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S.S. Dolphin II

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The S.S. Dolphin II (ドルフィン2号機?) is Captain Olimar's vessel in Hey! Pikmin. At the start of the game, Olimar is piloting the ship to head back to Hocotate, until he hits an asteroid and plummets to an unknown planet. The ship crashes against the ground, and stays in that state. The cone of the ship has a detachable pod with its own artificial intelligence. This pod guides Olimar throughout his adventure.

After the crash-landing, the ship requires certain amounts of Sparklium to recover its disabled features, and provide Captain Olimar with gear. A list can be found here.


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The Dolphin II shares similarities with both the S.S. Dolphin and Hocotate ship. It has only three fins, three ionium jets, and sports the familiar white and red color scheme of both vessels.

Like the S.S. Dolphin, the ship only has seating for Olimar as well as the color blue being featured in both ships' designs. The Dolphin II is more similar in shape to the Hocotate ship, and features a research pod similar to the ship's. It is rounder in appearance and features four small rockets in addition to having a propeller. Unlike either ship, however, the Dolphin II does not seem to have a Chronos Reactor.

Some cutscenes take place inside the cockpit. At the start of the game, because it's out of Sparklium, only emergency lights are on, but as more Sparklium is recovered, more and more of the ship's interior lights up. The layout only changes when certain levels of Sparklium have been reached, which sometimes coincide with an upgrade unlock.

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None The S.S. Dolphin II's interior at the start of the game. Only the control monitor and the meal table have any lighting. The ship's speaker is also completely active.
Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Hey! Pikmin. × 2,000 Captain Olimar stretching while inside the S.S. Dolphin II. This is from the cutscene where the ship unlocks the radar. The walls are now a bit lit up, as are the various control panels. The strips of lights below each control panel are on, but fade between soft and bright.
Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Hey! Pikmin. × 6,000 Captain Olimar stretching while inside the S.S. Dolphin II. This is from the cutscene where the ship announces it provided a new bar of health for the captain. The floor is now lit, and the back walls are a bit brighter too.
Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Hey! Pikmin. × 14,000 Captain Olimar sitting at his chair inside the S.S. Dolphin II, as the ship announces it has extended the jetpack's flight duration the second level. The light strips above the control monitor are lit up, and light up filling in a pattern from the edges to the center. Light also comes from downstairs.
Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Hey! Pikmin. × 22,000 Captain Olimar drinking coffee inside the S.S. Dolphin II's cockpit, with the ship announcing it maximized the jetpack's duration. Everything is a bit darker in favor of the new disco ball in the ceiling, which lights up parts of the room with its reflections.
Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Hey! Pikmin. × 30,000 Captain Olimar inside the S.S. Dolphin II's cockpit, sitting at his chair, while the ship announces they have managed to collect 30,000 Sparklium. Searchlights have been installed on the floor, shining light upwards to the ceiling.

Exploration pod[edit]

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The exploration pod[1] is Olimar's assistant throughout the events of Hey! Pikmin, guiding him all along his adventure. It is the pod at the nose of the S.S. Dolphin II, and it houses the ship's cockpit room and artificial intelligence system. It is able to fly around freely and communicate with Olimar via a loudspeaker, as well as beam him and any Pikmin he's got with him inside, to return to the Pikmin Park. In general, it looks physically similar to the Research Pod in Pikmin 2.

The pod can be seen at the end of each area, serving as the exit. If the area has a secret exit, then the pod can be found in the location of both the normal exit and the secret one. The exploration pod is also present in the Pikmin Park, in some cutscenes at the beginning and the end of the game. At the start of the story, it helps the player learn the mechanics of the game.

Sparklium Converter[edit]

One of the S.S. Dolphin II's components plays an important role in Hey! Pikmin's plot, in that without it, the ship cannot return to Hocotate. The ship first realizes that it is missing when the player reaches Icon that represents Sparklium on the wiki, based on the icon found in Hey! Pikmin. × 30,000; a cutscene plays where the ship analyzes if they are ready to return to Hocotate, and realizes that the Sparklium Converter is missing. If this happens before The Last Lair is completed, the ship will not be able to find it, and will tell Olimar to continue searching, in hopes of finding it in his adventures. Otherwise, the ship will try a scan, and will find that it is in the last sector, and will also detect a massive creature, the final boss of the game.

Warning: the following text contains major spoilers about about the final boss in Hey! Pikmin.
After the fight against the Berserk Leech Hydroe, the creature will wither and die, and from inside, the Leech Hydroe will pop out, with the Sparklium Converter lodged in its head. It will try to attack Olimar, but will just end up toppling on the ground and dropping the ship part. After trying to understand what the creature is, only for it to run away, Olimar triumphantly recovers the ship part and the S.S. Dolphin II manages to make it safely back to Hocotate.

In the logs for the Leech Hydroe, it is revealed that the Sparklium Converter must have fallen off during the crash, and landed on top of the creature while it was sleeping.[2]



  • The North American Hey! Pikmin site, as well as Play Nintendo, misspell S.S. Dolphin II as S.S. Dolphin 2.[3]
  • After scanning the Subterranean Menace (a statue of Mr. Resetti from the Animal Crossing series), the S.S. Dolphin II briefly started speaking in a Bronx accent, exactly like Mr. Resetti. Olimar claims this may have been a virus somehow caused by the object.

Names in other languages[edit]

S.S. Dolphin II

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ドルフィン2号機?
Dorufin 2
Dolphin 2
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Dolphin II Dolphin II
Flag of France French Dolphin II Dolphin II
Flag of Germany German Dolphin II Dolphin II
Flag of Italy Italian Dolphin II Dolphin II
Flag of Spain Spanish Dolphin II Dolphin II

Sparklium Converter

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese キラキラエネルギー変換装置?
Kirakiraenerugī Henkan sōchi
Sparklium Converter
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Sprankliumtransmutator Sparklium converter
Flag of France French Convertisseur Converter
Flag of Germany German Glitzerium-Konverter Sparklium Converter
Flag of Italy Italian Convertitore di luminum Sparklium converter
Flag of Spain Spanish Conversor de lustronio Sparklium converter

Exploration pod

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese 探査ポッド?
Tansa Poddo
Research Pod
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Verkenningssonde Exploration probe
Flag of France French Capsule Capsule
Flag of Germany German Erkundungskapsel Exploration capsule
Flag of Italy Italian Modulo di comando Command module
Flag of Spain Spanish Cabina de control Control cabin


  1. '^ When you reach the exploration pod at the end of an area, your expedition is complete. – "Exploring the Planet" section in Hey! Pikmins instruction manual
  2. ^ Normally, this is a harmless species of plant life. We only found out later that it grew vicious because the Sparklium Converter fell from the ship during our crash landing, falling onto the Leech Hydroe as it slumbered. The influx of energy sent its parasitic urges out of control. I know I'm to blame, ultimately, but I'm glad I could put a stop to it—with the help of the Pikmin and the S.S. Dolphin II. Let this final entry end with my thanks to them.Captain Olimar in the log entry for the Berserk Leech Hydroe
  3. ^ Captain Olimar needs a lot of Sparklium to refuel his ship, the trusty S.S. Dolphin 2. That means it’s time to get out and look around! But be careful...not everything on the planet is friendly. – informational blurb in official Hey! Pikmin website