Pikpik carrots (ピクピクニンジン?) are vegetables native to Captain Olimar's home planet, Hocotate. In Pikmin's manual, it is stated that Olimar's favorite soup contains "three large onions and hundreds of miniature red, yellow, and blue carrots". The reason Pikmin have their name is because Olimar believes that Pikmin resemble them, and they live in craft that resemble onions, which also reminds him of his favorite soup.
In Pikmin 2, pikpik carrots are seen in the in-game Piklopedia and look just like normal carrots – orange, about the size of a Pikmin, and having long leafy parts. These can be thrown at the Piklopedia's enemies and plants to see their reactions, such as the creature moving or waking up, or eating and attacking the carrots. The creatures will usually treat the carrots like Pikmin. An unknown type of carrot is also mentioned by Louie in his notes on the Emperor Bulblax, but he was likely just referring to a pikpik carrot.
In Pikmin 3, pikpik carrots are mentioned by Brittany while on the S.S. Drake. She states Hocotate is famous for the pikpik carrots cultivated there, and that personally, she dislikes the taste, Alph is very surprised that Brittany even tried one.
In Hey! Pikmin, the S.S. Dolphin II mentions that the Pikmin are similar to pikpik carrots. In the log for Red Pikmin, Olimar mentions that he loves eating pikpik carrots. In the log for the Squirting Squirt, Olimar talks about the time when his son got a box of his favorite pikpik carrot cookies wet by playing with his water gun.
In The Night Juicer, one of the Pikmin Short Movies, Captain Olimar is juicing some pikpik carrots, although because of their resemblance to Pikmin, the Pikmin that are observing Olimar during this process get frightened.
In Pikmin 4, pikpik carrots are available as a usable item from The Lab. They can be thrown at creatures to distract them (like in Pikmin 2's Piklopedia), and their bitter taste will briefly immobilize any creature that eats one. They have no effect on enemies in the Piklopedia.
Golden pikpik carrots
Golden pikpik carrots are completely golden versions of Pikpik carrots. These are thought to be very valuable, and at the beginning of Pikmin 2, Louie is instructed to deliver a cargo of them. However, Louie encountered a "ravenous space bunny" which supposedly ate the whole shipment.
In Pikmin 4, Golden pikpik carrots are briefly mentioned in Louie's voyage logs. In it, Louie mentions that golden pikpik carrots are his favorite food, and alludes to their rarity. He then references an intent to try to eat some when he is tasked to deliver some, in reference to the plot of Pikmin 2.
|Pikmin 2 screenshot of the pikpik carrots acting as Pikmin.|
Inside the files of Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, there is data for an entirely new species of Pikmin, which are essentially the pikpik carrots. By editing the files, it is possible to force the games to spawn pikpik carrots as usable Pikmin.
This is best done in Pikmin 2 by editing the Challenge Mode level files, which have data for the starting number of Pikmin of each type, including a 7th type – the carrots. Internally, the game recognizes the carrots as being a type of Pikmin – this is necessary in order for the Piklopedia's carrot feature to work properly. The inclusion of a configuration file setting to enable pikpik carrots as party members is however quite mysterious.
They look the same as the carrots seen anywhere else in the series: they look like a carrot, naturally, with a stem with a leaf on top, and with two root endings on the bottom. In-game, they float slightly above ground, and are animated in a fashion similar to that of regular Pikmin, except their model only moves and stretches; they don't bend.
In Pikmin 2, their stems always include a leaf, regardless of their maturity or the effects of an ultra-spicy spray, but can have a bud or flower in the same place as the leaf. When idle, their stems glow green, much like Bulbmin, and all of their sound effects match those of regular Pikmin, besides Bulbmin. They do not release a soul.
In Pikmin 3, however, they are more limited: they act like normal, but cannot be grabbed or thrown. If they try to attack something, the game freezes. If they deliver an item to an Onion, it does its spitting animation, but no seeds come out.
- In both games, the code that shows the standby Pikmin type on the HUD ignores these type of Pikmin, so they lack an icon.
- Although they have no real Pikmin behavior in the Piklopedia, they will still turn around to face the creature, after being thrown. Their front is the opposite side from where the stem droops.
- When entering the final sublevel, if the active leader bumps against carrot Pikmin while the "FINAL FLOOR!"/"FINAL LEVEL!" text is on-screen, the HUD will present a bud Blue Pikmin on the standby icon.
Names in other languages
|French||Carotte Pikpik||Pikpik carrot|
|Italian||Carote Pikpik||Pikpik carrot|
|Spanish||Zanahoria Pikpik||Pikpik carrot|
|Portuguese||Cenoura Pikpik||Pikpik carrot|
|Russian||Пикпик морковка||Pikpik carrot|
|Danish||Pikpik-gulerod||Pikpik carrot||Name taken from Nintendo's official website|
|Norwegian||Pikpik-gulrot||Pikpik carrot||Name taken from Nintendo's official website|
|Swedish||PikPik-morot||PikPik carrot||Name taken from Nintendo's official website|
Golden pikpik carrot
|Spanish (NoA)||Zanahoria dorada Pikpik||Golden Pikpik carrot|
- “The night before I left, my wife prepared my favourite soup. This soup is a famous dish on my planet, made with three large onions and hundreds of miniature red, yellow, and blue carrots.” – Captain Olimar in the European instruction manual of Pikmin
- YouTube video showing pikpik carrots as Pikmin in Pikmin 3
|Types||Red Pikmin • Yellow Pikmin • Blue Pikmin • Purple Pikmin • White Pikmin|
Rock Pikmin • Winged Pikmin • Ice Pikmin • Bulbmin • Glow Pikmin
|Biology||Candypop Bud • Idle • Maturity • Onion • Flarlic • Pellet|
Pikmin extinction • Trip • Sprout • Seedling • Soul • Squad
|Abilities||Carry • Dig • Dodge • Fight • Hide|
|Controls||Charge • Dismiss • Swarm • Pluck • Throw • Whistle|
|Other||Decor Pikmin • Leafling • Mushroom Pikmin • Pikpik carrot|