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Blue Pikmin

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Blue Pikmin In-game icon.
A Blue Pikmin from Pikmin 4.
Scientific name Pikminidae caerula
Family Pikmin
Resistance Water
Attack strength Average(?)
Mobility Average(?)
Throw Average
Digging speed Average(?)
Carrying capacity 1
Size Body length: 33mm
Pikmin 4 Piklopedia number 113
Voice actor Hajime Wakai[1]

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 4.

Blue Pikmin (青ピクミン?) are a blue species of Pikmin that reside on PNF-404. They have the special ability of water resistance. This type of Pikmin is present in all game modes of all Pikmin games, and is the last type to be discovered in the Story mode of Pikmin, Pikmin 2, and Pikmin 3, as well as the fourth type discovered in Pikmin 4. Besides their coloration, these Pikmin are distinguishable from other Pikmin species by their pink mouths, a trait seen in no other Pikmin species. These mouths are used to take in water, which filters oxygen through gills, giving them the ability to breathe both underwater and on dry land. Producing more Blue Pikmin can be done by carrying pellets or enemy carcasses to the Blue Onion (or the Master Onion), or by throwing other species into a Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud or a Candypop Bud. As with Red Pikmin, Yellow Pikmin and Bulbmin, their buds and flowers are white.

The exact location of their gills is not consistently explained in the series, having been said to be on the cheeks,[2][3][4] near the cheeks,[5] on their mouths,[6][7] and not even visible.[8] Pikmin 4 consistently says that the mouth is the gills.

Traits and abilities[edit]

Discovering a Blue Pikmin in Pikmin 2.
Blue Pikmin being re-discovered in Pikmin 2.

Blue Pikmin are the only permanent Pikmin type which can safely enter water and traverse the floor underneath, as the other types (barring Bulbmin and Glow Pikmin, which are immune to all hazards) will simply flail around in panic before drowning if they are immersed (Ice Pikmin can float on the surface and Winged Pikmin can fly over, but neither can go under or resist water attacks from enemies). While in water, the Blue Pikmin behave almost the same as they do on land. In the first two games, 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. However, they will not rescue Pikmin if they are a certain distance away, so they can't always be relied on. At least in Pikmin 2, this throw aims at the nearest carrying path waypoint[9], and works the same as a normal leader throw, which means it can be used for things like crushing a Dwarf Bulborb.[10] In Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4, this rescuing feature was removed, and Blue Pikmin now also have the ability to swim freely while in pursuit, something necessary to reach some enemies that swim above the ground level.

Aside from their water resistance, Blue Pikmin have largely average attack power, durability, mobility, digging speed and throw distance. As such, they are not exceptional for most any activities outside of water, as most enemies that use water-based attacks can easily be defeated without Blue Pikmin. The only real exception to this is the addition of sprinkler hazards in Pikmin 4 which, while on, only Blue Pikmin can safely pass through. Interestingly, Blue Pikmin are more likely to die than other types in Pikmin 2, as noted here.

In Pikmin[edit]

Discovery[edit]

Finding the first Blue Pikmin on leaf stage in Pikmin.
Finding the first Blue Pikmin in Pikmin .

In Pikmin, Olimar finds the dormant Blue Onion in The Forest Navel, which proves to be a big help in the aquatic area, The Distant Spring. Their Onion is first found near the massive stump holding the Automatic Gear, and is located inside a small pond. Like with the red and yellow Onions, a seed pops out when the Onion wakes up, which Olimar then plucks. The Blue Pikmin's ability to live underwater is immediately demonstrated, since the Onion, the seed, and the new Pikmin appear underwater during this event.

Required uses[edit]

There are glitches and exploits that make it so that Blue Pikmin are not required to collect any ship parts or defeat any enemies. There are two main ones: the object nudging glitch allows one to push ship parts out of the water, while the drowning reset glitch allows Pikmin to travel large bodies of water without drowning. Other minor exploits and glitches include ending the day to make a ship part appear on the closest carrying waypoint in the following day, which can place ship parts in unintended places, and the ability to place a lying Olimar between a treasure and a wall to make him pop up on top of the wall, and going out of bounds.

Recommended uses[edit]

The following ship parts and enemies are intended to be retrievable or beatable only with Blue Pikmin, but can be done without them using exploits.

