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In the fanbase, a challenge run is where a player attempts to complete a game, or part of a game, with a special goal or rules. Most challenge runs are not implemented or recognized by the game, and as such, give no in-game reward for completing them. Most challenge runs only apply to the main Story Mode.

Reasons to undergo these challenges vary between players, but commonly, these type of runs help bring new goals to an otherwise finished game. For some of these challenges, there is also a sense of competition, with players attempting to outdo each other's records. Finally, given the amount of skill necessary to perform these runs – as well as the diverse tricks and glitches involved – these runs commonly entertain other fans too. The other side of performing the runs is investigating and studying ways to push their limits even further, with the discovery of new strategies or tricks.

In order to complete some of them, players have to abuse glitches and sequence breaks, and use advanced techniques such as throwing Pikmin faster. Some rules may disallow glitch exploitation, however. Because of the random nature of some of the game mechanics, some runs might contain more luck than others, and the player may end up achieving their goal more efficiently than if they had bad luck.

Professional challenge runners usually compete amongst themselves and practice constantly. In order to verify that new records are broken, players need to provide some sort of evidence, normally video footage. In recent years, players stream themselves playing for live audiences. For runs that complete the game, either to the end credits, or with full completion, players might choose to do so in a single sitting, with no cuts – a "single-segment" run – or be allowed to reset and retry parts of the game – a "segmented" run.

There are special runs in which tools are used to overcome human limitations, like reflexes or accuracy, and execute the runs with near-perfect outcomes. Such playthroughs are commonly known as tool-assisted superplays.


A speedrun is where one attempts to complete the game or a goal as fast as possible. Normally, especially in the Pikmin series, a well defined plan needs to exist, and players use their skills in order to follow it as quickly as possible. In the Pikmin games, to achieve maximum efficiency, and hence, maximum speed, it is important to plan what each Pikmin should do, where the player needs to go, etc., in order to maximize productivity and ensure that minimal time is wasted. Naturally, more casual runs could forgo advanced techniques and plans, and approach the playthrough with improvisation in mind.

Some secondary goals may be dropped for the sake of speed, like skipping otherwise mandatory sections of the game. Several types of speedrun exist, with differing goals and rules. An "any%" speedrun is only focused on reaching a "real" ending as fast as possible, without caring for how many goals are completed, though a "100% run" aims to achieve full completion as fast as possible.

Some websites dedicated to archiving videos and registering records for various game speedruns – including Pikmin games – exist, such as Speed Demos Archive and speedrun.com.


The following tricks are useful for speedrunning Pikmin games:

  • Some glitches can be abused to speed up or skip tasks.
  • Some sequence breaks can be used to skip parts of the game.
  • Using some throwing tricks to speed up throwing makes the mechanic more efficient.
  • Using some carrying tricks to speed up the way objects are carried.
  • With the help of some plucking tricks and strategies, less time is wasted pulling Pikmin from the ground.
  • Using some cutscene tricks to speed up cutscenes.
  • Depending on the run's goal, it may be faster to refuse saving whenever asked, as the process of writing the game's progress adds play time.
  • Should a Pikmin trip down and fall, the player can dismiss the group to make the Pikmin instantly get up and go to its position. All Pikmin can then be whistled and the journey may continue.
  • In Pikmin 2, because the game disables button inputs for a few seconds after a cutscene finishes, but doesn't disable the leader movement, it is slightly faster to throw a Pikmin at a new cave entrance. The Pikmin being close will trigger the cutscene, and the player can then walk up to the cave, exhausting the button lockout time in the meantime. If they find the cave with a leader, they will have to wait for the button lockout to be able to press the button to enter the cave.
  • Oddly, in Pikmin, Olimar walks slower if the player tilts the analog stick in a diagonal direction.[1] As such, it's faster to angle the camera such that the player has to tilt the analog stick in a cardinal direction in order to get Olimar where he needs. This oddity is not present in the New Play Control! version.

