|Appears in||Pikmin 2, Pikmin 4|
|Scientific name||Oculus vulcanus|
|Areas||Valley of Repose, Perplexing Pool, Giant's Hearth|
|Caves||Submerged Castle, Cavern of Chaos, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den, Engulfed Castle, Frozen Inferno, Trial of the Sage Leaf, Cradle of the Beast|
|Challenge Mode stages||Green Hole, Cryptic Cavern, Hazard Training, Cave of Pain, Emperor's Realm,|
|Dandori Challenge stages||None|
|Dandori Battle stages||Hot Sandy Duel|
|2-Player Battle stages||None|
|Attacks||Eat and burn Pikmin|
The Fiery Bulblax (ヤキチャッピー?, lit.: "Sizzling Chappy") is an uncommon enemy in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 4. It resembles a large Bulborb, but with a fiery backside and meltier features. Only Red Pikmin can withstand the blaze of this creature's body. However, if lured to water, its flames will go out, allowing non-Red Pikmin to attack. It is recommended to use a spray against this enemy, as it is one of the most aggressive Grub-dogs.
|10||20||12||× 10||1400||4.2 HP/s|
Olimar's Notes (Pikmin 4)
“Bodily excretions of a highly flammable waxy substance interact with the cell structure of this Grub-Dog's skin, causing a chemical reaction that produces extremely high temperatures. The skin benefits from a spongy cell structure that diffuses the surface heat, protecting the creature's inner organs. Due to the astonishing amount of heat produced by this beast, it should be observed with great caution.”
Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide
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Naturally, Red Pikmin are best to fight this creature due to their immunity to fire. Beat it as if it were a standard Red Bulborb, by peppering its back with a group of 50 or so reds. Fiery Bulblaxes have high HP for a grub-dog and have a fierce shake to fend off Pikmin. An ultra-spicy spray may be desirable for killing it before it can shake off attackers. Swarming a sleeping Fiery Bulblax with 50 or more Red Pikmin can also kill it quickly, but this is riskier since not all Pikmin will latch on to the beast, leaving them more vulnerable. Ultra-bitter sprays are also effective, but it should be noted the Bulblax's fire continues even while the creature is petrified.
Sometimes a Fiery Bulblax can only be fought with Blue Pikmin, for example in the Valley of Repose where one sleeps across a small lake. While a Fiery Bulblax is in the water, its flames are extinguished. So lure the Bulblax into the water until it reaches the end of its territory, then charge at it. Since water does not deter the Fiery Bulblax from attacking, it can be tricky to keep it in water without risking Pikmin, so an ultra-bitter spray is recommended here. In Pikmin 2 the foe will re-ignite the moment it leaves the water, but in Pikmin 4 it will remain extinguished until it prepares to go back to sleep, giving a much longer window of time to attack.
If Red or Blue Pikmin are scarce in these situations, you can also throw Purple Pikmin, since they will each cause it damage through their smash and have a chance of stunning it. The Purple Pikmin will either be ignited by the flames or—if the Bulblax is lured in water—risk drowning, so this dangerous method must be done hastily if attempted at all.
It should be noted that, although Fiery Bulblaxes do not wake up until touched, they are more sensitive than other Bulborbs when returning to their homes, and can stop in their tracks if Pikmin or leaders enter their territory. This can earn you a little time if you attack a returning Fiery Bulblax just as it pauses to notice you.
It is possible to kill a Fiery Bulblax with leaders, but without the Scorch Guard upgrade they are in overwhelming danger of getting burned. And even with that upgrade and the Rocket Fist, the task takes so long that it isn't recommended unless you are in a cave, without a time limit. But if you are to beat the Bulblax with just leaders, simply punch the creature and dodge its bites, as with other Grub-dogs.
