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Red Pikmin
Artwork of a Red Pikmin.
Resistance Fire
Attack Game icon for Pikmin 2 articles.:  Above average (15)
Game icon for Pikmin 3 articles.:  Above average (15)
Mobility Average
Throw Average
Digging speed Game icon for Pikmin 2 articles.:  Above average (≈1.5× the norm)
Game icon for Pikmin 3 articles.:  Above average (≈1.5× the norm)
Carrying capacity 1
Size Body length: 33mm
Voice actor Hajime Wakai[1]

Red Pikmin (赤ピクミン?) are the first variety of Pikmin discovered by the leaders in all games, and have the special abilities of fire resistance and strong attack power. They are usually considered the "main" type of Pikmin due to their relatively simple traits and early discovery. Aside from their color, the distinguishing features of Red Pikmin are their pointed noses, resistance to all sources of fire, and higher attack power. Like Yellow Pikmin and Blue Pikmin, their buds and flowers are white, and they are cultivated via the Red Onion (or the Master Onion). These Pikmin are present in all games of the series, and make an appearance in all game modes. In 2-Player Battle, they belong to player 1's army, although their strength is reduced for the sake of fairness.

Traits and abilities[edit]

Red Pikmin are immune to fire, as seen here.

Red Pikmin have spiked noses, and above average attack power, at 1.5× that of normal Pikmin. This gives them the highest attack stat of any "normal" Pikmin type, when latched onto an enemy, making them especially useful in battle.

Red Pikmin also exhibit an immunity to fire, in that they ignore the heat whereas other Pikmin (besides Bulbmin) would have their leaf, bud, or flower catch on fire and run off in a panic. No explanation to their immunity is ever revealed. This invulnerability is most useful in Pikmin and Pikmin 3, mostly because of the Fiery Blowhogs and the fact that fire geysers are indestructible. Their ability is less useful in Pikmin 2, where the geysers can be destroyed by any Pikmin, and Fiery Blowhogs can easily be defeated with Purple Pikmin. Their main use in the second game is for taking care of Fiery Bulblaxes, though this task doesn't always require them. In Hey! Pikmin, they act just like in all other games, except they also have the ability to stomp out small fires, allowing Olimar or other Pikmin safe passage.

In Pikmin[edit]

Discovery[edit]

In Pikmin, Red Pikmin are the first type of Pikmin ever discovered by Captain Olimar. They are discovered in The Impact Site, along with their Onion, just a short walk away from the landing site. When the dormant Onion wakes up and ejects a seed, and Olimar plucks the seed, it marks the first time Olimar ever sees a Pikmin. Here, at least 20 Red Pikmin must be grown in order to carry back the Main Engine, so that Olimar can exit the planet's surface during the night. However, it's possible to grow up to 25 Red Pikmin on the first day.

Uses[edit]

There is no task in the game that can only be completed with Red Pikmin specifically. However, as they are the first type discovered, they are by default required until another type is obtained. In addition, the following tasks are intended to be completed with Red Pikmin, though they can be done with other types:

  • Ship parts
    • Custom-made icon for the Libra and Sagittarius, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Libra: Red Pikmin are needed to carry the piece through fire geysers, unless careful timing, whistles, and a large number of carriers are used.
    • Custom-made icon for the Analog Computer, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Analog Computer: Same as the Libra.
    • Custom-made icon for the Omega Stabilizer, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Omega Stabilizer: Same as the Libra.
    • Custom-made icon for the Bowsprit, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Bowsprit: Same as the Libra, but if a nearby bridge is extended and the gate that is out of the path of any other ship part is destroyed, the Pikmin will carry it that way instead, and avoid the geysers.
    • Custom-made icon for the Secret Safe, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Secret Safe: Red Pikmin are the only ones that can cross the path of fire geysers necessary to complete the puzzle leading to this part, but with accurate aiming and a long throw, one can throw Yellow Pikmin from the northern bridge onto the end of the geyser path.
  • Enemies
    • Piklopedia icon for the Fiery Blowhog. Texture found in /user/Yamashita/enemytex/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/tank/texture.bti. Fiery Blowhog: This enemy shoots fire towards the player, but can be defeated with any Pikmin type.

In Pikmin 2[edit]

Discovery[edit]

In Pikmin 2, the first Red Pikmin are found by Captain Olimar, immediately after landing on the planet. There are 5 Pikmin fighting a Dwarf Red Bulborb in the Valley of Repose right next to where Olimar lands. Whistling them gives Olimar control over them, which he uses to defeat the enemy. After this, once Louie has regained consciousness, he walks a short distance and finds the Red Onion. From there, Louie builds up the population in order to crush a paper bag separating him from Olimar, and from then on, the leaders are united.

