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There are different kinds of Pikmin, which you can tell by their different colors and looks. Each species has its own unique skills and abilities.
One of Nintendo’s most unique IPs to date is the Pikmin series. This sci-fi adventure takes you on a trip through a strangely familiar land, but from a big picture point of view. Along the way, you meet new and interesting creatures.
In the games, you play as a brave explorer, rescuer, or prize hunter who leads a ragtag group of Pikmin, which are a mix of plants and animals. There are different kinds of Pikmin, which you can tell by their different colors and looks. Each has its own skills and role to play in helping you reach your goals. Each new game adds a few more kinds of Pikmin, so we’ve put them all in one place for you.
Red Pikmin are your typical fighters. They are the first species you meet in the series and may be the most well-known. These red animals are a mainstay in all three games, and they bring two very important things to the table.
First of all, they are stronger than most normal Pikmin and can do more damage. They are the brave heroes you want on your side when you have to fight tough enemies. Second, they can’t be hurt by fire, which would normally kill them. So, they are very useful for getting through certain places and fighting enemies that breathe fire, like the Fiery Blowhog from the first game.
This strange species is the second one you meet in the series, after you’ve gotten used to the Red ones and learned how they behave. They do average damage in battle, so they aren’t as good as the other Pikmin, but they do have some important benefits over them.
In Pikmin, their special abilities were being able to reach high places (because Olimar could throw them farther because their ears flapped), being immune to electricity, and being able to handle bomb rocks, which was important for both making new paths and hurting enemies more. In Pikmin 3, they got another benefit that no other Pikmin have: they can dig much faster than other Pikmin.
The Blue Pikmin are the last species Captain Olimar meets in the first game. They are very average in all ways, and may be the least special of the three species he meets. As you might have guessed, though, they have a skill that no other kind of Pikmin has. Since they live in water, these little water-dwelling mysteries can swim!
Pikmin can’t survive in water, so just like Red Pikmin can’t die from fire, they can only go to certain places in the game. They can also save other Pikmin who have fallen into the water, which is the cutest thing you’ll ever see.
The White Pikmin, who first appeared in the second game, bring back the elemental-based gameplay and fighting of Pikmin. White Pikmin are harder to make and harder to find than the original three colors, but they offer interesting new strategic choices. They both move and hit very quickly, which can be useful when fighting enemies with a lot of mobility. They can even find treasures that have been lost for a long time.
You shouldn’t be careless in fight with them, though, because it’s hard to make a lot of them. Instead of coming from an Onion, they are made by throwing Pikmin into Candypop Buds. They are, however, very deadly, and enemies who eat them get hurt badly. Use these valuable team members with care.
Purple Pikmin, who first showed up in Pikmin 2, are kind of the exact opposite of white Pikmin. The slowest, largest, and strongest of the Pikmin, they are the bruisers. Their strength also helps a lot when it comes to bringing loot back to the base, but it’s hard to make a lot of them, so they shouldn’t be used carelessly. Like the White Pikmin, they can’t be made from an Onion. Instead, Candypop Buds are used to grow them.
Save them for times when their raw strength and resistance to being knocked back (their immunity to wind was also taken away in Pikmin 3) will be most useful. Also, keep in mind that they are slow, so if things go wrong, they won’t be able to run away quickly.
The other Pikmin species don’t have a special color, but they are still different types that need to be dealt with. Let’s meet the Rock Pikmin to get ready for Basket Random. In the third game, they show up right after the Red Pikmin. They look strange and are made of rocks.
They can’t be crushed by enemies, which is an instant death for other types of Pikmin in Pikmin 3. They can also break things that other types of Pikmin can’t. Throwing them does a lot of damage, like Purple Pikmin, and that makes them a unique and powerful friend. But they can’t grab an enemy and keep hitting it, so keep this in mind when fighting.
Wasn’t it inevitable that these little creatures would grow wings? With Pikmin 3, there were also Pikmin with wings, which added an interesting new layer of strategy to the games.
Winged Pikmin can fly, as you might have guessed. This gives them a huge edge because it lets them stay away from dangerous terrain and certain enemies. Their attacks are weak, and they are easy to hurt in fight, so you should be careful with them. But because they are good at flying, they can take the prize you find back to base in a straight line that is quick.
These chunky little Pikmin were introduced early in Pikmin 4, right after the Red Pikmin. They may be the Pikmin in the whole series that cares the most about elements. You can’t make Ice Pikmin from an Onion, like you can’t make some of the others. Instead, you have to look for them in the wild, almost always in caves.
Their bodies are as cold as ice, which helps them a lot both in and out of battle. Their bodies float in water, so they won’t drown but also won’t be able to take things through it. This is good because if you throw enough of them into a pool of water, you can freeze it solid and let your Pikmin pass. In battle, they use their ability to freeze to stop the enemy from moving after they have taken enough damage.
The main characters of a special game in Pikmin 4 are these green guys who look like ghosts. They might be the most unique Pikmin. In this game, you can go on adventures at night and find Lumiknolls, which are sand towers with a glowing center. These are where Glow Pikmin live. You have to guard the knolls, and if you do, you’ll get Glow Pikmin Seeds that you can use in caves.
They can fly and can’t be hurt by almost any kind of damage. When you charge them, they join together into a big sphere of light. When you let go of the charge, the ball will move forward and hit the enemy you want to hit. They can only have babies if they bring glow pellets back to the Lumiknoll. Their skills make them strong allies when you’re exploring caves, but because they like the dark, you can’t reach them during the day.