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Dwarf Red Bulborb

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Dwarf Red Bulborb In-game icon.
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Appears in PikminPikmin 2Pikmin 3
Scientific name Pansarus pseudooculii russus
Pansarus pseudoculii russus before Wii EU Pikmin 2
Family Breadbug
Areas The Forest of Hope, Valley of Repose, Awakening Wood, Wistful Wild, Tropical Wilds, Garden of Hope, Formidable Oak
Caves Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode levels The Forest of Hope, The Distant Spring, The Final Trial, Explorer's Cave, Lost Toy Box, Green Hole, Hot House, Red Chasm, Twilight Garden, Hazard Training, Cave of Pain, Emperor's Realm
Collect treasure! levels Tropical Forest, Thirsty Desert, Shaded Garden, Shaded Garden Remix, Beastly Caverns
Battle enemies! levels Tropical Forest, Thirsty Desert, Formidable Oak Remix, Fortress of Festivity, Clockwork Chasm
2-Player Battle levels Battle Field, Carpet Plain, Colosseum, Rusty Gulch
Bingo Battle levels Shaded Terrace, Stagnant Sea, Twisted Cavern, Arid Metropolis, Rusted Labyrinth, Jigsaw Fortress, Blooming Terrace, Parched Brook, Buried Pond, Sandbox Kingdom, Corroded Maze, Jigsaw Colosseum
Attacks Eat Pikmin

It has been suggested that this page should be moved to Dwarf Bulborb. Reason:
It is called "Dwarf Bulborb" in Pikmin 3, which is much more recent than Pikmin 2.
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Dwarf Red Bulborbs (アカコチャッピー?, lit.: "Child Red Chappy") are small and common enemies in the Pikmin games. They were originally known as Dwarf Bulborbs (小チャッピー?, lit.: "Small Chappy") in Pikmin until various subspecies with different colorations were discovered; they are called just that in Pikmin 3 as well. At the end of Pikmin it is known that they are not of the same species as the Spotty Bulborb, and in Pikmin 2, they are revealed to belong to the Breadbug family, not the Grub-dog family.

These enemies perfectly resemble Red Bulborbs in appearance, but are much smaller. Dwarf Red Bulborbs can be easily defeated by swarming them, or by throwing a single Pikmin directly on top of them. In Pikmin 2, if a leader throws a Purple Pikmin on it, it will remain attached while the creature falls. In the first game, bothering one will make it release a loud scream, waking up the nearest Spotty Bulborb. Dwarf bulborbs do scream in Pikmin 2, when a Pikmin is thrown onto its back, but the scream does absolutely nothing. They squeal when a leader or Pikmin bothers them in the second game, as do the other Dwarf Bulborbs and Dwarf Bulbears. If this creature is petrified in the Piklopedia, when it breaks out of the stone it runs around eating any thrown Pikpik carrots at a much greater speed than normal.

In the Cavern of Chaos, on sublevel 8, more than fifty of them can be found, along with two Gatling Groinks.

Dwarf Bulborbs have a far deeper-pitched cry in Pikmin 3. They no longer shriek loudly as they did in Pikmin 2 when killed, but instead emit a deep, throaty sound much like the Red Bulborbs in Pikmin 3 do. This change seems questionable, as their smaller larynx should indeed produce a higher-pitched sound than that of a Red Bulborb, as seen with Bulborb Larva.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 3 6 4 N/A 130 Unknown
Pikmin 2 3 6 4 Poko icon.png × 2 200 No
Pikmin 3 (?) 3 6 (normally) 3 Poko icon.png × 15
Points × 15
100 No


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If you have a large group of Pikmin available, you can simply swarm it. Alternatively, aim and throw a bunch of Pikmin at its back. If a Pikmin lands directly on top of it, it will die instantly. In the first Pikmin game, these creatures may cause the crushing glitch to occur. In Pikmin 2, Purple Pikmin will home in on the Dwarf Bulborb, which can be pretty helpful for a quick kill. The Purple Pikmin will take a while to get off of the Dwarf Bulborb it landed on, but cannot be eaten while still clinging to the creature. If a Pikmin is caught by one, then it can easily be saved by throwing another Pikmin onto the creature's back. As the enemy dies, any captured Pikmin will be released from its mouth.


Simply punching while avoiding its attacks is the most effective strategy for leaders.


By the end of the first game, it is revealed that the Dwarf Red Bulborb is actually a completely different species from the Red Bulborb. As such, one could most likely assume that these creatures are masters of mimicry. Like the Red Bulborb, they have a very mammalian appearance, sporting the soft, leathery skin and bulbous eyes of their pseudo-cousin. They also have the same spot patterns and "mandibles" as that of the Red Bulborb. In Pikmin 3, the spots are larger and these spots are indented. However, they do have one notable difference; these look-alikes have black eyes while Red Bulborbs have purple eyes.


Reel notes

Although similar in appearance to bulborbs, these belong to a totally different species.

Olimar's notes

Although initially identified as a juvenile red bulborb, groundbreaking new research indicates that this creature is in fact a member of the breadbug family. A close relative of the vanilla breadbug, it escapes predation through mimicry. Unique adaptation of the red bulborb's crimson coloration allows the species to safely commingle. Such effective adaptation and obfuscation by a prey species is rare, indicating this clever creature is a master of mimicry.

