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Ice Pikmin

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Ice Pikmin In-game icon.
Render of an Ice Pikmin.
Scientific name Pikminidae habiglacius
Family Pikmin (parasitic)
Resistance Ice
Attack strength Below average(?)
Mobility Average
Throw Average
Digging speed Average
Carrying capacity 1

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Ice Pikmin are a type of Pikmin found in Pikmin 4. Their most defining characteristics are their light-blue, blocky bodies, seemingly made of ice chunks, their complete immunity to all types of freezing, and their ability to freeze enemies and bodies of water solid. However, they have noticeably lower attack power in battle and additionally burn to death faster when lit aflame by enemies or hazards, lasting roughly 4 seconds instead of 6. They leave small snow and water vapor particles around them as they move, and their buds and flowers are yellow.

Traits and abilities[edit]

See more: Ice.

Ice Pikmin do not deal very much damage in combat. However, when attacking enemies, or when eaten by them, Ice Pikmin will progressively freeze them, as represented by a ring-shaped gauge around the enemy's health wheel. Once the gauge is full, the enemy freezes entirely and can no longer act, though they do take reduced damage while frozen. Defeating a frozen enemy will make it shatter into chunks of ice without leaving a corpse, instead producing drops of nectar or ultra-spicy spray. Enemies that are frozen in midair will fall to the floor and shatter immediately. If not defeated after 6 seconds, a frozen enemy will begin shaking and eventually break out of the ice, knocking any attached Pikmin to the ground. This freezing ability is highly similar to the ultra-bitter spray in Pikmin 2, though involving ice instead of stone, and not being instantaneous or able to hit multiple targets at once.

Ice Pikmin can also be thrown into bodies of water or puddles of mud, making them the third type after Blue Pikmin and Bulbmin to be able to physically interact with water without suffering any harm; however, they lack the gills that Blue Pikmin possess and are only able to float in the water, meaning they can neither breathe under nor swim/explore the water as Blue Pikmin can. They are also susceptible to water-based attacks or other water hazards such as sprinklers.

If enough Ice Pikmin are thrown into a given body of water or mud, they will freeze it solid, allowing safe passage for other Pikmin types on the frozen surface. The water/mud will stay frozen for as long as the required number of Ice Pikmin stay rooted within. When there are no longer enough Ice Pikmin to keep it frozen, the water/mud will thaw out after a few seconds. How many Ice Pikmin are required to freeze a given body of water/mud can vary, mainly based on the size of the body in question, anywhere from 5 to 100.

In addition, Ice Pikmin can resist icy hazards and attacks, and may grapple cold enemies without being frozen solid. They may also persist in cold environments without any help from the captain or Oatchi.

Ice Pikmin that get trapped in bubbles will freeze the bubble and then quickly pop it.


Ice Pikmin are typically first discovered in the Last-Frost Cavern, where they are seen fighting a Snowy Blowhog that shoots ice. In their introduction cutscene, they spin around and slide on their lower bodies, meaning they are at least slightly slippery. Their Onion is not found until Hero's Hideaway.


Dalmo's Notes[edit]

With the frigid air welling up endlessly from inside their icy bodies, they can freeze anything at all! If you throw enough of them in a pond, they'll freeze the surface so solidly that you can walk right across it! They're just like little ice wizards!

Olimar's Notes[edit]

Pikmin supposedly evolved from plants, yet there are also Pikmin species with bodies made of ice, known as ice Pikmin. How is this possible? The answer to this question lies in the fact that Ice Pikmin are parasitic by nature, and the ice serves as their host. The composition of this type of ice is, predictably, mostly water, but it resembles saline solution with faint concentrations of trace sodium ions, potassium ions, and calcium ions that function as neural transmitters. Interestingly, the ice exhibits no visual signs of melting or dripping when exposed to sunlight. This is due to its low-temperature core, which continuously creates more ice in order to maintain a consistent size.

Louie's Notes[edit]

A kitchen essential used for freezing ingredients and storing leftovers.

Pikmin Garden[edit]



特徴 その1 凍らせる

(Image text: 比重が軽いため、水に浮く → 数が集まれば、広い水場も凍らせてしまう)

特徴 その2 寒さに強い

(Image text: 火には弱く、他のピクミンが燃えるよりも速く溶けてしまう)


A kind of Hermikmin. It has a low-temperature core inside its body and acquires its body by parasitizing ice formed by freezing water in the atmosphere.

Feature #1: Freezing

It strikes its prey with its cold body and freezes it.
(Image text: "They float in the water due to their low relative density → When gathered in large numbers, they can freeze large bodies of water")

Feature #2: Resistant to cold

It is resistant to cold and does not freeze.
(Image text: "It is weak to fire and melts faster than other Pikmin burn")

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 4 technical information (?)
Attack strength 5
Carrying strength 1
Running speed 140 leaf, 170 bud, 200 flower, 220 spicy
Digging speed ≈1× the norm


See more: Pikmin family#Naming.
  • Common name: Ice Pikmin.
  • Japanese nickname: 氷ピクミン?, lit.: "Ice Pikmin".
  • Japanese name: コオリヤドリピクミン?, lit.: "Ice-Dwelling Pikmin".
  • Scientific name: Pikminidae habiglacius. Habiglacius is a combination of habitāre and glacius. Habitare is Latin for "to inhabit", while glacius is similar to glaciēs, meaning "ice".
  • Internal names: Unknown.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese 氷ピクミン?
Kōri Pikumin
Ice Pikmin
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Bīngdòng Píkèmǐn
Freeze Pikmin
Flag of China Chinese
Bīngdòng Píkèmǐn
Freeze Pikmin
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch IJs-Pikmin Ice Pikmin
Flag of France French Pikmin glace Ice Pikmin
Flag of Germany German Eis-Pikmin Ice Pikmin
Flag of Italy Italian Pikmin gelato Ice Pikmin
Flag of South Korea Korean 얼음피크민
Ice Pikmin
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Pikmin gelo Ice Pikmin
Flag of Spain Spanish Pikmin gélido Icy Pikmin
Flag of Denmark Danish Is-Pikmin Ice Pikmin
Flag of Finland Finnish Jää-Pikmin Ice Pikmin
Flag of Sweden Swedish Is-Pikmin Ice Pikmin



  • Ice Pikmin are the first type of Pikmin since the introduction of White Pikmin to be immune to an elemental hazard, and the first type with the ability to alter the environment.
  • White Pikmin and Ice Pikmin are the only types of Pikmin to use their specific resistant elements in combat, with White Pikmin poisoning enemies when eaten and Ice Pikmin freezing them after a certain amount of hits or being eaten as well.
  • Similar to Rock Pikmin, Ice Pikmin are referred to as parasitic. It is implied that they both belong to the same subset of Pikmin, known as "Hermikmin", which store their organs inside blocky, solid surfaces. However, it would be inaccurate to label either of them as parasites, as they simply use an inanimate object as a vessel—similar to their subset's namesake, the hermit crab—and do not rely on other organisms.
  • Not counting the Pikmin in Pikmin Bloom, Ice Pikmin are the first Pikmin whose flower color does not match the possible colors of Chaenostoma cordatum (white, lavender, or violet).
  • This type of Pikmin is the most recommended for overworld areas in the Pikmin 4. They are recommended in all but Giant's Hearth, for a total of 5 of the game's 6 areas.

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