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Some information about a subject in the Pikmin series may have quirks that are hard to understand, easy to misremember, shared incorrectly, or originated from speculation. This can lead to some misconceptions about that subject. This article aims to list common misconceptions, rumors, and myths about the series, as well as their truths, in the hopes of clearing up any accidental misinformation.

References are included in this article to showcase how widespread these misconceptions are, and do not aim to target any individual in particular. This wiki and its community are subject to getting stuff wrong too, even if that's not the goal. To know how Pikipedia handles or attempts to handle misinformation, please read the verifiability policy.

To do:
  • Sources. Oh so many sources. Check guides on GameFAQs?
  • Organize this better. Some misconceptions are in the rumors/myths section and vice-versa
  • Louie is character D ([1])
  • Pikmin 4 is Hey! Pikmin
  • Pikmin is named after "pick me" or Miyamoto's dog "Pikku", some info here
  • Purple Pikmin trip less
  • Pikmin 3 dust and ink are just Pikmin 2 poison
  • The OST for Pikmin 2 doesn't have canonical names; the popular ones are made by User:Ymmot392
  • Add [2] this as a source for the 300 day thing
  • Blue Pikmin have mouths, gills, something else?
  • The Pikmin anime-like video at [3] is thought to be official
  • Miyamoto based Pikmin off his garden -- in reality it was a publicity stunt (needs source)
  • If you whistle Pikmin that are lying down, they get up faster. Actually, this needs to be confirmed for every game, and if true in any, added to the combat article
  • Gray and Pink Candypop Buds have official names
  • The President's name kinda is "Schachō" really, according to some official source. I think it was a Japanese Pikmin 2 website?

Care to do so?


Common misconceptions throughout the fanbase.


  • Because of how Pikmin 3's data files explain that Winged Pikmin are great in aerial combat[1], many fans interpreted this as meaning that Winged Pikmin cause more damage against airborne enemies[2][3]. In reality, they cause the least amount of damage of all Pikmin types in this game (tying with White Pikmin), regardless of their opponent. They are only recommended for aerial combat since their flight ability makes it possible for them to chase airborne creatures instead of having to be thrown precisely at them.
  • In Pikmin 2, ultra-spicy spray does not increase the Pikmin's attack speed, only their movement speed and attack power.
  • Some players initially assume that in order to obtain a pink flower in Pikmin 2's Challenge Mode, they must not let a single Pikmin die and collect all treasures. In reality, only the former is needed.


  • In Pikmin 2, when walking around on an area or cave that has no more treasures, the Pikmin in the group will occasionally chant part of game's leitmotif. Because the notes are so similar, some fans initially thought that they were singing the main theme of Luigi's Mansion[4][5]. The fact that that game also had a trailer for Pikmin bundled in the options may have helped players make the connection.
  • The requirements for obtaining the "happy" sunset theme in Pikmin 2 are not defined anywhere, and because of how rare it is, it is hard for players to figure them out. It was previously believed that they played after obtaining 1000 Pokos in one day, 2000 Pokos, or if the debt is cleared to 50% or 90%. In reality, the player needs to gather 15 or more treasures in the same day.
  • Due to its square shape, some fans believe that the Titan Dweevil's arena is based on the GameCube. When viewed from the top, however, it becomes clear that it is some sort of sink or shower base.


  • Fans that are new to the series might believe that Dwarf Red Bulborbs are the Red Bulborb's young. In fact, they are a different species, breadbugs, that mimic the larger grub-dogs.
  • Because of the names of the ship parts given to Captain Olimar by his children, some fans call the son "Sagittarius" and the daughter "Libra". The two of them are never given a name in canon media, however.
  • It is commonly stated[6] that Pikmin 3 has three endings: a bad one, a neutral one, and a good one. It actually has four endings, and the ending a player gets is only dependent on the number of fruits collected.
  • Some fans believe that Louie is taking full control of the Titan Dweevil and uses it to attack Captain Olimar and the President, while others think Louie has no control, or is just doing nonsense[7][8]. The sales pitch for the King of Bugs treasure mentions that he managed to hijack the creature's brain[9], but other than that, there is no other official indicator of how much control Louie had over the Titan Dweevil.


