Bulborbs, also known as Red Bulborbs (アカチャッピー, Red Chappy), are enemies from the Pikmin series.
Bulborbs appear in all Pikmin games, and are one of the Pikmin's most common predators. They populate the Distant Planet, and are found in almost every area at dusk and day. They attack Pikmin by devouring them. They can be killed with large amounts of Pikmin attacking them from behind and their dead bodies can be brought to the onions to produce more Pikmin. There are many species related to the Bulborb, including Bulblaxes, Bulbears, and Water Dumples.
In the original Pikmin game, the Bulborb species is known as Spotty Bulborb; in Pikmin 2, it is known as Red Bulborb, which is a name occasionally used in the Smash series. Pikmin 3 and Hey! Pikmin simply refer to it as Bulborb.
As a stage element
A Red Bulborb can appear on the right side of the Distant Planet stage. It stands in place, looking around and acting as an extra platform. However, standing on it is very dangerous, as it may chomp down on any lingering players and carry them off screen, resulting in a one-hit KO. The Bulborb occasionally opens its wide mouth, similarly quickly eating and one-hit KOing any character who lands in it.
Another Red Bulborb can be seen sleeping in the stage's background. It does not interact with the fighters and is only an aesthetic element.
In Olimar's Final Smash
In Olimar's Final Smash, End of Day, dusk will fall and Olimar will enter his ship to escape the predators of the planet. When Olimar leaves the stage, Red Bulborbs will constantly attack the players that remain on the field. However, characters like R.O.B. and Pit may be able to escape the furious attacks of the Red Bulborbs by using their up special moves.
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Bulborb's model is updated to resemble its more detailed physical appearance in Pikmin 3. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS retains the more simplistic Pikmin design for the Bulborb's appearances in Distant Planet and Smash Run.
The Bulborb keeps its Brawl roles in Distant Planet and End of Day. A Bulborb can also appear on the left side of Garden of Hope, but does not interact with the fighters.
The Bulborb appears as a powerful enemy. It is much smaller than in Distant Planet, now being about the correct size compared to Olimar. Like all strong enemies it has knockback resistance, can appear as a target enemy, and drops several powerups when defeated. Its attacks include:
The Bulborb returns as part of Olimar's Final Smash, as well as on the Distant Planet and Garden of Hope stages. All models now consistently use the Pikmin 3 design.
As a hazard on Distant Planet, the Red Bulborb no longer carries fighters off the screen in its mouth; instead, its bite causes an instant KO to fighters who get too close. The Bulborb in the background of Distant Planet is now fully-animated instead of a still image, and it can be seen walking around the grassy terrain instead of merely sleeping.