  • Ship parts
    • Positron Generator icon.png Positron Generator: The ship part is inside a Pearly Clamclamp on a beach, and defeating the enemy will drop the ship part in the water. But by using small islands on the beach, it is possible to attack the Pearly Clamclamp using Red or Yellow Pikmin, and the ship part can then be pushed out of the water with the object nudging glitch.[11]
    • Radiation Canopy icon.png Radiation Canopy: The path that Olimar needs to cross to reach this part is blocked by a gate inside a body of water. However, with precise throws, it's possible to throw bomb-rock Yellow Pikmin to the top of the gate, and destroy it without needing Blue Pikmin.
    • Geiger Counter icon.png Geiger Counter: In order to reach the Burrowing Snagret that holds the ship part, a cardboard box must be pushed out of the way, and Blue Pikmin need to be guided from a puddle to the backside of the box. However, it is possible to use other Pikmin to throw the box, either with long throws or by throwing them to the top of the box and guiding them to the back.
    • Sagittarius icon.png Sagittarius: Two bridges must be built to reach the part, but one of them can only be reached by tossing Pikmin while in a large pond. Luckily, there is a small protrusion on the island that allows non-Blue Pikmin to shore on, and from there, they can be thrown at the bridge. To reach the bit of land, the Pikmin can just swim towards it from the mainland.
    • Analog Computer icon.png Analog Computer: This ship part is submerged in water, although it can be taken out using the object nudging glitch.
    • Number 1 Ionium Jet icon.png #1 Ionium Jet: This ship part is submerged in water. It can be pushed out with the object nudging glitch, but it is too resistant to the pushes to do so effectively. By luring a Male Sheargrub and using its corpse or a pellet, Olimar can push the pellet, which in turn pushes the ship part. By bringing it close to the bodies of water in the higher levels and ending the day, it is possible for the Ionium Jet to appear in the next body of water by the next day. Eventually, the ship part can be brought to land.[12]
    • Libra icon.png Libra: Blue Pikmin are needed to activate the geyser that gives Olimar access to the first high ledge. However, it is possible to have other Pikmin types open the geyser; if they are guided towards it, they might land one or two hits before starting their drowning sequence. They can just be called back, and the process can be repeated until the geyser is enabled.[13] Alternatively, one can use a pellet from a Shearwig to clip to the railing wall, and from there, walk up to the ship part and push it down.[14]
    • Anti-Dioxin Filter icon.png Anti-Dioxin Filter: The part is on a large pool of water, but with the object nudging glitch, it is possible to take it out without Blue Pikmin. Wollywog corpses can be used to help push the part, and a Breadbug dragging a Male Sheargrub corpse can be used to push the part mostly onto dry land.[15]
    • Interstellar Radio icon.png Interstellar Radio: The Puffy Blowhog containing this ship part is over water and the path to carry the ship part back to the ship goes through the large lake of water. By going out of bounds on the south using the Massage Machine, and attacking the Blowhog from dry land, and by nudging the ship part out of the water, it can be collected.[16]
    • Repair-type Bolt icon.png Repair-type Bolt: This part is on top of a ledge. When it falls off, it will almost immediately land in the water. It can be nudged to dry land, however.[16]
    • Chronos Reactor icon.png Chronos Reactor: This part is located a long way across a pool of water. As part of the puzzle, the Blue Pikmin carrying this part must first become Yellow Pikmin. By using the Spotty Bulbear near the maze, Olimar can be pushed to the ledges out of bounds, and from there, lure a Swooping Snitchbug near where the Chronos Reactor is. Its corpse or pellets can be used to bring Olimar to the ship part's ledge, where it can then be pushed all the way out of the water section of the area and onto regular dry land.[17]
    • Number 2 Ionium Jet icon.png #2 Ionium Jet: This part is on top of a tall ledge that opens into water. By bringing Pikmin to the ship part's shore using the drowning reset glitch, it's possible to bring enough Pikmin to take the part out of the ledge. From there, it can be pushed to near the Pilot's Seat section, which will make it appear right next to the Pilot's Seat the next day. Since it takes too long to push normally, a Water Dumple corpse must be pushed instead, which in turn pushes the Ionium Jet.[18]
    • Gluon Drive icon.png Gluon Drive: This part is opposite a wide river, and a bridge must be built from the other side. However, Pikmin can be tossed from the Zirconium Rotor's location.
    • Zirconium Rotor icon.png Zirconium Rotor: This part is behind a gate that is difficult to destroy without Blue Pikmin, but it can be done without them.
    • Massage Machine icon.png Massage Machine: This part is across a large lake, with the bridge that must be built located on the opposite shore. However, by throwing Red Pikmin or Yellow Pikmin to the water and whistling them to the other shore, it is possible to have them build the bridge.[16]
    • Secret Safe icon.png Secret Safe: The island with the bridges is in the middle of the lake, meaning Blue Pikmin must traverse it to reach it. That said, it is not too hard to guide Red or Yellow Pikmin to the island, by whistling them to it while they're drowning.
  • Enemies
    • Goolix icon.png Goolix: Only Blue Pikmin can touch its body, but it's still possible to defeat the creature without them by throwing Pikmin when it stretches.

In Pikmin 2[edit]

Discovery[edit]

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 Wolpoles beyond an electric gate guarded by a Cloaking Burrow-nit at the north of the map. To obtain them, Olimar and Louie break down the gate with the Yellow Pikmin, and proceed to whistle them to take them under their command. Once again, their underwater prowesses are instantly noticeable, since they are found in a large lake.

Required uses[edit]

A clog blocking the entrance to the Shower Room.
Clogs are used to restrict certain areas to Blue Pikmin.

Blue Pikmin are required to collect these treasures or enter these caves, and there are no glitches or exploits that allow other Pikmin types to do so.

Recommended uses[edit]

Blue Pikmin are recommended for these treasures, caves, or enemies, though these tasks can be done without the type by using glitches or exploits.