Some things in the series can be a bit confusing, and have led to a few fans misunderstanding facts, despite not being widespread misconceptions.

  • Some may think that the President's name is Schachō, given that that is what's heard when a player switches to him as the active leader. This is simply the Japanese word for "company president", 社長.
  • There are players who think that the Taste Sensation is a piece of sushi, but it's actually an onigiri, or a rice ball.
  • Because of the way Pikmin 3's files are organized, the Orange Bulborb's textures are in the same archive as the Red Bulborb. When dataminers managed to obtain the game's textures, it was revealed that the Red Bulborb's archive has, indeed, textures for the Orange Bulborb, but also has some mysterious white and gray textures. These were initially thought to belong to a third, unused type of Bulborb, since it's known that one enemy's archive can have variants for other enemies inside of it.[10] Later research proved that the texture in question was merely the Red Bulborb's specular map texture, but not before some fans ended up believing there was an unused Bulborb variant in the game.
  • In 2-Player Battle, should Captain Olimar collect three yellow marbles, the Pikmin will begin cheering for him by chanting "O-ri-ma!". Because this chant makes reference to Olimar's Japanese name, "Orima", some English-speaking fans can misinterpret the Pikmin's words as "Hurry!" or "Hurry up!".
  • For some time, it was believed that the secret Nintendo logo sounds in Pikmin could be chosen using the buttons on the controllers. This is false; the buttons play no role in how the game randomly decides which sound to pick.
  • Olimar's monolog when he finds the Analog Computer includes the text "it's a little bit too vague, so it isn't very helpful.[11], leaving some players to believe that the ship part is actually not needed in order to escape PNF-404. Despite the misleading message, the ship part is mandatory.
  • The official names of the areas in Pikmin all begin with the word "The". Although incorrect, it is common to see the names written out without that word, or with it written in lowercase.
  • Because of the names of previous members of the Pikmin family, some fans incorrectly refer to Rock Pikmin and Winged Pikmin as "Gray Pikmin" and "Pink Pikmin".

Myths and rumors

Some things are believed or rumored to be true by the community. Some of them have been concluded to be true or false, while others remain a mystery.

300 days

At one point, a rumor was spread that the Pikmin 2 saved game data would be deleted or reset after day 300, a seemingly unreachable future. As a result, it was also believed for quite some time that the final day the Ujadani could spawn on was the 301st[12][13][14]. Since then, a few players have played the game for over 300 days, without any adverse effects. The game can actually keep track of a day count until the 4294967295th (the largest value an unsigned 32-bit integer can hold), after which it resets back to day 0.

Blue Pikmin are more likely to be eaten

Main article: Combat#Likeliness to die.

It has long been thought that Blue Pikmin in Pikmin 2 are more likely to be picked when an enemy lunges at the player's group. For years, there has been no proof of this, but community efforts in August 2017 ended up proving that this is actually partially true in general, but not always.

Brittany is from Coppa Lee

Some time after the Pikmin 3 Japanese website was put up, English-speaking fans attempted to translate the documents to gather information about the new leaders. Due to the misuse of Google Translate, the "translation" for Koppai (コッパイ?) was "Coppa Lee".[15] In addition, it was thought that the word right next to it, ?, meant that Koppai is a star, but in the correct context, it's referring to how Brittany is one of Koppaite's stars, in the sense of bright people.

Three Pikmin carrying a 1 pellet

Main article: Three Pikmin carrying a 1 pellet.

It is believed that, in Pikmin, it is possible for three Pikmin to carry the same 1 pellet. At the moment, it is not known if this is true, or the result of misinterpretation of some images and videos.