Uses[edit]

There is no task in the game that can only be completed with Red Pikmin specifically. However, as they are the first type discovered, they are by default required until another type is obtained. In addition, the following tasks are intended to be completed with Red Pikmin, though they can be done with other types:

  • Treasures
  • Enemies
    • Piklopedia icon for the Fiery Blowhog. Texture found in /user/Yamashita/enemytex/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/tank/texture.bti. Fiery Blowhog: This enemy shoots fire towards the player, but can be defeated with any Pikmin type.
    • Piklopedia icon for the Fiery Bulblax. Texture found in /user/Yamashita/enemytex/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/firechappy/texture.bti. Fiery Bulblax: Only Red Pikmin can withstand its flames. However, if the enemy is submerged, its fire goes out. Even with the fire active, Purple Pikmin can damage it with their impact damage, and White Pikmin can be ingested to poison it. In certain caves, it can be lured into walking into the abyss as well.
    • Piklopedia icon for the Fiery Dweevil. Texture found in /user/Yamashita/enemytex/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/fireotakara/texture.bti. Fiery Dweevil: This enemy can set a large group of Pikmin on fire at once, but can be defeated with any Pikmin type.

In Pikmin 3[edit]

Discovery[edit]

Alph first finding a Red Pikmin in Pikmin 3.

In Pikmin 3, the story begins with Charlie discovering Yellow Pikmin and ending up captured by the Vehemoth Phosbat. After this prologue, Alph wakes up in a small puddle at the Tropical Wilds. He walks a short distance before seeing a Red Pikmin, which surprises both of them. After walking a bit more, he finds three wild Red Pikmin trying to free their Onion from a branch. Alph throws the Pikmin at it and succeeds in freeing it. He then proceeds to grow his army up to 20 (21 if the one sitting on the pot is obtained), so that he can push the cardboard box and get back to the S.S. Drake, as well as try to rescue Brittany. Although Yellow Pikmin are seen first, Red Pikmin are the first type to have their Onion discovered, and thus, formally introduced.

Uses[edit]

There is no task in the game that can only be completed with Red Pikmin specifically. However, as they are the first type discovered, they are by default required until another type is obtained. In addition, the following tasks are intended to be completed with Red Pikmin, though they can be done with other types:

  • Fruits
  • Enemies
    • Piklopedia icon for the Fiery Blowhog. Texture found in /user/Yamashita/enemytex/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/tank/texture.bti. Fiery Blowhog: This enemy shoots fire towards the player, but can be defeated with any Pikmin type.
    • Custom-made icon for the Plasm Wraith, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Plasm Wraith: This boss is able to create fire-type elemental plasms that create fire over a large area. But there is a short period before the fire starts burning, and the elemental plasm can be destroyed before then.
    • Custom-made icon for the Pyroclasmic Slooch, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Pyroclasmic Slooch: The Pyroclasmic Slooch is a slug that is cloaked in flames. By luring one into water, however, its flames temporarily go out while it remains in the water, and can be attacked by any Pikmin type. Other than that, Rock Pikmin deal impact damage to Slooches even if they are cloaked in fire, although the player should whistle them right afterwards to save them. There is also a glitch that allows other types of Pikmin to attack a Slooch without catching fire.

In Hey! Pikmin[edit]

Discovery[edit]

In Hey! Pikmin, after Captain Olimar crash-lands on the planet, he explores the area he lands in until he stumbles upon a lone Red Pikmin. After he and the S.S. Dolphin II's pod stare at it for a bit, it runs away. After moving forward some more, Olimar and his ship find the Pikmin's hiding spot, a bush. After using the whistle here, the Pikmin that was hiding behind, along with three others, pop out of the bush and join him. These Pikmin are used shortly after to collect some Sparklium Seeds that are out of reach. Eventually, Olimar finishes exploring this starting area, and leaves the Pikmin he found behind. The adventure proper then starts, with the area First Expedition, where he once again meets the Red Pikmin, again, hiding behind a bush. This time, and from here on out, he takes any Red Pikmin he finds and salvages at the end of the area with him, and leaves them in the Pikmin Park.

Uses[edit]

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Hey! Pikmin.
Particularly: Write a list of levels requiring Red Pikmin.

Notes[edit]

Hey! Pikmin logs[edit]

What a joy it was to meet these Pikmin again upon crash-landing here! Working with them is as comforting as eating my beloved pikpik carrots, for whom I named the species. Their pointy noses are a bit carrot-shaped, aren't they? These particular Pikmin are the strongest of the bunch and make short work of any dangerous creatures. I'm not sure how, but they're also impervious to fire, making them good candidates to send into a hot situation.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The current SmashWiki logo.

This article or section is a short summary on Pikmin as fighters.
SmashWiki features more in-depth content.

Red Pikmin appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a trophy and a type of Pikmin Olimar can pull from the ground via Pikmin Pluck. Red Pikmin, like in the games, deal a high amount of damage in most attacks; Purple Pikmin only have higher knockback, but do less damage to foes than Red Pikmin. Also, Red Pikmin have fire effects on their attacks, and are immune to fire attacks such as Bowser's Fire Breath or Mario's Fireballs. In Brawl, two stickers exist with Red Pikmin on them, one with a reclining Pikmin, and one with a posing Pikmin.