  • Treasures
    • Air Brake icon.png Air Brake: Only Blue Pikmin can use the seesaw blocks that are underwater. With long throws and/or the high ledge glitch, Yellow or Purple Pikmin can access the ledge the treasure is on and carry it back safely.
    • Spiny Alien Treat icon.png Spiny Alien Treat: Despite being near a lake that can only be drained with the help of Blue Pikmin, the carrying path taken by the Pikmin carrying the Spiny Alien Treat just skims the side of the lake and only some of the Pikmin carrying it will touch the water. Alternatively, the Decorative Goo method can be used so no Pikmin start drowning.
    • Decorative Goo icon.png Decorative Goo: The path to carry the treasure back to the ship goes through water, but by using a certain glitch,[20] it's possible for treasures to be carried in water with non-Blue Pikmin during cutscenes. Another glitch called charging also helps minimize how long the treasure is underwater for, meaning the treasure can be carried through the water in the duration of just one cutscene.
    • Pink Menace icon.png Pink Menace: Same as the Decorative Goo.
    • Onion Replica icon.png Onion Replica: Same as the Decorative Goo.
    • Optical Illustration icon.png Optical Illustration (US) / Abstract Masterpiece EU icon.png Abstract Masterpiece (Europe): Same as the Decorative Goo.
    • Massage Girdle icon.png Massage Girdle: Same as the Decorative Goo.
  • Enemies
    • Wolpole icon.png Wolpole: Although this aquatic enemy can jump onto land and become vulnerable, the chances of this happening are quite slim.
  • Caves
    • None
  • Other
    • The clog near the landing site of the Awakening Wood can be destroyed with any type of Pikmin by throwing them at a specific spot near the center of the clog. They will be able to damage it before slipping off and entering the water, which means they can slowly but surely destroy it.[21]
    • In order to access the southern part of the Wistful Wild, an underwater clog must be taken down. The only way to bring things back to the landing site is to build the bridge on the other side of a lake; provided the player has destroyed the clog, they can go around and build it with any Pikmin type, but if not, Blue Pikmin will have to cross the lake and build it.

In Pikmin 3[edit]

Discovery[edit]

A Blue Onion activating in Pikmin 3.
The Blue Onion activating in Pikmin 3.

In Pikmin 3, the Blue Onion is found in the Garden of Hope, but can only be found after Louie has ran away from the Koppaites after being rescued in the Twilight River. The explorers chase after him, but instead find an Onion trapped under a Flukeweed. From this, the Blue Onion is found, and after it ejects a seed that is then plucked, the explorers discover the Blue Pikmin, which prove to be essential in finding Louie again. As with the previous games, the Blue Pikmin are instantly shown to be able to withstand being underwater, since the Onion, seed, and newly-plucked Pikmin are underwater.

Required uses[edit]

Blue Pikmin are meant to be used to obtain numerous different fruits and defeat many enemies, but as a result of Pikmin 3's many glitches and exploits, they are only needed for one objective:

  • The Fruit File icon for the Wayward Moon. Wayward Moon: A pot-shaped bridge with some of its fragments underwater must be built to access the boss that contains the fruit normally, but sequence-breaking techniques can be used to bypass the building of this bridge and collect the fruit with Winged Pikmin. However, an invisible wall will block off the path to the arena until at least one Blue Pikmin has been plucked. Once this Pikmin is plucked, the entire game can be completed without any further need of Blue Pikmin.

Near-required uses[edit]

Blue Pikmin are intended to be used to collect these fruits and defeat these enemies, but through the use of glitches, exploits, or tricks, these tasks can be completed without them.

  • Fruits
    • The Fruit File icon for the Citrus Lump. Citrus Lump (Garden of Hope): The fruit is fully submerged in water next to the metal box, but can be retrieved by employing the invincible Pikmin glitch with a Fiery Blowhog.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Citrus Lump. Citrus Lump (Twilight River): The fruit is fully submerged in water near the landing site. However, using the invincible Pikmin glitch with a Skeeterskate, it is possible to collect it with Winged Pikmin.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Crunchy Deluge. Crunchy Deluge: Like the previous Citrus Lump, this fruit is located underwater at the far end of the Twilight River, and can be collected in the same way, though it notably takes 10 Pikmin to carry, the most out of any fruit that requires the invincible Pikmin glitch to retrieve without Blues.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Portable Sunset. Portable Sunset (Distant Tundra): This fruit is on a low branch above a pool of water. Upon throwing 8 Pikmin on it, it will fall into the water. Winged Pikmin can also be used to detach the fruit, but it'll land in the water regardless. It can then be retrieved by using the invincible Pikmin glitch with a fire geyser, Fiery Blowhog, Pyroclasmic Slooch, or Skeeterskate.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Scaly Custard. Scaly Custard (Garden of Hope): The fruit is within a Peckish Aristocrab on an area of land that can only be reached by building a pot-shaped bridge with some of its fragments underwater. However, using a sequence break, it is possible to bypass the building of this bridge and collect the fruit with Winged Pikmin.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Searing Acidshock. Searing Acidshock (Garden of Hope, inside the crystal): Normally, a bridge must be built using fragments, some of which are underwater, but it is possible to build half the bridge and throw Rock Pikmin and Winged Pikmin across the gap, allowing the crystal to be broken and the fruit to be carried back.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Searing Acidshock. Searing Acidshock (Tropical Wilds): The fruit is held by a Calcified Crushblat, and to access the enemy, an underwater dirt wall must be destroyed. This can be done with any type of Pikmin by using the invincible Pikmin glitch.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Sunseed Berry. Sunseed Berry (Garden of Hope, near the Blue Onion): This fruit is fully underwater next to a dirt wall, but can be collected by using Winged Pikmin via the invincible Pikmin glitch with any of the area’s fire hazards.
  • Enemies
    • Icon for the Puckering Blinnow, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Puckering Blinnow: These enemies usually remain underwater, but can be harmed if they jump out to snatch a Winged Pikmin or onto land.
    • Icon for the Sputtlefish, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Sputtlefish: These enemies are also underwater enemies, and can only be defeated without Blue Pikmin by employing the invincible Pikmin glitch.
    • Icon for the Toady Bloyster, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Toady Bloyster: These enemies are always found underwater in Story Mode, but can be slowly taken out with a leader’s punches.

