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Ranging Bloyster

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Ranging Bloyster In-game icon.
Artwork of the Ranging Bloyster.
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Molluschid predatoria
Family Mollusking
Areas None
Caves Shower Room, Hole of Heroes
Challenge Mode stages The Giant's Bath
2-Player Battle stages None
Attacks Shoot out mouthparts and eat Pikmin

The Ranging Bloyster (ケメクジ?) is a boss in Pikmin 2 that resembles a large Toady Bloyster and is likely named for its longer mouthparts or increased travel range. These creatures have an affinity for shiny objects and will track the active leader's light beacon, making them impossible to approach unnoticed from behind.

This creature is found only on the seventh and final sublevel of the Shower Room, the seventh sublevel of the Hole of Heroes (accompanied by pairs of Armored Cannon Larvae and Decorated Cannon Beetles) and the second and final sublevel of The Giant's Bath in Challenge Mode.

There is a glitch that makes the Ranging Bloyster still "live" after the player kills it. If it is defeated while its antenna is still glowing, the tail left behind by the Bloyster might still glow and beep; however, it will only glow if it is taken to the ship. It is also possible for the creature to not appear when the player visits the seventh sublevel of the Shower Room, albeit very rare. Further details can be found here and here.


Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
3 6 25[note 1] Poko icon.png × 15 1500 4.5 HP/s
  1. ^ This enemy cannot be delivered to Onions in-game. This information is obtained from the game files.


Olimar's notes

This species of mollusk has shed its shell through the process of evolution. What appears as a flower-shaped protrusion on its back actually functions as its gills. The ranging bloyster ensnares small animals with its sticky tentacles, reels them in, and consumes them. Observers have noted that this creature exhibits a keen interest in flashing objects. It often tries to capture and ingest these objects. Researchers and explorers equipped with flashing identification beacons should be wary when in close proximity to this dangerous predator.

Louie's notes

GameCube icon.png GameCube
The gills are best prepared deep-fried in an herb and bread-crumb batter. Also tasty poached and drenched with fine soy sauce.
Wii icon.png Wii US version icon.png US version
The gills are best prepared deep-fried in an herb and bread-crumb batter. Also tasty poached and drenched with fine soy sauce.
Wii icon.png Wii European version icon.png European version
The gills are best prepared deep-fried in a herb and bread-crumb batter. Also tasty poached and drenched with fine soy sauce.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

Several tonguelike feelers on the Ranging Bloyster extend from the creature's mouth and seek out the Pikmin that match the color of the bulb on its behind. Split your forces into two armies on opposite sides of the arena, and take turns switching to the team that has a good shot at the bulb.


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

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 2.
Particularly: Explain the mechanics when there are two players fighting it. Also, apparently it can be damaged by throwing Purple Pikmin at its hide, though this may be a Japanese release-only thing.

This beast can be difficult to defeat in a timely manner, but with the right strategy, can be overcome without losing any Pikmin. The Bloyster will hunt your active leader and will change its target accordingly if you switch. However, there is a slight delay between the time it stops chasing one leader and starts on the other. Use this to your advantage by placing each leader on either side of the beast. Lure it towards one, then switch with GCN Y.png / Wiimote Minus.png and quickly toss Pikmin onto its vulnerable tail. Call them back when the Bloyster turns to face you, then repeat.

Another way to deal with this boss is to attack it with a single group of Pikmin led by both leaders. Because it pauses slightly in order to track the leading leader, the idea is to keep switching control of your leaders every time it turns your active leader's color. In this way, it is very easy to simply walk past it, step behind it, and throw Pikmin at the bulb on its tail without trouble. Be sure to call back any Pikmin that get shaken off their target.

In the Hole of Heroes as well as The Giant's Bath, the arena for the fight is very big, and you can easily corner the Bloyster. Defeat the Armored Cannon Beetle Larvae and Decorated Cannon Beetles in the Hole of Heroes by having them shoot rocks at each other. The Ranging Bloyster cannot be harmed by the rocks. Then, have a leader lure the Bloyster to one of the corners of the room. The leader will be close enough to keep the Bloyster's attention, but the Bloyster cannot reach the leader, as its range does not reach the corners of the room. Have the other leader bring all the Pikmin to the other side, switching between the two leaders while approaching to keep the Bloyster's attention on the one out of reach. When close enough, throw Pikmin onto its tail, while switching to keep it from attacking the group of Pikmin. If a spray or purples are used, the Bloyster can be defeated within less than a minute without casualties.

A much more time-consuming method is to have a 100 strong army, confront the Ranging Bloyster, spray it, and then toss Pikmin onto its back. When it unfreezes, simply spray it again, and any Pikmin that were thrown off will leap back on it to continue the assault. Note that this can take multiple ultra-bitter sprays and the Pikmin will likely revert back to leaf Pikmin when thrown off, but it is a far safer method.

