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Hairy Bulborb

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Hairy Bulborb In-game icon.
The Piklopedia icon for the Hairy Bulborb in the Nintendo Switch version of Pikmin 2.
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Oculus kageyamii folliculus
Family Grub-dog
Areas None
Caves Subterranean Complex, Frontier Cavern, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode stages Collector's Room, Cave of Pain, Emperor's Realm
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks Eat Pikmin

The Hairy Bulborb (ケチャッピー?, lit.: "Fur Chappy") is an enemy in Pikmin 2. Hairy Bulborbs are similar in appearance to other Bulborbs, but have white backs with blue spots and a lot of fluffy, white fur. When this creature's health begins to fall, so does its hair, revealing its blue spots, making it more closely resemble its breadbug mimic, though larger in size. Hairy Bulborbs are similar in most respects to other mature bulborbs, but tend to live in colder environments. They have less health and are slightly slower than the Red Bulborb, but can be defeated using similar techniques. The Whiptongue Bulborb in Pikmin 3 is very similar in coloration.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
10 20 12[note 1] Poko icon.png × 7 650 No
  1. ^ This enemy cannot be delivered to Onions in-game. This information is obtained from the game files.


The unused cave, caveinfo_toy. A Hairy Bulborb and some Snow Bulborbs appear in the location.
A sleeping Hairy Bulborb.

Hairy Bulborbs are nocturnal creatures found in colder climates such as the Valley of Repose, found in caves. This exposes them to being attacked by Pikmin due to the fact that they won't awake unless attacked. They can also awaken if bumped into or if a carried object hits them.

Once awoken, they become aggressive and will attempt to eat any nearby Pikmin. If it manages to successfully catch any Pikmin, it will then stand still to eat them. If it fails to catch any Pikmin, it will trip and then get up to try once more. If there's multiple Pikmin attacking the Hairy Bulborb, it will shake them off and attempt to catch Pikmin once more.

If the Grub-Dog loses track of the Pikmin or Leader, it will then look around and fall back asleep once more.


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An enemy only found in caves.


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The strategies shown are just suggestions.


The Hairy Bulborb should be attacked while sleeping and approached carefully to delay it waking up as late as possible. If accidentally awakened, it can be made to fall back asleep by leaving it alone for a while. As with other mature bulborbs, this creature's attacks are biting and shaking, biting being the more harmful.

As with most fights, Purple Pikmin are the most effective, and cause serious damage when thrown; the impact should stun the Bulborb, and it can be taken out quickly. Without Purple Pikmin, defeating one is trickier; rather than swarming it, try continuously tossing Pikmin, preferably Red Pikmin, onto its back. If necessary, using an ultra-bitter spray to petrify the beast and swarming it with a fairly large army makes for an easy battle.


Like all bulborbs, the Hairy Bulborb can be killed by a leader, but it will take a while. One must be careful to dodge the creature's bite and, to a lesser extent, keep away when it shakes, as this damages leaders as well.


Bulborbs are among the creatures with the most diverse physiology in the Pikmin series, and the Hairy Bulborb is quite similar in design to them. They possess traits similar to those of amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Hairy Bulborb's have large bulbous eyes set in stalks, as opposed to the compound eyes of most insects. These eyes are a shade of dark blue. They are mostly white in color, matching their snowy environment and with a brown nose.

The Hairy Bulborb also has a coat of white fur on its back which is an exclusive adaptation to the Grub-Dog family, as well as being a rare adaption as most creatures on the planet lack hair in general. Olimar states that it is used to warm their vital organs, which allows the creature to survive in their colder climates. Additionally, the hair follicles are quite weak, as when they lose half of their health they shed the fur. This could be an adaptation used to scare away any potential predators which have caught the beast by surprise, allowing for a rapid escape.

Once the fur has been shed, it reveals the creatures blue colored spots, unlike the regular Bulborbs white spots on a red body.

