the Geiger Counter!

Every spaceship needs one of these, but I don't actually know what it's for. Every once in a while, it goes wild and lets out a lot of noise, but I never pay much attention to it, so it doesn't do me much good. I really should read that instruction manual one of these days!


This noisy gauge is always letting of spontaneous clicks and buzzes. It can be kind of annoying.

Gluon Drive[edit]

I've found the Gluon Drive!

Using the quark-binding metaphysical properties of gluons, this device... Well, it's...very scientific, and I don't fully understand it myself, but it was very expensive...


I have no idea how this works, but it means the Dolphin will again lift off with its characteristic roar!

Gravity Jumper[edit]

I've found my Gravity Jumper!

By manipulating the forces of gravity, this key component gives me the final boost I need to make the jump to super light speed. Good thing I found it.


This anti-gravity device allows the Dolphin to swim gracefully through the sea of stars like...a dolphin.

Guard Satellite[edit]

The Guard Satellite!

Deep space is filled with dangers. This automated satellite does its part to help guard both me and my spaceship. I'll sleep better at night once this little satellite is back on duty.


This has protected me from space pirates many, many times.

Interstellar Radio[edit]

I've found my Interstellar Radio!

Not only does it emit a constant S.O.S. signal, it also broadcasts voices from space that will brighten up my moments of boredom. The Dolphin, while comfortable, becomes quite a lonely place in the depths of the night...


This part will send out a daily S.O.S. signal. I have so little time remaining, though, that I have no option but to continue my search rather than waiting for a rescue party. Having to collect every part is a bit overwhelming...but I get the impression not all parts are needed to fly the ship.

Libra[edit]

I've found my Libra!

My daughter gave this to me. It's named after her astrological sign. My sweet little girl... I wonder what she's doing right at this moment...


My daughter gave this to me. My late return must have her very worried...

Main Engine[edit]

Amazing! There's no mistaking it! My ship's engine rests before my very eyes! By a stroke of pure luck, I have already stumbled upon the most important piece of my damaged craft! Fate has smiled upon me! But... How will I get it back to the Dolphin?
It was pure luck that I found this piece first. With this I can at least lift off!

Massage Machine[edit]

I've found my Massage Machine!

Put this right down in the lower back area and let it go to work. I can't wait until I get this installed again, as my lower lumbar region has been paining me ever since the crash. Ahh, sweet relief...


I've been walking so much lately-I'm really looking forward to using this...

Nova Blaster[edit]

I've found the Nova Blaster!

This emits a dazzling burst of light capable of destroying almost anything! I'm not exactly sure about this, but the promotional brochure claims that its blasts can travel in the currents of space-time, smashing through stars and into the rifts of space.


This is a weapon of such incredible destructive force that it can blast stars into tiny pieces...

It has a strange allure.

Omega Stabilizer[edit]

I've found the Omega Stabilizer!

I absolutely must have this piece if my battered ship is ever to fly straight again. It has steered me trough countless deep space storms. That, and it looks rather cool.


This is the Dolphin's fin. It is a little beaten up, but it should still function. I've made great strides in repairing the Dolphin! With this, I should be able to fly again-even if I don't recover all 30 parts.

Pilot's Seat[edit]

At last! My Pilot's Seat!

Once I get this installed, my cockpit will finally be back in order. Soon, my ship will be starting to look more and more like the Dolphin of old. Ah, the memories...


Picturing this in the cockpit, images of me lifting off into space begin to fill my taxed brain. It fills me with inspiration once again!

Positron Generator[edit]

I've found the Positron Generator!

By combining its batteries with solar cells, this machine can generate incredible amounts of electricity. What a timely find! Those Instant Space Noodles will taste better when heated up.


This electric generator is so powerful that if you approach it carelessly, you'll get an electric shock!

Radiation Canopy[edit]

At last! My Radiation Canopy!

This turns the harsh radiation of deep space into soft, infrared rays that are easy on the body. I'll sleep like a baby once I get this back to the ship!


I'll have to inspect it later to make sure it hasn't cracked. I'll be in for even more trouble if I have any radiation leaks.

Repair-type Bolt[edit]

I've found the Repair-type Bolt!

This robotic marvel can fix just about anything in the ship that's broken. That's good, because I get terribly bored fixing little glitches.


This looks like an ordinary bolt, but it is actually a repair bolt.

Sagittarius[edit]

I've found my Sagittarius!