World records[edit]

The following are the world records for various types of speedruns. Note that, unless otherwise noted, these times are for real-time runs, not in-game timer runs or tool-assisted speedruns. The runs are split by category, and different regions of a game may have different timing methods, tools, or glitches, which all affect a player's speed; these differences are further explained on the region page.

These records were last updated on January 23rd, 2024.


Category Record
Goal Region Time Author Video Date Notes
All ship parts US 53:48 "iid01" YouTube video July 16th, 2023 Finishes in 6 days.
All ship parts Japan 55:55 "iid01" YouTube video June 1st, 2020 Finishes in 6 days.
All ship parts Europe 1:07:28 "Mokaygee" YouTube video March 18th, 2017 Finishes in 6 days.
Low Pikmin (50), all ship parts US 1:29:08 "Mokaygee" YouTube video March 5th, 2017 Finishes in 9 days with 50 Pikmin.

New Play Control! Pikmin[edit]

Category Record
Goal Region Time Author Video Date Notes
All ship parts US 49:47 "Sbudiver" YouTube video October 28th, 2023 Finishes in 6 days.
All ship parts Japan 54:38 "atmy_17" YouTube video September 3rd, 2023 Finishes in 6 days.
All ship parts Europe 54:11 "Ice cube" YouTube video December 9th, 2022 Finishes in 6 days.

Pikmin 1 (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Category Record
Goal Time Author Video Date Notes
All ship parts 47:15 "Mokaygee" YouTube video December 16th, 2023 Finishes in 6 days.

Pikmin 2[edit]

Category Record
Goal Region Time Author Video Date Notes
Pay off debt US 1:31:59 "Jack Draz" YouTube video January 24th, 2023 Finishes in 8 days.
Pay off debt Europe 1:42:43 "HeartPiece" YouTube video May 23rd, 2022 Finishes in 8 days.
Pay off debt Japan 1:39:44 "iid01" YouTube video March 11th, 2020 Finishes in 8 days.
All treasures US 3:58:38 "theurbandear" Twitch video March 20th, 2020 Finishes in 10 days.
All treasures Europe 4:39:27 "HeartPiece" YouTube video October 28th, 2021 Finishes in 11 days.
All treasures Japan 3:30:46 "iid01" YouTube video April 13th, 2021 Finishes in 10 days.

New Play Control! Pikmin 2[edit]

Category Record
Goal Region Time Author Video Date Notes
Pay off debt US 1:38:33 "Sbudiver" YouTube video August 11th, 2023 Finishes in 8 days.
Pay off debt Europe 2:08:30 "HeartPiece" YouTube video October 19th, 2021 Finishes in 8 days.
All treasures US 3:52:48 "Sbudiver" YouTube video April 14th, 2023 Finishes in 11 days.
All treasures Japan 3:36:54 "mercysnow" YouTube video July 8th, 2023 Finishes in 11 days.

Pikmin 2 (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Category Record
Goal Time Author Video Date Notes
Pay off debt 1:55:14 "Sbudiver" YouTube video September 9th, 2023 Finishes in 8 days.
All treasures 4:28:49 "Sbudiver" YouTube video July 5th, 2023 Finishes in 12 days.

Pikmin 3[edit]

Category Record
Goal Version Time Author Video Date Notes
Any fruits 2.0.0 44:29 "Ice cube" YouTube video August 30th, 2020 Finishes in 7 days.
33 fruits 2.0.0 57:00 "Ice cube" YouTube video October 3rd, 2020 Finishes in 8 days.
All fruits 2.0.0 1:22:54 "JHawk4" YouTube video November 3rd, 2019 Finishes in 10 days.

