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Spotty Bulbear In-game icon.
Artwork of a Spotty Bulbear.
Appears in PikminPikmin 2Pikmin 3
Scientific name Oculus terribilis dotticum
Family Grub-dog
Areas The Distant Spring, Perplexing Pool, Distant Tundra
Caves Frontier Cavern, Glutton's Kitchen, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode levels The Forest of Hope, Subterranean Lair, Emperor's Realm
Mission Mode Collect Treasure! levels Beastly Caverns
Mission Mode Battle Enemies! levels Thirsty Desert, Twilight Hollow, Formidable Oak Remix
Side Story levels Creature Hunting, Team Monster Hunt, Looking for Louie, Another Part Found
2-Player Battle levels None
Bingo Battle levels Arid Metropolis, Jigsaw Colosseum
Attacks Eat Pikmin

Spotty Bulbears (クマチャッピー?, lit.: "Bear Chappy") are creatures in the three main Pikmin games that resemble Bulborbs with a different color and stature, and larger mouths with wider lips. They are black with red spots, and their face is a creamy yellow or orange. Its large mouth allows it to eat Pikmin more rapidly and easily, making it a rather formidable foe. These enemies are often found with a number of following Dwarf Bulbears, which are supposed to follow this guardian as a source of protection and general aid.

In Pikmin, these creatures sleep if left alone, and have bloodshot eyes upon waking up. They have about one and a half times more health than a Red Bulborb, and their red spots constantly change in size, even after death. Returning a dead member of the species to an Onion produces 15 Pikmin sprouts, but the crushing glitch may make carrying its body difficult in this game. They do not revive after they have been killed, but they regenerate if the player takes too much time to kill them.

In Pikmin 2, Spotty Bulbears have far greater maneuverability than other members of the same family, as well as a less focused patrol area; they have the ability to move almost anywhere in most areas, below as well as above ground. They can be found in the Perplexing Pool after the thirtieth day, and may even enter the landing site. If the creature is defeated and its corpse remains, its health will steadily grow back, the creature reviving itself; after what may be minutes, it may return to consciousness, requiring a repeated "kill", similar to the Gatling Groink. For this reason, it is recommended that the body be quickly returned to an Onion or the Research Pod, or that the sublevel be exited quickly.

In Pikmin 3, Spotty Bulbears are much rarer. There is only one in the story mode, at the Distant Tundra, guarding an Astringent Clump past a bamboo gate in a cave. In this game, they are more resistant to bomb rocks, and if they can't reach the place their prey is at, they just stomp their foot and give up, instead of trying forever. They keep their sleepless wandering, but they also have a number of new weaknesses:

  • They have lost the ability to revive.
  • When a Bulbear snatches Pikmin, it stops to fling them into the air and land them down its throat. Then, it pauses for about two seconds and may burp. This small sliver of time should be enough for a wary player to escape or attempt an attack.
  • Bulbears now emit a heavy, snarly breathing noise when giving chase, which can be heard from a distance, alerting players of their presence. When in a dark area, their glowing purple eyes can also be seen from a distance.
  • If a Bulbear spots the player, it will now give a glance at the group, making it much easier to tell if the Bulbear can see its prey or not.

In addition to all this, they can be momentarily stunned by being hit in the eye like all Bulborb variants in Pikmin 3.


Game Weight Max.
Seeds Value Health Regen.
Pikmin 10 20 15 N/A 1300 Unknown
Pikmin 2 10 20 12 Poko icon.png × 10 1200 3.6[note 1]
Pikmin 3 (?) 12 24 (normally) 20 Texture used for the Poko in Pikmin 3. × 70
Icon for the soul in Battle Enemies!, taken from the game's textures. × 70
1800 No
  1. ^ Note that this value refers to health regeneration, not revival.


Reel notes

This rare species of bulborb has a certain indefatigability.

