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Seeding Dandelion

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Seeding Dandelion In-game icon.
A Seeding Dandelion in Pikmin 2.
Appears in Pikmin 2Pikmin 3Hey! Pikmin
Scientific name Taraxacum ventulus
Family Dandelion
Areas Perplexing Pool , Garden of Hope
Caves None
Challenge Mode levels Sniper Room
Collect treasure! levels Shaded Garden, Shaded Garden Remix
Battle enemies! levels Garden of Hope Remix, Shaded Garden, Clockwork Chasm
Side Story levels None
2-Player Battle levels None
Bingo Battle levels None

A Seeding Dandelion (タンポポ(綿毛)?, lit.: "Dandelion (Fluff)") is a Dandelion which has flowered for long enough to be pollinated and produce a batch of fresh seeds, each attached to a fluffy white tuft. The tufts catch the wind and the seeds are swept from the plant so that they may land and take root in a new location. Seeding Dandelions can be found as scenery interactable plants in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3, but as important gameplay mechanics in Hey! Pikmin. In Pikmin 3, normal Dandelions evolve as the days progress, until they finally turn into Seeding Dandelions. These plants also appear in the Spring-themed levels of Pikmin Adventure, where one can occasionally hide a coin.

Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3[edit]

Bumping into one will dislodge one or two seeds in Pikmin 2, but it won't undergo any change. In Pikmin 3, throwing a Pikmin into it will dislodge all its seeds. Apart from that, they have no particular function. They are one of the rarest species in Pikmin 2, appearing in only one above ground area and one challenge mode level. They also appear in many levels of Pikmin Adventure.

In Pikmin 3, a Seeding Dandelion can be replaced by a regular Dandelion, depending on the current day. The Dandelion evolves and finally becomes a Seeding Dandelion.

Hey! Pikmin[edit]

In Hey! Pikmin, Seeding Dandelions are not much taller than the Pikmin themselves, and they serve as a stopping point for Pikmin. When Pikmin are thrown in this game, they either walk towards a treasure, or walk back to Captain Olimar's side. If the player needs thrown Pikmin to stay in a certain spot until they are called, chances are a Seeding Dandelion will be there. As per the cutscene near the start of the Pollution Pool, when a Pikmin noticed a bed of Seeding Dandelions, it cannot resist the urge to jump right on top of the plants and bounce around. These plants also play a big role in the very same area, where Captain Olimar needs to keep the Pikmin busy in a different platform while he himself swims through a pond or builds a bridge, so that he may call them on the other side when he's ready. Despite being introduced as a gameplay mechanic in Pollution Pool, Seeding Dandelions first appear in Back-and-Forth Road at the start, where the player is tasked with whistling some Pikmin bouncing on the plant, and can't interact with it in any other way.


Olimar's notes

It is believed that this plant produces tufted seeds with a parachute-like arm, which allows the seeds to ride gently on the wind. This increases the distribution range of the plant considerably.

Louie's notes

Dried, roasted, and finely ground, the root of this plant makes a passable coffee substitute.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

A dandelion waiting to bloom gives you a glimpse of the many stages of foliage in the world of Pikmin 2. Run through one to release its seeds.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name watage
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 1100
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 40
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.5
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.5
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.1
fp06 速度 Move speed 50
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.2
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 35
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 30
fp11 プライベート距離 "Private" radius 70
fp12 視界距離 Sight radius 500
fp13 視界角度 FOV 90
fp14 探索距離 Unknown (exploration radius?) 500
fp15 探索角度 Unknown (exploration angle?) 120
fp16 振り払い率 Successful shake rate 1
fp17 振り払い力 Shake knockback 200
fp18 振り払いダメージ Shake damage 0
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 30
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 80
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 50
fp22 攻撃ヒット範囲 Unknown (attack hit range?) 80
fp23 攻撃ヒット角度 Unknown (attack hit angle?) 50
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 90
fp28 回転最大速度 Rotation speed 8
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 15
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 30
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0.0001
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 60
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 40
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 40
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration 1
fp36 ヒップドロップダメージ Purple Pikmin drop damage N/A
fp37 地震気絶確立 Purple Pikmin stun chance N/A
fp38 地震気絶時間 Purple Pikmin stun time N/A
ip01 振り払い打撃A Shake mode 1 – hit count 6
ip02 振り払い張付1 Shake mode 1 – Pikmin requirement 5
ip03 振り払い打撃B Shake mode 2 – hit count 12
ip04 振り払い張付2 Shake mode 2 – Pikmin requirement 10
ip05 振り払い打撃C Shake mode 3 – hit count 17
ip06 振り払い張付3 Shake mode 3 – Pikmin requirement 20
ip07 振り払い打撃D Shake mode 4 – hit count 22
Specific properties

Other information[edit]

  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #63


See more: Dandelion family#Naming.
  • Common name: Seedling Dandelion.
  • Japanese nickname: タンポポ(綿毛)?, lit.: "Dandelion (Fluff)".
  • Japanese name: カンサイタンポポ?. It is the Japanese name of Taraxacum japonicum, a real life species of dandelion. The name is shared with the Dandelion.
  • Scientific name: Taraxacum ventulus. "Ventulus" is Latin for "breeze".
  • Internal names: Unknown.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese タンポポ(綿毛)?
Tanpopo (Watage)
Dandelion (Fluff)
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Jeune pissenlit Young dandelion
Flag of France French (NoE) Jeune Pissenlit Young Dandelion
Flag of Germany German Pusteblume Seeding dandelion
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Semilla de diente de león Dandelion seed


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