A guide to the newly discovered species of the western regions of the Pikmin Planet
This breed of pikmin is outlandishly different from its cousins. Boasting a helmet-like shell adorning its head and standing twice the size of the others, this blast resistant breed of pikmin can produce bomb rocks. It gathers rocks that it stores inside of its shell, which somehow it turns into an unprimed bomb rock within moments. With its large body, it can hurl these with devastating force. They appear to have a blind spot when it comes to the deployment of these explosives, as they will take no notice of other pikmin caught in the blast. They also do not seem to understand the idea of working with other pikmin, as they will refuse to carry an object already being carried by another pikmin breed. They have roughly twice the strength of other pikmin species, save the purple pikmin. They cannot be thrown, instead the preferred battle tactic with them is to have them stand well away and hurl bomb rocks. On the down side, monsters always seem to target orange pikmin before any others. This pikmin variety is best approached with caution.
This nocturnal pikmin makes up for its lack of fighting prowess with its cunning and ability to enshroud the area in a dark burst from its horns. Black pikmin are timid, avoiding conflict and running away whenever possible. Its green eyes act as infrared sensors, allowing them to see through the gloom of night and their own shadow attack. Working with other pikmin emboldens them somewhat, as they will stand their ground only when pikmin of another color are present. In this mindset, they will gore predators with their horns or blind them with shadow blasts. They are largely afraid of people, and will only allow them to get near if other pikmin are in their group. Unlike other pikmin varieties, they do not glow in the dark.
The lizard-tailed green pikmin are vicious fighters. Their tail spikes emit an acid that burns through enemy armor and scales. This coupled with their ability to bend light around themselves and turn almost invisible put them on top of the food chain in the Misty Valley. They often hide near food sources for large herbivores and swarm them mercilessly. Like the orange pikmin, they refuse to work with other pikmin varieties, and have been known to attack them if they haven't fought anything in a while. They can traverse acidic and radioactive terrain while suffering no ill effects. This is unarguably one of the more dangerous pikmin species.
A subterranean variety of pikmin, the brown pikmin spend most of their time digging through the soil for the sheer joy of it. With their shovel-like claws, they can haul away tons of rock and soil in minutes. It is also the only natural predator of Snuffler Moles. They are not overly skilled fighters, but cannot be easily shaken off and will continue to dig in while others are flung away. They also can scale vertical surfaces to reach new areas. Their brown Onion can spin around at a high speed, allowing it to drill through the soil. It will follow a leader into a cave by doing so.
Found in the frozen Glacial Pass, cyan pikmin can withstand temperatures that would kill other species within moments. Icy blasts of air have no effect on them, as their furry mane acts as a highly efficient heat retainer. They can also retain their balance while skating over ice, and excel at paralyzing enemies by striking their pressure points. The Frigid Candypop Buds they are created by appear abundantly almost everywhere where there is snow. They have also shown an affinity for flinging snowballs at enemies to attract their attention away from other pikmin groups. They can also close up vents that produce air that freezes pikmin.
One of the rarest species of pikmin (other than the fabled Gold Pikmin and Pink Pikmin), grey pikmin only appear if a pikmin is eaten by a Zombulborb as it sheaths itself in aura flames. The Zombulborb will disintegrate, leaving behind a single grey pikmin seed. These ghost pikmin can pass through solid material and will not be harmed by a physical impact. They can still be harmed by a nonphysical elemental attack. They cannot carry objects, instead using telekinesis to alter the environment to aid other pikmin, although this seems to exhaust them profusely. They can only use it about every five minutes, and often they need to work together to do anything at all. Some have shown the ability to possess small creatures such as dwarf bulborbs and dweevils and use them to attack. However, if these host creatures are destroyed, the grey pikmin is lost as well.
