What is a Pikmin?
A Pikmin is a little creature that comes in different colors.
Each color of Pikmin has different abilities:
- Red Pikmin are immune to fire and have higher attack power than
the other Pikmin, excluding purple Pikmin. The distinct
characteristic in red Pikmin is their nose. Red Pikmin are the
first Pikmin that you find in the game.
- Yellow Pikmin are light and can be thrown higher than other
Pikmin. They are also immune to electricity in Pikmin 2, and can
carry bombs in Pikmin. The distinct characteristic in yellow Pikmin
is their ears.
- Blue Pikmin can breath underwater. They can also rescue nearby
drowning Pikmin. The distinct characteristic in blue pikmin is
- Purple Pikmin are ten times heavier and stronger than other
Pikmin, so they count as ten Pikmin when lifting or deflating an
object. They can also stun large enemies they are thrown onto, or
even instantly kill smaller ones.
- White Pikmin are smaller and quicker than other Pikmin, and can
see buried treasure with their huge, red, beady eyes. White Pikmin
are also immune to poison, and will poison any creature that eats
Captain Olimar crashes onto the "Distant Planet" and stumbles
upon these creatures, and the Pikmin are willing to obey his
commands.Pikmin can reproduce by converting food and fallen foes
into more Pikmin. They are preyed upon by night creatures, however,
and must be returned safely before night comes. Red, blue, and
yellow Pikmin sleep in a flying device called an "Onion" (It looks
like an onion with 3 legs) that they can be protected in. Purple
and White Pikmin sleep in the ship, and are only created when other
colors of Pikmin are thrown into underground Candypop flowers of
It is explained that Olimar, while cruising through space, is
eating his favorite soup with red, blue, and yellow onions and
"pikpik carrots." There is no way of knowing if this is related to
the Pikmin; however, Olimar names them after his beloved