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The main Pikmin games take place over the course of several in-game days. Dangerous creatures roam at nighttime, so exploration on the Pikmin planet only happens during the daytime. The number of days spent on the planet is also important in some games: in Pikmin, Captain Olimar has 30 days before his life-support systems fail and he's stranded on the planet permanently, and in Pikmin 3 the number of days left is determined by how many bottles of fruit juice are left, for a maximum of 99 days. Pikmin 2 has no day limit, and in New Play Control! Pikmin and Pikmin 3, the player is given the ability to go back in time and retry from a certain day of their adventure through a day selection menu. A common challenge run in the Pikmin games is to complete the game taking the least amount of days possible.

The Sun Meter at the top of the HUD indicates the amount of daylight left, so effectively, the time the player has left on the current day. A number on the top right corner indicates the current day. In the Story Mode of Pikmin games, a day lasts between 13 and 18 real-life minutes, depending on the game, version, and difficulty mode, as explained here. Alternative game modes have days with varying lengths. As the day goes by, the lighting on the area changes much like it does on Earth, but enemy behavior and area layout remains constant throughout.

Any important objects that are moved from their original spot like a ship part, treasure (except in caves in Pikmin 2), and fruit will remain in the new spot on any following day. When an enemy is killed, it usually respawns in its original place after some number of days. Additionally, if an enemy's corpse is not brought back to an Onion before the end of the day, the corpse will disappear. Some enemies only appear in certain days. Some of the most notable enemies with this characteristic are the Smoky Progg, which disappears after day 15, the Ujadani, which only appear every 30 days, and the Goolix and Mamuta on The Impact Site, that appear on alternating days. For a list of all enemies that appear in exclusive days, please read the list of enemies on the corresponding area article.

Sunset[edit]

The Sun Meter in each Pikmin game.

When the sunset arrives, all leaders and Pikmin must stop what they are doing, retreat into the Onions and ship, and spend the night in low-orbit, due to the fact that many predators become active at night. Additionally, in Pikmin 2, the Hocotate ship needs to be in low orbit to communicate with Hocotate.

Safe Pikmin[edit]

When the sunset arrives, any Pikmin that are considered to be "safe" will be able to board their Onion, spend the night above the surface, and be ready to be picked up the following day. When the day ends, be it normally or from the pause menu, Pikmin will be considered safe if:

  • They are in a leader's group.
  • They are close to an activated Onion. (What counts as being 'close' is only shown in Pikmin 3.)
  • They are close to an inactivated Onion, in Pikmin 2[1] and Pikmin 3 only.
  • They are transitioning between sections of the area, in Pikmin 3.

It does not matter which Onion the Pikmin is close to, even if the Pikmin's type does not match the Onion's type.

In addition to these, any Pikmin that is buried will stay where they are buried, and will not be harmed over the night. Any other Pikmin that isn't safe or buried will be left behind on the surface, and will be eaten by enemies during the night.

While it can be difficult to tell if a Pikmin is considered safe in the first 2 games, Pikmin 3 added some ways to know for sure. A large white circle appears around all activated Onions on the area, indicating that Pikmin within it will be safe. Although unactivated Onions do not show the circle, the safety radius still exists, and if a dormant Onion is activated after the sunset warning period begins, the circle will still not appear, but nearby Pikmin will still be counted as safe. This radius can also be seen on the radar. A small counter will appear on the top-right corner of the HUD to alert the player of how many Pikmin are in danger of being left behind. On the KopPad, what types of Pikmin that are idle are displayed near the top of the map, along with how many. Pikmin icons will also appear larger on the radar when the sunset is approaching, and the icons of those that are in risk of being left on the surface will also appear flashing on the radar. Finally, when the player attempts to finish the day from the pause menu, a warning will show up saying that Pikmin will be left behind, if there are indeed any Pikmin considered not safe when the player tried to end the day.

Phases[edit]

Warning[edit]

Some minutes before the sun is down, a message will appear on-screen warning the player that they need to gather their Pikmin. From here on, the music changes to a calmer remix. It is also at this point that the KopPad changes, and the Onions get their safety limits shown, in Pikmin 3. From Pikmin 2 onward, the normal area music fades out a couple of seconds before this phase begins.