Another rare pikmin variety, pink pikmin are only formed one at a time from Rosy Candypop Buds. Instead of being immune to a unique element like other pikmin, these pikmin copy the abilities of the other pikmin. If it spends time around reds, then the jewel on its chest will eventually turn red and it will become immune to fire. Around purple pikmin, its strength grow to roughly five times that of a normal pikmin. Around orange, it cannot produce bomb rocks, instead being just blast resistant. However, being around black pikmin allows them to use the shadow burst attack. The amount of time they need to spend around a pikmin variety is constant, about three minutes. It has been noted that when it is in an equal sized group of various pikmin types, it will have a weakened form of all their powers, being able to withstand them for short periods. The versatility of this pikmin variety is greatly enhanced when it reaches its flower stage after drinking the entirety of about ten nectars. It can keep up to three full-strength abilities before swapping out the oldest for a new one. It turns it into a powerhouse by itself. Experiments showed that a pink pikmin that has copied the purple, black, and grey powers are nearly indestructible, wiping out herds of bulborbs with ease.
A direct cousin to the bulbmin, bulblaxmin are a more powerful variety, using fiery, electric, and toxic bulblaxes as hosts. These vicious predators can tear apart hundreds of pikmin, as the parasite actually increases the already voracious appetite of the bulblaxes. The adults are to be feared, as they no longer need sleep with the amount of adrenaline the parasite pumps into the body. Once the adult is defeated, however, the infant bulblaxmin will gladly follow the nearest leader. They are powerful fighters and can take all types of punishment, as well as dealing elemental damage.
It is unknown whether or not this variety actually exists. Cave paintings depicting them can be found deep within the caves of the Glimmering Woods. One statuette was recovered, cast in gold with diamond dust scattered over it to make it shine. It is always shown without a stem, and often they look like they are casting magic. It has been theorized that these were Proto-Pikmin, the ancestors (or possibly the leaders) of the modern day varieties. For some odd reason, Man-At-Legs are always found around the murals of them, and a very powerful Mecha-Legs guarded the statue. Some explorers believe that the gold pikmin were responsible for the creation of the mechanicals spiders, or vice-versa. Whether or not if they even existed, or still exist, is still in doubt.
Addendum: It is to be noted that the pikmin almost seem reverential around these icons. They never take their eyes off the icons while they are in eyeshot. Perhaps Gold Pikmin are a deity to them? Maybe it wouldn't be such a good idea to look too deeply into this...
Unlike most other members of the kettlebug family, the razor mantis is openly hostile to other species, attacking in trios with bladed arms. Though fast, it is weakly armored, preferring to use hit and run tactics. The males are identifiable by a second set of blades on the underside of their forelimbs, while the female has short wings it can use to make long jumps and hover for short distances. Each requires different strategies to deal with.
This peculiar creature rarely appears above the soil as it digs its way around. They have an unfortunate habit of ingesting shiny objects it tracks down with its massive nose, including luckless captains. After a brief gestation period, it spits living things back out, but retains nonliving ones. This forces the victim of the theft to slay the mole to retrieve the objects. This poor creature is more of a victim of circumstance than a real threat.
This member of the Blowhog family is one of the few animal types that can survive in the sub zero temperatures of the Glacial Pass. Its innards do not produce heat. Instead, chemical reactions make it colder. This allows them to quickly build up immunity to temperatures normally associated with deep space. It can defend itself by blasting a freezing cold cloud of air out of its snout. Any object this cloud comes in contact with freezes instantly. This can kill pikmin after only a few seconds, so it is imperative that you order unfrozen pikmin to break the ice off of them as soon as possible.
Ebon Crested Snagret
Found in the Charred Vale, the largest member of the Snavian family sports a pitch black crest of feathers as well as oily black scales. In addition to a single clawed foot, much like the Pileated Snagret, it sports wide wings that let it soar effortlessly through the skies. This allows it to find prey much easier than its ground bound cousins. In battle, it will hover over the enemy and deliver a series of jabs with its beak, occasionally stomping around on its foot if angered. Because of its maneuverability and armored scales, it is only recommended to fight this creature with green and yellow pikmin.