Pikmin 3 Deluxe[edit]

Category Record
Goal Difficulty Version Time Author Video Date Notes
Any fruits Normal 1.1.0 36:52 "Jay596" YouTube video February 3rd, 2023 Finishes in 7 days.
Any fruits Ultra-Spicy 1.1.0 45:05 "CCCharge" YouTube video February 23rd, 2023 Finishes in 7 days.
33 fruits Normal 1.1.0 47:26 "Sbudiver" YouTube video August 12th, 2022 Finishes in 8 days.
All fruits Normal 1.1.0 1:05:25 "Sbudiver" YouTube video March 7th, 2023 Finishes in 10 days.
All fruits Ultra-Spicy 1.1.0 1:25:22 "CCCharge" YouTube video February 27th, 2023 Finishes in 10 days.

Pikmin 4[edit]

Category Record
Goal Version Time Author Video Date Notes
Rescue Olimar 1.0.2 1:14:34 "Kap" YouTube video February 7th, 2024 Finishes in 10 days.
Cure Oatchi 1.0.2 2:07:25 "JHawk4" YouTube video October 30th, 2023 Finishes in 13 days.
All Areas 100% 1.0.2 4:20:42 "JHawk4" YouTube video February 17th, 2024 Finishes in 15 days.
Olimar's Shipwreck Tale 1.0.2 25:29 "anthony_1612" YouTube video February 18th, 2024 Finishes in 5 days.

Hey! Pikmin[edit]

Category Record
Goal Time Author Video Date
Defeat the final boss 2:59:20 "April_lapispik" YouTube video July 28th, 2022

Low day[edit]

A low day run is a type of challenge run where a player aims to complete a Pikmin game in as few in-game days as possible. This is normally tied to a speedrun, but not necessarily so, as not only can the strategies be different between the two (sometimes resulting in a different day total), but this challenge also imposes no real limit on time. For instance, given that day time does not pass in caves in Pikmin 2, a player attempting a low day run does not need to worry about speed while underground, as long as they do not deviate from the day's plans.

The following are links to articles detailing low day runs:

  • Pikmin: 6 day run to obtain all thirty ship parts.
  • Pikmin 2: 5 day run to obtain all 201 treasures, 3 day run to reach the credits (theoretically possible in 1 day).
  • Pikmin 3: Usually 10 day run to obtain all fruits. However, there is a glitch that allows Winged Pikmin to become invincible if they are whistled one frame before they die, which allows them to pick up the two blue-required fruits so that Twilight River can be completed in a single day. Therefore, 9 day run to obtain all fruits, 7 day run to reach the credits.
  • Pikmin 4: A low day run of this game can fall into several different categories:
    • Rescue Olimar (End Credits): 9 day run to earn 7,000 Sparklium and reach Olimar in Hero's Hideaway, 3 days of which must be night expeditions to obtain 4 glow saps and heal the required Leaflings (the first two expeditions must take place in Sun-Speckled Terrace, then the third can be any area with 2 Lumiknolls).
    • Olimar's Shipwreck Tale: 4 day run, one day spent in each area visited. Days in this game mode are counted separately from the main story.
    • Cure Oatchi (Final Boss): 13 day run, the first 9 days of which are spent rescuing Olimar while obtaining 11,000 Sparklium, plus 3 more days to get to at least 13,000 Sparklium, find the Koppaites, and reach the final boss. Unlike after rescuing Olimar, the next morning in the Rescue Command Post is counted in the final stats.
    • All Areas 100%: 14 day run, similar to curing Oatchi as there is enough time to get all treasures, castaways, and Onions in the same number of daytime trips. However, any extra glow sap obtained before finding Olimar will automatically be used on another Leafling, so an extra night expedition is required after rescuing him. It is not required to cure all Leaflings or finish Trial of the Sage Leaf to see the "All Areas 100% Investigated" message.
    • All Missions (Full Game 100%): 33 day run, consisting of 12 days to reach the final boss plus 6 days for the Fit for a Feast mission, 13 days for the remaining night expeditions, 1 day for Trial of the Sage Leaf, and 1 last day in Rescue Command Post to finalize all missions and formally end the game by speaking to Bernard.

