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A Pikmin seed can be produced in several ways:
- When the player discovers an Onion, the latter will produce a Pikmin seed.
- When a Pikmin extinction occurs, the Onion of the concerned type will eject a seed.
- When retrieving dead enemies or pellets to an Onion, it will then produce a certain number of seeds.
- When throwing Pikmin into Candypop Buds, the latter will turn them into seeds again.
In Pikmin and Pikmin 2, all seeds look the same, changing only in color. In Pikmin 3, seeds are slightly different depending on the Pikmin type. Winged Pikmin seeds have stripes and are slightly smaller. White Pikmin seeds are also smaller. Purple Pikmin seeds are also slightly bigger, and Rock Pikmin seeds look like rocks.
After a seed has touched the ground, it will transform into a sprout. While it is almost an immediate process in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, it takes roughly seven seconds in Pikmin. The player can also choose to leave Pikmin sprouts buried so that they can evolve into bud or flower Pikmin. The following is a list of ways to find a Pikmin sprout:
- A Pikmin already starting as a sprout in a given Challenge Mode or Mission Mode stage.
- Having some enemies turn Pikmin into sprouts:
- In Pikmin, after dying as a flower, there is a chance a Pikmin will appear as a sprout in the same spot the next day.
- Spraying the opponent's Pikmin with an ultra-bitter spray in 2-Player Battle. In this case, they will automatically come out after some seconds if not plucked beforehand.
In a cave, if some of the player's Pikmin are buried, the player will be warned when trying to leave the sublevel: if the player leaves without plucking those Pikmin, they will be lost. If all of the player's Pikmin are buried, however, the player will not be able to proceed to the next sublevel or leave the cave.
- Main article: Pluck.
Plucking is a mechanic that allows leaders to uproot a Pikmin sprout. In Pikmin, the Smoky Progg is also able to uproot nearby Pikmin by performing an attack. In Pikmin 2, if the player collects the Amplified Amplifier, they can also use their whistle to uproot Pikmin.
Pikmin seeds and sprouts have different properties from other Pikmin:
- They are almost invincible in these states, except for:
- Pikmin sprouts will survive at night, unlike the other Pikmin.
- In Pikmin 3, they also evolve directly into flowers the day after.
- Pikmin that are buried will have special treatment if there is a Pikmin limit conflict.
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A Pink Candypop Bud spitting out seeds.
- In Pikmin , there is a glitch that makes some newly-ejected seeds have buds or flowers.
- In Pikmin 2, if there are 99 Pikmin buried in the same area or sublevel, then it will be impossible for a Swooping Snitchbug or a Mamuta to bury the 100th Pikmin. That Pikmin will simply get knocked back (in the case of a Mamuta) or stay idle (in the case of a Swooping Snitchbug). Attempting to get 100 seeds via delivering items to an Onion is possible, though. To do this, one Pikmin must deliver a corpse to an Onion while 99 Pikmin are buried. Then, by ordering that Pikmin to go inside the Onion or ship, the Pikmin will be able to get inside before the seeds are ejected.
- In Bingo Battle, the Onions can produce White and Purple Pikmin seeds by having a +5 Pikmin power up. This will only work if the level contains White and Purple Pikmin.
- Some Candypop Buds have a maximum Pikmin requirement. Seeds in the overworld do not count for this, however.
|Types||Red Pikmin • Yellow Pikmin • Blue Pikmin • Purple Pikmin • White Pikmin|
Rock Pikmin • Winged Pikmin • Bulbmin
|Biology||Candypop Bud • Idle • Maturity • Onion (Pellet, Enemy)|
Pikmin extinction • Trip • Seed • Seedling • Soul • Squad
|Abilities||Carry • Dig • Dodge • Fight • Hide|
|Controls||Charge • Dismiss • Swarm • Pluck • Throw • Whistle|
|Other||Decor Pikmin • Mushroom Pikmin • Pikpik carrot|