My son gave this to me as a present. It brings to mind vision of my son back home on Planet Hocotate. Oh, to be back there right now!


This was a gift from my son. He must be very worried about me...

Secret Safe[edit]

At long last... I've found the final part...my Secret Safe! And it's as full as ever! How glad I am that I've persisted in my search without losing hope... Now I can leave this planet without any regrets. Maybe I'll even stop and pick up some souvenirs for my wife and kids back on Planet Hocotate!
At last I have found it-my most prized possession! I am so relieved... It's as heavy as ever!

Shock Absorber[edit]

It's the Shock Absorber!

This apparatus counteracts the shaking and swaying that normally occurs during flight. It's smooth sailing with this in place... Usually.


This nifty little device counteracts the shaking and swaying experienced in typical space flight.

Space Float[edit]

Thank goodness! My Space Float!

This float is an absolute necessity for any pilot who lacks skill at swimming in space.


An excellent swimmer like me has no need for something like this, but my motto is "always be prepared." Really. It's just for emergencies.

UV Lamp[edit]

I've found my UV Lamp!

The only problem with this handheld light is that it can be too bright at times. I have to remember to wear my sun visor whenever I look into it.


This handy light is great for tanning...but it doesn't seem to have any relation to the Dolphin's flight capabilities. I doubt that it will affect my escape from this planet. Perhaps there are other parts like this as well.

Whimsical Radar[edit]

It's my Whimsical Radar!

With this, I'll be able to see all nearby ship parts in a single glance—I just press Y to check it. This find fills me with great hope.


This important part can detect the locations of the other missing parts. The radar will be added to my monitor, which I can press Y to view. C zooms in and out. This will surely help me in my search for the remaining parts!

Zirconium Rotor[edit]

It's my Zirconium Rotor!

This is made from rust-proof zirconium, which is particularly suited to making spaceship parts. I had to pay a lot extra to have this installed, and I suspect the mechanic overcharged me.


Made of rust-proof zirconium, it is as shiny as new, despite being left out in this planet's harsh elements.

Important[edit]

100 Pikmin[edit]

"I have made yet another Pikmin-related discovery. Just when I was about to exceed 100 Pikmin in the field, the Onion stopped expelling seeds, yet the total number of Pikmin continued to climb. It seems that once there are 100 Pikmin in the field, subsequent seeds get stored inside the Onion. Thus, no more than 100 Pikmin can be in the field at one time in any area."

Blue Pikmin[edit]

"It is a Pikmin of yet another color. Near this one's cheeks is what appears to be a set of gills. This trait suggests to me that this blue type of Pikmin can enter the water without any trouble whatsoever. There's only one way to find out..."

Bomb-rocks[edit]

"The glowing rocks the yellow Pikmin picked up seem to be explosive stones! Perhaps they know that these stones can be used as powerful weapons. The bomb-rocks are dangerous, so I must take care when using them, but they should be able to blast open the stone walls that block the pathways! I may even be able to use them against some of the wild creatures.

I must be vigilant! Pikmin I dismiss by pressing X bring their bombs when I call them back. Pikmin I throw by pressing A drop their bombs when I call them back. (Keep clear of the explosion!) When I touch Pikmin directly, they keep their bombs and fall in line."

New Play Control! version :

"The glowing rocks the yellow Pikmin picked up seem to be explosive stones! Perhaps they know that these stones can be used as powerful weapons. The bomb-rocks are dangerous, so I must take care when using them, but they should be able to blast open the stone walls that block the pathways! I may even be able to use them against some of the wild creatures.

I must be vigilant! When I throw bomb-rock -carrying Pikmin and give them orders, they will throw their bomb-rocks at nearby walls or obstacles. The explosive power of the bomb-rocks is tremendous, so I must keep my distance!

Call Pikmin from the Onion[edit]

"My Dolphin has returned to the surface along with the Pikmin's Onion. Being alone on this strange planet makes me somewhat uneasy, so I shall call the Pikmin out of the Onion. All I need to do is stand in the light beneath the Onion and press A."

Last sunset[edit]

"The day when my life-support system fails has come. I have collected only _/30 ship parts. I have no choice but to attempt to launch the Dolphin into space, incomplete as it is. The ship doesn't need every lost part in order to fly. For better or worse, I must go!"

Mid-day/Monitor review[edit]

"My clock has indicated the coming of noon. From now on, I must pay close attention to the sun meter on my monitor and choose my actions accordingly. So, it is best for me to review my monitor's data.

