|Appears in||Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3, Pikmin 4|
|Scientific name||Oculus terribilis dotticum|
Oculus terribilis (Pikmin Player's Guide)
|Areas||The Distant Spring, Perplexing Pool, Distant Tundra, Giant's Hearth, Primordial Thicket (night)|
|Caves||Frontier Cavern, Glutton's Kitchen, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den, Kingdom of Beasts, Plunder Palace, Trial of the Sage Leaf|
|Challenge Mode stages||The Forest of Hope, Subterranean Lair, Emperor's Realm|
|Mission Mode Collect Treasure! stages||Beastly Caverns|
|Mission Mode Battle Enemies! stages||Thirsty Desert, Twilight Hollow, Formidable Oak Remix|
|Side Story days||Creature Hunting, Team Monster Hunt, Looking for Louie, Another Part Found|
|Dandori Challenge stages||None|
|Dandori Battle stages||None|
|2-Player Battle stages||None|
|Bingo Battle stages||Arid Metropolis, Jigsaw Colosseum|
Spotty Bulbears (クマチャッピー?, lit.: "Bear Chappy") are enemies in the four 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.
The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Pikmin 4.
|10||20||12||× 10||1200||3.6[note 1]|
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“Structural flaw: eyeballs, back
Oculus terribilis dotticum
Olimar's Notes (Pikmin 4)
“A midsize subspecies within the Grub-Dog family, the Spotty Bulbear's unique feeding habits sets it apart from other Grub-Dogs. It patrols a set path, searching for prey instead of passively feeding on creatures that wander into a limited territorial range. When entering Spotty Bulbear habitat, it is wise to proceed with extreme caution until the Bulbear's patrol path can be clearly identified.”
Louie's Notes (Pikmin 4)
“For an unrivaled green curry, peel away the Spotty Bulbear's skin, pulverise the juicy innards, and stew until curiously fragrant.”
Pikmin Nintendo Player's Guide
Pikmin Nintendo Power booklet
Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide
Pikmin 3 Prima Guide
Pikmin 1 (Nintendo Switch) Reel notes
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In Pikmin, Spotty Bulbears largely spend their time sleeping, only waking up if disturbed by the Pikmin or Olimar. They have piercing red pupils when awake and actively pursuing prey. They have slightly more health than their Spotty Bulborb counterparts, making confrontation riskier. The red spots on their back constantly change in size, even after the creature's death. They have a noticeable regeneration factor, healing if the player takes too much time to kill them.
In Pikmin 2, Spotty Bulbears never sleep, spending all of their time patrolling the map in search of prey. They have far greater maneuverability than other Grub-dogs, freely wandering the entire map in search of prey, often followed by multiple Dwarf Bulbears. In any sublevel or area where a Spotty Bulbear is active, extreme caution must be taken until it is safely disposed of, as it is capable of attacking and killing Pikmin who are currently working on tasks or even simply idling, thanks to its high mobility. Most notably, one will appear in the Perplexing Pool after Day 30. Its mobility means that it can even wander into the landing site to eat Pikmin idle by the Onions and the Ship, making it a priority target.
Spotty Bulbears in Pikmin 2 do not truly die when defeated, instead falling unconscious. When lying unconscious, its health will steadily regenerate as it attempts to revive itself. If the body is not destroyed, either by depositing it in an Onion, the Research Pod, or defeating the creature while it is petrified, it will eventually wake back up, requiring a repeated "kill", a trait it shares with Gatling Groinks. In the event that the body cannot be destroyed, leaving the area while it is down, such as entering a cave or proceeding to a deeper sublevel, is advised.
In Pikmin 3, Spotty Bulbears are much rarer. Only one can be found during the main game, behind a bamboo gate in one of the Distant Tundra's caves, although they are markedly more common in Mission Mode. In this game, they have a notable resistance to bomb rocks, and are generally less persistent, stomping their foot in anger and disengaging a chase if they cannot reach their intended target, compared to the previous game, where they would try forever. They keep their sleepless wandering, but they also have a number of new weaknesses:
- They no longer revive when killed.
- 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. If it has eaten a large amount of Pikmin recently, it may burp. This small sliver of time should be enough for a wary player to escape or attempt an attack.
- They will instantly die if they ingest a bomb rock.
- 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.
- They can be briefly stunned if their eyes are attacked, like other large grub-dogs in Pikmin 3.
