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Yellow Pikmin
Artwork of a Yellow Pikmin from Pikmin 3.
Resistance Electricity
Attack Game icon for Pikmin 2 articles.:  Average (10)
Game icon for Pikmin 3 articles.:  Average (10)
Mobility Average
Throw High
Digging speed Game icon for Pikmin 2 articles.:  Average (≈1× the norm)
Game icon for Pikmin 3 articles.:  Fast (≈2× the norm) when digging an object; average (≈1×) otherwise
Carrying capacity 1
Size Body length: 33mm
Voice actor Hajime Wakai[1]

Yellow Pikmin (黄ピクミン?) are a yellow species of Pikmin, with the special abilities of increased throw height, bomb-rock carrying (in Pikmin), and electricity resistance. They are the second type discovered by Captain Olimar in Pikmin, the fourth type identified in Pikmin 2, and they're first found with Charlie in Pikmin 3. These Pikmin have what would appear to be large ears; these are the means by which they are primarily identifiable. It is not known, however, whether or not this actually aids their hearing. Yellow Pikmin can be thrown higher – an ability that is needed to retrieve certain elevated ship parts, treasures and fruits – and are immune to electricity. Additionally, Yellow Pikmin appear to like being in elevated places, such as trees – this can be concluded from the places they are first found in Pikmin 2 and Pikmin 3. Like Red Pikmin, Blue Pikmin, and Bulbmin, their buds and flowers are white, and their main method of production is through the Yellow Onion (or the Master Onion). Like Red Pikmin and Blue Pikmin, they appear in all games of the series, and in all game modes.

Traits and abilities[edit]

Yellow Pikmin showcasing their ability to conduct electricity.

Yellow Pikmin seem to have varying abilities that either change or get discovered as time goes on. In all three games, they have large ears, and can be thrown higher than other Pikmin, which is used at times throughout the games. In Pikmin, Yellow Pikmin are the only ones able to wield bomb-rocks, for whatever reason. Digging into the game's files has revealed that all Pikmin were originally supposed to be able to wield bomb-rocks.[2] Because of the rare circumstances in which these Pikmin are needed, they are arguably the least useful type in the first game.

In Pikmin 2, the electrical hazards surface, with Yellow Pikmin now being immune to them (alongside Bulbmin). Additionally, when Olimar discovers the Yellow Pikmin, the Hocotate ship states that the static electricity readings are high. The explanation for this is never revealed, either. Although bomb-rocks appear in the same game, Yellow Pikmin are unable to use them, possibly due to the objects being much larger. Their immunity to electric hazards is very helpful, as electricity is an otherwise instant-death hazard.

In Pikmin 3, Yellow Pikmin once again exhibit their immunity to electricity and their ability to be thrown high. Technically, Yellow Pikmin are able to use bomb rocks again, but this isn't anything notable since all types of Pikmin can do so in this installment. Yellow Pikmin also show a new ability – they can dig faster than other Pikmin (although Rock Pikmin can dig tunnels even faster). This is never explained, though it could be because the ears act as a sort of shovel. This ability is rather helpful, since a number of objects in the game are buried. They also can now conduct electricity. If a circuit is incomplete, enough Yellow Pikmin can continue the flow of electricity and complete it. The Yellow Pikmin also get flowered in the process, somehow. Their immunity to electricity is less useful now, as electricity only stuns other Pikmin, as opposed to instantly killing them.

Interestingly, in New Play Control! Pikmin and New Play Control! Pikmin 2, if Yellow Pikmin are thrown from a piece of chiyogami,[3] a plant,[4] or a fire geyser,[5] they will ascend higher and fall more slowly. This does not work on the GameCube versions.

In Pikmin[edit]

Discovery[edit]

In Pikmin, a single Yellow Pikmin can be found in The Forest of Hope inside a dormant Yellow Onion. The Onion is located near a few Spotty Bulborbs and yellow pellets. It can be seen from the landing site, and is at the west of the map, beyond the area with the Eternal Fuel Dynamo. When the Onion awakens, it spits out the seed it has. Olimar uses this to grow more, eventually discovers their ability to handle bomb-rocks from the explosives nearby, and uses them to clear the path to various other ship parts.

Required uses[edit]

There is no task in the game that mandatorily requires Yellow Pikmin. Although only their bomb-rocks can be used to take down reinforced walls, all of the walls in the way of ship parts can be circumvented in other ways. Those, and other ship parts that would normally require Yellow Pikmin, are explained in the recommended uses section below.

Recommended uses[edit]

Although not mandatory, Yellow Pikmin are important in the collection of the following ship parts.

