Dwarf Red Bulborb
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.: "Child 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.
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.
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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.
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Nintendo Player's Guide
"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
"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."
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.
|Pikmin technical information (?)|
|Pikmin 2 technical information (?)|
|Global properties (List)|
|s001||wallReflection||Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?)||0.5|
|s004||bounceFactor||Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?)||0.3|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|fp29||警戒時間||Unknown (warning time?)||15|
|fp34||ピクミンとのあたり||Pikmin damage radius||10|
|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|
|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 (?)|
|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|
|Mission Mode value||15|
- Prima guide technical name: Unknown
- Size: Body length: 30mm, as per the e-card
- 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 "Child Red Chappy", or the Red Bulborb's name but with "child" in it. The scientific name for the Dwarf Red Bulborb is Pansarus pseudoculii russus. Pansarus pseudooculii is the species name used for other Breadbug mimics, and russus reflects the subspecies name for the Red Bulborb.
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
Aka Ko Chappī
|Child Red Chappy|
|Spanish (NoA)||Bulbo enano||Dwarf bulb|
|Spanish (NoE)||Bulbo enano||Dwarf bulb|
|French||Bulborbe nain (Pikmin and Pikmin 3)
Bulborbe Nain Rouge (Pikmin 2)
|Dwarf Bulborb (Pikmin and Pikmin 3)|
Dwarf Red Bulborb (Pikmin 2)
|German||Roter Zwerg-Punktkäfer (Pikmin 2)
Zwerg-Punktkäfer (Pikmin 3)
Red Pikmin fighting two Dwarf Red Bulborbs.
A Dwarf Red Bulborb on the Piklopedia.
A Dwarf Bulborb in Pikmin 3, about to eat a Red Pikmin.
A Dwarf Red Bulborb on the enemy reel in Pikmin.
A large group of Dwarf Red Bulborbs as seen in an earlier version of Pikmin.
The creature's e-card, #04 (3rd red card).
|Pikmin||Armored Cannon Beetle • Beady Long Legs • Breadbug • Burrowing Snagret • Dwarf Bulbear • Dwarf Red Bulborb • Emperor Bulblax • Female Sheargrub • Fiery Blowhog • Goolix • Honeywisp • Iridescent Flint Beetle • Male Sheargrub • Mamuta • Pearly Clamclamp • Pellet Posy • Puffstool • Puffy Blowhog • Shearwig • Smoky Progg • Spotty Bulbear • Red Bulborb • Swooping Snitchbug • Water Dumple • Wogpole • Wollywog • Yellow Wollywog|
|Pikmin 2||Anode Beetle • Anode Dweevil • Antenna Beetle • Armored Cannon Beetle Larva • Beady Long Legs • Breadbug • Bulbmin • Bulborb Larva • Bumbling Snitchbug • Burrowing Snagret • Careening Dirigibug • Caustic Dweevil • Cloaking Burrow-nit • Creeping Chrysanthemum • Decorated Cannon Beetle • Doodlebug • Dwarf Bulbear • Dwarf Orange Bulborb • Dwarf Red Bulborb • Emperor Bulblax • Empress Bulblax • Female Sheargrub • Fiery Blowhog • Fiery Bulblax • Fiery Dweevil • Gatling Groink • Giant Breadbug • Greater Spotted Jellyfloat • Hairy Bulborb • Hermit Crawmad • Honeywisp • Iridescent Flint Beetle • Iridescent Glint Beetle • Lesser Spotted Jellyfloat • Male Sheargrub • Mamuta • Man-at-Legs • Mitite • Munge Dweevil • Orange Bulborb • Pellet Posy • Pileated Snagret • Puffy Blowhog • Raging Long Legs • Ranging Bloyster • Ravenous Whiskerpillar • Red Bulborb • Segmented Crawbster • Shearwig • Skitter Leaf • Snow Bulborb • Spotty Bulbear • Swooping Snitchbug • Titan Dweevil • Toady Bloyster • Ujadani • Unmarked Spectralid • Volatile Dweevil • Water Dumple • Waterwraith • Watery Blowhog • Withering Blowhog • Wogpole • Wollywog • Yellow Wollywog|
|Pikmin 3||Arachnode • Arctic Cannon Larva • Armored Cannon Larva • Armored Mawdad • Baldy Long Legs • Bearded Amprat • Bug-Eyed Crawmad • Bulborb • Burrowing Snagret • Calcified Crushblat • Desiccated Skitter Leaf • Dwarf Bulbear • Dwarf Red Bulborb • Dwarf Orange Bulborb • Female Sheargrub • Fiery Blowhog • Flighty Joustmite • Hermit Crawmad • Iridescent Flint Beetle • Joustmite • Male Sheargrub • Medusal Slurker • Mysterious Life Form • Nectarous Dandelfly • Orange Bulborb • Peckish Aristocrab • Pellet Posy • Phosbat • Plasm Wraith • Puckering Blinnow • Puffy Blowhog • Pyroclasmic Slooch • Quaggled Mireclops • Red Spectralid • Sandbelching Meerslug • Scornet • Scornet Maestro • Shaggy Long Legs • Shearwig • Skeeterskate • Skitter Leaf • Skutterchuck • Spotty Bulbear • Sputtlefish • Swarming Sheargrub • Swooping Snitchbug • Toady Bloyster • Vehemoth Phosbat • Waddlepus • Water Dumple • Watery Blowhog • Whiptongue Bulborb • White Spectralid • Wogpole • Yellow Spectralid • Yellow Wollywog|