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Candypop family

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The candypop family is a family of plants in the Pikmin series. Initially, the family consisted only of Candypop Buds, but from Pikmin 4 onward, other important gameplay plants were identified as being part of the family as well.


Candypop Bud[edit]

The three different Candypop Buds from Pikmin.
Main article: Candypop Bud.

Scientific name: Flora expellus

When Pikmin are tossed into a Candypop Bud, Pikmin of the same color are shot back out, allowing Pikmin to be converted between types. There are 8 colors of Candypop Bud, each corresponding to a type of Pikmin. (In Pikmin 2, different colors of Candypop Buds are considered different species, while in Pikmin, Pikmin 3 and Pikmin 4, all colors are considered the same species.)

Crimson Candypop Bud[edit]

A Crimson Candypop Bud from the Piklopedia.
Main article: Crimson Candypop Bud.

Scientific name: Flora rufusia

Crimson Candypop Buds produce Red Pikmin seeds. This name is only used in Pikmin 2.


Icon for the Flarlic, from Pikmin 4's Piklopedia.
Main article: Flarlic.

Scientific name: Bulbus lillium

A Flarlic resembles a colorless Onion. If carried to the Onion, 10 more Pikmin will be allowed out in the field, unless the limit of 100 has already been reached.

Golden Candypop Bud[edit]

A Golden Candypop Bud in the Piklopedia.
Main article: Golden Candypop Bud.

Scientific name: Flora aurumia

Golden Candypop Buds produce Yellow Pikmin seeds. This name is only used in Pikmin 2.

Ivory Candypop Bud[edit]

An Ivory Candypop Bud.
Main article: Ivory Candypop Bud.

Scientific name: Flora niveus

Ivory Candypop Buds produce White Pikmin seeds. This name is only used in Pikmin 2, where this species is the only way of obtaining White Pikmin.

Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud[edit]

A Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud.
Main article: Lapis Lazuli Candypop Bud.

Scientific name: Flora cobaltium

Lapis Lazuli Candypop Buds produce Blue Pikmin seeds. This name is only used in Pikmin 2.


A screenshot of the Onion in Pikmin 4, with Red Pikmin, Blue Pikmin, and Yellow Pikmin.
Main article: Onion.

Scientific name: Lillium pikminporta

Onions are large and round life forms that act as nests for the Pikmin. They allow leaders to store and retrieve Pikmin, as well as spitting out new Pikmin seeds. Additionally, starting in Pikmin 3, Onions of different types are capable of merging together.

Queen Candypop Bud[edit]

Artwork of a Queen Candypop Bud.
Main article: Queen Candypop Bud.

Scientific name: Flora regina

Queen Candypop Buds are unique in the Candypop family. Their petals are white with colored spots which cycle between red, yellow, and blue. When a Pikmin of any type is tossed in, 9 seeds which match the color of the spots are ejected, giving players an eight-Pikmin gain. After the seeds are ejected, the Queen Candypop Bud wilts. These flowers are generally found in rest sublevels of caves, to let the player increase their Pikmin population. They only appear in Pikmin 2.

Violet Candypop Bud[edit]

Screenshot of a Violet Candypop Bud.
Main article: Violet Candypop Bud.

Scientific name: Flora puniceus

Violet Candypop Buds produce Purple Pikmin seeds. This name is only used in Pikmin 2, where this species is the only way of obtaining Purple Pikmin.


The family's name is the combination of the words "candy", given their intense colors, and "pop", referring to the way Candypop Buds spit out Pikmin seeds.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese ポンガシグサ科?
Pongashi gusa ka
Puffed grain weed family
Flag of France French fleurs cracheuses Spitting flowers. The reason why they're referred to as spitters is because of the creature that lives inside of the flower, that eats the Pikmin and quite literally spits them out as another color.
Flag of Germany German Königinblumen Queen flowers
Flag of South Korea Korean 뻥튀기초 과
Flag of Brazil Portuguese Antocuspeáceas
Flag of Spain Spanish Brotes rebotadores Candypop Buds

See also[edit]