Bulborb

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Bulborb
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Official artwork of the Bulborb from Pikmin 3.

Universe Pikmin
Debut Pikmin (2001)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Hey! Pikmin (2017)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo GameCube
Species Grub-dog
Gender Varies
Place of origin PNF-404
Article on Pikipedia Red Bulborb

Bulborbs, also known as Red Bulborbs (アカチャッピー, Red Chappy), are enemies from the Pikmin series.

Origin[edit]

The Red Bulborb's design from Pikmin, which is used for its appearances in Brawl and for 3DS.

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.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a stage element[edit]

King Dedede and some Pikmin about to be eaten by the Bulborb.

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[edit]

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.

Trophy[edit]

Red Bulborb trophy in Brawl.
Red Bulborb
A creature whose Japanese name translates as "spotted crimson bug-eye". These bulky nocturnal animals have white-and-red-flecked rumps that resemble strawberries. Red bulborbs sleep in the day and wake in the evening to feed on small animals. Several colors of bulborb subspecies have been discovered--their classification is a hot subject for scholars.
GameCube: Pikmin 2

Sticker[edit]

Name Game Effect Characters
Bulborb Pikmin 2 AttackPikmin+034TypeIcon(Pikmin).png Attack +34 OlimarOlimarHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Bulborb (Pikmin 2).png
Bulborb
(Pikmin 2)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The Bulborb in the background of Garden of Hope.

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.

In Smash Run[edit]

The Bulborb in Smash Run.

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:

  • running forward to stomp the player
  • biting repeatedly
  • jumping backwards, rump-first, dealing strong knockback when directly behind it or dealing a weak meteor on the top of the hit.
  • leaping into the air and snapping

Trophy[edit]

The Bulborb trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Distant Planet & Indigenous Creatures Trophy Box.

Trophy in for 3DS
Trophy in for Wii U
Bulborb
Ntsc Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS These creatures from the Pikmin series have snail-like protruding eyes, huge mouths, and really bad tempers. They're known for snapping at fighters and trying to trample them underfoot. If you see one in a group of enemies, you should try to take it out fast—it'll shoot off and bounce around, hitting other enemies as it goes!
Pal Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS These creatures from the Pikmin series have snail-like protruding eyes, huge mouths and really bad tempers. They're known for snapping at fighters and trying to trample them underfoot. If you see one in a group of enemies, you should try to take it out first - it'll shoot off and bounce around, hitting other enemies as it goes!
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U These creatures from the Pikmin series have snaillike protruding eyes, huge mouths, and really bad tempers. Despite their cute appearance, they'll happily gobble up Pikmin! In Smash Bros., they appear on the Garden of Hope stage, wandering around or chasing the poor Pikmin. Thankfully, they don't seem interested in the fighters duking it out.
GameCube: Pikmin (12/2001)
GameCube: Pikmin 2 (08/2004)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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.

Spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Ability Series
810
Red Bulbord.png
Bulborb
Shield
★★ Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99 Pikmin Series
811
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Empress Bulblax
Shield
★★★★ Stats ↑ ↑ After Eating Pikmin Series
812
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Emperor Bulblax
Support
★★★ Ice-Floor Immunity Pikmin Series

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