Violet Candypop Bud
Violet Candypop Buds are purple Candypop Buds found in Pikmin 2. They behave just like any other Candypop Bud, but when non-purple Pikmin are thrown in, they will change into Purple Pikmin. Candypop Buds are the only method of obtaining White Pikmin and Purple Pikmin. If Purple Pikmin are thrown in, they will be reverted to leaf stages, and don't count against the five Pikmin limit per Candypop Bud. This plant is essential to the completion of Pikmin 2, as collecting the heaviest treasure, the Doomsday Apparatus, requires 100 Purple Pikmin.
The following is a list of all the locations of Violet Candypop Buds in each game. In Pikmin 2, if a player collects five Purple Pikmin from each plant encountered as they go along, without repeating caves, they will be able to nearly reach 100. However, if a player wishes to build their number of Purple Pikmin later, choosing the right cave will greatly speed up the process. Subterranean Complex is recommended if the player first needs more Pikmin to convert, as Queen Candypop Buds are present. However, if a player doesn't need or want to grow more Pikmin, such as in a 101 Pikmin run, Bulblax Kingdom would be the fastest option. To note that many Violet Candypop Buds disappear after the player's total amount of Purple Pikmin has reached 20, as explained here. Using Bulbmin is also convenient for growing Purple Pikmin, such as in Submerged Castle, where Purple Pikmin are needed to defeat the boss – the Waterwraith.
“Research from our most recent expedition has confirmed the presence of candypop buds in subterranean regions. Considering the micro-ecologies this plant has been found in, one could surmise that it could be found in any cavern, regardless of geographic region. Tossing Pikmin into this flower results in the release of purple Pikmin seeds, regardless of the color of the Pikmin tossed in. This variety of candypop contains robustly odoriferous oils. If candypop flowers could be cultivated, there is no doubt that the plants would offer multifaceted benefits to the cosmetic, medical, and tourist industries.”
“This convenient purple flower secretes a dark, flavorful oil that eliminates the need for salad dressing!”
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