A safe but slightly slow way is to use a single Purple Pikmin. Begin by making the Bloyster use its main attack. While it's busy doing so, go around it and throw the Purple Pikmin at its bulb. Slowly rotate alongside the Bloyster so that it does a full circle. When it reaches its initial position, make it attack again, and while it's doing so, go to its back, whistle the Pikmin, and re-throw it. Repeat this until the creature is dead.[1]

As a last resort, White Pikmin can be fed to the Bloyster, each dealing heavy damage when eaten. At least 8 are necessary to poison the creature to death.

Technical information[edit]

Internally, Toady Bloysters are actually Ranging Bloysters, except with some properties that specify the differences, and the hard-coded ability to track leaders removed.

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name umimushi (umimushiblind for the Toady Bloyster)
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 1500
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 80
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.1
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.15
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.5
fp06 速度 Move speed 15
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.1
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 300
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 30
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 0
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 700
fp13 視界角度 FOV 180
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 400
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 90
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 30
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 15
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 170
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 30
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 100
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 1
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 0
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 0
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0.0001
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 200
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 100
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 0
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 5
ip01 振り払い打撃A Shake mode 1 – hit count 10
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 3
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 13
ip04 振り払い張付2 Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement 6
ip05 振り払い打撃C Shake mode 3 – hit count 16
ip06 振り払い張付3 Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement 9
ip07 振り払い打撃D Shake mode 4 – hit count 20
Specific properties
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 ダメージレート Unknown (damage rate?) 0.03
fp02 旋回開始角度 Unknown (turning start angle?) 30
fp03 旋回終了角度 Unknown (turning end angle?) 10
fp04 サーチ移動速度 Unknown (unmesmerized move speed?) 85
fp06 サーチ回転速度率 Unknown (unmesmerized rotation speed?) 0.05
fp07 サーチ回転最大速度 Unknown (unmesmerized max rotation speed?) 2.5
fp09 黒ピクミンダメージレート Unknown (Purple Pikmin damage rate?) 0.05
fp10 地下テリトリー Unknown (underground territory?) 300
fp11 白ピクミン White Pikmin poison damage 200
fp12 めくらライフ Toady Bloyster HP 800
fp13 めくら待機間隔 Toady Bloyster idle duration 200
fp14 めくら移動間隔 Toady Bloyster movement interval duration 200
ip01 攻撃後待機期間 Unknown (wait period before attacking?) 0

Other information[edit]


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

See more: Mollusking family#Naming.
  • Common name: Ranging Bloyster. It is called such because it is like the Toady Bloyster, but has a proboscis that has far greater range.
  • Japanese nickname: ケメクジ?. It is based on ナメクジ? (lit.: "land slug"), though the meaning of the syllable ?, if any, is unknown.
  • Japanese name: ヒトハナケメクジ?, lit.: "Single Flower Kemekuji".
  • Scientific name: Molluschid predatoria. Predatoria is similar to the English word "predator", given how this creature is much more effective at hunting down Pikmin compared to the Toady Bloyster.
  • Internal names: Internally, it is called umimushi, which is a Romanization of うみむし?, or "sea insect", and may be a pun on ウミウシ? (lit.: "sea slug").
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese ケメクジ?
From ナメクジ? (lit.: "slug")
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
蛞蝓 Slug
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Eventraille adulte (Piklopedia)
Éventraille adulte (Olimar's notes in the Piklopedia)
Adult innard disemboweler
Flag of France French (NoE) Eventraille Adulte Portmanteau of "éventrer" (disembowel) or "entrailles" (innards) and "éventail" (fan), and "adulte" (adult) "Eventraille" should be "Éventraille", according to authorities such as the Académie française; however, in practice, many French speakers and publications frequently omit accents on capital letters.
Flag of Germany German Blasebalg-Knaller Bellow-Banger
Flag of South Korea Korean 맨들민달팽이
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Berberéchido urraca Magpie cockle



After death, the Ranging Bloyster's body shrinks down, but can be seen if the camera is zoomed in enough. Here, it is visible below the Pikmin counter's slash.
The Ranging Bloyster can be seen at the bottom of the image, below the Pikmin counter's slash.
  • When the Ranging Bloyster dies, its body shrinks down, except for the bulb, which can then be carried. The body doesn't shrink down that much, and can actually be seen by zooming in the camera. This also happens with the Toady Bloyster, Burrowing Snagret, and Pileated Snagret.
  • Ranging Bloysters are based on nudibranchs, which are sea slugs that are very similar in appearance. Like nudibranchs, Ranging Bloysters evolved from a shelled ancestor species to a soft-bodied state.
  • The Nintendo Player's Guide states the Ranging Bloyster will target Pikmin that match the color of its bulb, but this is not correct, as it will actually target the leader that matches the color of its bulb. This may be a mistranslation or a misinterpretation of the Ranging Bloyster's behavior.


  1. ^ YouTube video showing a safe strategy against the Bloyster, requiring only one Purple Pikmin