There have never been any confirmed juvenile Hairy Bulborbs in the franchise as the closest seen are the Snow Bulborbs, which are Breadbug mimics. Hairy Bulborbs have been spotted sleeping near the mimics, which could be due to the creature thinking that they are young Hairy Bulborbs. The only true juvenile Bulborbs are Dwarf Frosty Bulborbs. There are Bulborb Larva and Albino Dwarf Bulborbs which are juvenile Grub-Dogs, however it is unknown whether they can mature into Hairy Bulborbs.

According to the notes from Olimar, when certain environmental changes occur, a female Bulborb can turn herself into an Empress Bulblax, taking on the role of a pack matriarch and birthing a lot of larvae. The Empress Bulblax has a similar appearance to the Bulborb as both have a red body with white spots. This means that it’s possible for a Hairy Bulborb variant of the Empress Bulblax to exist and that similar behavior could occur.

We also see that Bulbmin are a type of Pikmin which infect other creatures to take control of them. The only seen host up to Pikmin 4 is that of a Bulborb, however, Olimar implied in his notes that it’s possible for other creatures to be hosts so its possible that a Hairy Bulbmin variant exists.


Olimar's notes

This subspecies of grub-dog has a thick coat of soft white fur that obscures its abdominal markings. The fur also warms its vital organs, making this species well adapted to colder climates. However, its hair follicles are surprisingly frail, which can result in immediate hair loss if the creature is surprised.

Louie's notes

Remove all of the bulborb's hair, wrap the beast in foil along with a halved lemon, and place it directly on the grill. The foil should protect the carcass from scorching, and the lemon will give the meat an elegant hint of citrus.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

As dangerous as any other giant Bulborb, the Hairy variety loses its fur as soon as you attack it. If the creature charges, keep tossing Pikmin at it, and stay away from its chompers.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name yellowchappy
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 650
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 0.3
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.3
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 90
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?) 90
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 90
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 4
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 7
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 40
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 50
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 650

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Body length: 90mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #2


See more: Grub-dog family#Naming.
  • Common name: Hairy Bulborb. The defining characteristic of this bulborb is its hair, hence the name "hairy".
  • Japanese nickname: ケチャッピー?. It simply translates to "Fur Chappy", with "Chappy" being the Japanese name for "bulborb".
  • Japanese name: シラガデメマダラ?, lit.: "Spotted White-haired Bug-eye". According to Olimar's notes, the word シラガ? (lit.: "white hair") is also a reference to the ease with which it loses its hair.
  • Scientific name: Oculus kageyamii folliculus. It shares the Oculus kageyammi species name from other grub-dogs, and folliculus is Latin for "follicle"; the hair follicle is the mammalian organ that produces hairs.
  • Internal names: Internally, this enemy is called yellowchappy. The reason for this is because initially, yellow and blue bulborbs were meant to be included in the game. What started off as a yellow bulborb eventually became the Hairy Bulborb.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ケチャッピー?
Ke Chappī
Fur Chappy
Flag of France French Bulborbe poilu Hairy Bulborb
Flag of Germany German Pelz-Punktkäfer Fur Bulborb
Flag of Italy Italian Coleto Peloso Hairy Bulborb
Flag of Spain Spanish Bulbo peludo Hairy bulb



  • In the Pikmin 2 prototype, Louie strangely seems to refer to the Hairy Bulborb as a bird, saying things such as to "pluck the feathers" instead of the hair, or mentioning that the foil should "protect the bird from scorching".[1] It's possible that in the game's very early stages, the Hairy Bulborb was once a bird-related creature.
  • The Japanese version of the Hairy Bulborb's recipe was drastically changed in the American version. Instead of the bulborb being grilled in foil, it says to brew the hair into a drink which, according to the notes, increases blood circulation. This might refer to how the hair keeps the bulborb's vital organs warm, as stated in Olimar's notes.
  • Louie's notes say that one should pull out the hairs, though the creature's hair already falls off on its own when it dies.
  • The Hairy Bulborb and Snow Bulborb are featured heavily in unused and template caves, likely as placeholder/test enemies. This possibly stems from their origin as yellow Bulborbs, which were often seen as placeholders in prerelease material.
  • The Hairy Bulborb has not been in a mainline game since Pikmin 2.

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