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Erma Shepherd
A render of Shepherd taken from a Pikmin Garden coloring page preview.
Name Erma Shepherd
Gender Female
Eye color Blue
Hair color Yellow
Home planet Giya
Known related characters 98 past generations of the Shepherd family (ancestors)
Height 2.5 cm (0.98 inches)
First game Pikmin 4
Latest game Pikmin 4
For the ship, see S.S. Shepherd.

Erma Shepherd, usually simply called Shepherd, is the captain of the Rescue Corps in Pikmin 4. She is Oatchi's trainer and leads the group's mission. She is the second member of the Rescue Corps found in the tutorial, being found holding onto a pole in the Burrow of Beginnings surrounded by 3 Bulborb Larvae; defeating the Bulborb Larvae will let Shepherd come down from the pole to join the player character and Collin. In the Rescue Command Post, talking to Shepherd lets the player spend Oatchi's Pup Drive to train Oatchi and unlock new abilities. Although Shepherd is not playable in the main story, the first player can choose to play as her in Dandori Battle mode; the same applies to Collin.

Personality and appearance[edit]

Shepherd has a egg-shaped head, long ears, dark skin, and blonde hair styled in a bun with a long curl on the side. She also wears a bandana that matches her spacesuit color and has blue grease paint under her eyes.

Shepherd takes a lot of interest in dogs, being the one who trains Oatchi and other Rescue Pups. She is eager to talk about the good attributes of dogs, as seen when Olimar occasionally talks about his own dog. Though she has a love for animals, Shepherd has a contrasting view on the Pikmin at first, being rather frightened of them. Later in the game, she seems to warm up a bit to the Pikmin, showing sadness when they die. Shepherd is straightforward and commanding. Her perspective seems to be very surface level, such as not questioning the morals of the game's antagonist in favor of repeatedly ordering the player to catch them. Her impulsivity and anxiety can hinder her role as a captain. Her apprehensive yet headstrong persona provides contrast to the humble, tranquil Collin.


Pikmin Garden bio[edit]




出身星 カギヤ星


関係者 歴代の隊長たち、オッチン、本部の救助犬

趣味 救助犬の訓練、救助犬の散歩、救助犬と遊ぶこと、救助犬と…

夢 レスキュー隊が要らない安全で平和な宇宙時代の到来


Captain of the Rescue Corps


Home planet: Giya

She is the 99th captain in a family that has been running a space Rescue Corps for generations. She is also a top Rescue Pup trainer, but is not good with animals other than dogs.

Related persons: past captains, Oatchi, rescue pups at the headquarters

Hobbies: training Rescue Pups, walking Rescue Pups, playing with Rescue Pups… with Rescue Pups…

Dreams: the arrival of a safe and peaceful space age without the need for a Rescue Corps


Fitting with the dog theme of Pikmin 4's character names, Shepherd's name comes from the German Shepherd breed of dog. Additionally, a "shepherd" can refer to someone who guides or watches over a group of people, alluding to Shepherd's role as captain of the Rescue Corps.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese シェパード?
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Flag of China Chinese
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Shepherd -
Flag of France French Shepherd -
Flag of Germany German Shepherd -
Flag of Italy Italian Shepherd -
Flag of South Korea Korean 셰퍼드
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Shepherd -
Flag of Spain Spanish Shepherd -


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