  • Custom-made icon for the Positron Generator, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Positron Generator: Yellow Pikmin are needed to take down the reinforced wall with bomb-rocks, although by throwing some Pikmin out of bounds on the stump with the three large pellets, and then having Olimar lie down next to the pellet on top of the trunk-like structure at the south, he can squeeze through and go out of bounds, and then use the Pikmin that got thrown to enter the beach area without taking down the reinforced wall.[6]
  • Custom-made icon for the Whimsical Radar, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Whimsical Radar: The area it is in is behind reinforced walls. But by using a pellet dropped by a Dwarf Red Bulborb near the Yellow Onion, it is possible to clip out of bounds and onto the ledge with the ship part. From there, the player can push the part past the reinforced wall and have it recovered from there. Using the nearby Red Bulborb to push the part helps.[7]
  • Custom-made icon for the Extraordinary Bolt, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Extraordinary Bolt: This part is inside a room, blocked by a reinforced wall, but by going out of bounds with the same method as the Whimsical Radar, the player can lie down and push the part to the corner of the room. After doing so, the part will reappear outside the room the next day. From there, it can be pushed through the Yellow Onion gate by the nearby Red Bulborb, like with the Whimsical Radar.[8]
  • Custom-made icon for the Radiation Canopy, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Radiation Canopy: Like the Whimsical Radar, the section this part is in is behind reinforced walls. But by throwing Pikmin at the ledge surrounding where the Yellow Onion is found, and by going out of bounds with the same method used to get the Whimsical Radar without Yellow Pikmin, the player can guide the Pikmin to the ship part, and take it to the part of the area north of the landing site. From there, they can follow the same procedure as the Whimsical Radar to get the part on the other side of the Yellow Onion gate.[8]
  • Custom-made icon for the Nova Blaster, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Nova Blaster: Same as the Radiation Canopy.[8]
  • Custom-made icon for the Geiger Counter, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Geiger Counter: The path to the section of the area with this ship part is blocked by a reinforced wall. However, by throwing the Pikmin to the ledge with the Snagrets, and then using a pellet obtained through a Dwarf Red Bulborb near the gate, it is possible to clip through the wall and go to the upper ledge, and bypass the reinforced wall entirely. After the Snagrets are fought and defeated, the Geiger Counter can be pushed over to the lower level and carried to the ship.[7]
  • Custom-made icon for the Guard Satellite, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Guard Satellite: The reinforced wall before the Beady Long Legs needs to be destroyed with bomb-rocks. However, by leaving Red Pikmin on the ledge to the side of the gate, and having a nearby Wollywog push Olimar through the gate, it is possible to defeat the Beady Long Legs without using Yellow Pikmin. After that, the same Wollywog can be used to push the ship part close enough to the gate, such that after the day ends, the Guard Satellite appears on the other side of the gate at the next day.[9]
  • Custom-made icon for the Libra and Sagittarius, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Libra: The part is on two platforms too high up for other Pikmin to reach. However, with high ledge throws, it should possible to bring Reds or Blues to the Libra.[10] Alternatively, one can get a pellet near the railing wall thanks to a Shearwig, get between the two, lie down to pop up on the railing, and from there walk up to the ship part, where it can then be pushed down.[11]
  • Custom-made icon for the UV Lamp, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. UV Lamp[source needed]: The part is on top of a ledge that is too high for Pikmin to be thrown normally.
  • Custom-made icon for the Chronos Reactor, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Chronos Reactor: The part is on top of a ledge that is too high for Pikmin to be thrown normally. Normally the player must convert Blue Pikmin into Yellow Pikmin, bring the part down, and then convert Yellow Pikmin back into Blue Pikmin to carry across the water. But by throwing Blue Pikmin to ledge by the Spotty Bulbear, and using said enemy to push Olimar into the wall, he will pop up on top of the ledge, and will be able to escort the Blue Pikmin directly to the ship part.
  • Custom-made icon for the Secret Safe, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Secret Safe: If a bomb rock spawns below the ledge where they normally spawn, Captain Olimar can lie down between it and the wall to pop up on the platform where the bombs usually spawn. From there, the player can meet up with Pikmin thrown at a high ledge on the other side of the area. To recover the ship part, it has to be pushed into the opening after the second bridge by lying down, then pushed into the water, and then all the way until after the first gate.[12]

In Pikmin 2[edit]

Discovery[edit]

The Yellow Pikmin resting on a tree in Pikmin 2.

