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Giant Breadbug

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Giant Breadbug In-game icon.
A render of a Giant Breadbug from Pikmin 4.
Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 4
Scientific name Pansarus gigantus
Family Breadbug
Areas None
Caves Glutton's Kitchen, Plunder Palace
Challenge Mode stages Snack Pit
Dandori Challenge stages None
Dandori Battle stages None
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks Steal objects, drag Pikmin into its den (Pikmin 2), ram (Pikmin 4)

The Giant Breadbug (オオパンモドキ?, lit.: "Giant Pseudo Bread") is a boss in Pikmin 2 and in Pikmin 4. Unlike other Breadbugs, this one is large and shaped almost perfectly cubical, looking like a whole loaf of bread, making it the largest species in the Breadbug family. It acts the same as normal Breadbugs, but is harder to damage by "rejection" from the pod. It is the least aggressive boss in Pikmin 2 (the boss theme music is not even played, though an exclusive tune is played only in the specific cave sublevel). The more recognizable habitat is located on the last sublevel (6) of the Glutton's Kitchen and consists of only two other Breadbugs, electrical wires, and Anode Beetles. This creature is also found in the Snack Pit in Challenge Mode, and in the final sublevel of the Plunder Palace in Pikmin 4 (its only location in that game). The Giant Breadbug can instantly replenish its HP if it collects an object into its den.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 2 10 20 4[note 1] Poko icon.png × 10 2000 No
Pikmin 4 12 24 15[note 2] Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Pikmin 4. × 15 2000 No
  1. ^ This enemy cannot be delivered to Onions in-game. This information is obtained from the game files.
  2. ^ This enemy cannot be delivered to Onions in-game. This information is obtained from the Piklopedia.


Olimar's notes

This gargantuan species of the greater breadbug family has a torso so perfectly square that it almost seems like it was formed in a mold. For a brief period after birth, the giant breadbug competes for food with smaller breadbugs, but upon reaching maturity it seeks out much larger prey. This is the primary reason that two species with similar feeding habits can coexist in the same habitat. Hordes of Pikmin appear to pose the only plausible threat to this massive creature's life.

Louie's notes

Although cooking this colossal beast yields a mountain of meat, every ounce of it is flavorless. Only suitable for intergalactic all-you-can-eat buffets.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

Only purple Pikmin can stomp the Breadbug boss. The best way to damage it is to beat it in a game of tug-of-war. Have your Pikmin grab the item that the bug is trying to take into its hole, and carry the prize to the ship. When the ship sucks it in, the Breadbug will be sucked upward, too, and hit the bottom of the ship.

Dalmo's Notes[edit]

Perfectly cooked, golden brown, and fluffy. It must be a fresh-baked loaf of bread. Oh, my mistake! This is the widely unique Giant Breadbug, with the texture and vibrancy only a living creature can possess. Don't let your eyes and gut deceive you. This lumbering muffin might just take offense if you mistake it for a loaf of fresh bread!

Pikmin Garden[edit]



特徴 その1 力が強い

(Image text: マキパンモドキ3匹分、ピクミン30匹分と同じほど)

特徴 その2 分厚い表皮

(Image text: マキパンモドキ同様に、上からの圧力には弱い)


Although it is a large species within the Breadbug family, its basic characteristics are almost identical to those of the smaller Breadbug. As it grows older, it begins to target larger prey.

Feature #1: High strength

Its pulling power is strong.
(Image text: It is equivalent to 3 Breadbugs, or 30 Pikmin)

Feature #2: Thick epidermis

The thick, sturdy epidermis is resistant to lateral impacts.
(Image text: Like the Breadbug, it is vulnerable to pressure from above)

Carrying power[edit]

Pikmin 2[edit]

See: Breadbug carrying power

Pikmin 4[edit]

The Giant Breadbug's carrying power is always 30.


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

In Pikmin 2, there are three ways to damage the Giant Breadbug, each with their own quirks: by letting it hit its head on the Research Pod, throwing Purple Pikmin at it, or swarming it whilst petrified.

The standard way to defeat this enemy involves you waiting until it latches onto a treasure or defeated creature, such as the nearby Anode Beetles, or Breadbugs. Then, toss onto or swarm the treasure with as many Pikmin as possible (preferably twice as much as the minimum weight; this is of course made easier if Purple Pikmin are used) and watch them drag the helpless Giant Breadbug toward the Research Pod. Like with normal Breadbugs, should there not be enough Pikmin on the treasure, they will be pulled into the Giant Breadbug's den and killed.

When the enemy hits the pod, it loses almost half its health. The process can then be repeated as many times as necessary to take it down. You should note two things however: if the Giant Breadbug carries something back to its den successfully, it fully replenishes its life, wasting all of your hard work damaging it. Secondly, you'll need to bring it to the Research Pod more than once, so make sure that there are enough carriable objects around to work with. This can be harder if there are small Breadbugs around taking out objects into their own dens. To help with this, you can leave some Pikmin to distract the other Breadbugs, you can leave the Anode Beetles alone until you want to turn them into carriable corpses, and you can use eggs as a last resort – if an egg has Mitites, you can get yourself some extra corpses to work with.

