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Violet Candypop Bud

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Violet Candypop Bud In-game icon.
Screenshot of a Violet Candypop Bud.
Appears in Pikmin 2
Scientific name Flora puniceus
Family Candypop
Areas None
Caves Emergence Cave, Subterranean Complex, Frontier Cavern, Hole of Beasts, Bulblax Kingdom, Snagret Hole, Citadel of Spiders, Glutton's Kitchen, Shower Room, Submerged Castle, Cavern of Chaos
Challenge Mode levels Novice Training
2-Player Battle levels None
Pikmin produced 5 Purple Pikmin

Violet Candypop Buds (ムラサキポンガシグサ?, lit.: "Purple Puffed Grain Weed") are purple Candypop Buds in Pikmin 2. They behave the same as all other Candypop Buds, except when non-Purple Pikmin are thrown in, they will change into Purple Pikmin. If Purple Pikmin are thrown in, they will be reverted to the leaf maturity. These plants are the only way to obtain 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. Growing 100 Purple Pikmin is required to collect the Doomsday Apparatus. However, if a player wishes to build their number of Purple Pikmin later, choosing the right cave will greatly speed up the process. The 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, the 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 the Submerged Castle, where Purple Pikmin are needed to defeat the boss – the Waterwraith.

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Olimar's notes

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.

Louie's notes

This convenient purple flower secretes a dark, flavorful oil that eliminates the need for salad dressing!

Pikmin 2 Nintendo Player's Guide[edit]

The most useful Candypop Bud turns Pikmin weaklings into powerful purples. Don't pass up an opportunity to add to your purple Pikmin population.

Technical information[edit]

See: Candypop Bud technical information

Other information[edit]

  • Size: Length: 65mm, as per the e-card
  • Pikmin 2 Piklopedia number: #49



See more: Candypop Bud#Naming.
  • Common name: Violet Candypop Bud. Violet is a shade of purple.
  • Japanese nickname: ムラサキポンガシグサ?, lit.: "Purple Puffed Grain Weed".
  • Japanese name: ムラサキポンガシグサ?. It is the same as the Japanese nickname.
  • Scientific name: Flora puniceus. Puniceus may refer to Aster puniceus (now classified as as Symphyotrichum puniceum), a purple plant.
  • Internal names: Unknown.
  • Prerelease: None.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ムラサキポンガシグサ?
Murasaki Pongashi Gusa
Purple Puffed Grain Weed
Flag of Québec French (NoA) Fleur cracheuse mauve Mauve spitting flower
Flag of France French (NoE) Fleur Cracheuse Pourpre Purple Spitting Flower
Flag of Germany German Violette Königinblume Violet Queen Flower
Flag of Italy Italian Cromanvillea lilla
Flag of Mexico Spanish (NoA) Brote rebotador violeta Violet bouncing bud

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