Recommended uses[edit]

Blue Pikmin are recommended to collect these fruits or defeat these enemies, though these tasks can be done with other types.

  • Fruits
    • The Fruit File icon for the Cupid's Grenade. Cupid's Grenade (Tropical Wilds): The fruit is on a small island surrounded by water. It is possible to charge a Winged Pikmin towards the fruit, but it is easier to throw a Blue Pikmin onto it.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Face Wrinkler. Face Wrinkler (Distant Tundra): This fruit can be collected with Blue Pikmin or Winged Pikmin, and there is not much difference between the 2 in collecting this fruit.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Juicy Gaggle. Juicy Gaggle (Twilight River, group of 3): It is possible to get the fruits with Winged Pikmin, but using Blue Pikmin will not require defeating the Arachnode.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Mock Bottom. Mock Bottom: This fruit is intended to be carried with Blue Pikmin into a pool of water. It is possible to charge Winged Pikmin onto it, but this can be difficult.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Searing Acidshock. Searing Acidshock (Garden of Hope, inside the Bug-Eyed Crawmad): Blue Pikmin and Winged Pikmin are the only types capable of accessing this mini-boss on an island, and while it can be defeated with just Winged Pikmin, Blue Pikmin are better for combat.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Slapstick Crescent. Slapstick Crescent: Only Blue Pikmin and Winged Pikmin can dig out and carry this fruit, and Blue Pikmin are faster at digging. Alternatively, a bomb rock can be used to unearth the fruit.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Stellar Extrusion. Stellar Extrusion (Distant Tundra): The fruit is held by a Shaggy Long Legs which frequently steps over water. Rock Pikmin or Winged Pikmin are far more efficient and safe attackers, but having 10 Blue Pikmin on standby is recommended in case the fruit falls into the water after defeating the beast.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Zest Bomb. Zest Bomb (Tropical Wilds): This fruit is held by a Peckish Aristocrab that normally walks in a pool of water. It is possible to defeat the enemy such that it drops the fruit over land, however.
  • Enemies
    • Icon for the Bug-Eyed Crawmad, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Bug-Eyed Crawmad: Both instances of this miniboss in Story mode appear near water, so Blue Pikmin are useful to avoid Pikmin deaths.
    • Icon for the Plasm Wraith, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Plasm Wraith: Some of this boss's Elemental Plasms are made of water, and these are the only elemental plasms that can only be destroyed with their intended Pikmin type. It is possible to ignore them though.
    • Icon for the Quaggled Mireclops, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Quaggled Mireclops: When it stomps its feet, it makes puddles of water. Using Blue Pikmin to attack the feet is recommended, as they cannot drown in the puddles of water.
    • Icon for the Skeeterskate, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Skeeterskate: Skeeterskates can be killed by any Pikmin type, but non-Blue Pikmin will fall in the water and start to drown right after.
    • Icon for the Water Dumple, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Water Dumple: Although this underwater enemy can go onto land, the chances of this happening are quite low.
    • Wogpole P3 icon.png Wogpole: Although this underwater enemy can jump onto land and become vulnerable, the chances of this happening are quite slim.
    • Icon for the Watery Blowhog, from Pikmin 3 Deluxe's Piklopedia. Watery Blowhog: This enemy shoots bubbles of a water-like liquid that only Blue Pikmin are immune to, but can be defeated by any type of Pikmin.

In Pikmin 4[edit]

Discovery[edit]

In Pikmin 4, Blue Pikmin can first be found hidden away in the Sun-Speckled Terrace or in the Blossoming Arcadia, with their Onion in the Serene Shores. Once the Blue Onion is brought to the Master Onion for the first time, it will be absorbed and will fuse with the Onion, and spit out a single blue seed.

In Olimar's Shipwreck Tale, there are Blue Onions in the Blossoming Arcadia and Serene Shores.

Required uses[edit]

Due to one of Oatchi's skills allowing him to swim and dive in water, Blue Pikmin are not strictly required to collect all treasures or castaways or to defeat any enemies. Oatchi's Doggy-Paddle ability at level 3 allows him to dive underwater to collect objects negating the use of Blue Pikmin. However, they are given as the starting Pikmin for certain Dandori Challenges which are nearly impossible to get a platinum medal without the use of them.

Recommended uses[edit]

Blue Pikmin are recommended to collect these treasures/castaways or defeat these enemies, though these tasks can be done with other Pikmin types.