Across the top of my monitor are the sun meter and day display. At the bottom are my space-suit damage meter and Pikmin gauges. From the left, these numbers reflect Pikmin under my command, Pikmin in the field, and total Pikmin (including those in Onions).

To adjust my monitor, I can press L to rotate the camera, R to zoom, and Z to change the viewpoint. I can also press Y to view a detailed computer analysis."

New Play Control! version :

"My clock has indicated the coming of noon. From now on, I must pay close attention to the sun meter on my monitor and choose my actions accordingly. So, it is best for me to review my monitor's data.

Across the top of my monitor are the sun meter and day display. At the bottom are my space-suit damage meter and Pikmin gauges. From the left, these numbers reflect Pikmin under my command, Pikmin in the field, and total Pikmin (including those in Onions).

To adjust my monitor, I can press Z to rotate the camera, left or right on Wiimote Dpad left.png Wiimote Dpad right.png to zoom, and up on Wiimote Dpad up.png to change the viewpoint. I can also press + to view a detailed computer analysis."

Sunset approaching[edit]

"My clock is indicating the approach of sunset. Pikmin waiting beneath the Dolphin and Onions will probably enter the Onions on their own, but if I don't call the stragglers and add them to my group, they may not be able to get back. I am sure that the Pikmin still planted are safe, but I am somewhat concerned about leaving Pikmin to fend for themselves in the darkness."

Path blocked[edit]

"The Pikmin that are carrying our spoils seem to be milling about in one place with their loads. It appears that their path back to the Onion is blocked, and faced with what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle, they have lost their focus. This is unacceptable. I will have to determine what is blocking their way and do what I can to resolve the problem."

Nectar[edit]

"Another intriguing discovery! A local variety of grass produces a sort of yellow nectar - when the Pikmin drink this delicacy, they instantly mature into flowers! This apparent Pikmin favorite seems to be full of nutrition. Closer observation is needed to determine the strengths and peculiarities of these flower Pikmin."

Pikmin Extinction[edit]

"When the Pikmin become extinct, the Onion releases a single seed. How does the Onion know that the Pikmin have all been lost? I do not understand this mechanism, but I have no time to try to decipher its riddle. I must do all I can to protect the lone Pikmin. And, of course, I must prevent such an extinction from ever happening again!"

Recovered every ship part[edit]

"I have finally recovered every ship part! Now I can return home to Hocotate!"

Ship capabilities increased[edit]

"I have recovered _/30 parts, increasing the Dolphin's capabilities! My search can now cover a wider area!"

Ship part recovered[edit]

"I have now recovered _/30 parts! If I can find just _ more, I should be able to increase my ship's capabilities!"

Ship status/repair suit[edit]

"I have recovered _/30 ship parts. Just _ more parts will increase the Dolphin's capabilities. While confirming the ship's status, I have taken the opportunity to repair my space suit."

Space suit damage[edit]

"The damage to my space suit is approaching its limits! The safest course of action would be to return to the Dolphin at once and repair my suit. To do so, I need only to stand in front of the Dolphin and press A. Ah, if only repairing my ship were as simple as pressing a single button!"

Yellow Pikmin[edit]

"The color is different, but it seems to be a Pikmin nonetheless. First glance suggests this one has what, in some circles, could be considered very large ears. It looks like it may weigh less than the others... In what other ways might it be different from the red Pikmin? No matter. They are obviously quite similar, so I shall call this one a Pikmin as well."

Yellow Pikmin behaviour[edit]

"The yellow Pikmin have picked up some peculiar stones. Why did they decide to grab them? This action seems to be instinctive to the yellow Pikmin. But just what are these strange glowing stones? Brightly glowing cracks cover them. Perhaps these cracks indicate that there's tremendous power locked away within. This merits further research."

Other[edit]

Unused[edit]

This message was found within the game's ROM but doesn't show up in-game: when the last ship part is collected or day 30 ends, Olimar makes a short statement about his return, and never says anything again.

"My long adventure has finally come to its conclusion. I must part with these Pikmin who have helped me in my need. At last comes the time when I depart to once again travel the depths of space."

Files[edit]

The following is a list of files, and their corresponding message.

To do: Confirm tu_tx13.
Care to do so?

Unused content[edit]

There is one unused monolog (#Unused), one unused "singular/plural" function (in #Ship status), and some untranslated and unused "tu_tx" files.

See also[edit]