Olimar's notes

A midsize subspecies within the grub-dog family, the spotty bulbear's unique feeding habits set it apart from other grub-dogs. The spotty bulbear patrols a set path searching for prey, instead of passively feeding on creatures that wander into a limited territorial range. When entering bulbear habitat, it is wise to proceed with extreme caution until the bulbear's patrol path can be clearly identified.

Louie's notes

For an unrivaled green curry, peel away the spotty bulbear's skin, pulverize the juicy innards, and stew until curiously fragrant.

Alph's comments

Structural flaw: eyeballs, back
Weight: 12

It's sort of like...the rare, limited-edition version of regular bulborbs. I'm much too afraid to get close to them in the dark caves where they live, so I'm thinking about bringing a Bomb Rock next time. Couldn't hurt!

Brittany's comments

The red-on-black thing is very bold, but it's a vicious predator, soooo points off for that. It's big and tough and never backs down even when it probably should. Like some captains I could name.

Charlie's comments

The first problem with this guy is that he never sleeps. The second problem is that he can gulp a whole platoon of Pikmin in one move. Well, not on my watch, buster! I'll make you wash down that meal with a dessert of pain!

Louie's comments

US version icon.png US version
For an unrivaled green curry, peel away the spotty bulbear's skin, pulverize the juicy innards, and stew until curiously fragrant.
European version icon.png European version
For an unrivalled green curry, peel away the spotty bulbear's skin, pulverise the juicy innards, and stew until curiously fragrant.

Olimar's comments

Spotty Bulbear
Oculus terribilis dotticum
Grub-dog family

A midsize subspecies within the grub-dog family, the spotty bulbear's unique feeding habits set it apart from other grub-dogs. The spotty bulbear patrols a set path searching for prey, instead of passively feeding on creatures that wander into a limited territorial range. When entering bulbear habitat, it is wise to proceed with extreme caution until the bulbear's patrol path can be clearly identified.

Pikmin Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

A stronger, darker version of the greater grub-dog that appears in small numbers, perhaps the result of environmental changes. This rare subspecies of bulborb has a certain indefatigability.
The spotty bulbear behaves much like the spotty bulborb, and you can use the same tactics to defeat either variety of grub-dog. The spotty bulbear seems to be slower than the spotty bulborb, but the darker species is also stronger.

Pikmin Nintendo Power booklet[edit]

Physically similar to spotty bulborbs, bulbears are actually much stronger than their red-and-white cousins. Their passion in life? Sleeping—and eating scores of delicious Pikmin.

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

Possibly the most vicious of the Bulborb/Bulbear family, the Spotty Bulbear feasts on Pikmin and doesn't give up. Have one group distract the villain while you send another behind it to attack.

Pikmin 3 Prima Guide[edit]

The Spotty Bulbear is extremely durable, and its wide jaws allow it to gobble a great amount of Pikmin with each attack. To avoid a prolonged and costly battle, use Bomb Rocks to attack this creature from a safe distance.


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The exact same strategy for the Red Bulborb is effective here, but take care of the Bulbear's increased health. A large group of Red Pikmin or three bomb-rocks will do it in.

Pikmin 2[edit]

Spotty Bulbears are always awake in this game and are constantly roaming the map, making a surprise attack nearly impossible. It is possible to trick the Bulbear into attacking and missing, allowing the leader access to its backside, but they frequently have Dwarf Bulbears following them, making this tactic risky. Another means of accessing its rear is to split the leaders, using the one without Pikmin as a distraction. If Purple Pikmin are available, they make the battle easier as they can injure and stun the adult and children, but with other types it may be wise to use an ultra-bitter spray. It is often effective to switch roles with and hunt the Bulbear itself before it can pick up any Dwarfs, and then stun and attack it.

If time is not a concern, leaders can be used to punch and kill the Dwarf Bulbears and even the adult without the risk of losing Pikmin. The Rocket Fist upgrade makes this especially easy.