Treasures
  • Icon for the Astringent Clump, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Astringent Clump (Doppelgänger's Den): The treasure is fully submerged in water near the center of sublevel 1 of the Doppelgänger's Den. It is guarded by two Skeeterskates.
  • Icon for the Astringent Clump, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Astringent Clump (Secluded Courtyard): The treasure is hanging from a cobweb near the central north point of sublevel 3 of the Secluded Courtyard. There is a water spout underneath it.
  • Icon for the Birdy Bed, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Birdy Bed: It is located near a body of water on a ledge. 7 Blue Pikmin can be used to carry the treasure if they can drain the pool of water allowing all Pikmin types to carry back the treasure.
  • Icon for the Blonde Imposter, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Blonde Impostor (Cavern for a King, sublevel 19): Located in a body of water which Blue Pikmin can be used to carry it out.
  • Icon for the Bright Sword, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Bright Sword × 2 (Cavern for a King, sublevel 9): The two swords are found inside the Man-at-Legs. The arena for the fight is surrounded by water.
  • Icon for the Chance Totem, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Chance Totem × 2 (Serene Shores): The treasures are found inside some jars. To carry the treasures back, they need to go through a small body of water which is guarded by a Skeeterskate.
  • Icon for the Crew-Cut Gourd, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Crew-Cut Gourd (Giant's Hearth): It is located half submerged in a pool of water near a Bug-Eyed Crawmad at the south part of the map.
  • Icon for the Cupid's Grenade, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Cupid's Grenade × 3 (Cavern for a King, sublevel 19): The 3 treasures are all found in the large body of water.
  • Icon for the Dapper Blob, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Dapper Blob (Seafloor Resort): The treasure is found in the small body of water near the Peckish Aristocrab.
  • Treasure Catalog icon for the Dapper Rubber Cutie. Dapper Rubber Cutie: Found on a ledge inside a hydro jelly surrounded by a body of water and two Pricklepuffs. Blue Pikmin can drain the body of water allowing any Pikmin type to carry it or they can just carry it from the start.
  • Icon for the Dawn Pustules, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Dawn Pustules (Serene Shores): Located submerged near the Zest Bomb treasure guarded by a Pricklepuff and 4 Puckering Blinnows.
  • Icon for the Don't-See-It Specs, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Don't-See-It Specs: The treasure is located inside the Sovereign Bulblax. The arena is surrounded by water.
  • Icon for the False Lollipop, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. False Lollipop: It is located on a small island surrounded by water. You need 5 Pikmin to pull it from the fishing rope.
  • Icon for the Fish-Bed Snack, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Fish-Bed Snack (Giant's Hearth): Located in the Bug-Eyes Crawmad near the Crew-Cut Gourd. The enemy is in a body of water.
  • Icon for the Giant's Fossil, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Giant's Fossil: Located across the Clay bridge at the east of the map, where Blue Pikmin can carry it during high tide/first half of the day. Otherwise all Pikmin can carry it at low tide.
  • Treasure Catalog icon for the Gold Nugget. Gold Nugget: (See Gold Nugget Locations)
  • Icon for the Greed-Inducement Device, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Greed-Inducement Device: Located inside the Masterhop, which the arena for the fight is surrounded by water. Additionally, the Masterhop's jumps will sink and submerge the ground once it lands.
  • Icon for the Heroic Sword, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Heroic Sword × 2 (Cavern for a King): Like the Bright Swords, these 2 treasures are found in the Man-at-Legs with the arena being full of water.
  • Icon for the Ice Sword, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Ice Sword (Engulfed Castle): Found in a pool of water next to a Juicy Gaggle and a Pyroclasmic Slooch.
  • Icon for the Juicy Gaggle, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Juicy Gaggle (Engulfed Castle): See above.
  • Icon for the Maestro of Flavor, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Maestro of Flavor × 2: These two treasures are on the same island the False Lollipop is located. They are also guarded by 2 Fiery Blowhogs.
  • Treasure Catalog icon for the Mama Doll Head. Mama Doll Head: Located on a high ledge which is surrounded by water.
  • Icon for the Maternal Sculpture, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Maternal Sculpture: The treasure is found hanging from a cobweb above a small platform surrounded by bodies of water.
  • Icon for the Mock Bottom, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Mock Bottom (Serene Shores): It is found on a low ledge surrounded by a body of water as well as a Pricklepuff and 2 Skeeterskates.
  • Icon for the Monster Teeth, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Monster Teeth: The path to carry this treasure back takes it through a body of water, as well as both members of the Onionshell family.
  • Icon for the Mystery Squish Fish, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Mystery Squish Fish (Serene Shores): The path to the treasure takes you through water, but the path to carry back the treasure doesn't.
  • Icon for the Mystery Squish Fish, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Mystery Squish Fish × 3 (Seafloor Resort): All 3 are found submerged underwater.
  • Icon for the Newtolite Shell, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Newtolite Shell: It is found submerged underwater and buried under a sand mound in the northeastern corner of the Serene Shores.
  • Icon for the Octoplus, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Octoplus × 2 (Seafloor Resort): They are both found at the northwestern most wall of the sub level.
  • Treasure Catalog icon for the Orb of Destruction. Orb of Destruction (Serene Shores): Access to the treasure during high tide is blocked by water. It is accessible during low tide however.
  • Treasure Catalog icon for the Planetary Rubber Cutie. Planetary Rubber Cutie × 2 (Seafloor Resort): They are both being worn by Fiery Dweevils on a small island surrounded by water.
  • Icon for the Ring-of-Return Shield, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Ring-of-Return Shield: Located inside of a different Pearly Clamclamp and is surrounded by water during high tide.
  • Icon for the Seed Hive, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Seed Hive: It is inside of the Bug-Eyed Crawmad which is near the sprinkler which is spraying water. You can deactivate the sprinkler by building the Clay valve.
  • Icon for the Slapstick Crescent, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Slapstick Crescent (Serene Shores): The treasure is found on a ledge at the easternmost lake of the overworld, a bit to the northeast of the lake's center. It is submerged during high tide and exposed during low tide, but is always surrounded by water.
  • Icon for the Spirit Sword, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Spirit Sword × 3: They are all located underwater, hidden in the blades of grass.
  • Treasure Catalog icon for the Stately Rubber Cutie. Stately Rubber Cutie × 2 (Serene Shores): They are completely submerged in the center of the area, to the east of the entrance to the sand castle. They become exposed when the tide is low.
  • Treasure Catalog icon for the Sunseed Berry. Sunseed Berry (Seafloor Resort): Found on a ledge which blocks non-Blue Pikmin from reaching due to the sprinkler.
  • Icon for the Trap Lid, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Trap Lid (Seafloor Resort): It is submerged in the corner of the sublevel.
  • Icon for the Trap Lid, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Trap Lid × 10 (Cavern for a King): They are all found inside of the Baldy Long Legs, which is walking over a body of water.
  • Icon for the Unfloatable Boat, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Unfloatable Boat: Located half submerged in a body of water guarded by a Yellow Wollyhop.
  • Treasure Catalog icon for the Universal Rubber Cutie. Universal Rubber Cutie (Giant's Hearth): Stuck in an Arachnode's web which is above a small body of water.
  • Icon for the Zest Bomb, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Zest Bomb (Serene Shores): Located near the Dawn Pustules.
  • Icon for the Zest Bomb, from Pikmin 4's Treasure Catalog. Zest Bomb (Cavern for a King): Located in the pool of water alongside the 3 Cupid's Grenades and the Blond Impostor.
Ship parts

