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Fiery Bulblax

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Fiery Bulblax In-game icon.
Icon for the Fiery Bulblax, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 4
Scientific name Oculus vulcanus
Family Grub-dog
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.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 2 10 20 12 Poko icon.png × 10 1400 4.2 HP/s
Pikmin 4 12 24 15 Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 12 2000 No


Olimar's notes

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.

Louie's notes

No stove? No problem! This sizzling beast practically cooks itself. Remember to thoroughly extinguish the steaks prior to eating.

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

When I see this blazing beastie, I get a rush of excitement. It's easy to lose track of time while staring fixated at the flame-enshrouded form of the Fiery Bulblax. It's appearance brings to mind ancient landscapes from an era before our earliest ancestors!

Olimar's Notes (Pikmin 4)[edit]

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[edit]

Flames rise from the Fiery Bulblax. If you can draw one of the specimens into water, you'll extinguish the flames and open it up to attack from any Pikmin type. If not, you'll have to use red Pikmin or Bulbmin to beat it. Like large Bulborbs, Fiery Bulblaxes devour Pikmin. Keep troops away from their mouths.


The following article or section contains guides.
The strategies shown are just suggestions.


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.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name firechappy
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 1400
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
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.1
fp06 速度 Move speed 110
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.4
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 400
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 15
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 70
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 500
fp13 視界角度 FOV 90
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
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 120
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 40
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
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 110
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 4
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 0.0001
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 75
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
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 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
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
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

Other information[edit]

  • 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.[1]
  • Internal names: Internally, it is simply called firechappy.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ヤキチャッピー / 焼きチャッピー[2]?
Yaki Chappī
Sizzling Chappy "Chappy" is the Japanese name for Bulborb
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Ránshāo Qiàbǐ
Flaming Chappy "Qiàbǐ" is the Chinese (traditional) name for Bulborb
Flag of China Chinese
Ránshāo Qiàbǐ
Flaming Chappy "Qiàbǐ" is the Chinese (simplified) name for Bulborb
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Vlammende bulblax Burning bulblax
Flag of France French Bulblax Embrasé
Bulblax embrasé (Pikmin 4)
Burning Bulblax
Burning bulblax (Pikmin 4)
"Bulborbe" is the French name for Bulborb
Flag of Germany German Feuriger Punktkäfer Fiery Dot Beetle "Punktkäfer" is the German name for Bulborb
Flag of Italy Italian Coleto Igneo
Coleto igneo (Pikmin 4)
Fiery Bulborb
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
Flag of South Korea Korean 불꽃차피
Flame Chappy "Chapi" is the Korean name for Bulborb
Flag of Spain 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.
Flag of Brazil 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")



Piklopedia icon.
  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pikmin 2/Early English Script on The Cutting Room Floor
  2. ^ さまざまな生物[けっこう危険な生物] on the official Japanese Pikmin 2 website, retrieved on December 10th, 2022