Low Pikmin count[edit]

Some challenges require the player to complete the game with the lowest number of Pikmin possible.

The following are links to articles detailing low Pikmin challenges:

  • Pikmin: 50 Pikmin challenge to reach the credits or get a 100% completion with 50 Pikmin. Some areas can be beaten with less Pikmin,[2] however 50 is the minimum required to beat the game. (In the Japanese version, the minimum is 85 due to the Secret Safe being heavier than in other versions.)
  • Pikmin 2: 101 Pikmin challenge to get a 100% completion with 101 Pikmin. The debt can be cleared with as little as 35 by using light treasures and the respawning enemies in caves, but to even reach the first cave, 35 Pikmin are needed to crush the main bag on day 2. Also see the Emergence Cave challenge below.
  • Pikmin 2: 37 Pikmin challenge to collect all the treasures except for the Doomsday Apparatus with only 37 Pikmin. 35 are initially required plus only one Yellow and Blue Pikmin whistled away from the group they're found in. This allows for a full run, without the task of growing 100 Purple Pikmin, but with the added challenge of having less Pikmin to work with.[3]
  • Pikmin 3: 42 Pikmin challenge to reach the credits or get a 100% completion with 42 Pikmin.
  • Pikmin 4: 0 Pikmin grown to reach the credits. Throwing Pikmin at a Candypop Bud and escaping the sublevel without collecting the sprouts will not increase the number of Pikmin grown or the number of Pikmin lost. In addition, Pikmin that are ejected from the Onion after a Pikmin extinction will only count if the sprout is plucked. The usage of Glow Pikmin also does not count.[4] Without the trick to reduce the total to zero, only 7 Pikmin are needed to reach both the credits and final boss, while 91 Pikmin are needed to collect all treasures and complete all missions. 90 Purple Pikmin are needed for the Golden Vaulting Table, which Oatchi can reach by abusing the collision of Ultra-Spicy Berries. All other types can be reduced to zero by converting them to Purple Pikmin, but the Onion will produce seeds for up to 3 types which have had their Onion fused (only 1 seed if only the Red Pikmin Onion has been found at the time).

Low day low Pikmin count[edit]

The superlative challenge runs of a Pikmin game not only complete the game in as few in-game days as possible, but with the lowest number of Pikmin as possible. Some runs will prioritize having a low day count, while other runs will prioritize having a low Pikmin count. However, the most exceptional of playthroughs manage to minimize both simultaneously.

The following are descriptions of some playthroughs in each game:

  • Pikmin: A 6-day 50 Pikmin tool-assisted superplay was completed by "TRR".[5] A human has not managed to do this yet. Currently, the best a human has done is a 50 Pikmin 8-day completion by "Mokaygee",[6][7][8] and a 6-day 80 Pikmin completion, also by "Mokaygee".[9] In the Japanese version, where the minimum number of Pikmin is 85, a 6-day 85-Pikmin run has been completed by "iid01".[10]
  • Pikmin 2: A 6-day 101 Pikmin completion was done by "HSS0136".[11] This playthrough even manages to skip discovering Yellow Pikmin, making this the most difficult challenge in Pikmin 2 completed by a human. If the Doomsday Apparatus is skipped, one can do a 37 Pikmin 7-day completion, which "HSS0136" has also done.[12] Currently, no attempts have been made at minimizing the Pikmin count in a 3-day debt repayment playthrough.
  • Pikmin 3: Unfortunately, this game is the only Pikmin game where completing the game in minimal days and the minimal Pikmin count simultaneously isn't possible. A 42 Pikmin 11-day completion was done by "Ice Cube".[13] A 10-day 46 Pikmin completion was also done by "Ice Cube".[14] However, simply beating the game with minimal days and a minimal Pikmin count is possible. A 7-day 42 Pikmin playthrough was also done by "Ice Cube".[15]

Low in-game time[edit]

