S.S. Dolphin II
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The S.S. Dolphin II 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.
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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.
|None||Only the control monitor and the meal table have any lighting. The ship's speaker is also completely active.|
|× 2,000||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.|
|× 6,000||The floor is now lit, and the back walls are a bit brighter too.|
|× 14,000||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.|
|× 22,000||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.|
|× 30,000||Searchlights have been installed on the floor, shining light upwards to the ceiling.|
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 × 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.|
The cutscene after the final boss's defeat.
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Dolphin II||Dolphin II|
|French||Dolphin II||Dolphin II|
|German||Dolphin II||Dolphin II|
|Italian||Dolphin II||Dolphin II|
|Spanish||Dolphin II||Dolphin II|
- “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