In Pikmin 2, a group of five Yellow Pikmin are found in the Perplexing Pool near the center of the map, at the end of a long and twisted path; White Pikmin are necessary just to reach them, and a Fiery Bulblax guards the entrance to their Onion. They are found relaxing on top of a tree, and exhibit static electricity flowing from their bodies on their discovery cutscene, which is triggered after they are whistled down from their spot. The Hocotate ship states that the static electricity readings are "unusually high".

Required uses[edit]

There is no task in Pikmin 2 that requires Yellow Pikmin exclusively. Even if Yellow Pikmin are required to destroy electric gates, none need to be taken down for a full completion. All treasures can be collected with other Pikmin types with the use of exploits, detailed in the recommended uses section below.

Recommended uses[edit]

Although not mandatory, Yellow Pikmin are important in the completion of the following tasks.

  • Treasures
    • Treasure Hoard icon for the Healing Cask. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/g_futa_hiruzen/texture.bti. Healing Cask (US) / Treasure Hoard icon for the Hypnotic Platter. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/pal/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/g_futa_hiruzen/texture.bti. Hypnotic Platter (Europe): It is on a high ledge, though with exploits, other Pikmin can reach it as well.
    • Treasure Hoard icon for the Decorative Goo. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/kan/texture.bti. Decorative Goo: To reach the treasure, the electric gate blocking the northern section of the map needs to be cleared. But by using the carrying charge glitch, the treasure can be sped up behind the gate, and carried over the wall next to the gate.[13]
    • Treasure Hoard icon for the Gherkin Gate. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/g_futa_daisen/texture.bti. Gherkin Gate: The treasure is on top of a high ledge, requiring Yellow Pikmin to reach it. The high ledge trick can also be used to get it with any other Pikmin type.
    • Treasure Hoard icon for the Impediment Scourge. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/yoyo_blue/texture.bti. Impediment Scourge: Same as the Gherkin Gate.
    • Treasure Hoard icon for the Optical Illustration. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/denchi_2_red/texture.bti. Optical Illustration (US) / Treasure Hoard icon for the Abstract Masterpiece. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/pal/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/denchi_2_red/texture.bti. Abstract Masterpiece (Europe): The treasure is in a room closed by an electric gate. By using the carrying charge glitch, it can be carried past the gate, though.[14]
    • Treasure Hoard icon for the Conifer Spire. Texture found in /user/Matoba/resulttex/us/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/matu_bokkuri/texture.bti. Conifer Spire: There is an electric gate blocking the path towards this treasure. The player can charge the treasure and make it go past the electric gate.[15] Alternatively, the player can reach the Conifer Spire in the same way they can reach Hole of Heroes (see below). Then, they can move the treasure up the bamboo chute towards Hole of Heroes by exploiting a strange treasure mechanic[16]. At some point, the treasure must clip through the floor, which happens for unknown reasons. Then, once the treasure is located by Hole of Heroes, the Pikmin will carry Conifer Spire in a path that does not go through the electric gate.[17][18].
  • Enemies
    • Piklopedia icon for the Anode Beetle. Texture found in /user/Yamashita/enemytex/arc.szs/rarc/tmp/elecbug/texture.bti. Anode Beetle: Anode Beetles can shock other types of Pikmin if there are at least two, which will instantly kill them. However, it is possible to kill them even with no Yellow Pikmin.
  • Caves
  • Others
    • Blue Onion: The electric gate the blocks the path to the Blue Onion can only be destroyed by Yellows. Despite that, one can reach the Onion by using the seesaw block glitch, and this trick is used to save a day in the 5 day run.

In Pikmin 3[edit]

Discovery[edit]

In Pikmin 3, Yellow Pikmin are first encountered by Captain Charlie on day 1, at the Distant Tundra, with some of them idling atop some tree branches. However, they are not officially introduced as Yellow Pikmin yet. After helping him for a bit, they flee when he faces the Vehemoth Phosbat. Later on, when going to the Distant Tundra for the first time with Alph and Brittany, Brittany falls out of the ship and into a cave (which consequently separates her from Alph). She finds two Yellow Pikmin trying to complete a circuit in the cave. The player must pluck three buried Yellow Pikmin nearby to complete the circuit; upon doing so, a light-bulb is activated, causing the Yellow Onion to fly up out of the ground. Brittany then uses the newly discovered Pikmin type to reunite with Alph.

Required uses[edit]

Yellow Pikmin must be used in order to collect the following fruits and defeat the following enemies, and there are no glitches or exploits that allow other Pikmin types to do so.

Near-required uses[edit]

Yellow Pikmin are intended to be used to complete these tasks, but through the use of glitches, exploits, or tricks, the tasks can be completed without Yellow Pikmin.