Pikmin 2 has an in-game time counter that displays the time it took to repay the debt or to collect all treasures on the high scores menu. The game only begins counting time when a saved game is loaded, and writes the time when it is saved. Because the time it saves is only saved with the granularity of a minute, if a player saves the game within one minute of loading it and then loads the newly-saved save game, the timer will keep the same number of minutes on record and assume no time has passed. This means the final result may not match the real time the playthrough took, and can be abused to get times as low as 18 minutes for an all-treasure completion.[16][17][18][19][20] The best all treasures Low IGT run that has been achieved by a human (as of 2022) is a 20 minute run by PiePusher11.[21]

Zero death[edit]

Example of a completed zero death challenge, in Pikmin 3.
Main article: Zero death challenge.

A zero death challenge is when a player attempts to complete a game without a single one of their Pikmin perishing. All games keep track of the number of Pikmin deaths for each file. Using Candypop Buds does not count towards this number. Others challenges are often done in conjunction with this one, either because their rules specifically require no Pikmin to die, or because Pikmin deaths may mean a small delay in having to grow some more.


A 100% playthrough is when the player completes all secondary goals in the game on top of the normal completion. It's normally considered that a "100% run" is a playthrough in which all recordable goals are obtained. For the Pikmin games, the most basic form of a 100% run is to collect all of the main collectibles in the game, and not just the ones that give the main characters a good result and end up with the game's credits. More hardcore definitions of 100% would include all Piklopedia entries or data files, for instance. There is nothing in the Pikmin games that can only be obtained on specific times, and will require the player to start a new run to obtain – anything can be obtained at any time, provided there are enough days left. The Smoky Progg can be missed, but nothing is stored in record for its encounter or defeat.

The most basic form of these type of runs are acknowledged by the game, where the player gets all collectibles: doing so will usually give a different ending from the usual one. Although gear in Pikmin 3 is not necessary for the game to give out the best ending, it is usually included in most 100% playthroughs.


A low% challenge is when a game is completed (or some other goal is reached) while progressing as little as possible. What counts as "progress" is arbitrary in games that don't show an in-game completion percentage, but it usually refers to unlocking or collecting anything permanent.

Pikmin low%[edit]

In Pikmin, this challenge only requires the player to collect the 25 mandatory ship parts and ignore the 5 optional ones.

Emergence Cave challenge[edit]

An Emergence Cave challenge is a challenge where a player repays the debt in Pikmin 2 using the Emergence Cave as a primary source of money, and without entering any other area in the game. Because enemies in caves respawn and are worth a small amount of Pokos, it is possible to eventually complete the game using just the first cave.

In a normal playthrough, the Courage Reactor must be collected on day 1 before the game can proceed, but by using glitches such as causing an extinction on day 1, even that treasure can be skipped. The rest of the run depends on repeatedly harvesting the 11 Snow Bulborbs, for Poko icon.png × 2 each, resulting in at least 413 run-throughs of the cave if the Utter Scrap, Citrus Lump, Quenching Emblem, and Spherical Atlas are collected as well.

With this, it is possible to unlock the Wistful Wild at the same time the Perplexing Pool is unlocked. The area selection screen will only unlock the Wistful Wild when it unlocks the Perplexing Pool, meaning that the Geographic Projection must be collected before the Wistful Wild can be entered. If the Spherical Atlas is collected in the same trip that the debt is repaid, the cutscene where the ship announces that they must head to the new area plays first, and the cutscene for the debt completion plays right afterwards, still on the same day.

This run has been completed within the first in-game day through the use of multiple exploits.[22]

No fruit challenge[edit]

In Pikmin 3, a no fruit playthrough is when one completes the game without collecting any whole fruit, only parts. The simplest way to do this is to execute the procedures for a normal 7 day speedrun, but only collect parts of the Crimson Banquet and any other partitioned fruit to make 3 bottles, giving the player just enough juice to reach the end of the game by day 7.[23]


An Onionless playthrough is when the player must never withdraw Pikmin out of an Onion (including the Hocotate ship in Pikmin 2). This means that when Pikmin enter an Onion, they will never be seen again in the playthrough, and the player effectively starts with 0 Pikmin when landing in a new area. In the first 3 games, a handful of glitches are required in order to complete the challenge.