These massive fish hide in deep water trenches, around the bases of waterfalls, and have even been seen swimming under the ice in the Glacial Pass. Covered in several rows of spikes and able to speed rapidly through the water, these predators are the top of the freshwater food chain. As they reside solely underwater, only blue pikmin can attack them.
Explosive Cannon Beetle
Another native to the Charred Vale, this creature's diet consists of the highly lethal bomb rocks. Like its cousins, the explosive cannon beetle spits out the rocks when threatened. The gigantic bomb rocks have a massive blast radius, almost guaranteeing the death of any non-orange pikmin variety. Unfortunately, this creature is bomb rock resistant, so orange pikmin are unable to harm it. Small groups of other pikmin varieties seem to be the best chance against them.
This creature resembles a cross between several fossils of massive, ancient creatures found on the pikmin planet. Overall it resembles the brontosaurus, with a tail like an ankylosaurus, and jaws like a raptor. It can cause tremors of up to 6.8 on the earthquake scale by bashing its tail into the ground. It then scoops up its stunned prey and devours it. When underground, it can cause boulders to break loose from the ceiling and walls. Attacking it is difficult, at best.
Words fail to describe this fantastic beast. Standing higher than the treetops, the mighty Rundz is the single largest living thing ever. It resembles a bulborb in shape, but is covered with a sort of living stone hide that it creates naturally. Its eyes are deep inside of its skull, and seem to be largely vestigial. It uses the vibrations it creates as it walks as a sort of sonar. It feed off of plants, eating trees whole with its wide mouth. Although it is technically not a threat, it can crush animals like pikmin by accident, as they are too small for it to sense. Killing them is insanely difficult, and hardly worth the effort.
This bizarre creature is rarely seen above ground. Its mouth is entirely circular, with a ring of teeth made of obsidian, and it dominates the appearance of the creature. The body is similar to that of an amphituber, but is less than half the size of the head. The mouth works as a sort of blender, grinding through the stones it eats to get at the life-sustaining minerals it eats. It doesn't like pikmin, and will readily attack them on sight. If cornered, it will rapidly burrow away. They also seem to have a fondness for eating treasures.
Once believed to be juvenile Emperor Bulblaxes, the prince bulblax has been discovered to be its own separate genus. What it lacks in the sheer power of the emperor, it makes up for in skill. It is much faster, running at about 3-4 mph. It will head butt and body slam opponents much more readily. It will roar and release a scent that terrifies prey. It does not burrow like the emperor, but roams constantly, not needing sleep. Its hide can also withstand bomb rock blasts. It is dangerous in its own right.
Summum Aqua Spiritum
This otherworldly foe is truly terrifying. It had a perfectly round boulder it perches upon, which moves much faster than the Waterwraith's rollers. Its arms are sheathed in stone, and it will use these to smash into any prey they encounter. Like its lesser waterwraiths, it will become solid if it comes into contact with a purple pikmin.
The largest and most powerful known predator on the pikmin planet. It has a centaur shape, with two majorly different torsos adjoined where the neck of the lower and hip of the upper meet. Its rhino-like lower body can trample prey to death, or batter it with a long, thick tail. Its grey hide is thick enough to repel most attacks, even direct bomb rock strikes. Its upper torso is more insectile, slender and covered with a green exoskeleton. It has four mantis-like arms that can slash large prey or impale smaller prey, such as pikmin. The only beast it isn't known to hunt is the Rundz. It has a very wide mouth, with a double row of needle like teeth. It has wide compound eyes that change color depending on its mood. This predator is best left alone.
Addendum: Despite its horrific appearance, the Anset apparently has a beautiful singing voice. What is odd though, is that those who do hear it sing later report strange symptoms, such as hallucinations, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, loss of vision, and even comas. It is my guess that it has hypersonic overtones that affect the mind directly. That is worth noting before any attempts to engage it in combat.