Countdown[edit]

Some time after the warning, a countdown from 10 takes place. Each digit takes a few seconds to pass, as explained here, and is presented on-screen, slowly fading away to make way for the next one. 0 also appears, and the day doesn't end until after the 0 disappears completely. Interestingly, in Pikmin, after the counter reaches 4, the player is no longer able to interact with the S.S. Dolphin.

Gathering[edit]

When the countdown finishes, or when the day is ended with the pause menu, two cinematic sequences take place. The first scene starts with all alive leaders and safe Pikmin following the leaders walking up to the landing site in a single group led by the leader who was selected when the day ended. The main leader then dismisses and orders every Pikmin to get on their Onions or ship. Any Pikmin that is near an Onion, but away from the landing site will still climb to their Onion, despite not being shown. Any Pikmin that are buried will remain buried in the same spot, and can be plucked on another day. After all the Pikmin have entered their Onion, the leader(s) are beamed into the ship.

A song plays during this cinematic, and while it is similar in each game, there is some variation. In Pikmin, the song is slower, and repeats a section twice, lengthening the cutscene when compared to the later games. In Pikmin 2, there are 4 songs that can play during this cinematic:

  • If the player obtained no treasure, even if they gathered Pokos from enemies, a simple and quiet remix of the main "end of day" theme plays.
  • If the player has collected some treasures, the regular song takes place.
  • A third, more upbeat version of the song will play when the player has collected 15 or more treasures during the day.
  • The final theme plays when both leaders are down or a Pikmin extinction occurs. It's a sad and lower-beat version of the main "end of day" theme.

Lift off[edit]

The S.S. Drake and the Onion lifting off in Pikmin 3.

The second cinematic shows the ship preparing for lift off, while wild creatures draw near. If any Pikmin were not considered safe, they'll be shown running towards the ship in an attempt to be saved. However, it is too late, and the wandering enemies will begin to eat them. The ship then takes off, and the stats for that day are shown. This is when the player may save the game, and read Olimar's voyage log, mail, or the Koppaites' voyage log. The following is a list of enemies that appear in each area in Pikmin and Pikmin 3, given that in Pikmin 2, the game picks randomly from the enemies that can appear in the area, with more Pikmin left behind resulting in more enemies:

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Olimar's Final Smash is called End of Day. It shows Olimar jumping into his ship then rocketing off into space as night approaches. The stage below becomes infested with mature Bulborbs that deal heavy damage to foes; following this, the ship crashes and explodes, hurting all nearby enemies. Strangely, Pikmin will be left behind and are immune to the predators, but not to other players.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

The End of Day trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Description:

Olimar's Final Smash. Dusk falls, and his spaceship makes a landing. Olimar takes the Onion, with all his Pikmin aboard, and blasts off for the stars. In Pikmin, native life-forms grew active and violent at night, making it lethal to remain on the surface—this is why Olimar would take his Onions and leave at night. This technique breaks the framework of the game.

Icon for the Wii. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
How to obtain: Complete All-Star mode with Olimar. Type: Final Smash

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

This trophy is only available in the Wii U version.

EndofDayTrophySSBU.jpeg US version US description:
On the planet Olimar is investigating, the native creatures become extra violent at night, forcing him to retreat to orbit every evening. His Final Smash works the same way: night falls and Olimar takes to the sky, leaving his foes to the mercy of the wildlife below. Olimar returns when dawn breaks and you can adjust his less-than-safe landing!
European version EU description:
On the planet of the Pikmin, the native creatures get quite violent come nightfall, so Olimar retreats to orbit every evening. That's how his Final Smash works, too: Olimar takes off in his trusty Dolphin[sic], then in come the beasties to take care of the other fighters. When Olimar returns, make sure he touches down, er...safely!
How to obtain: Complete All-Star mode with Olimar or Alph. Type: Final Smash Trophy Box: 92. Final Smashes 3

Durations[edit]

The exact duration of a day, the sunset stage, etc. varies between game, between versions, and between difficulty modes. Because the European version of the GameCube original Pikmin runs at a lower framerate, events actually take longer than in other versions of the game. The following table lists the real-world time that some states last for, in a mm:ss format.