|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)||40|
|fp02||ダメージスケールXZ||Horizontal damage scale||0.25|
|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||0.35|
|fp14||探索距離||Unknown (exploration radius?)||500|
|fp15||探索角度||Unknown (exploration angle?)||120|
|fp16||振り払い率||Successful shake rate||1|
|fp20||攻撃可能範囲||Unknown (shock attack max range?)||75|
|fp21||攻撃可能角度||Unknown (shock attack max angle?)||25|
|fp22||攻撃ヒット範囲||Unknown (attack hit range?)||80|
|fp23||攻撃ヒット角度||Unknown (attack hit angle?)||35|
|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||110|
|fp29||警戒時間||Unknown (warning time?)||15|
|fp33||マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定||Collision processing radius||60|
|fp34||ピクミンとのあたり||Pikmin damage radius||30|
|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||5|
|ip01||振り払い打撃Ａ||Shake mode 1 – hit count||6|
|ip02||振り払い張付１||Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement||5|
|ip03||振り払い打撃Ｂ||Shake mode 2 – hit count||12|
|ip04||振り払い張付２||Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement||10|
|ip05||振り払い打撃Ｃ||Shake mode 3 – hit count||17|
|ip06||振り払い張付３||Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement||20|
|ip07||振り払い打撃Ｄ||Shake mode 4 – hit count||22|
|fp01||足元範囲||Determines rotation speed while standing (lower values give faster rotations)||30|
|fp02||白ピクミン毒||White Pikmin poison damage||300|
- Size: Body length: 105mm, as per the e-card
- Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #10
- See more: Grub-dog family#Naming.
- Common name: Fiery Bulblax. The word "fiery" in its name is clearly due to the fact that it is always ablaze, and "Bulblax" is a different name used for the most powerful Bulborbs, perhaps in relation to a possible planned boss status. The Fiery Bulblax also shares the melted features and protected hide of the Emperor Bulblax (which are more prevalent in Pikmin 4), as well as deeper vocalizations shared with the Empress Bulblax in Pikmin 2. The meaning of the word Bulblax is unknown.
- Japanese nickname: ヤキチャッピー?. The name could be translated to "Sizzling Chappy", with "Chappy" being the Japanese name for Bulborb.
- Japanese name: ヒノデメマダラ?, lit.: "Fiery Spotted Bug-eye".
- Scientific name: Its scientific name is Oculus vulcanus. Vulcanus is Latin for "volcano". According to an unused early English script in the game's files, the species name was initially going to simply be volcano.
- Internal names: Internally, it is simply called
- Prerelease: None.
Names in other languages
|Japanese||ヤキチャッピー / 焼きチャッピー?
|Sizzling Chappy||"Chappy" is the Japanese name for Bulborb|
|Flaming Chappy||"Qiàbǐ" is the Chinese (traditional) name for Bulborb|
|Flaming Chappy||"Qiàbǐ" is the Chinese (simplified) name for Bulborb|
|Dutch||Vlammende bulblax||Burning bulblax|
Bulblax embrasé (Pikmin 4)
Burning bulblax (Pikmin 4)
|"Bulborbe" is the French name for Bulborb|
|German||Feuriger Punktkäfer||Fiery Dot Beetle||"Punktkäfer" is the German name for Bulborb|
Coleto igneo (Pikmin 4)
Fiery bulborb (Pikmin 4)
|"Coleto" may come from "boletus" (Latin for mushroom), as a bulborb's spots resemble those found on certain mushrooms|
"Coleto" is the Italian name for both Bulborb and Bulbear
|Flame Chappy||"Chapi" is the Korean name for Bulborb|
|Spanish||Bulbo fogoso (Pikmin 2)
Bulbo dragón (Pikmin 2 (Nintendo Switch), Pikmin 4)
|Fiery bulborb||Even though "dragón" means 'dragon', the "Bulbo dragón" (Fiery Bulblax), uses the word as an equivalent to 'fiery' in the English name.|
|Portuguese||Bulbolhão-de-fogo||Fiery big bulbeye||"Bulbolhão" is the masculine augmentative form of "Bulbolho" (bulborb)|
"Bulbolho" is a portmanteau of "bulbo" (bulb) and "olho" (eye), it is the Brazilian Portuguese name for Bulborb
"Bulbolhão" also sounds close to "bobalhão" (a childish slang that means "silly" or "stupid", it's the masculine form of "bobalhona")
The Fiery Bulblax that holds the Temporal Mechanism in the Valley of Repose.
A Fiery Bulblax sleeping in Pikmin 2's Piklopedia.
A Fiery Bulblax in the Piklopedia in the Japanese version of Pikmin 2.
The Piklopedia icon of the Fiery Bulblax in the Nintendo Switch version of Pikmin 2.
The Fiery Bulblax's e-card, #10 (19th red card).
- The Fiery Bulblax's Piklopedia icon is an 80x80 image. This size is only used for bosses. This could mean that at some point during development, the Fiery Bulblax could have been a boss.
- In Pikmin 2, if a Fiery Bulblax is fought while in water with Blue Pikmin, as soon as it gets out of the water, the fire starts again. However, the Blue Pikmin that are still latched on to its body will not get burned until whistled or shaken off.