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Chronos Reactor

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Chronos Reactor
Icon used to represent the ship part on the wiki.
The Chronos Reactor.
This ship part is required for the S.S. Dolphin to escape the planet.
Weight 20
Max. carriers 40 Pikmin
Location The Distant Spring
Chronos Reactor
(Pikmin 3 Deluxe)
Icon used to represent the ship part on the wiki.
Weight 10
Max. carriers 20 Pikmin
Mission Another Part Found
Chronos Reactor
(Pikmin 4)
Icon used to represent the ship part on the wiki.
Weight 30
Max. carriers 60 Pikmin
Location Hero's Hideaway

The Chronos Reactor (クロノスリアクター?, lit.: "Chronos Reactor") is a mandatory ship part in Pikmin. It uses new technology to warp the space-time continuum and turn it into energy. Olimar is amazed by this part and wonders what secrets could be contained within. The part's location is the same location as that of the Submerged Castle in Pikmin 2. Once recovered, this ship part is installed on the S.S. Dolphin's bottom, and wraps around the Main Engine. A Chronos Reactor can be seen on the Hocotate ship, and in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, it appears as part a collectible in Side Stories. In Olimar's Shipwreck Tale of Pikmin 4, the Dolphin's Chronos Reactor appears in Hero's Hideaway, being held by an active Man-at-Legs, which will always be fought as the last boss of the mode.

Collecting the part[edit]

The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies shown are just suggestions.

In Pikmin[edit]

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Chronos Reactor icon.png
The location of the Chronos Reactor in The Distant Spring.

Defeating all of the Bulbears, Blowhogs, and Water Dumples that may be in the way back to the Dolphin is advisable. Yellow Pikmin are needed to get the part off its high perch, however, water surrounds it, so a nearby Golden Candypop Bud on another perch with a geyser must be used. At least 20 Blue Pikmin must be thrown into the Candypop Bud. The Yellow Pikmin must then be plucked and thrown onto the sandy island. If they drown, they can be saved by whistling or surrounding them with Blue Pikmin. After being retrieved from the ledge, Blue Pikmin must carry it back to the ship; the Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud can be used to convert the Yellow Pikmin back into Blue Pikmin. Assuming they take the eastern path back to the Dolphin, Blue Pikmin will carry the part through a shortcut in the water, thus avoiding the three sleeping Bulbears on the way.

However, with the use of a glitch, one can collect the part without using the Candypop Buds. To do this, throw 20 Blue Pikmin on the ledge by the Spotty Bulbear. Then awaken the Bulbear from its slumber, and go up the ramp to the UV Lamp. Run along the wall at a slight angle upwards. The Bulbear, who is trying to bite you, can push you out of bounds if done correctly. Then whistle the Pikmin on the ledge, and go the high ledge where the part rests. There are a few invisible walls along the way, but they should not be a problem to get past. This strategy is often used in speedruns.

In Pikmin 3 Deluxe[edit]

See Another Part Found#Guide for information on how to acquire this part and clear the day.

In Pikmin 4[edit]

Radar map of the Hero's Hideaway as it appears in Olimar's Shipwreck Tale, rotated to be north-up and with bodies of water composited in.
Icon for the Chronos Reactor from Pikmin 4's Olimar's Shipwreck Tale.
The location of the Chronos Reactor in the Hero's Hideaway.
See also: Man-at-Legs#Strategy.

Dig a tunnel to the kitchen countertop in the northern part of the area. From there, go left where you will need to build a clay mound. Scale the mound and proceed west along the counter to a moving platform, which leads you down to some hydro jelly and an orange button. Press this button to activate a fan of the same color on the floor. Return to the floor and take the orange fan up to the kitchen table. Defeat the Man-at-Legs on the table to claim the Chronos Reactor.


Olimar's monologs

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.


This ship part's name may reference Chronos, the Greek personification of time, something that this part can apparently transform into energy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese クロノスリアクター?
Kuronosu Riakutā
Chronos Reactor
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Shíguāng Fǎnyìng Zhuāngzhì
Time Reaction Device
Flag of China Chinese
Shíguāng Fǎnyìng Zhuāngzhì
Time Reaction Device
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Chronoreactor Chrono reactor
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Réacteur chronos Chronos reactor
Flag of France French (NoE) Réacteur Chronos Chronos Reactor
Flag of Germany German Krümmungsreaktor Curvature reactor
Flag of Italy Italian Cronoreattore Chronos reactor
Flag of South Korea Korean 크로노스 리액터
Keuronoseu Riaekteo
Chronos Reactor
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Reator Cronos Chronos reactor
Flag of Spain Spanish Reactor Chronos Chronos Reactor