Louie's notes

For a blissful bisque, mince the entire beast finely and stir in with heavy cream, artichoke hearts, and a pinch of black pepper. Heat slowly until piping hot. Mmmmm... Rich and creamy!

Olimar's voyage log

The most plentiful species on the planet, they are quite ferocious despite their appearance, using their massive jaws to swallow Pikmin whole. Frontal assaults result in disaster; attacks from behind are more successful. Attacking their legs is also effective.

Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

"The trickiest aspect of fighting Dwarf Red Bulborbs is that they travel in groups. When you attack one, the others will help defend it. Attack each little Bulborb with a toss. If your throws are accurate, you'll flatten the lot of them in a hurry."

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

"Dwarf Bulborbs are much weaker than their fully grown counterparts. To quickly defeat a Dwarf Bulborb, toss a single Pikmin onto the creature’s back."

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin technical information (?)
Internal name chappy
HP 130
Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name kochappy
Global properties (List)
ID Japanese comment Property Value
s000 friction(not used) Friction 0.5
s001 wallReflection Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?) 0.5
s002 faceDirAdjust Unknown 0.25
s003 accel Acceleration 0.1
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 200
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 20
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.2
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.25
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.3
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.1
fp06 速度 Move speed 50
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.4
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 500
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 80
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 70
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 95
fp13 視界角度 FOV 180
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 200
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 180
fp16 振り払い率 Unknown (shake rate?) 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 50
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 17
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 30
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 20
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 35
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 20
fp24 攻撃力 Attack damage 10
fp25 視界高 Unknown (height visibility?) 50
fp26 探索高 Unknown (exploration height?) 50
fp27 ライフの高さ HP wheel height 50
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 10
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 15
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 30
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 40
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 The radius around which the game will process its collision with the environment. 20
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 10
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration 1
fp36 ヒップドロップダメージ Purple Pikmin drop damage 50
fp37 地震気絶確立 Purple Pikmin stun chance 0.3 (30%)
fp38 地震気絶時間 Purple Pikmin stun time 10
ip01 振り払い打撃A Unknown 1
ip02 振り払い張付1 Unknown 1
ip03 振り払い打撃B Unknown 1
ip04 振り払い張付2 Unknown 2
ip05 振り払い打撃C Unknown 2
ip06 振り払い張付3 Unknown 3
ip07 振り払い打撃D Unknown 2
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 ぼんやり時間 Unknown (idle time?) 2
fp02 白ピクミン毒 White Pikmin poison damage 300
fp03 回転終了角度 Max angle it will rotate at, on the spot 180
Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name kochappy
HP 100
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 1
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 1
Bomb rock explosions to kill 1
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 0
Number of direct hits on top to kill 1
Damage to leaders 10
Territory radius 200
Mission Mode value 15

Other information[edit]

  • Prima guide technical name: Unknown
  • Size: Body length: 30mm, as per the e-card
  • Japanese name: ベニデメマダラモドキ?, lit.: "Pseudo Spotted Crimson Bug-eye"
  • Piklopedia number: #4


The creature is called as such because it is a dwarf-sized mimic of a Red Bulborb. In Pikmin, the only "Bulborb-like" creatures were this and the Red Bulborb, so there was no need to disambiguate its name with a color. Hence, it was just called "Dwarf Bulborb" in the first game. Pikmin 2 introduced other species, so disambiguation was needed, but Pikmin 3 went back to calling it Dwarf Bulborb, even though multiple types of Bulborb and mimics still exist in that game.

In Japanese, it is called アカコチャッピー?, which translates to "Small/Young Red Chappy", referring to its small size. The scientific name for the Dwarf Red Bulborb is Pansarus pseudooculii russus. Pansarus pseudooculii is the species name used for other Breadbug mimics, and russus reflects the subspecies name for the Red Bulborb. In the versions of Pikmin 2 before the European Wii release, the word pseudooculii is written with only one 'o', which is presumably a mistake, since all other dwarf mimics use two 'o's.

Internally, it is called chappy in Pikmin, meaning this enemy was likely the original Bulborb during development (チャッピー? is the Japanese name for "Bulborb"). In Pikmin 2, it was changed to reflect its normal name, and so it was named kochappy. This is its internal name in Pikmin 3 as well.

In an early script left inside Pikmin 2, it is revealed that is placeholder scientific name was Pansarus Psuedooculii RED. Not only is the word "RED" a placeholder, much like in the early scientific name of the Red Bulborb, but "pseudo" is also misspelled.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese アカコチャッピー?
Aka Ko Chappii
Child Red Chappy
Flag of France.svg French Bulborbe nain (Pikmin and Pikmin 3)
Bulborbe Nain Rouge (Pikmin 2)
Dwarf Bulborb (Pikmin and Pikmin 3)
Dwarf Red Bulborb (Pikmin 2)
Flag of Germany.svg German Roter Zwerg-Punktkäfer (Pikmin 2)
Zwerg-Punktkäfer (Pikmin 3)
Flag of South Korea.svg Korean 꼬마차피
Kko Ma Chappi
Dwarf Bulborb
Flag of Mexico.svg Spanish (NoA) Bulbo enano Dwarf bulb
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish (NoE) Bulbo enano Dwarf bulb


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