Early on in the challenge, an out of bounds glitch is required in The Forest of Hope in order to reach the Yellow Onion,[24] since Red Pikmin cannot be withdrawn from the Red Onion. The player must complete the entire area with just Yellow Pikmin, which is possible with various glitches. In The Forest Navel, the player must approach the Blue Onion right away and grow an entire army from 1 blue sprout. Candypop Buds must be used to make other Pikmin types, and so that the player has 0 Blue Pikmin when arriving in The Distant Spring. This way, the Blue Onion will make a sprout in The Distant Spring, and the player can once again grow an army in order to complete this map. Lastly, the player must obtain 15 Pikmin in The Final Trial, but they only start with 1 Blue Pikmin sprout (if they arrive with 0 Blue Pikmin). The only way to obtain the required number of Pikmin is to throw the Blue Pikmin into a Candypop Bud of a different type, and repeat the process 15 times so that the Blue Onion makes a total of 15 sprouts. Then, the player can kill the Emperor Bulblax, and harvest its five 5-pellets in order to have 40 Pikmin to carry the Secret Safe (note that the Secret Safe weighs 85 in the Japanese version, so this challenge is not possible to complete in this version). In this game, Onionless playthroughs are considered more interesting with the additional rule that no Pikmin deaths are allowed.

A full playthrough has been completed by "Mokaygee" in 23 in-game days.[25] 23 days is believed to be the lowest number of days needed to complete this challenge by a human, but "Mokaygee" has made a tool-assisted superplay completing The Forest of Hope in 1 day Onionless,[26] and "TRR" has made a tool-assisted superplay completing The Forest Navel in 1 day Onionless,[27] making 21 days theoretically possible.

Pikmin 2

There are a few obstacles in an Onionless playthrough in this game. First of all, the Red Onion must produce a sprout on day 2, and when arriving in Awakening Wood. Otherwise, the player will be unable to obtain Pikmin for the rest of the playthrough. In order to start day 2 with 0 Red Pikmin, a glitch called "day 1 extinction" is required.[28] Also, in order to arrive in the Awakening Wood with 0 Red Pikmin, all of the player's Red Pikmin must be killed, or converted to Purple Pikmin. Lastly, the player must grow 100 Purple Pikmin in 1 day in order to collect Doomsday Apparatus. Doing this is not hard, it simply requires the player to visit Cavern of Chaos 20 times, which is tedious, but doable.

A full playthrough has been completed by "Grassdigger" in 7 in-game days.[29] A handful of glitches were utilized in order to complete the challenge in just 7 days, including the "rest skip" glitch.[30] Unfortunately, a 6 day run does not seem possible under Onionless restrictions, as Awakening Wood simply takes too much time to complete. Note that the player who completed the challenge had 1 death during the playthrough. However, it is possible to do a deathless Onionless playthrough thanks to a different glitch.[31] Unfortunately, a deathless Onionless playthrough currently requires 8 days to complete, as 1 more day is needed in Valley of Repose in order to obtain enough Pikmin to crush the 35-weight bag. No one has completed a deathless Onionless playthrough of Pikmin 2 yet.

Pikmin 3

In this game, a deathless Onionless run is impossible. There is no way to make progress in the Garden of Hope if there are Red Pikmin in the Onion. However, because "AshEevee" found a way to kill Pikmin on day 1,[32] an Onionless playthrough is still possible. On day 1, the player can remove all obstacles to the ship, then kill all of their Pikmin. Unlike the 2 previous games, the Onion will make a sprout immediately, but the player must leave it behind so that they can have a red sprout in the Garden of Hope. Going forward, it's best to leave all Pikmin buried or left behind at the end of each day, so that the player can start each new area with 1 of each type of Pikmin sprout. The Formidable Oak proves to be a challenge, because the player starts with 5 Pikmin, and there is no way to grow more. However, if the player uses the Candypop Buds inside the oak, the player can cause extinctions for the different types of Pikmin, making the Onion produce more.