In the Perplexing Pool, you can trap the Bulbear in between the wall and the small maze next to the bridge. It will be unable to get out, so it won't be an issue anymore unless you want to kill it. Just begin to rain Pikmin down on its head, it should shake once or twice before dying. You then can carry its corpse and the 10-pellet it dropped out of the area and they will be able to get to the Onion. In most caves, leaving a Pikmin on one side of the wall that the Bulbear cannot reach allows a slight edge. Be quick and you can severely damage, if not kill it, with few losses.

To defeat the Spotty Bulbears in the Subterranean Lair in Challenge Mode, lure all three close to one another, then hit them all with a single shot of ultra-bitter spray to petrify all three at once, hopefully along with the dwarf compainions.

Since Bulbears follow the active leader, they can be lured into falling into bottomless pits that are between the leader and the beast. Any treasures the creature would drop will be, unlike in Pikmin, safely returned to the sublevel for collection. One such level is sublevel 3 in the Dream Den.

If you want to get rid of the posse of dwarfs following the Spotty Bulbear, you can bring twenty Purple Pikmin and sneak up on the farthest dwarf in the group. Throw the purple on its back and it will die instantly. Do this to all the dwarfs without the Spotty Bulbear "noticing" and then you can defeat it with ease.

Pikmin 3[edit]

A Spotty Bulbear appears inside a dark cave in the Distant Tundra. It is accompanied by the usual Dwarf Bulbears and some Fiery Blowhogs. In the cave, there are 10 bomb rocks. It will take 3 bomb explosions to kill the Bulbear, but if the Bulbear eats a bomb rock (regardless of whether or not a Pikmin is carrying it), it will instantly die. The remaining bombs can be used to deal with the other enemies.

For a head-on attack, make sure all other enemies are dead before facing it as otherwise shaken off Pikmin may become eaten or set on fire. Chuck Pikmin at its eyes until you hit them. Don't throw any more Pikmin until it's ready to attack again. This keeps it flinching over and over. Whistle some Pikmin when your standby group is small. Rock Pikmin and Red Pikmin can help defeat it quicker, as can an ultra-spicy spray.

If it does eat Pikmin, it chucks them in the air and may burp afterwards. This time is enough to escape or whistle the Pikmin back to hit its eyes again.

Technical information[edit]

Pikmin technical information (?)
Internal name swallob
HP 1300
Pikmin 2 technical information (?)
Internal name kumachappy
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 0.05
s004 bounceFactor Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?) 0.3
fp00 ライフ HP 1200
fp01 マップとの当り Unknown (related to slopes) 45
fp02 ダメージスケールXZ Horizontal damage scale 0.3
fp03 ダメージスケールY Vertical damage scale 0.3
fp04 ダメージフレーム Damage scale duration 0.35
fp05 質量 Unknown (weight?) 0.0001
fp06 速度 Move speed 100
fp08 回転速度率 Rotation acceleration 0.2
fp09 テリトリー Territory radius 400
fp10 ホーム範囲 "Home" radius 50
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?) 90
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 1
fp19 振り払い範囲 Shake range 30
fp20 攻撃可能範囲 Unknown (shock attack max range?) 75
fp21 攻撃可能角度 Unknown (shock attack max angle?) 25
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?) 35
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 4
fp29 警戒時間 Unknown (warning time?) 15
fp30 警戒ライフ Unknown 50
fp31 ライフ回復率 Regeneration rate 0.0001
fp32 LOD半径 Off-camera radius 70
fp33 マップとのあたりポリゴンの選定 Collision processing radius 60
fp34 ピクミンとのあたり Pikmin damage radius 30
fp35 石化時間 Petrification duration 1
fp36 ヒップドロップダメージ Purple Pikmin drop damage 50
fp37 地震気絶確立 Purple Pikmin stun chance 0.3 (30%)
fp38 地震気絶時間 Purple Pikmin stun time 5
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
ID Japanese comment Property Value
fp01 白ピクミン White Pikmin poison damage 400
fp11 死亡 ~ ゲージ出現 Delay until revival starts 2
fp12 ゲージ出現 ~ 復活 Revival duration 118
Pikmin 3 technical information (?)
Internal name kumachappy
HP 1800
Rock Pikmin throw hits to kill 40
White Pikmin ingestions to kill 5
Bomb rock explosions to kill 3
Bomb rock ingestions to kill 1
Number of direct hits on top to kill 0
Damage to leaders 20
Territory radius 0
Mission Mode value 70