Brawl trophy[edit]

The Red Pikmin trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Description:

A type of Pikmin—which are odd beings who grow like plants yet are as mobile as animals. Red ones are heat and fire resistant and are strong attackers, which makes them valuable when facing dangerous foes. Purple Pikmin are also tough fighters, but since it's difficult to increase their numbers, red Pikmin are easier to manage. Red Pikmin have distinct pointed noses.

GameCube icon. Pikmin
GameCube icon. Pikmin 2
How to obtain: Clear the "Sproutage of the Flower Pikmin" event. Type: Fighter

Smash 4 trophy[edit]

3DS
Red Pikmin
RedPik3DSTrophy.png US version US description:
This Pikmin has a red body and a long, pointy nose. It was the first type of Pikmin Olimar ever met. In Smash Bros., they have the second highest attack power among the Pikmin. Like their fiery color suggests, they can attack with flames and withstand them.
European version EU description:
Telling Red Pikmin apart from the other Pikmin is easy: these ones have long, pointy noises. Also, they're red. They're the very first kind of Pikmin Olimar finds on their planet, and their high attack power makes them very useful. In this game, they can deal powerful attacks, and they're very resistant to fire damage.
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter
Wii U
RedPikminTrophySSBU.png US version US description:

This Pikmin has a red body and a long, pointy nose. It was the first type of Pikmin Olimar ever met. In Smash Bros., they have the second highest attack power among the Pikmin. Like their fiery color suggests, they can attack with flames and withstand them.
Appears in:

GameCube icon. Pikmin (12/2001)
GameCube icon. Pikmin 2 (08/2004)
European version EU description:

Telling Red Pikmin apart from the other Pikmin is easy: these ones have long, pointy noses. Also, they're red. They're the very first kind of Pikmin Olimar finds on their planet, and their high attack power makes them very useful. In this game, they can deal powerful attacks, and they're very resistant to fire damage.
Related Games

GameCube icon. Pikmin (06/2002)
GameCube icon. Pikmin 2 (10/2004)
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter Trophy Box: 60. Pikmin

Gallery[edit]

Pikmin[edit]

Pikmin 2[edit]

Pikmin 3[edit]

Hey! Pikmin[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Others[edit]

Trivia[edit]

The Red Pikmin hat being worn in Streetpass.
  • The first piece of downloadable content in Animal Crossing: City Folk was a hat item called "Red Pikmin". The item covers all of the character's head except the face, and stems out into a leaf. It could be sent to other regions through befriending Japanese players. The same item was later made available in Europe and then North America (March 25th, 2009 as the second DLC item). It is worth 360 Bells.
  • A rectangular pot with a red, blue, and Yellow Pikmin planted in it is a piece of furniture in Animal Crossing: City Folk. It can only be obtained by hacking, however.
  • A Red Pikmin Hat can be found in Streetpass Mii Plaza by playing Find Mii.
  • Red Pikmin become obsolete early in Pikmin 2, as all manner of fire hazards in the game can be easily destroyed without the use of Red Pikmin. Their greater attack strength also becomes negligible, as Purple Pikmin can also be brought to any area that Red Pikmin can go to.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese 赤ピクミン?
Aka Pikumin
Red Pikmin
Flag of China Chinese
(traditional)
紅色皮克敏 Red Pikmin
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
红色皮克敏 Red Pikmin
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Rode Pikmin Red Pikmin
Flag of France French Pikmin rouge Red Pikmin
Flag of Germany German Rotes Pikmin Red Pikmin
Flag of Italy Italian Pikmin rosso Red Pikmin
Flag of South Korea Korean 빨강 피크민
Bbalgang Pikeumin
Red pikmin
Flag of Spain Spanish Pikmin rojo Red Pikmin
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (NoE) Pikmin vermelho Red Pikmin Used in various Portuguese language material
Flag of Russia Russian Красный пикмин
Krasnyy pikmin
Red Pikmin Name taken from the Super Smash Bros. series
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Červený Pikmin Red Pikmin Name taken from Hey! Pikmin launch trailer
Flag of Denmark Danish Rød Pikmin Red Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Finland Finnish Punainen Pikmin Red Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Israel Hebrew פיקמין אדום
pikmin adom
Red Pikmin Used in official media[2]
Flag of Hungary Hungarian Píros Pikmin Dark Red Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Norway Norwegian Rød Pikmin Red Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Poland Polish Czerwony Pikmin Red Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Sweden Swedish Röd Pikmin Red Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video of the sound test in the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (at 23:33)
  2. ^ פיקמין 3 דלוקס - טריילר בעברית on Nintendo Israel's official YouTube account