Shigeru Miyamoto confirms that Pikmin is post-human extinction

It is often said[16] that Shigeru Miyamoto, the series's creator, has confirmed in an interview that the events of the Pikmin series take place on Earth, in a time after humans have become extinct. This cannot be taken as true however, since there has never been evidence of Miyamoto saying or hinting at this, in an interview or otherwise.

Beady Long Legs escape glitch

Main article: Beady Long Legs#Presumed glitch.

A suposed glitch in Pikmin involves luring the Beady Long Legs out of its intended arena, where it can roam the terrain freely. According to the myth, it can also crash the game if it falls into the bottomless pit of The Forest Navel. There has been no footage or even reports of this glitch happening, and investigations into the Beady Long Legs's AI has found that there is no way it can happen, which raises the question of how it got documented in the first place.

Pikmin 3 has a removed sixth area

It is often said that Pikmin 3 was originally going to have 6 areas, and that at some point in development, the extra area was combined with the Garden of Hope, which is why the Garden of Hope is the only area to have 2 bosses and 2 Pikmin types. People cite early trailers of Pikmin 3, which contain footage of a river in a lush green area, and leaders being thrown between wooden stumps in the water, as evidence of a removed wetland area, as well as the background of the title screen and the space between the Distant Tundra and Twilight River in the area selection menu. However, there is no actual evidence to suggest that there was a sixth area. The terrain in the footage does not match up with the second half of the Garden of Hope, and in some cases resembles the Shaded Garden more. The title screen actually shows the Awakening Wood. An early version of the Garden of Hope in Pikmin 3 Deluxe's files still contains 2 boss arenas. While it's not impossible that there was a sixth area early in development, it isn't likely.

See also


  1. ^ Winged Pikmin are aces in aerial combat. – the data file "Winged Pikmin #4" in Pikmin 3
  2. ^ Old revision of the Winged Pikmin page on Pikipedia
  3. ^ YouTube video of a Let's Player talking about the supposed double damage of Winged Pikmin (at 14:45)
  4. ^ Luigi's Mansion reference on ChapterCheats, published on July 31st, 2013, retrieved on December 28th, 2017
  5. ^ I've been watching some Pikmin 2 footage on YouTube, and I'm just wondering; are the Pikmin humming the 'Luigi's Mansion' theme while in the underground caves? on reddit, published on December 17th, 2012, retrieved on December 28th, 2017
  6. ^ three of Pikmin 3's endings YouTube video {{{2}}}, published on August 1st, 2013, retrieved on July 29th, 2021
  7. ^ Why would Louie control...(I don't understand this final boss theory) on GameFAQs, published on May 5th, 2008, retrieved on December 28th, 2017
  8. ^ Is Louie Evil? on Neoseeker Forums, published on October 20th, 2004, retrieved on December 28th, 2017
  9. ^ A new employee of Hocotate Freight, Louie is often silent. Nobody knows what thoughts lurk in his mind. He appears to operate on the same wavelength as insects, often with dangerous results. After he was kidnapped, he somehow managed to hijack a colossal insect's brain!Hocotate Ship in King of Bugs's sales pitch
  10. ^ Old revision of the Unused content in Pikmin 3 page on Pikipedia
  11. ^ I've found my Analog Computer! This computer conveys the kind of vague data that falls outside the range of ones and zeros. Actually, to be honest, it's a little bit too vague, so it isn't very helpful. ---- This strengthens the outward emotions of the Dolphin's computer. While it does make the computer smart, it also makes it quick to anger. It's just like my boss. – Olimar in the Analog Computer's description
  12. ^ The change to the Ujadani page that noted a day limit on Pikipedia, published on November 27th, 2010, retrieved on December 28th, 2017
  13. ^ Pikmin 2 Cheats on GameSpot, retrieved on December 28th, 2017
  14. ^ Pikmin 2 Cheats on GamesRadar+, retrieved on December 28th, 2017
  15. ^ Old revision of the Brittany page on Pikipedia
  16. ^ YouTube video of a collection of facts of the series, where the host states Shigeru Miyamoto said "the planet is in a state that humans are extinct" (at 02:10)