Game Whole day Half day Sunset Countdown
US/JP Pikmin 13:30 06:46 01:06 00:30
EU Pikmin 16:12 08:06 01:21 00:38
Pikmin 2 13:02 06:29 01:05 00:32
Pikmin 3 13:00 06:30 02:10 00:32
Pikmin 3 Deluxe, normal difficulty 18:00 09:00 02:10 00:33
Pikmin 3 Deluxe, hard and ultra-spicy difficulty 13:00 06:30 02:10 00:33

The day is measured from the end of the landing cutscene to the start of the sunset cutscene. Half day is measured from the end of the landing cutscene to the moment the mid-day chime plays. The sunset is measured from the moment the sunset warning appears on-screen to the start of the sunset cutscene. The countdown is measured from the moment the first digit appears on-screen to the start of the sunset cutscene. These times are measured without pausing, and without doing anything throughout the day, to ensure there are virtually no lag frames.

Measuring time[edit]

The Sun Meter displays 13 dots which mark changes of the hour. In Pikmin 2, these dots represent times from 7 AM to 7 PM.[2] In Pikmin 3, the final results menu shows the player the day number as well as the time of day in which the final boss was defeated, making it possible to conclude that days in Pikmin 3 start at 6 AM, and end at 6 PM.

First day[edit]

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The first day of each game is a bit special in that it serves as a tutorial of sorts. Because of this, some of the game's rules are changed for this day only:

  • Time does not pass, and there is no Sun Meter. The day only ends when a certain task is completed. In Pikmin, the first day ends when the player recovers the Main Engine. In Pikmin 2, the first day ends when the player collects the Courage Reactor. In Pikmin 3, the first day ends when the player reaches the S.S. Drake.
  • There is no normal way to kill Pikmin or reach an extinction. Some exploits can make it happen, though.
  • There are only harmless enemies present. Although there is a Dwarf Red Bulborb in Pikmin 2, it specifically cannot eat Pikmin or bite leaders.
  • The player may be prohibited from doing certain actions, like whistling or dismissing until the game gives instructions on how that can be done.
  • Unimportant or extra mechanics, like lying down in Pikmin or maturity changes in Pikmin 3 may be disabled all throughout the day.
  • The first day will always be sunny in Pikmin 3.
  • All Pikmin will be considered safe when the day ends, regardless if they meet the safety conditions or not.[source needed]

In addition, in Pikmin 3, the player can go back to any previous day, and going back to day 1 effectively resets the story: some otherwise permanent information, like all charted locations of an area on the radar, and the code used for the Secret Files, are reset when the player goes to day 1, finishes it, and saves the game.

Uniquely, many of these same changes apply during the segment with Brittany after she falls into a cave in the Distant Tundra and discovers the Yellow Pikmin. Once she leaves this cave, the day counter will begin like normal.

Weather[edit]

A rainy day in the Tropical Wilds.

In Pikmin 3, the weather can vary between days. The effects of weather are purely aesthetic. Most areas have 2 weather states, sunny and rainy, while the Distant Tundra has sunny and snowy. Compared to sunny weather, rainy weather has darker lighting, different music, faint splashes on the ground, and makes surfaces more shiny. Snowy weather makes faint snow fall from the sky and also changes the music. Weather has no effect on underground sections of areas.

The weather for a day is set at the beginning of the day while the game is loading, and does not change throughout the day. Generally, the weather is set randomly, with rainy weather having a 1/4 chance in the Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, and Twilight River, and snowy weather having a 1/2 chance in the Distant Tundra.[3] However, a day can be forced to have a specific weather type, if at the beginning of the day, the amount of progress through the story is at a specific level, and the player is in a specific area. (The variable used to track the game progress is also used for objectives.)

The weather will be forced to be sunny if, at the start of the day:

  • It is day 1 in the Tropical Wilds.
  • Brittany has not yet been rescued in the Garden of Hope.
  • The double bridge has not been built in the Distant Tundra and it is at least the third day in the area (not including day 1).
  • Charlie has been rescued but the Sandbelching Meerslug has not been defeated in the Tropical Wilds.
  • The dam has not been lifted in the Twilight River.
  • The Hocotatian has been saved from the Scornet Maestro but Blue Pikmin have not been obtained in the Garden of Hope.
  • The Quaggled Mireclops has been defeated but the Hocotatian has not been rescued in the Garden of Hope.
  • The cave has not yet been entered in the Formidable Oak.

