Pikmin Throw

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Pikmin Throw
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Olimar tossing different-color Pikmin onto Diddy Kong.
User Olimar
Universe Pikmin
Article on Pikipedia Throw
Throw Pikmin out to do your bidding. If it hits its mark, the Pikmin will cling and cause damage.
Brawl's instruction manual
Thrown Pikmin cling to foes and deal damage.
Smash for 3DS's foldout

Pikmin Throw (ピクミン投げ, Throw Pikmin) is Olimar's side special move. When used, Captain Olimar throws a Pikmin at an enemy, who then latches onto the enemy and slowly racks up damage, similar to the effects of Lip's Stick. Different Pikmin have different effects when thrown. The move should be used to repel incoming opponents that are charging at Olimar while he is throwing Pikmin (latched-on Pikmin do not cause an enemy to flinch, and so they can continue attacking normally). Olimar's attacks require lots of training to be made effective. However, it may make opponents have to take time to knock the Pikmin off.

Pikmin can be reflected back at Olimar, in which case, they will stick to him. The player can simply use Pikmin Order to get them off if this happens.

The less damage the opponent has, the longer time the Pikmin will latch on. Also, Pikmin are unable to latch onto Subspace Emissary enemies; they will instead deal damage as they pass through. A strong attack is usually enough to not only shake off the Pikmin, but usually also kill them. Pikmin will not be shaken off by an attack they are immune to (trying to Falcon Punch a Red Pikmin off one's body will have no effect).

In SSB4, Olimar can now use his Pikmin to get items from afar. Olimar can throw the Pikmin where the item is and the Pikmin will carry the item back to Olimar for him to use. They can destroy items like the Beetle, and even if Olimar picks up said items, he can hold it while the latched Pikmin is damaging it.

Effects when thrown by colour[edit]

Colour Damage per hit (SSBB) (SSB4) Effects
Red 2% 1.1% No special characteristics other than dealing flame damage, so the latched character should avoid passing too close to a Blast Box.
Yellow 2% 1.1% When thrown, travels slower and in a higher arc than other Pikmin, which can make it easier or harder to land a hit. Deals electric damage when latched.
Blue 2% 1.1% Can survive in water, such as in select areas within the Subspace Emissary or in stages that include water.
White 6% 3.7% Deals poison damage, triple the amount of other Pikmin, and can easily rack up 30% damage or more if allowed to do so. Travels very fast and very far when thrown; easier to land a hit but also easier to toss off the stage by accident.
Purple 6% 6.5% Instead of latching onto opponents, Purple Pikmin simply ram into them and deal damage once. Low knockback but enough to flinch and mix-up a character expecting to run through Olimar's spam.

Number of times that the Pikmin will attack the opponent[edit]

The total number of times the Pikmin will attack the opponent depends on the damage that the opponent has when the Pikmin latches on to him/her.

Damage Attacks (SSBB) Attacks (SSB4)
1%-2% 9 11
3%-24% 8 11
25%-62% 7 10
63%-92% 6 9
93%-122% 5 8
123%-152% 4 7
153%-182% 3 6
183%+ 2 5

Notes[edit]

  • There is a glitch that when fighting a boss, throwing the Pikmin at it may have some Pikmin hit it, while 1 or 2 Pikmin latch on then fall down, the Pikmin that latched on the boss will never get to hit.
  • If a player throws some types of Pikmin into a certain area (like Red, Blue, and White Pikmin towards the blocks in Green Greens or Mushroomy Kingdom stage 1-2), the Pikmin will get stuck and spin on forever, therefore, they will soon die. The player cannot whistle them back.

Customization[edit]

Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Pikmin Throw 2. Sticky Pikmin Throw 3. Tackle Pikmin Throw
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"Throw your Pikmin. Most colors will stick to opponents, but purple Pikmin will slam them." "Throw Pikmin that are harder to shake off, but their attacks do less damage." "All Pikmin will behave like Purple Pikmin: they'll slam into opponents instead of sticking."
  1. Pikmin Throw: Default.
  2. Sticky Pikmin Throw: Pikmin do slightly less damage per hit, but will stay latched onto opponents for longer and attack faster, thus dealing more damage overall. However, Pikmin are not thrown as far.
  3. Tackle Pikmin Throw: All Pikmin will behave like Purple Pikmin: they'll slam into opponents instead of sticking.

Origin[edit]

In Pikmin, if Olimar is unable to direct the Pikmin to something, he could alternatively throw them to what he wanted them to interact with. Thrown at enemies, the Pikmin will cling to them and attack. Due to not being very strong by themselves, the key to the Pikmin's power was to overwhelm enemies with large numbers of them. Often, throwing Pikmin onto a creature's back is a safer alternative, not only avoiding attack but sometimes dealing additional damage or even killing weaker enemies outright. Additionally, differently colored Pikmin have different traveling arcs: Yellow Pikmin can be thrown the highest, whereas Purple Pikmin have the shortest distance because of their mass.

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