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Frosty Bulborb

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This article is about the enemy in Pikmin 4. For the enemy in Pikmin 2, see Snow Bulborb.
Frosty Bulborb In-game icon.
Icon for the Frosty Bulborb, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Appears in Pikmin 4
Scientific name Oculus stomagelus
Family Grub-dog
Areas Hero's Hideaway
Caves Frozen Inferno
Dandori Challenge stages Strategic Freezeway, Trial of the Sage Leaf
Dandori Battle stages None
Attacks Freezes and eats Pikmin

The Frosty Bulborb (キンキンチャッピー?, lit.: "Ice-Cold Chappy") is a large ice enemy found in Pikmin 4. Frosty Bulborbs resemble Bulborbs in appearance, but are blue in coloration and have ice crystals covering their back and midsection. They act almost identically to other Bulborbs, with the only notable difference being that they can freeze Pikmin other than Ice Pikmin if the ice crystals on their back have not been melted. Their juvenile form is the Dwarf Frosty Bulborb.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health
10 20 12 (5 glow pellets) Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 10 1000


Frosty Bulborbs act just like other Bulborbs in that they lie asleep on the ground waiting until something wakes them up during the day, but patrol their territory at night. If awoken or they notice prey, they will proceed to change and attack the player and their squad of Pikmin by biting at them, up to a max of five Pikmin per bite, until they have left their territory. They will then stop chasing and return to their territory area and patrol for a little while until falling back to sleep. Since this Bulborb has ice crystals on its back, all Pikmin other than Ice Pikmin or Glow Pikmin will be frozen solid if they touch any part of the Bulborb. The only way to counteract this is to melt the ice using fire. Once the ice has been melted, they act like normal Bulborb until the ice is regenerated after a little while.


Frosty Bulborbs look very similar to normal Bulborb but they are blue in coloration instead of red. Similar to the Hairy Bulborb, the back and the face share similar colors, with the nose being colored separately, in this instance pink. They also have a layer of ice crystals littering their back and midsection. Therefore, their back and spots cannot be seen unless the ice is melted.



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The strategies shown are just suggestions.

These Bulborbs freeze any Pikmin other than Ice Pikmin unless the ice on their back has been melted by a fire starter or a flame vent. Therefore, Ice Pikmin are the ideal choice to fight them. Using a large squad of Pikmin and swarming them is effective, but you can also circle around them and throw Pikmin onto their back. The most effective way to defeat them, is to have a large squad of Pikmin and, using Oatchi, rush at the Bulborb to throw them all on at once. If the ice has been melted using a firestarter, any type can be used and Oatchi will not need the Thermal Defense.


Dalmo's Notes[edit]

A creature that thrives in the coldest climates, its ice-coated haunches shimmer like a living jewel in the frigid air. You can admire the way it sparkles to your heart's content, but don't get too close! You'll get frosty-frozen on the spot if you touch it!

Olimar's Notes[edit]

A Bulborb with large amounts of ice and frost covering its midsection. It's unusual to find ice such as this attached to a living organism, as it's cold enough to freeze small animals and regenerate any ice mass that gets broken off.

This Bulborb species's intercellular stores of sugars, amino acids, and organic acids provide it with a plantlike resistance to freezing, making it possible for the Bulborb to touch the ice without freezing itself.

Louie's Notes[edit]

Sear the rich and fatty meat on both sides in a dab of butter, then sprinkle generously with fresh thyme. For those who prefer leaner cuts, I recommend the tip of the nose.


See more: Grub-dog family#Naming.
  • Common name: Frosty Bulborb. "Frosty" is used to describe the ice crystals on its back.
  • Japanese nickname: キンキンチャッピー?, lit.: "Ice-Cold Chappy". キンキン can mean "ice-cold" or "very cold". チャッピー is Japanese for Bulborb.
  • Japanese name: シモツキデメマダラ?, lit.: "Attached Frost Spotted Bug-eye". 霜 means "frost", and 付き means "attached", referring to how the frost is attached to it. デメマダラ is shared across the Bulborb family.
  • Scientific name: Oculus stomagelus. Gelus is Latin for frost, and stoma is Greek for mouth.
  • Internal names: ICECHAPPY. CHAPPY is the internal name for the Bulborb, so "ice" is added to distinguish traits.
  • Prerelease: Unknown

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese キンキンチャッピー?
Kinkin Chappī
Ice-Cold Chappy "Chappy" is the Japanese name for Bulborb
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Bīngbīng Qiàbǐ
Ice Ice Chappy "Qiàbǐ" is the Chinese (traditional) name for Bulborb
Flag of China Chinese
Bīngbīng Qiàbǐ
Ice Ice Chappy "Qiàbǐ" is the Chinese (simplified) name for Bulborb
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch IJsbulborb Ice bulborb
Flag of France French Bulborbe glacé Icy bulborb "Bulborbe" is the French name for Bulborb
Flag of Germany German Eisiger Punktkäfer Icy Dot Beetle "Punktkäfer" is the German name for Bulborb
Flag of Italy Italian Coleto glaciale Glacial bulborb "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 얼음차피
Ice Chappy "Chapi" is the Korean name for Bulborb
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Bulbolho glacial Glacial bulbeye "Bulbolho" is a portmanteau of "bulbo" (bulb) and "olho" (eye)
"Bulbolho" is the Brazilian Portuguese name for Bulborb
Flag of Spain Spanish Bulbo glacial Glacial bulborb "Bulbo" is the Spanish name for Bulborb


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