A full playthrough has been completed by "JHawk" in 10 in-game days.[33] All fruits can still be collected in the optimal number of days under the Onionless restriction. "JHawk" uses various glitches to save time, mostly ones that also appear in speedruns of this game, such as clipping leaders through walls, or charging Winged Pikmin at fruits in high places. Regardless, Garden of Hope and Tropical Wilds were tight on time, he says. However, Formidable Oak was the most difficult day, as he only obtained 18 Pikmin from farming extinctions, and it takes about half of the day to even start the boss battle, leaving only the other half of the day to beat the boss with very few Pikmin. Technically, it's also possible to complete the game Onionless in 7 in-game days, though this follows from simply playing the first 6 days like in JHawk's playthrough, then completing Formidable Oak on day 7 in the same way as day 10 of the playthrough.

Pikmin 4

Oatchi is heavily utilized here. Collecting Onions is recommended so when the day starts, the player can replenish Pikmin numbers quickly. Note that if Oatchi carries something to the Onion, it will always sprout Pikmin of the scarcest type that has an Onion integrated.

An Onionless run is impossible in Olimar's Shipwreck Tale because the starting Pikmin are inside the Onion, Moss is in another area and Olimar cannot acquire the Extra Hand.

Specific rules[edit]

In order to vary the traditional game rules, some players enforce their own rules. Given the complexity of the game mechanics, several of these rules can be made up and combined, with the following being the most common ones:

  • Pacifist: except where mandatory, enemy deaths must be avoided. Pikmin can be sustained using the likes of pellets.
  • Full deaths: the opposite of pacifist; a player attempts to kill every enemy they come across, and in the case of caves, every enemy of every sublevel.
  • No Pikmin attacks: except when mandatory, Pikmin should not be used to defeat enemies. Other ways to kill enemies include punches, bomb rocks and luring them into abysses.
  • No sprays: sprays may not be created and/or used.
  • No flowers: Pikmin must not reach the flower stage. Sometimes, the bud stage is equally prohibited.
  • No glitches: glitches may not be used. Normally used in conjunction with other runs that benefit greatly from glitch exploits.
  • No gear: players do not obtain any optional upgrades.
  • Low Piklopedia: players avoid filling up the Piklopedia by minimizing encounters with the fauna and flora in Pikmin 2 or Pikmin 4

Other types of rules can also be invented by players, such as prohibiting the use of swarming, playing with one hand, playing using one's feet, or playing blindfolded.[34]

Other challenges[edit]

Specific Pikmin number

Some challenges may require the player to obtain a specific number of Pikmin by the end of the game. This could either be the lowest amount possible (see low Pikmin count above), the highest amount possible before the days are over, or a specific count for specific types, like 0 Blue Pikmin. In addition, these playthroughs could also aim to complete a cave with the lowest amount of Pikmin of each type that one can bring to it.[35]

Fastest game over

This challenge run requires the player to reach a game over or a bad ending in the fastest way possible. In the case of Pikmin 2, where a game over is not possible, a Pikmin extinction is often a suitable substitute.

Blue Juice speedrun

For Pikmin 3's Story Mode, this challenge run requires the player to obtain vibrant blue-colored juice as quickly as possible, as explained here.

Battle Bingo

Although similar to Bingo Battle in nature and name, this type of run requires two or more players to complete tasks on a made-up bingo card. The first player to form a Bingo wins. A common rule is to have a "missile" destroy a randomly picked square, and invalidate it for both cards; this usually happens every 5 minutes.