  • Access the Distant Tundra: At least 20 Yellow Pikmin must be grown upon first landing in the Distant Tundra with Brittany to be able to exit the cave to access the rest of the area and continue the game, but it is possible to exit the cave by going out of bounds, and it is still possible to rescue Charlie with further glitches. This makes Yellow Pikmin skippable, though many fruits become inaccessible if this is done.
  • Get Custom-made icon for Winged Pikmin, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Winged Pikmin: To rescue the Winged Onion and unlock Winged Pikmin, an electrode must be used to access fragments required to build a bridge to the new Onion. But by clipping through the wall in the river, it is possible to get to the Winged Onion without building the bridge.
  • Fruits
    • The Fruit File icon for the Dusk Pustules. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Dusk Pustules (Distant Tundra): This fruit is in a cave blocked by an electric gate far away. But by going out of bounds to get to the Vehemoth Phosbat's arena without Yellow Pikmin, it is possible to collect this fruit.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Dusk Pustules. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Dusk Pustules (Garden of Hope): This fruit is in a cave blocked by an electric gate. However, there is a glitch that allows the gate to be bypassed.[source needed]
    • Fruit File icon for the Heroine's Tear. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Heroine's Tear: This fruit is in a cave blocked by an electric gate far away. But by going out of bounds to get to the Vehemoth Phosbat's arena without Yellow Pikmin, it is possible to collect this fruit.
    • The Fruit File icon for the Juicy Gaggle. Ripped from a screenshot using GIMP, and with an outline added on top, so the quality is subjective. Juicy Gaggle (Tropical Wilds): A Bouncy Mushroom that can only be reached with Yellow Pikmin must be used to access the cave with this fruit by normal means. A glitch can also be used, though.[source needed]
  • Enemies
    • Custom-made icon for the Vehemoth Phosbat, based on the Piklopedia icons. This was made by applying a border to the concept art image. Vehemoth Phosbat: This boss can only be harmed normally by lighting up the room, which can only be done with Yellow Pikmin. However, with perseverance, it's possible to defeat it with any Pikmin type, given that it becomes temporarily vulnerable when it uses its sucking attack.

Recommended uses[edit]

Although not mandatory, Yellow Pikmin are important in the completion of the following tasks.

In Hey! Pikmin[edit]

The following article or section is in need of assistance from someone who plays Hey! Pikmin.
Particularly: Describe the initial discovery of Yellow Pikmin and write a list of their uses.

In the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

The current SmashWiki logo.

This article or section is a short summary on Pikmin as fighters.
SmashWiki features more in-depth content.

Yellow Pikmin appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a trophy, and a kind of Pikmin Olimar can pull from the ground using his Pikmin Pluck special move. Yellow Pikmin, like in Pikmin 2, are immune to electrical moves like Pikachu's Thunder or forward smash, and can attack with electric properties. They are also thrown higher and longer than other Pikmin. In Brawl, a sticker for a Yellow Pikmin also exists.

Brawl trophy[edit]

The Yellow Pikmin trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Description:

A type of Pikmin. Take a nutrient-rich pellet to a flying saucer known as an Onion, and it will produce the mysterious beings known as Pikmin. Yellow ones fly higher than other Pikmin when tossed by Olimar or Louie. Unlike other Pikmin, they're also highly resistant to electricity, which makes them invaluable when battling enemies like anode dweevils.

GameCube icon. Pikmin
GameCube icon. Pikmin 2
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter

Smash 4 trophy[edit]

3DS
The trophy for Yellow Pikmin in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, showing 3 Pikmin around a Face Wrinkler. US version US description:
This yellow Pikmin is sporting some pointy things on its head. Maybe those are ears? Hmm... Anyway, yellow Pikmin are immune to electricity and are the lightest Pikmin in the Pikmin series. In Smash Bros., a thrown yellow Pikmin will fly through the air in a nice curve, zapping anyone it comes in contact with.
European version EU description:
Yellow Pikmin have big, sharp ears and conduct electricity very well. These two facts are most likely unrelated. Olimar's side special can throw this Pikmin high into the air and cause electrical damage to all fighters who stray too close!
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter
Wii U
The trophy for Yellow Pikmin in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, showing 3 Pikmin around a Face Wrinkler. US version US description:

This yellow Pikmin is sporting some pointy things on its head. Maybe those are ears? Hmm... Anyway, yellow Pikmin are immune to electricity and are the lightest Pikmin in the Pikmin series. In Smash Bros., a thrown yellow Pikmin will fly through the air in a nice curve, zapping anyone it comes in contact with.
Appears in:

GameCube icon. Pikmin (12/2001)
GameCube icon. Pikmin 2 (08/2004)
European version EU description:

Yellow Pikmin have big, sharp ears and conduct electricity very well. These two facts are most likely unrelated. Olimar's side special can throw this Pikmin high into the air and cause electrical damage to all fighters who stray too close!
Related Games

GameCube icon. Pikmin (06/2002)
GameCube icon. Pikmin 2 (10/2004)
How to obtain: Random appearance. Type: Fighter Trophy Box: 60. Pikmin

Gallery[edit]

Pikmin[edit]

Pikmin 2[edit]

Pikmin 3[edit]

Hey! Pikmin[edit]

Other[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning Notes
Flag of Japan Japanese 黄ピクミン?
Ki Pikumin
Yellow Pikmin
Flag of China Chinese
(traditional)
黃色皮克敏 Yellow Pikmin
Flag of China Chinese
(simplified)
黄色皮克敏 Yellow Pikmin
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Gele Pikmin Yellow Pikmin
Flag of France French Pikmin jaune Yellow Pikmin
Flag of Germany German Gelbes Pikmin Yellow Pikmin
Flag of Italy Italian Pikmin giallo Yellow Pikmin
Flag of South Korea Korean 노랑 피크민
Norang Pikeumin
Yellow pikmin
Flag of Spain Spanish Pikmin amarillo Yellow Pikmin
Flag of Portugal Portuguese (NoE) Pikmin amarelo Yellow Pikmin
Flag of Russia Russian Желтый пикмин
Zhyoltyy pikmin
Yellow Pikmin
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Žlutý Pikmin Yellow Pikmin Name taken from Hey! Pikmin launch trailer
Flag of Denmark Danish Gul Pikmin Yellow Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Finland Finnish Keltainen Pikmin Yellow Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Israel Hebrew פיקמין צהוב
pikmin tsahov
Yellow Pikmin Used in official media[22]
Flag of Hungary Hungarian Sárga Pikmin Yellow Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Norway Norwegian Gul Pikmin Yellow Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Poland Polish Żółty Pikmin Yellow Piikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website
Flag of Sweden Swedish Gul Pikmin Yellow Pikmin Name taken from Nintendo's official website

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube video of the sound test in the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (at 23:33)
  2. ^ Pikmin on The Cutting Room Floor
  3. ^ YouTube video showing Yellow Pikmin being thrown higher from a piece of chiyogami
  4. ^ YouTube video showing Yellow Pikmin being thrown higher from a plant
  5. ^ YouTube video showing Yellow Pikmin being thrown higher thanks to a fire geyser
  6. ^ YouTube video showing the Positron Generator being collected using only Red Pikmin
  7. ^ a b YouTube video showing how to obtain the Whimsical Radar and the Geiger Counter without Yellow Pikmin
  8. ^ a b c YouTube video showing how to obtain the Extraordinary Bolt, Nova Blaster, and Radiation Canopy without Yellow Pikmin
  9. ^ YouTube video showing how to get the Guard Satellite with Red Pikmin only, published on July 3rd, 2018, retrieved on July 3rd, 2018
  10. ^ YouTube video showing how, in theory, it is possible to obtain the Libra using only Red Pikmin
  11. ^ YouTube video showing how to get Captain Olimar up to the Libra's platform
  12. ^ YouTube video explaining how the Secret Safe can be collected with Red Pikmin only, published on August 10th, 2018, retrieved on August 11th, 2018
  13. ^ YouTube video of the Awakening Wood being completed in a single day, with the Decorative Goo carried over the wall
  14. ^ Niconico video on Niconico, published on September 15th, 2018, retrieved on October 6th, 2018
  15. ^ YouTube video of the Conifer Spire being carried beyond the electric gate with the carrying charge glitch, published on September 21st, 2018, retrieved on September 23rd, 2018
  16. ^ YouTube video of how treasures can move without being carried
  17. ^ YouTube video Part 1 of collecting Conifer Spire without Yellow Pikmin
  18. ^ YouTube video Part 2 of collecting Conifer Spire without Yellow Pikmin
  19. ^ YouTube video of a player getting out of bounds in Wistful Wild from a Fiery Blowhog
  20. ^ YouTube video of a player getting out of bounds in Wistful Wild from a Chrysanthemum
  21. ^ YouTube video of a player getting out of bounds in Wistful Wild from a Gatling Groink
  22. ^ פיקמין 3 דלוקס - טריילר בעברית on Nintendo Israel's official YouTube account