In Olimar's Shipwreak Tale, Moss only has doggy-paddle level 2, so she can't dive. However, it's possible to get everything anyway.

Enemies

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  • Icon for the Baldy Long Legs, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Baldy Long Legs: One instance of this enemy appearing is in an area flooded with water.
  • Icon for the Bug-Eyed Crawmad, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Bug-Eyed Crawmad: Just like Pikmin 3, both instances of this Miniboss in Story mode appear near water, so Blue Pikmin are useful to avoid Pikmin deaths.
  • Icon for the Hydro Dweevil, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Hydro Dweevil: This enemy sprays a watery liquid to attack, which is lethal to most Pikmin types, minus Blue Pikmin.
  • Icon for the Man-at-Legs, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Man-at-Legs: This Arachnode appears once in a sublevel covered in water, which Pikmin can drown in except Blue Pikmin.
  • Icon for the Masterhop, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Masterhop: This enemy can jump on sandy floors to create puddles of water. Using Blue Pikmin to attack is recommended as they won’t drown in those water puddles.
  • Icon for the Pearly Clamclamp, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Pearly Clamclamp: All instances of this enemy appear in close proximity to bodies of water.
  • Icon for the Pricklepuff, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Pricklepuff: These enemies are underwater enemies so Blue Pikmin are recommended.
  • Icon for the Puckering Blinnow, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Puckering Blinnow: These are also underwater enemies.
  • Icon for the Skeeterskate, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Skeeterskate: These enemies can be killed by any Pikmin type, but non-Blue Pikmin will fall in the water and start to drown right after.
  • Icon for the Sovereign Bulblax, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Sovereign Bulblax: Just like the Masterhop, the Bulblax's jumps can create watery puddles.
  • Icon for the Watery Blowhog, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Watery Blowhog: This enemy sprays water at Pikmin which is lethal to all minus Blue Pikmin.
  • Icon for the Wolpole, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia. Wolpole: This creature generally resides submerged but does jump up onto land for a bit.
Other
  • 4th Story: Dandori Seas: Without Blue Pikmin, there's a lot less Pikmin to work with. However, it's still possible to get a platinum medal.

In Hey! Pikmin[edit]

Discovery[edit]

Puckering Blinnow cutscene in the Foaming Lake.
The first appearance of Blue Pikmin in Hey! Pikmin.

In Hey! Pikmin, Blue Pikmin are first found in Foaming Lake, in the second sector, Verdant Waterfront. Whilst Olimar is swimming in the lake a group of Blue Pikmin are chased into a pile of moss by a Puckering Blinnow. Upon whistling at them the Blue Pikmin join Olimar and are used for the majority of each water area from then on, breaking underwater walls and allowing him to progress. After the area is complete they join the Pikmin Park like any other Pikmin type.

Uses[edit]

Hey! Pikmin does not let players choose which types to bring to a task, and while many treasures require Blue Pikmin to collect, Blue Pikmin will always be present when this is the case.

In the Pikmin Park, plant-type clutter can only be destroyed by Blue Pikmin.

Treasures in areas with Blue Pikmin only
Treasures in areas with multiple Pikmin types
Location of the Scoot-Over Bench in Below the Ice.
The Scoot-Over Bench in Below the Ice.

Note that indirect uses (using Blue Pikmin to access a later part of the area that contains a treasure that doesn't require Blue Pikmin) are not counted here.

In Pikmin Bloom[edit]

In Pikmin Bloom, Blue Pikmin are the third Pikmin type unlocked, at level 4. Their seedlings require a minimum of 1 carrying strength to be retrieved, along with 1000 steps to grow. In expeditions, they have a carrying strength of 1 and have a time modifier of 1. In mushroom battles, they have a base attack power of 3 and are the only Pikmin that can battle Water Mushrooms.

Notes

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!

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that watching these Pikmin navigate the water with the grace of a fish is one of the most lovely things to behold on this planet! But if you really want to see them swimming, you'll need to offer them some live bait!

Olimar’s Notes[edit]

The accepted theory is that Pikmin evolved from terrestrial root vegetables, and so would unable to breathe underwater and subsequently drown. Yet the Blue Pikmin possess a gill resembling a mouth on their head, which enables them to be active underwater. While on land, they leaf and flower like other Pikmin species, and they breathe through the stomata on their skin, indicating they must be naturally amphibious.

Pigment proteins on the surface of their body essentially perform the same photosynthetic process as cyanobacteria. for example, which is what gives them their striking color.