If there are no more corpses, the only other normal way to damage the boss is by throwing Purple Pikmin on top of it, which can prove to be challenging, especially with a small number of Purple Pikmin. Each Purple takes away about one twentieth of the Giant Breadbug's health.

Finally, the only other way to damage it is to petrify it and then just send any Pikmin to attack it. However, for some bizarre reason, after the Giant Breadbug hits its head on the Research Pod once, it becomes impossible to petrify it from there on out, until the cave is exited.

Defeating the Giant Breadbug in Pikmin 4 is almost identical to Pikmin 2, except that it's much harder to damage them with Purple Pikmin. It is easier to throw Yellow Pikmin on top of it, as 10 of them will be enough to crush it and deal a large amount of damage. They will also charge your party after being hit by the S.S. Beagle, knocking down any Pikmin (or Oatchi) in their path. This won't kill them, but it will cause them to lose their flowers. This charge is also capable of killing other enemies.[1], and works similarly to Oatchi's charge. The Giant Breadbug can also shake off Pikmin that it is engaged in tug-of-war with, making it a much more formideable foe that in Pikmin 2. It cannot steal objects Oatchi is carrying with Swallow, although using the ability will anger it and cause it to charge.

Technical information[edit]

For information on the nest object, see Breadbug technical information.
Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name oopanmodoki
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 2000
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 0.5
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.5
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 85
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.1
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 200
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 30
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 70
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 300
fp13 視界角度 FOV 90
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 300
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 200
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 30
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 80
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 50
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?) 50
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 45
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 2
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
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 50
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 20
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 (0%)
fp38 地震気絶時間 Purple Pikmin stun time 0
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
fp00 巣スケール Scale of the nest's model 2
fp16 歩きモーションスピード Unknown (walk speed?) 1
fp02 急回転速度率 Unknown (sudden rotation speed?) 0.2
fp05 急回転速度最大 Unknown (sudden rotation speed max?) 5
fp03 戻り速度 Unknown (carrying speed?) 45
fp04 コンテナダメージ Damage taken on hitting the Research Pod 1000
fp06 プレスダメージ Unknown (damage on being squashed by a Purple Pikmin?) 100
fp14 待機時間 Unknown (wait time?) 0
fp15 潜伏時間 Unknown 150
ip01 ターゲットスロット数境界 Unknown (cannot collect objects that can have these many Pikmin grabbing?) 1

Other information[edit]


See more: Breadbug family#Naming.
  • Common name: Giant Breadbug. In comparison to the regular Breadbug, this creature is much larger, hence the "Giant".
  • Japanese nickname: オオパンモドキ?, lit.: "Giant Pseudo Bread". From パンモドキ?, the Breadbug's Japanese nickname.
  • Japanese name: ショクパンモドキ?, lit.: "Pseudo Loaf of Bread".
  • Scientific name: Pansarus gigantus. Gigantus is Latin for "giant".
  • Internal names: Internally, this boss is called oopanmodoki, a romanization of its Japanese common name.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

The following article or section needs help from someone who can translate Korean text.

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese オオパンモドキ?
Oo Pan Modoki
Giant Pseudo Bread "Pseudo Bread" is the Japanese name for Breadbug
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Reuzenbroodrakker Giant bread rascal
Flag of France French Scaratax Géant (Pikmin 2)
Scaratax géant (Pikmin 4)
"Scaratax" is the French name for Breadbug
"Scaratax" comes from "scarabée" (beetle)
Flag of Germany German Riesen-Saprophag Giant Saprophage
Flag of Italy Italian Saprofago gigante Giant scavenger "Saprofago" is the Italian name for Breadbug
Flag of South Korea Korean 거대빵닮은꼴
Giant Bread look-alike "Ppang-Dalmeunkkol" is the Korean name for Breadbug
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Bicho-pão gigante Giant bread bug "Bicho-pão" is the Brazilian Portuguese name for Breadbug
Flag of Spain Spanish Chinche carroñera gigante Giant scavenger bug "Scavenger bug" is the Spanishname for Breadbug


Pikmin 2[edit]

Pikmin 4[edit]



  • The Giant Breadbug is one of three enemies to not appear in the Wistful Wild, the others being the Waterwraith and the Toady Bloyster. All three can be found within the Perplexing Pool.
  • The Giant Breadbug, along with the helpless phase of the Waterwraith, and the Titan Dweevil, are the only bosses in Pikmin 2 that have their own music theme, instead of using the regular boss theme. This theme also appears in the Plunder Palace in Pikmin 4, but stops when the two Giant Breadbugs are defeated, whereas in Pikmin 2, it continues whether they are defeated or not.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Video of the Giant Breadbug charging into other enemies on Twitter, published on September 23rd, 2023, retrieved on September 23rd, 2023