Low score

For Challenge Mode in Pikmin 2, a player may attempt to obtain the lowest score possible on a level, while still finishing it successfully. Because The Key is worth 100 Pokos, and each Poko is worth 10 points, the lowest amount of points possible in Pokos is equal to the number of sublevels times 1000. To complete the level, at least 1 Pikmin must be left alive, and seeing as each Pikmin is worth 10 points, the minimal amount of points from Pikmin is 10. Finally, if the player uses the geyser on the last sublevel when the timer shows "0" (possible for a brief moment), they will receive no time bonus. Since all time in the caves cumulatively adds up, holes in each non-final sublevel can be entered with any amount of time left.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ YouTube video demonstrating the difference in speed between walking angles, published on April 7th, 2020, retrieved on April 8th, 2020
  2. ^ YouTube video of a completed 44 Pikmin run of The Forest of Hope
  3. ^ YouTube video of a completed 37 Pikmin run in Pikmin 2
  4. ^ YouTube video of a 0 Pikmin run, published on August 17th, 2023, retrieved on August 18th, 2023
  5. ^ YouTube video of a 6-day 50 Pikmin TAS in Pikmin
  6. ^ YouTube video of something like day 2 of Mokaygee's 50 Pikmin 8-day run
  7. ^ YouTube video of day 3 of Mokaygee's 50 Pikmin 8-day run
  8. ^ YouTube video of days 4-8 of Mokaygee's 50 Pikmin 8-day run
  9. ^ YouTube video Playlist of Mokaygee's 6-day 80 Pikmin completion
  10. ^ YouTube video Playlist of iid01's 6-day 85 Pikmin completion
  11. ^ YouTube video of a 6-day 101 Pikmin completion in Pikmin 2
  12. ^ YouTube video of a 37 Pikmin 7-day completion, skipping the Doomsday Apparatus
  13. ^ YouTube video of a 42 Pikmin 11-day completion in Pikmin 3
  14. ^ YouTube video of a 10-day 46 Pikmin completion in Pikmin 3
  15. ^ YouTube video of a 7-day 42 Pikmin playthrough of Pikmin 3
  16. ^ YouTube video completing sublevel 3 of the White Flower Garden in under a minute
  17. ^ YouTube video demonstrating a change in the low-in-game-time route involving the Temporal Mechanism, Pink Menace, and Spiny Alien Treat (at 10:36)
  18. ^ YouTube video of a tool-assisted speedrun completing sublevel 2 of the Submerged Castle in under 2 minutes
  19. ^ YouTube video of a tool-assisted speedrun completing sublevel 5 of the Subterranean Complex in under 1 minute
  20. ^ YouTube video of a tool-assisted speedrun completing sublevel 5 of the White Flower Garden in under 1 minute
  21. ^ YouTube video Pikmin 2 All Treasures Low IGT run in 0:20 by PiePusher11
  22. ^ YouTube video of a player completing the Emergence Cave challenge, published on May 19th, 2021, retrieved on May 3rd, 2022
  23. ^ YouTube video of a no fruit run of Pikmin 3
  24. ^ YouTube video of an out of bounds glitch in The Forest of Hope
  25. ^ Playlist of an Onionless Pikmin playthrough on YouTube
  26. ^ YouTube video of The Forest of Hope in 1 day Onionless (TAS)
  27. ^ YouTube video of The Forest Navel in 1 day Onionless (TAS)
  28. ^ YouTube video of day 1 extinction
  29. ^ Playlist of an Onionless Pikmin 2 playthrough on YouTube
  30. ^ YouTube video of the rest skip glitch
  31. ^ YouTube video of Day 1 Extinction with 0 deaths in Pikmin 2
  32. ^ YouTube video of killing Pikmin on day 1 in Pikmin 3
  33. ^ YouTube video of Pikmin 3 Onionless all fruits in 10 days
  34. ^ YouTube video of a player playing through the Bulblax Kingdom blindfolded
  35. ^ YouTube video of a player completing Cavern of Chaos with the least amount of Pikmin: 20 Reds, 5 Whites, 5 Blues