Louie’s Notes[edit]

I look at that mouth and want to put my hand in it. Just to see what would happen.

Hey! Pikmin logs[edit]

US version icon.png US version
This variety of Pikmin thrives in the water. I can't see gills on them, but they must be there. (Probably?) My suit ensures water isn't a danger to me either, but that's not true of the rest of the Pikmin, so I need to be careful.
European version icon.png European version
This variety of Pikmin thrives in the water. I can't see gills on them, but they must be there. (Probably?) My suit ensures I can get by in the water too, but that's not true of the rest of the Pikmin, so I need to be careful.

Pikmin Bloom description[edit]

Blue Pikmin have special gills that let them breathe underwater. Unsurprisingly, they love the water and are excellent swimmers.

Pikmin Garden[edit]

Text

への字口が、何とも言えない表情の青ピクミン。歩根類は水が苦手なものも多い中、水陸どちらでも呼吸ができ、活動範囲が広い。

〇歩根類とは?

進化の過程で、根っこが変化して歩けるようになった生物。ピクミン以外にも、いくつか種類が確認されている。

特徴 その1 おぼれない

頭部に口のような形状のエラがあり、水中でもおぼれることはない。

特徴 その2 泳ぎが得意

水中にいる獲物を見つけると、上手に泳いで追いかける。

Translation

The Blue Pikmin has an indescribable expression with a へ-shaped mouth. While many members of the Ambuloradicis class are averse to water, it can breathe both on land and in water, and has a wide range of activities.

〇 What is the Ambuloradicis class?

Organisms whose roots have been transformed during the process of evolution to enable them to walk. In addition to Pikmin, a few other species have been identified.

Feature #1: Does not drown

It has a gill resembling a mouth on its head, and it does not drown even in water.

Feature #2: Good swimmer

When it finds prey in the water, it skillfully swims after it.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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Blue Pikmin appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as kinds of Pikmin that Olimar can pull from the ground via Pikmin Pluck – his standard special move – as well as trophies. They are the only Pikmin that don't drown in water, and are more durable than other types of Pikmin (besides Purple Pikmin). They also throw opponents the farthest with Olimar's grab attack (a possible reference to their lifeguarding ability), but otherwise have below average attack power. They can withstand water moves like Mario's F.L.U.D.D. or Squirtle's water gun. In Brawl, Olimar is most likely to pull up a Blue Pikmin if he is on a water-based surface, such as a cloud or ice. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Blue Pikmin do not have higher health than other types, but keep their water immunity. Their attacks now have the water element, and they deal standard damage compared to the previous entries.

Blue Pikmin also have a sticker of them in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. They have a trophy in all games that trophies appear in, although, in Super Smash Bros. Melee, they are part of the Pikmin trophy. They also have a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where their spirit battle consists of 10, weak and tiny Squirtles with water and ice resistance, as well as increased water attack power. They can also be obtained from the Spirit Board or by scanning the Pikmin amiibo. Equipping the spirit increases the distance and power of thrown items.

Brawl trophy[edit]

The Blue Pikmin trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. 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.

GameCube icon.png Pikmin
GameCube icon.png Pikmin 2
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter

Smash 4 trophy[edit]

3DS
The trophy for a Blue Pikmin in the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, walking through water and beside a pink petal. US version icon.png US description:
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.
European version icon.png EU description:
The things that make blue Pikmin different from all the other Pikmin are that they have mouths and that they're pretty good swimmers. They're slightly hardier than most other Pikmin, and they do more damage when you throw them. So, as soon as you get one of these, make sure to throw it right at someone straight away!
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter
Wii U
The trophy for a Blue Pikmin in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, walking through water and beside a pink petal. US version icon.png US description:

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.
Appears in:

GameCube icon.png Pikmin (12/2001)
GameCube icon.png Pikmin 2 (08/2004)
European version icon.png EU description:

The things that make blue Pikmin different from all the other Pikmin are that they have mouths and that they're pretty good swimmers. They're slightly hardier than most other Pikmin, and they do more damage when you throw them. So, as soon as you get one of these, make sure to throw it right at someone straight away!
Related Games

GameCube icon.png Pikmin (06/2002)
GameCube icon.png Pikmin 2 (10/2004)
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter Trophy Box: 60. Pikmin

Ultimate spirit[edit]

Spirit info Augmented Fighter info
Name Type Class Slot cost Fighter(s) Stage Music Rules/Hazards Conditions Image
Blue Pikmin Shield ★★ 1 Tiny Squirtle Team (×12) Distant Planet Main Theme - Pikmin (Original) N/A • The enemy's ice and water attacks have increased power
• Timed stamina battle
• Water and ice attacks aren't as effective against the enemy
The Blue Pikmin spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, from the Collection.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin technical information (?)
Attack strength 1× the norm
Carrying strength 1
Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Attack strength 10
Carrying strength 1
Running speed 120 leaf, 140 bud, 170 flower
Digging speed 1× the norm
Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Attack strength 10
Carrying strength 1
Running speed Unknown
Digging speed 1× the norm
Pikmin 4 technical information (?)
Attack strength 10
Carrying strength 1
Running speed 140 leaf, 170 bud, 200 flower, 220 spicy
Digging speed ≈1× the norm
Hey! Pikmin technical information (?)
Attack strength 1× the norm (exact value unknown)
Carrying strength 1
Pikmin Bloom technical information (?)
Base attack strength 3
Carrying strength 1
Expedition time modifier 1

Naming[edit]