Other information[edit]


See more: Grub-dog family#Naming.
  • Common name: Spotty Bulbear. The name is a counterpart to the name "Spotty Bulborb", which is what the Red Bulborb was identified as before the release of Pikmin 2. The word "bulbear" is an alteration of the word "Bulborb" such that it ends with "bear" instead; this word reflects this creature's much bruter nature.
  • Japanese nickname: クマチャッピー?, lit.: "Bear Chappy".
  • Japanese name: クマデメマダラ?, lit.: "Spotted Bear Bug-eye". It is the same as the Dwarf Bulbear's.
  • Scientific name: The scientific name, Oculus terribilis dotticum, uses the species name terribilis, which is Latin for "terrible", and dotticum as the subspecies, which resembles the English word "dotted".
  • Internal names: The creature's internal name in Pikmin is swallob, which could be seen as a change on the Red Bulborb's name (swallow), as to mean "swallow B", or the second type of enemy with the "swallow" internal name. The internal name in Pikmin 2 and in Pikmin 3 is the same as its Japanese nickname: kumachappy.
  • Prerelease: In an early English script left inside the game's disc, the scientific name used to be just Oculus terribilis, the same as the Dwarf Bulbear's.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese クマチャッピー?
Kuma Chappī
Bear Chappy
Flag of China Chinese
Flag of France French Bulbours à pois Spotty Bulbear
Flag of Germany German Getupfter Punktbär Spotted Bulbear
Flag of Italy Italian Coleto Macchiato Spotted Dot Beetle
Flag of South Korea Korean 곰차피
Gom Chappi
Bear Chappy
Flag of Spain Spanish Bulboso moteado Spotted Bulbear



  • In the enemy reel in Pikmin, Bulborbs are present in places that Bulbears inhabit in the finished game, suggesting that this is how it was in a development version.
  • Also in the enemy reel, it says that the enemy has a certain indefatigability (meaning it's seemingly incapable of being tired), which is strange, since the enemy sleeps most of the time in this game, and the only other thing related to fatigue is the revival mechanic, but that was only introduced in Pikmin 2.
  • The Spotty Bulbear was one of four enemies that were planned, but ultimately removed, for the roulette wheel in Pikmin 2's 2-Player Battle, along with the Antenna Beetle, and the Fiery and Caustic Dweevil.
  • An unused cave with a maze-like single floor was used to test the Spotty Bulbear's AI in Pikmin 2. This cave can be found in the game's files, and its caveinfo name is known as 敵チェック (meaning "Enemy Check").
  • If a Spotty Bulbear bumps into a member of the grub-dog family that is sleeping, it will wake them up. Ironically, this is not the case with the Orange Bulborb, which otherwise wakes up easier than the remaining members of the family. This behavior can be seen on sublevel 9 of the Hole of Heroes.
  • The Spotty Bulbear and the Gatling Groink are the only enemies that can revive in Pikmin 2. Oddly, Dwarf Bulbears, which are just the same creature at a young development stage, cannot. Though this may mean that the reviving ability comes with age.
  • Their eyes, like their younger counterparts' eyes, have different colored pupils each game: red/indigo in Pikmin, indigo in Pikmin 2, and purple in Pikmin 3.
  • In Pikmin, Spotty and Dwarf Bulbears can change their eye color between indigo and red depending if they're currently pursuing prey or not.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pikmin 2/Early English Script on The Cutting Room Floor
  2. ^ Twitter video on Twitter, published on March 21st, 2023, retrieved on May 8th, 2023