The weather will be forced to be rainy if, at the start of the day:

  • The Armored Mawdad has been defeated but the Data Glutton has not been collected in the Garden of Hope.
  • The Sandbelching Meerslug has been defeated but the Folded Data Glutton has not been collected in the Tropical Wilds.
  • The Scornet Maestro has been defeated but the Hocotatian has not been rescued in the Twilight River.
  • Blue Pikmin have been obtained but the Quaggled Mireclops has not been defeated in the Garden of Hope.
  • The cave has been entered in the Formidable Oak.

The weather will be forced to be snowy if, at the start of the day:

  • It is day 1 in the Distant Tundra.
  • The double bridge has not been built in the Distant Tundra and it is the first or second day in the area (not including day 1).

Daylight[edit]

As time goes by, the daylight changes much as it would on Earth, with the area being slightly foggy during the morning, the most lit during the middle of the day, and darker near the night.

In Pikmin, the shadows under Pikmin and Olimar point to different directions as the day goes by. At the start of the day, they point to the southwest, at midday, to the south, and near the end, to the southeast. This is similar to sun-cast shadows on planet Earth, given that the sun rises on the east (and hence, the shadows are cast to the west), and sets on the west. In order to avoid rendering too many shadows at once and slowing the game down, Pikmin shadows are completely omitted if there are 51 or more Pikmin on the field.

In Pikmin 2, the shadow limit does not exist, but shadows do not change direction as the day progresses, and are cast directly under the leaders or Pikmin. In Pikmin 3, all objects cast shadows, but shadows mainly remain directly below objects to more easily judge location and depth; they only elongate very near sunset.

Badges[edit]

In Pikmin 3 Deluxe, there is a badge the player can gain from spending days on PNF-404:

  • New Horizons: Complete day 1 in Story Mode.

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Trivia[edit]

  • The sunset cutscenes cannot be skipped in the US version of Pikmin, but they can in the European version, as well as all New Play Control! ports.
  • In the Wistful Wild at sunset, a Gatling Groink can shoot at and damage the leaders. They cannot be knocked down with this method, however.
  • The End of Day trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is worded in a way that makes it sound like Olimar uses the Onion, with all of his Pikmin on board; neither of these are true, as Olimar uses the Hocotate ship and some Pikmin can get left behind. This is the case for both the Final Smash and the Pikmin series mechanic.
  • In Pikmin 2, there is a small delay before the day time continues, when unpausing the game. By repeatedly pausing and unpausing, one can gain a slight bit of time.[4]
  • In Pikmin 2, the text for the message "Hurry! Gather your Pikmin!" changes color depending on how much time is left. From 10 to 7 it is white, from 6 to 4, yellow, and from 3 to 0 it is a reddish orange.
  • In Pikmin 3, if the Master Onion was in the process of beaming up something while the sunset cutscene starts, the effects for the beaming will remain throughout the cutscene, until it sucks in its "legs".
  • In Pikmin 3, if all leaders become unconscious while the safety zone rings are visible, they will stay visible throughout the sunset cutscene.
  • In Pikmin 3, thanks to the KopPad, it is possible to watch the sunset.[5]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of France French Jour Day
Flag of Germany German Tag Day
Flag of Italy Italian Giorno Day
Flag of Spain Spanish Día Day

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video showing how Pikmin left near an inactivated Onion survive the sunset, in Pikmin 2, published on June 25th, 2018, retrieved on June 26th, 2018
  2. ^ Data inside /user/Abe/time/time.ini, in Pikmin 2. The following three lines indicate the initial hour, final hour and day duration in seconds:
    {fp00} 4 7.000000 # ゲーム開始時刻
    {fp01} 4 19.000000 # ゲーム終了時刻
    {fp02} 4 1560.000000 # 1日の時間秒)
  3. ^ This data is based on experiments in both versions of Pikmin 3, and the exact probabilities may be different.
  4. ^ YouTube video demonstrating how it is possible to gain a small bit of time by continuously pausing and unpausing the game
  5. ^ YouTube video demonstrating how it is possible to watch the sunset in Pikmin 3