In Pikmin 4, Spotty Bulbears are a bit more common than in Pikmin 3, thought still not as common as in the first 2 games. They can be found both above and below ground, featuring most prominently in the Giant's Hearth, where 3 of them appear. They also appear in some harder Night expeditions. They are changed very little behavior-wise from Pikmin 3, though they can no long be stunned via attacking their eyes. While they still wander during the day, they now follow predictable routes through smaller areas, rather than being able to roam anywhere as in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3.
The following article or section contains guides.
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.
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.
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.
|Pikmin technical information (?)|
|Pikmin 2 technical information (?)|
|Global properties (List)|
|s001||wallReflection||Unknown (wall bounce speed multiplier?)||0.5|
|s004||bounceFactor||Unknown (bounce when it hits the ground?)||0.3|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|fp29||警戒時間||Unknown (warning time?)||15|
|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|
|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|
|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 (?)|
|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|
|Mission Mode value||70|
- Technical name in The Official Nintendo Player's Guide: Grizzly Grub-Dog
- Size: Body length: 88mm, as per the e-card
- Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #7
- 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". In the Pikmin Nintendo Player's Guide, the scientific name is simply Oculus terribilis, which would later be used by the Dwarf Bulbear.
- 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:
- Prerelease: In an early English script left inside the game's disc, the scientific name used to be just Oculus terribilis, as in the Player's Guide.
Names in other languages
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Xióng Xióng Qiàbǐ
|Bear Bear Chappy|
Xióng Xióng Qiàbǐ
|Bear Bear Chappy|
|Dutch||Gevlekte bulbeer||Spotted bulbear||"Bulbeer" is a portmanteau of "Bulborb" and "beer" (bear)|
|French||Bulbours à pois||Spotty bulbear||"Bulbours" is a portmanteau of "Bulborbe" (Bulborb) and "ours" (bear)|
|German||Getupfter Punktbär||Spotted Dot Bear|
Coleto macchiato (Pikmin 4)
Spotted bulbear (Pikmin 4)
|"Coleto" may come from "boletus" (Latin for mushroom), as a bulborb's spots resemble those found on certain mushrooms|
"Coleto" is the Italian name for both Bulborb and Bulbear
|Spanish||Bulboso moteado||Spotted bulbear||"Bulboso" is a portmanteau of "Bulbo" (Bulborb) and "oso" (bear)|
|Portuguese||Bulboca||Bulbmouth||The name is a portmanteau of "bulbo" (bulb) and "boca" (mouth)|
The name also sounds close to "boboca" (a childish slang that means "silly" or "stupid")
A Spotty Bulbear in the enemy reel.
A Spotty Bulbear in the Piklopedia.
The Spotty Bulbear in an unused cave used for testing its A.I.
A Spotty Bulbear in an earlier version of Pikmin 2.
The Spotty Bulbear's e-card, #07 (9th red card).
- In the enemy reel in Pikmin, Bulborbs are often present in places that Bulbears inhabit in the final version. This suggests that Spotty Bulbears were likely intended to be much rarer during Pikmin's development, or potentially were implemented far later in development.
- The enemy reel also notes that Spotty Bulbears display "indefatigability," suggesting a degree of tirelessness or persistence. While this is inaccurate in Pikmin, as they sleep just as often as Spotty Bulborbs and disengage chases just as quickly as them, this notably does apply to their depictions in the rest of the games, where they never sleep and are always found patrolling areas. It particularly applies to their revival mechanics in Pikmin 2, as well.
- 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 Fiery/Hydro Dweevils.
- If a Spotty Bulbear bumps into a member of the grub-dog family that is sleeping, it will wake them up, although they will almost immediately go back to sleep unless a Leader or Pikmin are nearby. The only grub-dog it cannot wake up are Orange Bulborbs, which are, ironically, established as being the lightest sleepers. This behavior can only be seen on sublevel 9 of the Hole of Heroes, although it's inability to wake up Orange Bulborbs can also be seen on sublevel 2 of the Emperor's Realm.
- The Spotty Bulbear and the Gatling Groink are the only enemies that can revive in Pikmin 2. Both of these enemies are also, notably, the only ones in the game that can freely roam the areas they are found in.
- Like their younger counterpart, the coloration of the Bulbear's eyes has changed multiple times throughout the series. They are red/indigo depending on circumstance in Pikmin, always indigo in Pikmin 2, and purple in Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4.
- In Pikmin, the pupil color of Spotty and Dwarf Bulbears changes depending on the circumstance. They are a piercing, bloodshot red if actively pursuing prey, and indigo when not, such as when returning to their territory to fall back asleep.