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Prototype Detector

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For the tool in Pikmin Bloom, see detector.
Prototype Detector Treasure Hoard icon.
Artwork of the Prototype Detector.
Number 186
Series Explorer's Friend Series
Value Poko icon.png × 200
Weight 35 (normally)
Maximum carriers 45 Pikmin
Location Hole of Beasts
Challenge Mode levels Collector's Room, Secret Testing Range

The Prototype Detector (おたからセンサープロトタイプ?, lit.: "Treasure Sensor Prototype") is a treasure in Pikmin 2. It is a toy called a "Love Tester", produced by Nintendo in the 1970s. It is found on the last sublevel (5) of the Hole of Beasts, and is held by this cave's boss, the Empress Bulblax. Retrieving this treasure unlocks the Treasure Gauge as an upgrade. Like some other treasures, if the player defeats the Empress Bulblax, but does not have enough Pikmin to carry the Prototype Detector, which requires the strength of 35 Pikmin, it will change weight to match the player's army.


Ship's dialogs

How bizarre. This device is emitting black light. It must have been ingested by that creature.

What an absolutely repulsive life-form. Our return to Hocotate cannot come soon enough.

This contraption seems to react when it approaches treasure. I will connect it to my radar.

Processing...complete. The Treasure Gauge is now fully operational!

It will now appear on your monitor. The needle will move right as you approach treasure.

Olimar's journal

Today we searched a subterranean lair swarming with carnivorous bugs. The name Hole of Beasts immediately came to mind. The convenient contraption I found there has become an invaluable treasure-seeking tool. When it approaches a piece of treasure, the gadget beeps and the needle moves to the right. When all of the treasure in an area has been collected, the device powers down. When we left Hocotate, I thought we'd never be able to pay off the company's debt. But thanks to this gadget, I'm feeling optimistic about the outcome of this daring mission.

Sales pitch

Is this a miracle gadget born of universal desire, or a machine manufactured by the master of Dimension X? Whatever it is, it reacts to treasure!

Pikmin 2 website[edit]

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A miracle of cosmic will, or a secret machine from the citizens of Dimension X? It reacts to treasure, making it a lucky item for opportunists.



  • The Exploration Kit ability that collecting this treasure gives the player, the Treasure Gauge, was originally going to be called the "Pikpik Radar".[1]
  • This treasure's weight changes depending on the amount of Pikmin within the player's squad, from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 35.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese おたからセンサープロトタイプ?
Otakara Sensar Purototaipu
Treasure Sensor Prototype
Flag of France French Prototype de Détection Prototype Detector
Flag of Germany German Prototyp-Detektor Prototype Detector
Flag of Italy Italian Sensore prototipo Prototype Sensor
Flag of Spain Spanish Detector prototipo Prototype detector


  1. ^ Pikmin 2/Early English Script on The Cutting Room Floor
  2. ^ YouTube video showing the Prototype Detector carried with a single Pikmin

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Icon of a white flower in the Challenge Mode of Pikmin 2. It represents a course that is beaten, but with Pikmin who were lost.