See more: Pikmin family#Naming.
  • Common name: Blue Pikmin.
  • Japanese nickname: 青ピクミン?, lit.: "Blue Pikmin".
  • Japanese name: ミズアオイピクミン?, lit.: "Water Blue Pikmin". ミズアオイ? is also the Japanese name of Monochoria korsakowii, a plant with blue flowers that lives near water.
  • Scientific name: Pikminidae caerula. Caerula is Latin for "blue".
  • Internal names: Unknown.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese 青ピクミン?
Ao Pikumin
Blue Pikmin
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
(traditional)
藍色皮克敏
Lánsè Píkèmǐn
Blue Pikmin
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
蓝色皮克敏
Lánsè Píkèmǐn
Blue Pikmin
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Blauwe Pikmin Blue Pikmin
Flag of France French Pikmin bleu Blue Pikmin
Flag of Germany German Blaues Pikmin
Blaue Pikmin (Pikmin 4)
Blue Pikmin
Flag of Italy Italian Pikmin blu Blue Pikmin
Flag of South Korea Korean 파랑피크민
Parang-Pikeumin
Blue Pikmin
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Pikmin azul Blue Pikmin
Flag of Spain Spanish Pikmin azul Blue Pikmin
Flag of Russia Russian Синий пикмин
Siniy pikmin
Dark Blue Pikmin
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Modrý Pikmin Blue Pikmin Name taken from Hey! Pikmin launch trailer
Flag of Denmark Danish Blå Pikmin Blue Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Finland Finnish Sininen Pikmin Blue Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Israel Hebrew פיקמין כחול
Pikmin Kahol
Blue Pikmin Used in official media[22]
Flag of Hungary Hungarian Kék Pikmin Blue Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Norway Norwegian Blå Pikmin Blue Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Poland Polish Niebieski Pikmin Blue Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Sweden Swedish Blå Pikmin Blue Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website

Gallery[edit]

Pikmin[edit]

Pikmin 2[edit]

Pikmin 3[edit]

Pikmin 4[edit]

Hey! Pikmin[edit]

Pikmin Bloom[edit]

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video of the sound test in the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  2. ^ 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! – Olimar in the voyage log entry about Blue Pikmin
  3. ^ At last, you have encountered them! They seem to have gill-like ducts on their cheeks. They must be blue Pikmin! Like the other types, they look to you for direction. While they are indeed surviving naturally, they still seem to long for a valiant leader. – The Hocotate ship in a dialog after Blue Pikmin are discovered
  4. ^ Careful observation of the Blue Pikmin has revealed that they have the ability to swim as well as attack in the water! The way they open their mouths is so cute, but I think that is their way of extracting oxygen from the water. There appear to be openings on their cheeks that resemble gills. – Brittany in a voyage log entry about Blue Pikmin, in the US version of Pikmin 3
  5. ^ 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... – Olimar in monolog after finding a Blue Pikmin
  6. ^ Unlike other Pikmin, Blue Pikmin have mouths. Did you notice that? / Those are gills, actually. Not mouths. / That's ridiculous! I saw those Blue Pikmin laughing underwater. / Right, well, they must have found it very funny that they were able to extract oxygen from the water. – Alph, Brittany, and Charlie in a check-in conversation about Blue Pikmin, in the US version of Pikmin 3
  7. ^ Unlike other Pikmin, Blue Pikmin have mouths. Did you notice that? / Those are gills, actually. Not mouths. / What? They're not mouths? But I thought they were laughing. / Well, whatever you want to call them, those are the organs that allow them to breathe underwater. – Alph, Brittany, and Charlie in a check-in conversation about Blue Pikmin, in the European version of Pikmin 3
  8. ^ This variety of Pikmin thrives in the water. I can't see gills on them, but they must be there. (Probably?) My suit ensures I can get by in the water too, but that's not true of the rest of the Pikmin, so I need to be careful. – Olimar in the Pikmin Log entry for Blue Pikmin
  9. ^ Video of Blue Pikmin throwing drowning Pikmin to the nearest waypoint, on dry land where the player has not gone yet on Twitch, published on September 15th, 2023, retrieved on September 23rd, 2023
  10. ^ Twitch clip on Twitch, published on June 21st, 2019, retrieved on June 21st, 2019
  11. ^ YouTube video showing the Positron Generator being recovered using only Red Pikmin
  12. ^ YouTube video showing how to obtain the #1 Ionium Jet using only Red Pikmin
  13. ^ YouTube video showing how the Libra can be obtained using only Red Pikmin
  14. ^ YouTube video showing how to get Captain Olimar up to the Libra
  15. ^ YouTube video of the Anti-Dioxin Filter being collected with Red Pikmin only, published on July 6th, 2018, retrieved on July 10th, 2018
  16. ^ a b c YouTube video showing how to collect the Interstellar Radio, Repair-type Bolt, and Massage Machine using only Red Pikmin
  17. ^ YouTube video showing how to obtain the Chronos Reactor with Red Pikmin only
  18. ^ YouTube video showing how to collect the #2 Ionium Jet using Red Pikmin only
  19. ^ YouTube video with attempts to bring non-Blue Pikmin into the Submerged Castle
  20. ^ YouTube video demonstrating how to retrieve treasures without Blue Pikmin
  21. ^ YouTube video of Purple Pikmin destroying the clog in the Awakening Wood, published on April 25th, 2020, retrieved on April 28th, 2020
  22. ^ YouTube video a Pikmin 3 Deluxe trailer by Nintendo Israel, published on October 7th, 2020, retrieved on June 1st, 2021


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